7 of the Most Beautiful Villages in Andalucía, Spain

March 23, 2017

Most Beautiful Spanish Villages Andalucia Spain

Naming Spain’s most beautiful villages is a daunting task, given the size of the country and all the amazing little places there are to see. Instead I’ve given myself the (still difficult) task of listing some of the most picturesque villages in Andalucía! During my year in Almería I was lucky enough to travel much of the southern part of Spain, and visit many of Spain’s most beautiful villages there, from beachside towns to mountain hamlets, here’s my list of the best villages to visit in Andalucía.

Pampaneira

Tucked away on the Southern side of the Sierra Nevada are the Alpujarras of Granada. These white villages have retained their Moorish influences, and I think that Pampaneira is one of the best villages to visit in the Alpujarras. It’s the first of trio of the most popular villages in the Alpujarras to visit, with Bubión and Capileira hugging the slopes further above. You can actually walk between all three, but Pampaneira is by far my favourite thanks to the water still running through the middle of some streets as it used to, and the sunny main square.

Most Beautiful Spanish Villages Andalucia Spain

Mojácar

Mojácar is probably the most well known village in the province of Almería, where I lived, as it’s near popular resorts. This white village is so built up on a hill that it looks like the whole village is the hill, making it one of the most impressive of these beautiful villages to see from a distance. Winding narrow lanes with plant pots give way to wide open spaces with views for miles around, from the nearby sea to the mountains in the distance.

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Frigiliana

My expectations weren’t too high for this little village just north of Nerja, but since it’s ended up amongst the best villages to visit in Andalucía you can probably guess that it ended up being a favourite! Due to it’s proximity to Malaga and the Costa del Sol it’s amongst one of the most touristy villages, but head higher from the main square to see the cutest streets, overflowing with pot plants and dotted with colourful doors. I sipped coffee under a lemon tree, with views out to the Mediterranean and I couldn’t have been happier.

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Lanjarón

The gateway to the Alpujarras, Lanjarón is one of the bigger villages on this must see list, and one of the more famous although you might not have realised it. All over Spain you can buy “Lanjarón” mineral water which comes from here. It’s a spa town where you can indulge in treatments, enjoy the surrounding nature and explore the ruined castle perched on an outcropping, providing beautiful views of nearby hills and the town itself.

Most Beautiful Spanish Villages Andalucia Spain

Most Beautiful Spanish Villages Andalucia Spain

Salobreña

Salobreña has a history stretching back 6000 years. This whitewashed village (do you sense a theme?) is another that covers most of a hill, and is crowned with a Moorish castle. This small town is very popular with expats and in the summer when it’s population more than doubles in size. It’s easy to see why when it’s so picturesque and Granada and Malaga are within easy driving or public transport distance, as are plenty of beaches along the Costa Tropical and the Costa del Sol.

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Trevélez

I couldn’t leave out this village, even tough I’ve already named two in the Alpujarras as the most beautiful villages (and I could have named many more!). Trevélez is the highest village in mainland spain at 1,476m, and it’s perched steeply on the side of a mountain. I visited in January after there had been some snowfall, and it didn’t feel like being in Spain, but rather some other European spot in the mountains. Apart from the cured ham shops every 100 metres that is. The clear air is perfect for curing ham, and you can enjoy it in any of Trevélez’s 3 neighbourhoods, bajo, medio and alto (low, middle and high), although the bajo is where the most touristy shops are.

Most Beautiful Spanish Villages Andalucia Spain

Ronda

Ronda is the town of romantics, their quotes about it are even displayed prominently near the famous bridge. I already wrote about how Ronda is Spain’s most beautiful village, and although it’s a hard decision I have to stand by it (I think… it’s so hard to decide!). Ronda isn’t as whitewashed and Andalucían as the other villages on the list. It has wider streets and plazas, and even a bullring (the first modern bullring in Spain). If you include all of it, it is probably considered to be more of a town or city. The most captivating thing about Ronda, and the reason it’s one of the most beautiful villages in Spain is the Puente Nuevo, a stone bridge spanning the gorge that separates the old and new town, and offering stunning views across the valley.

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So there we go, 7 of the most beautiful villages in Andalucía, just waiting for you to discover them. I could have named so many more places along the coast in Cabo de Gata, moe villages in the Alpujarras or places further in to the west. And this doesn’t include anywhere outside Andalucía, like villages around Madrid! But having to decide between so many beautiful villages in Spain isn’t exactly the worst problem to have…

Have you been to any? Or would you recommend somewhere else?

