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  • White-Washed Villages of Andalucia

    Vejer de la Frontera

    Hotel V...

    Hotel V...

    Hotel V...

    Hotel V...

    Villa Jerez

    Villa Jerez

    Villa Jerez

    Villa Jerez

    Parador de Ronda

    Parador de Ronda

    Parador de Ronda

    Parador de Ronda

    White-Washed Villages of Andalucia

    Fly-drive 6 nights/ 7 days
    Begin your luxury tour of Andalucia’s Pueblo Blancos, or white villages, in Vejer de la Frontera, a former Phoenician fortress. Acquaint yourself with the picturesque winding streets before moving on to Jerez, the home of sherry. Spend the following day sampling three of the key aspects of Andalucia’s culture: horse-riding, Flamenco, and sherry. Your final stop on this tour is Ronda, a striking white-washed town perched on the edge of the formidable El Tajo gorge.

    This tour of one of Spain’s most iconic regions begins with a flight from London to Malaga. Here, collect your hire car and drive west along the coast, through Marbella, Estepona, and turning inland near Gibraltar. Arrive in Vejer de la Frontera in the afternoon, cradled by mountains and farmland. Stay for two nights at the Hotel V…, a charming boutique hotel that blends contemporary luxuries with the feel of ‘Real Spain’ and has a rooftop terrace with stunning views across the white-washed houses below and the hills beyond. From here, drive north to Jerez, home to Spain’s most famous sherry. Stay for two nights at Villa Jerez, an intimate hotel with just 18 rooms. Spend your full day in Jerez exploring the bodegas, the Moorish influences on Andalucia’s architecture, and perhaps watching a show at the Royal School of Equestrian Art. Then, drive on to Ronda, dramatically teetering on the edge of the El Tajo gorge, east of Jerez. This much more mountainous terrain offers a natural beauty that is often bypassed in Andalucia in favour of the tourist beaches of the south; yet, the historic and cultural exploration possible here deserves more celebration. It is among the mountains that the white villages really come into their own. The Parador de Ronda is the former Town Hall of this magnificent settlement, and possesses what are arguably the best views for miles. After two nights in Ronda, drive further east towards Malaga, perhaps spending a few hours in the cosmopolitan city before catching your return flight to London.
    Click here to download a pdf with details about this touring holiday.

    PRICES
    Prices from £1,220 per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room. 

    What's included:
    • Scheduled flights from London to Malaga (flights from other UK airports can be arranged)
    • Group C car hire for duration of holiday
    • 2 nights bed and breakfast in a standard double room at the Hotel V… in Vejer de la Frontera
    • 2 nights bed and breakfast in a standard double room at Villa Jerez in Jerez de la Frontera
    • 2 nights bed and breakfast in a standard double room at the Parador de Ronda in Ronda

    Click the tabs above to view our suggested day-by-day touring itinerary and to find out more about the hotels featured.
    Click here to find out more about how our touring holidays work.

     White-washed villages of Andalucia

    Day-by-Day Itinerary

    DAY ONE: Arrive in Malaga and drive west to Vejer de la Frontera

    Collect your hire car from Malaga airport upon arrival, and drive west across farmland and past mountains on your way to Vejer de la Frontera, the first of the Pueblos Blancos on this tour. This town will introduce you to the charm of the villages of Andalucia, ready for the later stops on this luxury tour. Spend two nights at the boutique Hotel V…, a converted 17th century residence, and stay in a room which mingles contemporary technology with furnishings that hark back to a more traditional Spain.

    DAY TWO: Vejer de la Frontera
    During the day, wander along the cobbled streets of Vejer de la Frontera, passing the white-washed houses, cafes, and quaint shops selling local goods, and take in the spectacular views across both the countryside and the sea in the distance. Trace the remains of the old-world castle wall, which merges with the walls of the cafes and houses. Visit the unusual Iglesia del Divino Salvador, which combines the traditional white-washed walls with the addition of flints and stones. Inside, the decorative arches contrast the dark brown and gold altar, which acts as the austere church’s dramatic focal point. The town’s main square, the Plaza de España, has, as its central feature, a colourful tiled fountain that seems to epitomise Spanish eclectic design. Outside Vejer de la Frontera, you may wish to visit the Ermita San Ambrosio, near the Barbate Marshes. The picturesque chapel is ruined and overgrown, but the arches of the nave still stand, letting the sunlight fall into the ancient chamber. For a few hours on a typically beautiful Andalucian beach, we would recommend the El Palmar beach near Vejer de la Frontera, which offers 12km of unspoilt white sand, blue sea, and grassy banks. Longer possible excursions include Gibraltar (you may wish to stop off here on the trip from Malaga to Vejer de la Frontera) to see the Barbery apes. In the evenings, retire to the Hotel V… to experience the exceptional level of service, and enjoy the rooftop terraces and pools, the chic design, and the romantic hidden courtyards.

