Discover the Moorish heritage of Andalucia through the most breathtaking white towns in Malaga.
The fantastic and stunning white towns in Malaga, also known as Pueblos Blancos, are famous in the whole world, as they provide the province with breathtaking and characteristic landscapes. The whitewashed houses, steep, narrow streets and the magnificent views that you can spot from here, are a legacy of the Moors, who ruled southern Spain for seven centuries.
You will be overwhelmed by the calm and peace you can soak up here. The white towns usually lay on a hilltop, which makes them shine in contrast with the blue sky and green hills of Andalucia.
There a few white towns in Malaga, which you can discover by car since the public transportation that connects all of them is not very frequent. Renting a car is undoubtedly the best option to visit the white towns in Malaga.
Let’s see which the best and most charming white towns in Malaga are! And if you love the atmosphere of the white towns, discover the route of the white villages in Cadiz.
The 9th-century white town of Ronda is located in the north-west area of the province of Malaga, 113 km from the capital. Its 35,000 inhabitants can brag about living in one of the most spectacular white towns of Malaga, provided with countless possibilities to enjoy your holidays at best.
Ronda is spread on a plateau divided by the 100 m gorge of El Tajo. The bridge that connects the two parts of the city is Ronda’s most famous landmark, Puente Nuevo.
Its rich cultural heritage sees the best-preserved Arab Baths of the region, one of the most picturesque bullrings of Andalusia, and lots of churches and museums, which you can’t miss if you’re about to spend one day in Ronda.
As one of the most picturesque white towns of the Costa del Sol, Mijas is a must-see. You can take a ride on the famous burro-taxis and enjoy its wonderful architecture that, more than any other white towns in Malaga, reminds of the Moorish kingdom.
While in Mijas, you can visit the spectacular Virgen de la Peña church and enjoy the breathtaking views over the Mediterranean Sea from the Paseo de la Muralla. Between the sunny beaches and lush vegetation of the Sierra de las Nieves, discover what you can see in Mijas in just one day.
The white town of Frigiliana needs almost no description. Just take a look at seven reasons why you should visit Frigiliana, and you will be booking a flight ticket to Malaga in a matter of seconds to spend your summer holiday here.
Located in the Natural Park of Sierras de Almijara, Tejeda and Alhama, this picturesque white town is the cherry on the pie of Malaga’s coastal area. It owns a botanic garden, a hermitage, and its Festival of Three Cultures is August’s primary attraction in the whole province of Malaga.
The history of the white town of Gaucin is one worth mentioning. The conquest of the breathtaking Castillo del Águila (literally Eagle Castle) during the Reconquest meant the death of Guzmán El Bueno, Lord of Sanlúcar de Barrameda. Nowadays, the castle, which used to be the most southern stronghold of the region, together with Gibraltar, is Gaucin’s most important heritage.
The variety of lush vegetation of this small white town is just astonishing. You can find pines and olive trees in the mountains behind it, as well as orange trees, ashes and willows located on the slopes formed by river Genal. A place worth considering when planning your getaway to Malaga province!
Declared Artistic and Historic Heritage, Casares is the birthplace of writer Blas Infante, known as “Father of Andalucia”. Discover the artist and politician’s birth house and La Hedionda baths, where Romans used to bath and benefit from its sulphurous waters. Or else, visit the culture centre “Blas Infante” in the 16th-century church of La Encarnación. What you can’t miss for anything in the world is the 18th-century Arab castle, from which you can spot the Mediterranean Sea and even the African coast!
Casares is known as “pendant town” since its white houses are built to make it look like they are falling along the slope.
Bonus white town: the Smurf village of Júzcar
The blue town of Júzcar, also known as Pueblo Pitufo, is unique in the world. Another white town in Malaga until 2011, Júzcar and its 175 buildings (included the city hall, the church and the cemetery) were painted entirely in blue, for the promotion of the 3-D movie “The Smurfs”. As soon as the promotion was over, the film company Sony bought enough paint for all the buildings to be repainted white back. However, Júzcar inhabitants decided to maintain their town with “more smurf-than-sky blue-painted buildings”.
While walking along its blue streets, you will come across every possible reference to the popular movie, such as paintings of the Smurfs on the walls of the houses (a nice place to spend some relaxing holiday nights), bars and restaurants that changed their name to those of some characters, and activities and stands that sell all kinds of merchandise.
Places to stay in Malaga
After visiting the white towns in Malaga, or even before, or else during your trip, you deserve a place to relax and recharge batteries. Therefore, you might be happy to know that there are lots of holiday homes and villas in the white towns of Malaga. Choose yours now!
The white towns in Malaga are the place to be if you want to have at hand the culture of Andalucia.
Have you visited any of these white towns? Do you want to suggest any other white villages worth discovering in the province of Malaga? Tell us in the comments below!