Sonja x

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40 Comments

  • Reply Jon Dunn March 23, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    I rented a car in Malaga and did a circuit of some of the ‘pueblos blancos’ between Ronda and Cadiz.
    Highlights were Arcos de la Frontera, (high on a rocky outcrop, with views similar to Ronda) Olvera, Setenil de las Bodegas, (where houses are built deep into overhanging rocks) and Zahara de la Sierra, which has a ruined moorish castle perched high above the town. Fascinating part of the world.

    • Reply Migrating Miss March 24, 2017 at 10:50 am

      It really is! There are so so many places it was hard for me to choose, and obviously even more that I haven’t made it to yet! Setenil de las Bodegas is beautiful too! I still want to go and see so much of Spain.

  • Reply Erin PocketRockets March 23, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    Wow – these pictures are so stunning. I haven’t spent too much time in Southern Spain, but Ronda and Trevélez stand out to me the most! Some friends and I were thinking about Spain later this year, so hopefully I can work these into the plans!

    • Reply Migrating Miss March 24, 2017 at 10:51 am

      Thank you! I spent the most time in southern Spain haha. It’s such a big country with so much to see though! Hopefully you might make it to some of these 🙂

  • Reply Maggie March 23, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    Gorgeous photos! I went to Spain for the first time this month but only to Madrid since we had limited time. I fell in love with the city and want to go back and explore more of the countryside. Your post is making me want to go back today!

    • Reply Migrating Miss March 24, 2017 at 10:51 am

      I really liked Madrid! It still has a very Spanish feel despite being a big city. I hope you get to go back and explore more. I’m biased, but I love the south!

  • Reply Jen March 23, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    Everything that I have seen here makes me want to go Andalucia! The cliffs in Salobreña look so majestic. And walking between villages is my favourite thing:)

    • Reply Migrating Miss March 24, 2017 at 10:52 am

      You would definitely love it then! Especially in the Alpujarras where you can walk all over between lots and lots of tiny villages. It’s a really magical place!

  • Reply Naomi March 23, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    I recently had my first experience in Andalusia, so I mainly visited the bigger cities, but I really wanted to visit Pampaniera too as I heard great things. Now I see I did miss something, but there was already snow when I went. I go back again this year but decided on the southern western part of Andalusia for that trip. Maybe I’d have to rethink it again. Thanks for the new inspiration.

    • Reply Migrating Miss March 24, 2017 at 10:55 am

      You’re welcome! I love the south of Spain, there’s just so much to see that I’m sure wherever you decide to go you’ll see beautiful things :).

  • Reply Daisy March 23, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    Wooow these places look amazing! I spent a day in Barcelona a while ago thinking I could cross Spain off my list haha, clearly I was wrong. These cities seem to charming, I’d definitely spend a good few months in Ronda if I could.

    • Reply Migrating Miss March 24, 2017 at 10:56 am

      Haha Spain is so huge and the areas are so diverse that despite spending a year in Andalucia I feel like I barely scratched the surface!

  • Reply Vicki Louise March 24, 2017 at 9:46 am

    These villages are beautiful! My parents live in a small Spanish village about 30 mins from the coast in the Murcia region and I’ve always wondered if all mountain towns in Spain were as pretty as theirs – and you post answered my question – They are!

    • Reply Migrating Miss March 24, 2017 at 10:58 am

      Wow that’s amazing your parents live there. That probably isn’t too far from some of these! I had such a hard time narrowing this list down and I obviously haven’t even been everywhere!

  • Reply Faith Coates March 24, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Perfect timing I am off to Salobrena in a few weeks and it is so nice to see it being written about. I am very lucky I get to spend 3 months in Spain travelling from Salobrena up to Almeria housesitting so I intend to hang onto your list and hit every place on it.

    • Reply Migrating Miss March 26, 2017 at 11:14 am

      That’s great! I hope you have an amazing time there, I love that whole area so much. I have quite a lot of Almeria posts and ones about the surrounding area, and let me know if you need any tips!

  • Reply Bhushavali March 24, 2017 at 11:13 am

    OMG! All the places look impeccably beautiful!!! Esp, Trevelez and Ronda are just gorgeous! As I always say, the most beautiful places anywhere in world, as the tiny little villages where tourists don’t venture! 🙂

    • Reply Migrating Miss March 26, 2017 at 11:13 am

      I totally agree! Some of these are getting more and more popular, but I always seem to fall more in love with little places than big cities!

