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From Seville: Pueblos Blancos and Ronda Full-Day Trip

1. From Seville: Pueblos Blancos and Ronda Full-Day Trip

Drive through the Sevillian countryside and visit the Castle of Las Aguzaderas, a medieval structure located at the old Catholic and Moorish kingdoms' border. Continue through the mountains, stopping at the picturesque white village of Zahara de la Sierra. Next, stop at an olive oil factory. En route to Grazalema, you'll drive through the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park. Enjoy a range of beautiful landscapes, with views over the provinces of Cádiz, Málaga, and Seville, from Puerto de las Palomas, 1,357 meters above sea level. Watch vultures in the mountains, home to the largest colony of Griffon vultures in Spain. Upon arriving in Grazalema, enjoy a nice meal, surrounded by the picturesque white houses adorned with colorful flowers. After lunch head to Ronda. Along the way, pass through a beautiful Mediterranean forest of cork trees and oaks, which serves as an important source of honey, cork, aromatic spices, and wood. See locals working with cattle, Iberian pigs, and goats. Ronda is one of the oldest towns in Spain, built on two separate cliffs which are connected by Spain's most famous bridge - New Bridge, built in the 18th century. The tour guide will show you around Ronda, and you will have some free time to explore the town on your own as well.

From Seville: White Villages and Ronda Tour

2. From Seville: White Villages and Ronda Tour

Visit Zahara de la Sierra, Ronda, and Grazalema on a guided from Seville. Admire the views of the typical white villages of Andalusia and Ronda, which is the capital of the Serrania region in Málaaga. First stop is Zahara de la Sierra, a town of Nasrid origin. Then visit one of the most significant white villages in Andalusia, Grazalema, which gives name to the sierra itself. Visitors will enjoy this beautiful town and its stunning views towards the mountains. In Grazalema, take a break to enjoy its cuisine in one of its typical bars or enjoy the atmosphere of this charming town. The final stop is in Ronda, one of Spain’s oldest cities that is known for its tajo, a gorge that divides the city in two. Admire the great arches of this ancient place. Enjoy a walk along the streets of Ronda, in the footsteps of writers such as García Lorca and Ernest Hemingway.

Costa del Sol and Malaga: Ronda and Setenil de las Bodegas

3. Costa del Sol and Malaga: Ronda and Setenil de las Bodegas

After leaving the Costa del Sol and Malaga, continue along a scenic route with local vegetation as orange trees, olive trees and cork oak and the white village of Ardales and Cuevas del Becerro. Arrival to Setenil de las Bodegas, one of the most beautiful and original white villages in the province of Cádiz. Take advantage of your free time to enjoy this peculiar town. Visit the houses embedded under the rocks of the precipice and sit down for a coffee. In Ronda, arrive at the bus station before continuing on foot and enjoy a guided tour of the main sights. The incredible views of the Puente Nuevo, which crosses the “Tajo” (the Cut) on the Guadalevin river where we will have a taste of a local Ronda wine on a terrace with an exclusive view of the Tagus Bridge. Walking tour in the romantic town centre, with its churches, mini-palaces and Spain's oldest bullring, offers plenty to uncover. The Palacio Mondragón, also known as Palacio del Marqués de Villasierra, is without doubt, an interesting visit, being a land lord palais with arabic gardens, but it is also the Archeologic Museum of Ronda, with interesting pieces of proving the antiqueness of the city. Enjoy your free time to explore the city at your own pace.

White Towns of Andalusia and Ronda: Day Trip from Seville

4. White Towns of Andalusia and Ronda: Day Trip from Seville

Depart Seville on this day trip to Andalusia's famous white towns and Ronda. Enjoy a olive oil tasting, monuments, and fascinating architecture in the company of your guide. Begin your experience with a visit to an olive mill to discover all the secrets of olive oil production, and enjoy a small tasting of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Next, journey to Ronda with a local guide to explore one of the oldest towns in Spain. Take a stroll along the tree-lined paths of the 19th-century gardens of Alameda del Tajo, where the views are simply breathtaking. Go to the bridge that connects Ronda´s old and new districts, and get a great view of the El Tajo canyon on which the city is perched. See the modernist palace of the Casa de San Juan Bosco, complete with colonial and Nasrid decorations and stunning views of the valley. Immerse yourself in monuments like the Church of Santa Maria la Mayor. Admire the Mudejar tower and the Casita de la Torre, where the architecture is an emblematic blend of Christian, Arab, late Gothic, and Renaissance styles.  

The White Towns of Andalusia: Private Day Trip from Cádiz

5. The White Towns of Andalusia: Private Day Trip from Cádiz

The White Towns of Andalusia are a series of villages in southern Spain located mostly within the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park. All of the villages are characterized by their whitewashed houses with red or brown tiled roofs. This private 8-hour tour begins with hotel pick-up in Cádiz. It is said that the houses are painted white to ward off the intense summer heat that affects the region. Historically, the darkest houses and those with poor air circulation had to be whitewashed by painters who had survived the bubonic plague. Lime mixed with water produces heat that kills microorganism. As a result, people living in villages whose houses were whitewashed escaped more diseases than those who did not. Although times have changed, the tradition is still alive and houses continued to be whitewashed as needed.

