Our staff come from all over the world but, a few come from small picturesque towns nearby like Mijas, ones that roll with beautiful, white-washed streets and a permanent sense of calm; enough to make anyone want to stay forever.
Inspired by our colleagues, these are our top three picks of white village that are a must-see for anyone passing through the southern part of Andalusia.
The town of Casares, located only half an hour from the Marbella Club.
Only half an hour from the Marbella Club, Casares is erected carefully along jagged rocks that drop down in the Mediterranean. A perfect first stop in a white villages tour, it has stunning sights such as the Casares Castle, of Arab origin and located at the highest point of the town. You’ll also find the birthplace of Blas Infante, known as the father of Andalusia. While some of his works still remain, its rooms also house temporary art exhibits backed by local artists. Time permitting, head to the Encarnación Church for a look at its Mudéjar-style belltower.
Setenil’s cave houses and bars defy gravity.
At the intersection of the Ronda and Cadiz Serranias, the town of Setenil de las Bodegas is undoubtedly dreamlike. Encrusted in the rock, at the banks of the Guadalporcún River, sit a row of houses and restaurants. Some are exposed to the warmth of the sun, while others never get a peak. These are known as the “caves of the shade”. Don’t leave without trying the masitas, homemade hamburgers sold in many bars and restaurants. Walk along the Nasrid Fortress, built between the 14th and 15th centuries and with the vertical rock walls.
Frigiliana’s sloped streets have made it one of Andalusia’s favourite towns.
Located in the area of Malaga known as the Axarquía – the land of mangos, avocados and sugar cane – Frigiliana’s charm translates into vibrant bougainvilleas, thriving patios and double-level terraces. Some have likened this place to Greece thanks to its vertigo-like streets or Chouen thanks to its indigo-painted doors, but all in all, Frigiliana takes hold of its own identity thanks to the kindness of its inhabitants, a healthy blend of Spanish, German and British. The streets and houses are immaculately clean and you may even catch a glimpse of a work mule making its way up Calle de la Amargura.
Does this sound like something you may want to see? Check in with our Concierge who will help you organise an unforgettable tour of southern Andalusia’s white villages.