Pueblos Blancos

Main traditionally built houses in the south of Spain (Andalucia) are painted whie, with calcium carbonate (Es: Cal). This has meant that some towns sit in contrast to the the hillsides and create wondeful . We can ask oursleves whether the aesthetic beauty of these towns create a more harmonious existence or whether it is the Spanish mind . The town are organic in character, built with local materials.

Walking through these town on a winter´s evening with the smell of chimney smoke from toastie homes Ancient streets

Even as recently as the and there is a lot left of

Prices are very good value in some towns and villages, as they have seen depopulation due to people moving to the cities in searhc of work.

Things to conssider when choosing a village

Expat population – Whilst many of us carry in our heads an idealised version of the world, some people dive in too deep and purchase a property where there are no other natives from their own country. The Expat network even in lesser populated and less popular areas. You will meet likeminded people who have moved to “Real Spain”.

Locals – Villages have their own collective psyche, a zeitgest and some are welcoming to new comers from other parts of Spain and foreigners. It´s important to get a feel for the town or village.

Parking ‘ In some villages this is a real issue and it may mean having to regularly

Distance from the airport

Climate ¡ Some of the pueblos blancos are situated in some of the hottest parts of the country. It’s a dry scorching heat.

The state of the property and access to local builders. If the property is in a bad state who is going to fix it up ? How far are you from the builder´s merchants?

What’s the access like ? Is there space to put building materials and a skip ?  Properties on narrow or pedestrian streets can create problems, not only with parking


The main towns, villages and other interesting places to visit include:

Name Province Population Map
Casares Málaga picture postcard perfect white village with panoramic views to Gibraltar and Mount Abyla in North Africa. Birthplace of Blas Infante
Zahara de la Sierra – next to a reservoir – typical Cádiz town
Mijas Pueblo – Burro Taxi, Old Cathedral – typical Spanish white village

Garganta Verde and Ermita de la Garganta – caves with stalactites and stalagmites
Puerto de las Palomas – splendid views

Grazalema – one of the main towns
Villaluenga del Rosario – highest of the White Towns and one of the prettiest

Benaocaz – an Arab town with remains of a fortress

Ubrique – largest of the White Towns

Benamahoma – contains the Fuente de Nacimiento of Majaceite river

El Bosque – trout fishing and hang gliding from here

Prado del Rey – a more modern village

Puerto Serrano – nice quiet town

Algodonales – 16th-century town with some Roman ruins

El Gastor – Balcón de los Pueblos Blancos with an interesting church

Setenil de las Bodegas – village built into the rocks – Arab fortress

Alcalá del Valle – pretty town – megalithic standing stones nearby

Torre Alhaquime – good holiday village

Olvera – main town of the area
Arcos de la Frontera – perched on a cliff – Baroque churches
Algar – up a mountain road
Espera – panoramic views
Bornos and Villamartín – reservoir, Roman ruins
Vejer de la Frontera
Frigiliana – musk wine and olive oil

 471 total views,  1 views today