Pueblos Blancos & Ronda: Private Full-Day Tour from Seville

6. Pueblos Blancos & Ronda: Private Full-Day Tour from Seville

You will depart from Seville to begin the journey, driving through the Sevillian countryside, surrounded by wheat and beautiful sunflower fields. You will stop at the 'Castle of Las Aguzaderas' - an interesting medieval building located at the old border among Catholic and Moorish kingdoms. Then, continue through the mountains stopping at Zahara de la Sierra, on the top of a steep hill. Zahara is famous for its views and history.  Here, you will have time to wander around, have a cup of coffee and visit a small olive oil factory which makes one of the best olive oils in the region. On the way to Grazalema, you will go through the Nature Park Sierra de Grazalema. You will see a range of amazing landscapes over the provinces of Cadiz, Malaga and Seville, from 'Puerto de las Palomas' which is 1157 meters above sea level. Also, you will get the chance to witness the wildlife in its natural habitat. These mountains are home to the largest colony of Griffon vultures in Spain. Once in Grazalema, there will be time to have a nice meal, surrounded by white houses and colorful flowers.     After lunch, you will leave Grazalema and head to Ronda. On the way you will cross a very beautiful Mediterranean forest full of cork trees and oaks where up to the present day, locals still work with cattle (Iberian pigs, goats and cows) and produce honey, cork, aromatic spices and wood. After an exciting morning, you will reach Ronda, one of the oldest towns in the country. Ronda is unique for its nature and history. It is built on two separate cliffs and the town is connected by a famous bridge, known as 'The New Bridge' despite the fact that it was built in the 18th century. In Ronda, you will have free time to explore the town's beauty.

Day Trip to Granada from Seville: Alhambra and Albaicín

7. Day Trip to Granada from Seville: Alhambra and Albaicín

Depart Seville and journey to the city of Granada to take a tour of the historic Alhambra, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its cultural importance and architectural beauty. Benefit from the services of an official tour guide and expert interpreter of the heritage of the city and fortress, built for the Nasrid emirs who ruled Spain in the 13th and 14th centuries. Marvel at the fortifications of the Alcazaba (citadel), built to protect the city's post-Roman districts, including the Moorish suburb of "El Albayzín." Admire the beauty of the Nasrid Palaces and Generalife, the summer pleasure gardens of the Emir. Next, drive to the center of Granada for lunch (own expense). Then, take a guided walk of the UNESCO-protected Albaicín district where the winding streets are reflective of its Medieval Moorish past. Stroll past whitewashed houses and encounter age-old churches and flower-filled balconies. Stop to take in the spectacular panoramas over the Alhambra fortress perched on its hill.  Return to Seville at the end of your historical adventure, and get dropped off at your original starting point.

Seville: White Villages & Ronda 2-Day Trip & Overnight Stay

8. Seville: White Villages & Ronda 2-Day Trip & Overnight Stay

Start your trip from Seville accompanied by your guide and head first to see the medieval Aguzaderas Castle in El Coronil, an ancient fortification belonging to the Islamic period on the Iberian Peninsula.   Continue onwards to visit the village of Zahara de la Sierra, one of the most picturesque white villages in the province of Cádiz, where you’ll enjoy a pleasant walking tour to see its narrow streets and awesome views of its natural surroundings. Next, visit an original oil mill where your guide will explain the traditional process making olive oil and you’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy a small tasting of the produce.   Then, drive through the wonderful landscape of Sierra de Grazalema, declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1977. Continue to the village of Grazalema where you’ll have a break for lunch to discover the local gastronomy followed by some free time to explore the small city and its characteristic white buildings.   Finally, drive through the mountains to reach the beautiful city of Ronda where the guide will show you the most important attractions of the town including the Puente Nuevo (New Bridge) and Alameda Gardens. At the end of the day, arrive at your 4-star hotel to rest and relax for the evening. The next day after breakfast, you can discover the city of Ronda by yourself before meeting the guide around 5:30 PM to return to Seville.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 2,151 reviews

The tour went smoothly. Our pick up time was changed from 5:30am to 7:20, a much more civilized time, which made me happy even before we started. Our guide, Petra was personable and spoke both English and Spanish clearly. We walked a total of 5 miles that day, and several people were not able to do this and stayed behind before we got to the Alhambra. What a shame, because the Alhambra is the biggest attraction in Spain. Please only book this tour if you can walk for 3 hours and climb a few stairs. The comfortable bus ride is 3 hours each way with a break half way so you can rest. The Alhambra is totally worth the long ride and walking. We had a guide, Pablo, for the Alhambra who was very knowledgeable and spoke in clear English. I would recommend this tour as long as walking is not a problem for you.

This was a wonderful trip through the countryside to see three of the white villages as well as brief stops at an olive oil factory and an old castle ruins. Our guide, Nieves, narrated the trip with lots of info on Spanish history, culture, flora and fauna and a great recommendation for where to have lunch. It was a long day-but well worth it. I highly recommend this activity

Very nice tour. The tour guides were very informative. Too bad that everything was told 3 times... In Spanish, French and English. That makes everything a bit tough... But respect for the tour leader...

The locations were spectacular!! I would skip the oil factory everything else was awesome. Also it would be nice if the guide spoke better english couldnt understand her at all! Overall well worth it!

O excursie foarte frumoasa, cu un ghid erudit, pe care o recomandam celor care vor să meargă comod și să petreacă o zi deosebita de concediu