    DAY THREE: Drive north to Jerez, and spend two nights

    Leave Vejer de la Frontera in the morning of your third day and head north past the Bay of Cadiz to Jerez. Perhaps stop off in Cadiz, reputedly the oldest town in Europe, to see the white-fronted Cadiz Cathedral which blends neoclassical, rococo, and baroque architectural elements. If time permits, visit one of the golden beaches, one of the castles, or the Roman theatre. Upon arrival in Jerez, check into the intimate Villa Jerez, a haven of luxury in the centre of this lively little town.

    DAY FOUR: Jerez
    Spend the day exploring the narrow streets of Jerez some of which have trees growing up the walls, with a cultivated canopy of leaves stretching overhead and shading passers-by from the sun. The effect is romantic, shady, and somewhat idyllic. The central monument in the town is the Cathedral, built over a period of nearly 100 years, starting in the 17th century. As a result, its five naves, focal dome and decorative balconies have taken on a variety of styles. The Alcazar fortress in Jerez is formidable in size, with rigid walls and a geometric shape. Around it, however, pools and ponds have been built, and palm trees and flowers have grown. The beautiful natural landscape of Andalucia can be enjoyed either in the reservoir of Los Hurones, or at the Embalse de Guadalcacín, both of which are excellent for observing the local wildlife. You may wish to extend your stay in Jerez to allow for a longer trip to the city of Seville, which sits just over an hour’s drive northeast of your hotel. This city is home to the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, with its iconic bell tower and Moorish towers, including La Giralda. The Alcazar de Seville also blends Moorish design with Renaissance design, and has a series of courtyards lined with elaborate keyhole archways. In the Maria Luisa Park, visitors can sit back and enjoy the ponds and pavilions, or ride a horse-drawn carriage around the lawns. Though not essential to a tour of Andalucia’s white-washed villages, a trip into Seville offers a valuable insight into the culture of the region and its history. In the evenings, either dine in Jerez or at the Las Yucas Restaurant at your hotel, sampling regional and national specialities and the local wines.

    DAY FIVE: Drive back east to Ronda, for your final two nights
    Your final stop on this tour is the Parador de Ronda on the edge of the El Tajo gorge, which splits the old town of Ronda from the new. The building itself is the former Town Hall of Ronda, and bedrooms and terraces have magnificent views out across the gorge, the Andalucian countryside, and the Puente Nuevo, a bridge of incredible stature.

    DAY SIX: Ronda
    Spend your days in Ronda appreciating the spectacular situation and views either on foot, by bicycle, or by car. Attractions within the town include the Plaza del Toros, on which the bullfighting museum is located, which tells the story of one of Andalucia’s most famous and controversial traditions. An art museum is housed within a converted 16th century cloistered convent; a Bandit Museum is the only museum in Spain dedicated to bandits and highwaymen; and, the Interpretation Centre for the New Bridge allows visitors to walk under the bridge and look out, through glass windows, at the gorge below and the hanging houses that cling to the sides of the rock, just as prisoners once shackled to the underside of the bridge once did. Visit the water gardens of the Palacio Mondragón, which houses another museum, or the atmospheric Arabic Baths. Perhaps kick back and enjoy a drink on the tree-lined Plaza Duquesa de Parcent before following the rocky trail of the Guadalevin River which leads out of the town. Perhaps hike across the Sierra de la Nieves Mountains if you enjoy a more active holiday, or walk around the shores of the beautiful Zahara-El Gastor Reservoir, the turquoise water of which is surrounded by surreal green rolling hills. An hour away, between Ronda and Malaga, is the Camino del Rey, famous for its metre-wide pathway that scores the sides of the cliffs above the gorges of the Guadalhorce Reservoirs and El Chorro. While this terrifying walk may not be for everyone, the experience is undeniably thrilling and, like the bridge in Ronda, lets visitors get that little bit closer to Andalucia’s amazing landscape. Return in the late afternoon to your own private part of Ronda, and enjoy the extensive grounds of the Parador Hotel. Dine in the restaurant on a hearty selection of meats, seafood, and vegetables, which form a menu inspired by Mediterranean cuisine and the flavours cultivated in the mountains of Cadiz.

    DAY SEVEN: Drive back to Malaga for your flight home

    After spending one final morning in Ronda watching the sun rise from behind the rugged mountains, drive back to Malaga. Perhaps spend a few hours taking in the lively atmosphere of this city and enjoying the beach and the long promenade, before heading to the airport and catching your return flight to London.

    Driving times for this touring holiday:
    Malaga to Vejer de la Frontera: 2 hours 20 minutes
    Vejer de la Frontera to Jerez: 55 minutes
    Jerez to Ronda: 1 hour 35 minutes
    Ronda to Malaga: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Click the 'Hotel Information' tab to find out more about the hotels featured in this touring itinerary.

     

    White-washed villages of Andalucia 17 Mar 16

    Hotel Information

    Below is some information about the luxury hotels featured on this tour of Andalucia. Alternative hotels are available at some destinations - contact us for full details.

