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TOMA Spotlight: 8 Beautiful villages in Andalucia

Beyond Andalucia’s Golden Triangle of Seville, Granada, and Córdoba, lie some of the most picturesque and enchanting villages. We journey through the most beautiful villages in each of the eight provinces of Andalucía.

Olvera: The White Gem of Cádiz

Olvera: view of Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación church from the castle. Image courtesy of Turismo Olvera

Perched high on a hill in the province of Cádiz, Olvera is a quintessential white village (pueblo blanco). With its narrow streets, whitewashed houses, and the imposing Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación church dominating the skyline, Olvera exudes charm at every corner. The Moorish castle offers panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, a sea of olive groves stretching to the horizon.

Frigiliana: officially one of Spain’s beautiful villages

Frigiliana: Cobbled Street view of Frigiliana

Climb the hill from the coast at Nerja (Málaga) to Frigiliana, often lauded as one of the prettiest villages in Spain. Its well-preserved Moorish old quarter, with its labyrinthine alleys, mosaic-covered walls, and flower-filled balconies, transports visitors to a different era. Strolling through Frigiliana’s cobblestone streets, you’ll encounter artisanal shops and cosy cafes.

Carmona: A Historical Jewel Near Seville

Carmona: De Francisco Jesus Ibañez from Sevilla, España - Carmona, CC BY-SA 2.0,

Just a short drive from Seville, Carmona is a town steeped in history. Its strategic location has made it a significant settlement since Roman times. Wander through its streets, from Roman through Moorish to Baroque architecture. Visit the Roman Necropolis, and be sure to try the local cuisine, which is as rich in flavour as the town is in history.

Priego de Córdoba: Baroque Beauty

Priego de Cordoba: Fuente del Rey Image courtesy of Tourismo Priego

Located in the heart of the Subbética Natural Park, Priego de Córdoba is renowned for its stunning baroque architecture. The Fuente del Rey, a grandiose fountain adorned with statues, and the Iglesia de la Asunción, with its exquisite baroque altar, are must-sees. The town’s medieval quarter, Barrio de la Villa, with its narrow, winding streets and whitewashed houses, offers a peaceful retreat and a glimpse into traditional Andalucian life.

Vélez-Blanco: A Fortress of History

Velez-Blanco: From the castle of Velez-Blanco. Image: Alicia Camacho Adarve via Flickr under

In the province of Almería, Vélez-Blanco is dominated by its imposing Renaissance castle, Castillo de Vélez-Blanco, which offers breathtaking views over the valley. The village itself is a delight, with its historic buildings, quaint streets, and friendly locals. The nearby Cueva de los Letreros is home to prehistoric cave paintings, adding an extra layer of intrigue to this already captivating village.

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Montefrío: A Picture-Perfect Panorama

Montefrio: One of the best views in the world – Montefrio. Image from

Montefrío, in the province of Granada has one of Spain’s most photographed views. The village is dramatically perched on a cliff, with the church of La Villa and the remains of a Moorish castle crowning the summit. The surrounding landscape of rolling hills and olive groves provides a gorgeous backdrop, making Montefrío a photographer’s paradise. Don’t miss the sunset views from the Mirador National Geographic, named after the magazine which has repeatedly named it one of the best views in the world.

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Palos de la Frontera: on the Columbine Trail

Palos: Muelle de las Carabelas at Palos de la Frontera. Image courtesy of Turismo Huelva

Known as the launch point for Christopher Columbus’s first voyage to the New World, Palos de la Frontera in Huelva is a village of immense historical significance. Visit the Muelle de las Carabelas, where replicas of Columbus’s ships are docked, and the Monastery of La Rábida, where Columbus sought support for his journey. The town’s rich maritime history and beautiful surroundings make it a fascinating place to explore.

Baños de la Encina: A Moorish Stronghold

Baños de la Encina: Street view of church in Baños de la Encina

Baños de la Encina in Jaén is home to the formidable Burgalimar Castle, one of the best-preserved Moorish castles in Spain. Its 15 towers stand proudly over the village, offering a tangible link to Andalucía’s Moorish past. The village’s charming streets, historic churches, and beautiful natural surroundings, including the Sierra Morena mountains, make it a perfect destination for history enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

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