Discover the beauty of Andalusia on our day tour to Zahara de la Sierra, Grazalema and Ronda in our White Villages and Ronda Tour from Seville. Zahara de la Sierra and Grazalema are known as the White Villages – a series of villages scattered between Ronda Mountain Range, Grazalema Natural Park and Los Alcornocales Natural Park, in the northern part of the provinces of Málaga and Cádiz. The name comes from the villages traditional whitewashed houses, with their balconies decorated with colourful flowers. After this White Villages tour, we will visit Ronda, one of the oldest cities in Spain that dates back from the Neolithic period.
We will pick you up in Seville with an adapted vehicle and drive for 1.5 hours to Zahara de la Sierra which is located at a hillside of Jaral Mountain and at the shore of a reservoir. It has been declared a Historical-Artistic Site and has received recognitions for its beauty. At the top of it we can see the remains of an Arab Castle and the Tribute Tower. While we take a stroll through its quaint streets, we will see the Watch Tower from the 16th Century and Santa María de la Mesa church from the 18th Century, a Baroque style church declared a Cultural Interest Site.
After Zahara de la Sierra, we will drive for 30 minutes until we reach Grazalema. This route crosses Grazalema Natural Park, an awesome mountain range with a rugged and contrasted relief due to the erosion. As a curious fact, this area is where it rains the most in the whole of Spain. During this trip, we will stop at two different viewpoints to enjoy the fantastic landscapes that this natural park offers: Puerto de los Acebuches Viewpoint and Puerto de las Palomas Viewpoint.
Grazalema is another historical town, renown for its white houses with red-tiles roofs. Its streets were sculpted by the Romans, the Berbers and the Christians, and this mixed influence of cultures is still present today. The main square is Plaza España where Nuestra Señora de Aurora Church is located, the town hall and a fountain possibly of Visigoth origin. In one of its many bars we will do a lunch break to taste the excellent gastronomy here, such as the Garlic Soup or their game meat.
Our last stop is Ronda, which we will reach by a 45 minute drive. Ronda is where Celts, Phoenicians, Romans, and later Arabs lived, until the Catholic Monarchy conquered the territory. We will start at Alameda del Tajo, a wooded walk that provides magnificent panoramic views of Ronda Mountain Range. Walking along Paseo de Blas Infante, we will find Ronda viewpoint (la Sevillana) to enjoy the views of the landscape. Another symbol of Ronda is Puente Nuevo, an 18th Century bridge located over a chasm, that helped make urban development possible. We will arrive at Plaza de Campillos, where there’s a viewpoint and up ahead we will see Mondragon Palace, the most important civil monument in Ronda. According to the legend, the king Abbel Malik or Abomelic (son of Morocco’s Sultan Abul Asan) used to live there. We will finish our tour at Plaza de la Duquesa de Parcent, an architectural ensemble of stately houses, the city council, churches and convents.
We will have some free time in Ronda before heading back to Seville late afternoon (1 h 45 minute drive).
This tour does not require a high amount of walking or wheeling, and it can also be tailor-made based on each person preferences. Some points in Zahara de la Sierra, Grazalema and Ronda have old stone pavement and also stairs. However, the itinerary avoids steps and it follows a mostly flat path along the tour.
Meeting point: Hotel pick-up
Starting time: Flexible
Duration: 8 Hours
Return: We recommend allowing time for a lunch break to sample typical local cuisine and wine at one of our suggested restaurants, equipped with an adapted toilet.
No penalty if cancelling at least 14 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure
50 percent fee if you cancel between 7 and 14 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure
100 percent fee if you cancel within 7 day(s) of the scheduled departure