White villages from Seville

What to expect in white villages tour from Seville? Should we go on an organized tour or on our own?

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White villages are entire villages or towns of whitewashed houses in the area bordering Cadiz and Malaga provinces. The villages were inspired by Berber architecture of North Africa.

From Seville, you can visit some of the most beautiful white villages in and around the Sierra de Grazalema, close to Ronda.

Organized tour vs on your own

Typical tours from Seville will take groups of up to 10 people on a tour of 2 villages in Grazalema, plus a short walking tour in Ronda which is also largely a white village. Many visitors to Seville like the convenience of taking a white villages tour, especially if they are traveling as a couple or solo. But if you are a family you can also consider renting a car for the day and driving around, it may end up being a lot cheaper and you can explore less visited villages of the region.

What to expect in white villages tour from Seville?

White villages are entire villages or towns of whitewashed houses in the area bordering Cadiz and Malaga provinces. The villages were inspired by Berber architecture of North Africa.
From Seville, you can take a tour to some of the most beautiful white villages in and around the Sierra de Grazalema, close to Ronda.

Typical white village tours from Seville

Typical tours from Seville will take groups of up to 10 people on a tour of 2 villages in Grazalema, plus a short walking tour in Ronda which is also largely a white village.

How much to pay

You should expect to pay around 50 to 90 euros per head depending on the tour you pick. Don’t go by the price alone, read the reviews because the expensive ones are not always better. Tours include all transport, door to door from your hotel in Seville. Very few tours will include food and drink.

Logistics

You depart from Seville after an early breakfast, and are back well in time for dinner. The total duration of the tour is not more than 10 hours, so it should be a fairly comfortable day.

What to expect in white villages?

During the day you will have the opportunity to amble through the villages, take a snack break, and even see some local industry like olive oil presses, honey making, and goat farms.

You will pass through beautiful sunflower fields and landscapes in the natural park region, as you travel from one village to another. You may be even able to spot some wildlife.

The best villages to see

Different tours cover different sets of villages; I think there is some system to ensure that all villages get tourist traffic. For me, the best white villages apart from Ronda are, Arcos, Zahara de la Sierra, Benaocaz, and Grazalema.

Arcos de la Frontera - The best part of Arcos is the way the hill looks when you approach it. The entire village is settled on the top of the curved hilltop, almost a perfect hemisphere.

  • Zahara de la Sierra - Zahara is only 55 kilometers from Arcos and it has a turbulent history that involved conflicts over centuries between all the rulers who came to Andalucia.
  • Grazalema - Grazalema is perfect for hiking and nature. The village has breathtaking viewpoints because of its high altitude. It is in Cadiz province, also 50 kilometers from Arcos de la Frontera, in the beautiful natural park area.
  • Benaocaz: The historic area of Barrio Nazarí in the village is the main draw, with strong Islamic flavor in the streets.
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