Andalucia´s Undiscovered White Villages

off the tourist trail and far from the crowds

Andalucia´s Undiscovered White Villages

off the tourist trail and far from the crowds

Andalucia´s Undiscovered White Villages

off the tourist trail and far from the crowds

The Alto Genal Valley, in southern Spain near the touristy town of Ronda, is a secret. Not even Condé Nast has discovered it! 

It is a walker´s paradise as the seven pueblos blancos are interconnected with trails, created for the local farmers and not specifically for walkers.

These days there are seven little white mountain villages perched on the hillsides but interestingly, before the Inquisition, there were as many as 21.


Birthplace of Fray Leopoldo (1864-1956), a Capuchin monk famous for his miracles. 

Home to El Barbara, notorious bandit killed in a shootout in 1851.

The Catedral de la Serrania was built to house three times the population that has ever lived in the village.


At 846 metres, Cartajima is the highest village in Malaga province.

More people processed by the Inquisition than in any other village for shaving and washing.

There´s a Moorish treasure left by the retreating Arabs and yet to be found. They also say there is a Roman necropolis. There isn´t. It was an early confusion with Cartama that has been repeated in every subsequent guidebook.


Hemingway called it "a white swan on a pool of hope". Nobody quite knows what he meant so if you have any ideas do let us know!

In Arabic, the name means "pleasant place"

There is a good restaurant in the village. Worth visiting!


Birthplace of the Rio Genal that gives its name to the valley.

After reconquest, the land was parcelled off equally so each family had enough. This stab at egalitarianism did not last long.

The only village with a Latin rather than Arabic name. 

It´s said that a grandparent of Antonio Banderas was from here. I invited the famous star to come and have coffee with the Cartajima Asociacion de Mujeres but he didn´t come.


Famous for the 18th century tin plate factory.

The only white village that is blue!

They have the tiniest Virgen, the size of a doll.


Look out for a large and rare pinsapo pine in the village.

18th century doors abound

Also look for a Moorish arch connecting two buildings.


King Wamba, a Visigoth, lived here before ascending the throne.

The most remote of the villages but once on the main route from coast to Ronda.

Rare 2nd century bracaris, tiles with Christian symbols were found here.

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