This Accessible White Villages and Ronda Tour from Seville will first lead to Zahara de la Sierra and Grazalema. They 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 village’s traditional whitewashed houses, with their balconies decorated with colorful flowers. Afterward, we will visit Ronda, one of the oldest cities in Spain that dates back to the Neolithic period.
For the Accessible White Villages and Ronda Tour, we will pick you up from your hotel 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 the shore of a reservoir. It has been declared a Historical-Artistic Site and has received recognition 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. Moreover, you can admire the 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. The Romans, Berbers, and Christians sculptured these streets. Hence, this mixed influence of cultures is still present today. The main square is Plaza España where Nuestra Señora de Aurora Church is located. Additionally, there is 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 the Ronda Mountain Range. Walking along with Paseo de Blas Infante, we will arrive at Ronda’s viewpoint and enjoy 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 up ahead you can see Mondragon Palace. It is the most important civil monument in Ronda. According to the legend, the king Abel 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. nevertheless, you will have some free time in Ronda before heading back to Seville late afternoon (1 h 45-minute drive) where your Accessible White Villages and Ronda Tour will end.