White villages route Andalucia
From the B&B there is a wonderful route you can drive by car, passing the most beautiful white villages of Andalucia in southern Spain. In Spanish the route is called ruta pueblos blancos. Via El Bosque and Grazalema you drive to Zahara de la Sierra.
During this route you drive through la Sierra de Grazalema, a mountain chain with an area of 51,000 hectares and a height of 250 to 1,710 metres. This protected nature park is wonderful to drive through. You will find spectacular views, picturesque white villages where time has stood still, kilometres of forests, rugged rocks and many hairpin bends.
Car route to El Bosque
Drive down the unpaved road and turn right, then follow the sign to Puerto Serrano and take the second exit on the roundabout (three quarters round). At the next roundabout go straight ahead (second exit) to Villamartin. The next exit you take is towards Prado del Rey (A373) and then you will arrive at the pueblo blanco of El Bosque. The white-washed houses stand out beautifully against the blue sky and the surrounding woods. In the 19th century it got city rights, but with its 2000 inhabitants it really feels like a village. El Bosque is 287 metres above sea-level and is the gateway to the Sierra de Grazalema nature reserve. A lot of hunting and fishing goes on here and there is a trout farm in the village. Trout (= trucha) is the specialty of El Bosque.
More fun in El Bosque
- Visit the trout farm
- Walk alongside the crystal-clear waters of the Rio Majaceite
- Visit the Botanic Gardens
Car route to Grazalema
Follow the A-372 to Grazalema by taking the exit for Zahara de la Sierra for Grazalema. For a visit to Grazalema you have to drive off the main route but it really is worth it! The tranquil white village is in many ways the pearl of Andalucia. A beautiful location, high in the mountains and still very authentic. During the siesta – between 14.00 and 17.30 hrs – a lot is closed.
Regional products from southern Spain
There are many regional products from Grazalema, such as the woollen blankets (mantas de Grazalema), cheese, pastries and “chacines” (pork). In addition to being the winner of one of the most beautiful white villages in Spain, Grazalema is also one of the wettest villages in Spain. On average it rains more often than in the rest of Spain which makes the surroundings beautifully green. From Grazalema you can explore the area by car, bike or on foot. The Guadalete River rises very close to Grazalema which is well worth seeing. You can also take spectacular walks in the Pinsapos Forest and up through the mountains.
More fun in Grazalema
- Visit the textile factory, Artesanía Textil de Grazalema. Hand–made woollen blankets, coats, scarves etc.
- Walk Puerta las Presillas, 2.5 to 3 hours walk between the summits of the Grazalema mountains. You also arrive at the Nacimiento (= birth) de Guadelete, where the river rises. This river also runs through Puerto Serrano!
- Have a drink and eat a small tapa at Casa Las Piedras, or go for a nice lunch there because the daily menu is excellent (ask for menu del día)!
- During July and August: take a dive in the public swimming pool and admire the stunning views.
Continue on to Zahara de la Sierra
To continue on the route, drive back on the A-372 and take the CA-9104 to Zahara de la Sierra, another beautiful white village! The road to get there is spectacular. On the way you will encounter the most wonderful landscapes and the views of the azure–blue lake are really breathtaking. Zahara is not a village you should pass by. It’s absolutely worth a visit. White houses with red roofs, narrow cobbled streets, inviting terraces and squares, typical Spanish bars, beautiful churches, friendly people, charming souvenir shops and fantastic views. What else do you want?!
More fun in Zahara de la Sierra
- Climb to the top where you will find a splendid castle with fantastic views.
- Eat at Restaurant Al Lago (favourite place of Riët). Really tasty and pure food with lots of vegetables.
- Or enjoy a meal, in the village, at Restaurant Meson los Estribos, with spectacular views over the lake from the huge bay windows on the enclosed balcony.
- Playita Arroyomolinos, a small green oasis where you can swim in the cold mountain water.
- Hire a canoe at El Mogote. At this restaurant you can also enjoy delicious food with magnificent views of Zahara de la Sierra. As if you are at a beach pavilion, but then in the heart of Andalucia.