  • Reply silvia March 24, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Awesome, I’ve never been to Andalucia but your pics have opened my appetite for it 🙂

    • Reply Migrating Miss March 26, 2017 at 11:12 am

      Thanks! I hope you get to go sometime, I love it there so much!

  • Reply Abhinav Singh March 24, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    Spain is making all the right noises off late, especially in my country India. After a Bollywood movie was shot in Spain, more and more people in India are interested in visiting Spain. The villages you mentioned here seem great.

    • Reply Migrating Miss March 26, 2017 at 11:12 am

      That’s really interesting to know! Spain is such an amazing place and it’s so diverse. There really is something for everyone there!

  • Reply Juan Torres Leon March 24, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    Really nice places, I know a few of them…
    Have you been to Ohanes? (45 minutes from almeria city) For me, it deserves to be in this list!
    By the way… I’m going to New Zealand next week… Any advice or tips?
    Nice job!!

    • Reply Migrating Miss March 26, 2017 at 11:11 am

      I actually thought so so hard about including Ohanes on this list! I went there briefly and it was really lovely, but I was trying to keep the numbers low. There are so many great places! I could endlessly go on about New Zealand haha, it really depends where you’re going and for how long! Make sure you try proper local fish and chips 🙂

  • Reply Rachel April 1, 2017 at 9:03 am

    A great choice of villages and there are so many! I’m still exploring.

    • Reply Migrating Miss April 1, 2017 at 10:10 am

      I love them all and even more but I was trying to keep it short! There are so many amazing little hidden places in Spain :).

  • Reply Marvi April 1, 2017 at 11:09 am

    amazing structures. i love your descriptions and photos of the villages. 🙂

  • Reply Ameeta April 1, 2017 at 11:15 am

    Wow, I have only been to Barcelona and Seville but this post has inspired me to see more of Spain!

    Ameeta xx

    • Reply Migrating Miss April 3, 2017 at 10:19 am

      Thats great! Hopefully you get to see some more of Southern Spain 🙂

  • Reply C-Ludik April 1, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    I like the White Villages in central Andalucia which seem to almost defy gravity in places ! Particularly lovely villages include Grazalema, Vejer de la Frontera and Arcos de la Frontera. I discovered their charm, and the narrow streets, whitewashed houses, pretty old churches and flower-strewn squares have been restored 🙂

    • Reply Migrating Miss April 3, 2017 at 10:19 am

      They really know how to make beautiful little villages in Spain :). Especially when they add flowers!

  • Reply Milou April 2, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    What a great article! I am actually going to Andalusia soon, so this comes in really handy. I already knew Ronda, but I had never heard of the other places!

    • Reply Migrating Miss April 3, 2017 at 10:18 am

      Thank you! Hopefully you make it to some of the others, and there are plenty more!

  • Reply Yvonne April 2, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    I spent four months at different times in the past year exploring Spain for the first time, and also found it so diverse too. Loving Spain so much and hope to return some time. I have been to most of these villages and agree they are very beautiful to explore too. Also enjoyed another couple close to Madrid, northwest is Segovia and south east of Madrid is Cuenca which are picturesque.

    • Reply Migrating Miss April 3, 2017 at 10:15 am

      Thanks! There really is so much to see in Spain. I loved some of the villages near Madrid too, but I decided I had to limit this post to Andalucia! More on those coming 😀

  • Reply Kathi April 3, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    Just yesterday my boyfriend and I decided that we’d travel to Andalucia next year, as his family has a holiday flat out there! Your post comes in very handy indeed – can’t wait for our trip!

    • Reply Migrating Miss April 4, 2017 at 11:06 am

      That’s exciting! Where is the flat? It’s such a lovely place and despite the huge amount of tourism there really are some hidden places 🙂

  • Reply Anisa April 4, 2017 at 11:45 am

    I have not been. I really do want to explore more of Spain that is off the typical tourist track and these towns look so picturesque. Pinning this for planning a future trip.

    • Reply Migrating Miss April 5, 2017 at 8:03 pm

      They are beautiful an despite Spain being a popular tourist destination you can definitely find places that aren’t overrun! Hope you make it soon 🙂

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