The most beautiful villages in Andalusia They are distributed throughout the eight provinces of this autonomous community. In each of them there are towns that stand out for their monuments, for the nature that surrounds them and for their narrow typical streets.
Taking it from east to west, from Huelva to Almería, or from north to south, from Cordova but also Cadiz, the entire Andalusian region offers you beautiful villas that are worth your visit. However, given the need to synthesize them into a few, we will take one from each province to propose our tour of the most beautiful villages in Andalusia. If you do, you won't regret it.
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Setenil de las Bodegas
Surely you have seen photographs of this white town in the province of Cadiz or you may have even visited it attracted by the curious nature of its urban fabric. This, declared an artistic historical complex, is characterized by its houses located under the enormous rock that dominates the town.
However, these are not cave dwellings carved into the rock, but rather created by closing the hole it presents. It is what is called shelter under rocks and its origin dates back to very ancient times. But, in any case, you have much more to see in Setenil.
Awesome is your castle, a XNUMXth century Nasrid fortress with more than five hundred meters of wall and forty towers that still houses part of the population. Also, it is beautiful Church of Our Lady of the Incarnation, which combines the Gothic and Mudejar styles to the point that we could tell you that they are two different temples.
Along with this, hermitages such as those of San Sebastián, San Benito, Nuestra Señora del Carmen or Nuestra Señora de la Concepción complete the religious heritage of the town. As for the civilian, they highlight the old Town Hall, Flour House or the bridges of the Villa and Triana and Ronda streets.
We now travel to the province of Granada to offer you this beautiful town located in the heart of Alpujarra, south of Sierra Nevada. It is also a town of white houses with facades full of flowers and narrow cobbled streets. But, even more curious will be your tinaos, covered passageways that go from one part of the streets to another and on which there are houses.
Likewise, from its García Lorca promenade you have wonderful views of the entire province. But you can start your visit by the liberty square, where is the Holy Cross Church, a XNUMXth century temple inside which you will see a spectacular Mudejar coffered ceiling. You also have several shops selling typical products from the area, such as rugs. And, very close, under the Cerrillo fountain, is the old Arab laundry.
But, since you are in Pampaneira, take the opportunity to do some Sierra Nevada hiking trail. In the Plaza de la Libertad itself you will find information about them. We recommend the one that reaches the Poqueira River, where you can swim in summer, and the one that goes up to the towns of Bubion y Capileira, two other villas that are also among the most beautiful villages in Andalusia.
Located in a natural park to which it gives its name, in the mountains of the province of Jaén, Cazorla is another wonder of Andalusia. He dominates her Yedra Castle, a Christian fortress built on top of an older one of Muslim origin from the XNUMXth century. Also, inside you can visit the curious Museum of Popular Arts and Customs of Alto Guadalquivir.
It even has its own legend: that of the tragantia. She says that a Moorish princess was locked in a cave near him to protect her from the coming of the Christians. However, they killed all the Muslims and no one rescued her. For this reason, she became a half-woman, half-serpent creature that lives in the hollow and only comes out on the night of San Juan.
It was not the only castle in the town. You can also see the ruins of the the five corners, at the top of Cerro de Salvatierra. But more interest is Source of the Chains, Herrerian style, and the ruins of the Renaissance church of Santa María de Gracia.
However, if we are talking about temples, you should also know the churches of the Virgen del Carmen, with its characteristic octagonal tower, and of San Francisco, as well as the hermitages of San Sebastián, San Miguel Arcángel or the Virgen de la Cabeza. And, next to them, the monastery of Montesión and the convent of San Juan de la Penitenciaría. Finally, do not miss seeing the old Town Hall and the palaces of La Merced and La Vicaria.
Zuheros, one of the most beautiful villages in Andalusia in the Sierra de la Subbética
Let's go now to the province of Cordova to tell you about this beautiful town, which is also a gateway to the bat cave, declared a site of cultural interest both for its natural and archaeological value. To date, no less than three thousand meters of it have already been mapped, which will give you an idea of its dimensions.