    Hotel V...
    Vejer de la Frontera
    Within one of Andalucia’s charming Pueblos Blancos, Hotel V… is a vision of simplicity in the whitewashed village of Vejer de la Frontera. From the most elevated position in the village, the hotel benefits from unrivalled views over orange-hued rooftops, across vast swathes of patchwork agricultural land to the glistening Gibraltar Strait. At this former 17th century Spanish residence, a true sense of history resonates among the minimalist architecture, yet its refurbishment before opening in 2008 saw new life breathed into its time-worn walls. The boutique offering of just 12 rooms and one suite aims not to spoil the quiet of the village, and it is apparent that style and comfort is prioritised at every turn. Time-old features sit beside contemporary installations, with Portuguese furniture in teak and rosewood adding a touch of romance. Each room holds the right measure of tradition to feel at home within the setting. Elsewhere, intimate courtyards are enclosed hideaways for two, while a fabulous rooftop terrace embraces the open air with expansive countryside views. The Jacuzzi here is an exclusive spot for a glass of champagne, while Ayurvedic spa treatments are available in the privacy of your room. The final touch is Annie B’s Spanish Kitchen, a well-established cooking school that offers day classes for all ages and abilities on Spanish cuisine, wine and sherry. Coastal and cultural attractions are within striking distance, making Hotel V… an alternative base for an authentic Andalucian holiday. Private parties are able to rent the hotel as a private residence.
    Find out more here.

    Villa Jerez

    Jerez
    Villa Jerez is a five star boutique hotel situated in Jerez de la Frontera on the western coast of Andalucia. In the Cadiz region, close to Granada, Cadiz, and Seville, this area is packed with opportunities for cultural excursions and leisurely exploration. Approach the hotel through the elegant front gate and across the circular driveway, in the centre of which grows a collection of palms. This boutique hotel is housed within a traditional Spanish manor house containing 18 individually decorated rooms. Like the pale ochre façade, these unique rooms are decorated in pastel colours that have a calming influence in a hotel that benefits from such a convenient city location. Soothing natural colours, accompanied by rustic fireplaces, ornate bookcases, comfortable armchairs, and traditional artworks, establish a pervading sense of simplistic luxury in the public rooms, while the whites and greys of the Junior Suites take on a more contemporary feel. Restaurant Las Yucas is open for both lunch and dinner, and offers a vast array of regional and national specialities which serve to situate guests more deeply in traditional Spain. Terraces, canopied by the balconies above and surrounded by the hotel’s lush grounds, provide an excellent setting for romantic meals or cocktails before dinner. A saltwater pool is situated amidst 4000m2 of beautiful gardens, and adds to this veritable haven of tranquillity. Superior Rooms are adorned with balconies or terraces that look out over the pool and gardens. Such a convenient location grants you easy access to the picturesque centre of Jerez and its formidable cathedral, and puts you just a short distance from Jerez’s many bodegas, where you can try some of the famous Jerez sherry. Plan your holiday in May to visit the famous Feria de Jerez, a horse fair to rival that of Seville. Perfect for long stays in Andalucia, the Hotel Villa Jerez offers the essential balance between quietude and cultural exploration, and between excellent value and luxurious indulgence. As this holiday includes a hire car, you are able to explore this famous region further, perhaps by driving southeast to Gibraltar to see the Rock itself and the native monkeys, or perhaps by around the sparkling bay to Cadiz, one of Europe’s oldest cities. The possibilities for days of cultural exploration abound, though we recommend staying at Villa Jerez as part of a longer touring holiday around either Andalucia or Spain.
    Find out more here.

    Parador de Ronda
    Ronda
    On the very edge of the city, the four-star Parador de Ronda enjoys a spectacularly dramatic location on a promontory that gives way to the ravine of River Tagus. With the city’s bullring to one side and the iconic Puente Nuevo on the other, this is a setting of cultural significance as well as extreme natural beauty. The structure itself – a former town hall building – shows a multitude of architectural influences, but from its entrance off Plaza Espana, its origins are no surprise. There is a formality about this side of the property, yet breach this façade and towards the rear of the property you will find architecture with a more contemporary Mediterranean style. Amid manicured lawns, gently sloped orange roofing and an ivy-clad façade mean that, despite the hotel’s size and location, it by no means sacrifices a sense of Spanish charm. Away from the bustle of the plaza, the grounds beside the ravine’s sheer edge are your own private corner of Ronda, where exquisite views accompany poolside relaxation. A leisurely ease continues to reverberate through the hotel; elegant and sophisticated, the interiors are furnished with antique furniture beside modern tapestries and contemporary fixtures. This is also true of guestrooms which, no matter where the room is located, guarantee superb views in all directions. The dining room promises a hearty menu of meats, game and seafood, which is informed by the cuisines of the Mediterranean and the mountains of Cadiz, but for light snacks and beverages the café with its terrace is an excellent venue.
    Find out more here.

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