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Frigliana Village

Frigliana Village

Brian Swift

The white hill towns or Pueblos Blancos and the landscapes surrounding them are the most spectacular sights in Andulacia. They lie within the triangle formed by the coasts of the Atlantic (the Costa de la Luz) and the Mediterranean (the Costa del Sol) to the south and the Sierra de Algodonales to the north.

Renting a car, driving through the green, rolling hills and exploring the villages, nestled in the Sierra Nevada is a wonderful experience. Grouped beneath ancient castles and churches, the villages are filled with friendly people and delicious restaurants. Vejer de la Frontera near the Costa da la Luz and Arcos de la Frontera (19 mi/30 km east of Jerez) are among the nicest villages to be visited. Arcos is particularly well set up for tourists with a lovely parador in a former castle looking over a gorge.

One week to one month can be spent admiring this region of wondrous mountainous beauty. The area between Malaga, Algeciras and Seville is dotted with the most interesting, brilliantly white-washed settlements of the pueblos blancos.

Ronda is an excellent base as it is in the center of the superb countryside and close to most of the white towns. The road from Algeciras, via Gaucin, is the most impressive approach to Ronda. It is possible to travel by bus, train, and even by foot or bike, if you have the energy. The river gently cuts through the patchwork of fields and green valleys. One white town is visible from the next, as you turn on the winding road. This dramatic route can be walked in four or five days, and there are plenty of villages at which to stop, eat and have a rest.

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