The White Hill Towns of Andalusia, Spain

Long overdue posts from our May trip to Spain, coming up!

A real highlight from our time in this beautiful country was road-tripping through Andalusia. We started our trip in Madrid, took the train to Sevilla and by our last day there, we were ready to break loose from big cities and explore the countryside. And what a marvelous journey it was! Here are the photos from our route through the white hill towns of Andalusia.

IMG_8789Here we are approaching Zahara de la Sierra, our first stop after leaving Sevilla. Doesn’t this view look like a scene from a Disney movie? Complete with a small castle at the top!

IMG_8796Stunning views once inside the village. There were very few visitors, which was a real treat.

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Photo May 10, 2 31 38 AMOur Fiat Panda rental on the cobblestones of Zahara.

IMG_8816Then we hiked up the hill to the old Moorish castle for a closer look.

Photo May 10, 2 19 22 AMKing Jason! There are references to this small village all the way back to 1282, built as an “eagle’s nest” of sorts. Perfect location to see an impeding attack.

IMG_8820Leaving Zahara on route 9104 was one of the most beautiful roads I’ve ever been on. Think Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park, except without the crowds.

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IMG_8823We passed by several more villages but the weather wasn’t cooperating with us. It had rained almost every day since we arrived in Spain!

Photo May 10, 8 39 30 AMWhen we finally arrived in Ronda, the rain cleared slightly for us to take in the sights (After a short siesta!) The largest of the white towns, Ronda is perched on El Tajo canyon and home to the famous Puente Nuevo bridge.

Photo May 10, 11 32 18 PMIt was easy to see why Ernest Hemingway spent summers here and wrote of Ronda’s stunning scenery.

Photo May 10, 8 37 02 AMThe Puente Nuevo bridge up close, which towers 320 feet over the river below. Construction started in 1751, took the lives of 50 workers and was finally finished 42 years later. What a feat!

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bridgeVery challenging to photograph this beauty!

Photo May 11, 1 16 22 AMThe next morning, we set out to find the village living under a rock, Setenil de las Bodegas. We unfortunately arrived just after the tour buses and Jason was not at all happy with me for leading him into this maze of homes!

Photo May 11, 1 18 22 AMA tight squeeze for even our small car.

Photo May 11, 1 34 52 AMBy building the dwellings under the rock in these caves, it saved on materials and maintained temperature very well!

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Screen Shot 2016-08-15 at 3.44.43 PMOur route!

Next post will be from Granada!

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