With the materials extracted from the cave, the Archaeological Museum of Zuheros, which curiously is not the only one in such a small population. In the call Casa Grande, is the Museum of Arts and Customs Juan Fernández Cruz, of an ethnographic nature and that will give you a good idea of life in the region during the XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries.
But the Cordovan town also has an old castle, whose remains are on a cliff and which is believed to have been built in the XNUMXth century during the Muslim domination. For its part, the Church of the Remedies It dates from the XNUMXth century and houses the image of the town's patron saint.
We now travel to Malaga region of the Axarquía to tell you about another of the most beautiful villages in Andalusia. Frigiliana still retains its medieval layout of Arab origin, with its narrow streets, passageways and walkways. But, above all, it stands out for its beautiful white houses decorated with flowers.
You can also see in this town in Malaga the ruins of the lizard castle, dated around the XNUMXth century; the curious Palace of the Counts of Frigiliana, known as El Ingenio and in Renaissance style; the Royal deposits, of the XVIII, or the Palace of the Apero, built in the XVII, just like the Old Fountain.
But, perhaps, it will call your attention more Mudejar neighborhood. And, as for its religious monuments, you have the San Antonio church, built in 1676, and the Hermitage of Santo Cristo de la Caña or the Ecce-Homo, from the XNUMXth century.
Almonaster the Royal
We moved to the province of Huelva to show you this town located between the Sierra de Aracena and the Campo de Andévalo. Its great symbol is mosque, built on an old Visigothic basilica from the XNUMXth century. Declared a national monument, it is of enormous importance for being the only one from the Andalusian period that has been preserved almost completely in a rural setting.
You should also visit in Almonaster the church of San Martín, which combines the Gothic and Mudejar styles. Take a look at its cover Manueline style, since it is, next to that of Olivenza (Badajoz), the only one that exists in Spain. You can also see the hermitages of Nuestro Señor de la Humildad y Paciencia, San Sebastián and Santa Eulalia, as well as the Roman and Tres Fuentes bridges, the remains of the castle, Palace of Miguel Tenorio of Castile and Manzano Spa, already in the outskirts.
Lucainena of the Towers
This small town in the region of Los Filambres-Tabernas, in the province of Almería. Because it also has white houses adorned with flowers, but it stands out mainly for its past dedicated to mining. In fact, you can still visit the remains of his mining preserve, with eight ore calcination furnaces, loading docks and railway trenches and even a small power plant.
On the other hand, in addition to exploring its narrow cobbled streets, you should visit Lucainena's Church of Our Lady of Montesión, built in the XNUMXth century following the neoclassical canons over an older one from the XNUMXth century. You will be surprised because, externally, it looks like a fortification.
Carmona, Sevillian representative among the most beautiful villages in Andalusia
We end our tour of the most beautiful villages in Andalusia in Seville's Carmona, whose origins date back, at least, to Roman times. In fact, you can still see a archaeological area which houses the remains of a necropolis, an amphitheater, a bridge and the Via Augusta.
But Carmona dazzles for its monumental heritage as a fortified city that it was. Highlights are the spectacular gates of Cordoba and Sevilleas well as the imposing Alcazar del Rey Don Pedro, which receives its name from Pedro I of Castile, who ordered its reconstruction on the remains of an old Muslim fortress. You can even sleep in it, since it is currently a tourist hostel.
We also advise you to visit the Andalusian town palaces like those of the Marquis de las Torres, which today houses a museum of the town, of the Aguilars, Don Alonso Bernal Escamilla or the Ruedas. distinct character has Cherry Theater, built in the XNUMXth century following the canons of eclecticism.
Finally, regarding the religious heritage of Carmona, you have precious churches such as those of San Pedro, Santa María de la Asunción, Divino Salvador or San Bartolomé and hermitages such as those of San Mateo or Nuestra Señora de Gracia. You can also visit the convents of La Concepción, La Trinidad or Las Descalzas.
In conclusion, we have shown you eight of the most beautiful villages in Andalusia. But, inevitably, we have left others in the pipeline. For example, the Cadiz Castle of Castellar, which seems to have stopped in time, the man from Malaga Genalguacil, with its natural pools, or Huelva Alajar, declared a historic-artistic complex in 1982. Don't you feel like getting to know these wonderful towns?