Zahara de la Sierra

Zahara de la sierra, Andalusia, gaucin, pueblo, blanco, white, village, spain, andalucia

A fairy-tale small white village, Zahara de la Sierra extends a warm welcome to all those seeking some quiet time in absolutely spectacular settings. Zahara is perched on top of a steep rocky hill overlooking the turquoise waters of the Zahara-el Gastor reservoir. A crumbling old castle, once a major Moorish outpost, towers over the tranquil pueblo blanco. Among the fortress ruins you will find Zahara’s most famous attraction, the lookout tower, the Torre del Homenaje.

Zahara lies in the heart of Sierra de Grazalema Naural Park, one of Spain’s most famous and most visited natural parks, renowned for great hiking trails and varied wildlife.

Zahara de la Sierra is one of the best Andalucian destinations for romantic holidays. Also recommended for anyone interested in hiking, exploring nature, or to kayaking enthusiasts!

Zahara de la Sierra – nearest destinations: Ronda, Casares

Vejer de la Frontera

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Vejer de la Frontera is one of the most attractive white villages in Andalucia, situated about eight kilometres inland off the road which runs alongside Costa de la Luz, from Cadiz to Tarifa. This spectacularly located small village perches on a hill top, high above the surrounding countryside and the River Barbate, offering stunning panoramic views of the sunny coast.

Vejer_TEXT_400x630The main tourist attraction of Vejer is the old Moorish castle and the 14th century Renaissance church Iglesia de la Concepcion. Tourists visiting Vejer can also enjoy a peaceful stroll in the atmospheric maze of narrow winding streets, go shopping for local crafts and souvenirs,or take advantage of the excellent restaurant on the colourful Plaza de Espana.

Vejer_local-Castle_630x400It’a good idea to combine the trip to Vejer with a visit to one of the nearby beach resorts.The amazing Bolonia beach with the remains of an ancient Roman town is located only half an hour drive from Vejer. If you are on summer family holidays on Costa de la Luz, make sure to make a visit to Vejer de la Frontera on a cool summer evening. Another good time to visit Vejer is spring when orange trees are blossoming and the high temperatures of summer are gone.

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Nearest destinations: Barbate, Conil de la Frontera, Bolonia

Jimena de la Frontera

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Jimena de la Frontera is a little dreamy village situated on a hill towering 200 meters above sea level and surrounded by the beautiful Los Alcornocales Natural Park, with one of the biggest cork oak forests in Europe.[codepeople-post-map]

Perched high above the village centre, there is an old castle fortress, a National Monument since 1931, with magnificent panoramic views of the surround area. The fortification does attract much attention these days, yet, in the past it witnessed many bloody battles. While there are not many attractions in the elevated centre of Jimena itself, you fill find the little maze made of narrow and steep cobbled streets most enjoyable to walk or, if you dare, to run around!

One of the main attractions of the ancient Jimena is a walking trail along the picturesque Hozgarganta river with unmatched views of waterfalls and quiet Andalucian countryside. If during your hike you feel like cooling off from summer heat, take advantage of the river’s clean water and plenty of safe spots for swimming.

If what you are looking for is getting close to Andalucian nature and indulging in marvelous and varied hikes, at a cheap price, plan a trip to Jimena de la Frontera. Recommended time to visit: spring and early autumn.

Jimena de la Frontera – nearest destinations: Castellar de la Frontera, Ronda