Grazalema, Pueblo Blanco, Spain

Grazalema town, one of Andalusia's pueblos blancos, Spain

Grazalema town, one of Andalusia’s Pueblos Blancos.

Is Grazalema a good example of a Pueblo Blanco?

One of the few pueblos blancos (white towns in Andalucia) that is not surrounded by new, unsightly suburbs, this town  is tiny and beautifully situated in Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park among towering limestone peaks, Spanish firs and cork trees.

Loved by hikers, bikers and rock climbers the town has two drawbacks – it’s very quiet with few options in the evenings or if it’s raining, and it has the highest rainfall in Spain.

Grazalema town centre, Andalusia, Spain

The town centre, Plaza de Andalucia, with the church of Nuestra Señora de la Aurora in the background.

More views

Tourists visiting Ronda and intending to travel west to Cadiz, Jerez or Arcos de la Frontera, can take a roundabout route via pueblo blancos such as Algodonales and Bornos or head straight west through Grazalema Park. The road is easy and views range from good to spectacular. Farmed cork forests are always pretty and good for an educational stop for the kids.

Grazalema street and San Cristobel mountain, Andalusia, Spain

A distant view of San Cristobel mountain peak.

Grazalema rooftops view, Andalusia, Spain

Gone again! San Cristobel disappears into a rain cloud. No surprise there.

Cyclists and a magnificent view, Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, Andalusia, Spain

The road between Grazalema and Bosque, heading for Arcos de la Frontera.

Cork trees, Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, Andalusia, Spain

Cork trees. Soon visitors will be out of the wet, wiggly Grazalema zone and back into more traditional dry Andalusian landscapes. The drive from Ronda to Arcos on this road takes less than two hours.