Pueblos Blancos

Photo: www.spainatm.com
Photo: http://www.spainatm.com

Steve flies over these pretty amazing communities on hilltops and valleys, and wonders how they are like from the ground. As ever an eager traveller I am, it wasn’t difficult to be convinced of a visit to one or some of them.

Pueblos Blancos or White Towns of Andalucía as they are called, are well-known in this part of Spain. They were prehistoric settlements from cave homes to Moorish villages to uniformed towns under the dictatorship of Miguel Primo de Rivera. Apparently the whitewashing of these towns was mandated as a form of oppression and suppression of personal, social and political freedom.

That’s a generation ago. Today, they radiate with charm and calm with their quiet narrow cobbled paths, layers of white over layers of history, fascinating holes in the walls where people live and lived, Spanish tiles, Moorish styles, with every turn of the corner a surprising discovery, the top of a church, a grand lookout and even if there’s nothing interesting it’s the brilliant blue sky above gleaming white.

During this trip, I realized that Steve has a habit of parking his car at the bottom of each town so in order to enjoy the splendour of these ancient towns, we have to walk up and up, not really knowing exactly where the roads lead, sometimes into people’s courtyards and so we have to backtrack and find another way out and up. But that makes the visit so enjoyable and the view at the top so worthwhile.

Enough said. Pictures speak louder than words and I hope my phone camera does justice to the beauty of Medina-Sidonia, Ubrique and Arcos. Enjoy the photo-tour…Joan Yap

Out in the countryside powered by the wind
Out in the countryside powered by wind
Medina Sidonia - original site founded by the Phoenicians, and now by Steve.
Medina Sidonia – original site founded by the Phoenicians, and now by Steve.
The entire town is celebrating something, spring festival, Chinese New Year?
The entire town is celebrating something – spring festival, Chinese New Year?
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View from the restaurant we had our lunch
Ubrique - where big brands like Gucci & Loewe source their leather
Ubrique – where big brands like Gucci & Loewe source their leather
Way up to the top
Way up to the top
Another high point overlooking the white town
High point overlooking the white town
The narrow lanes of Arco where Steve is determined to walk up despite the car coming towards us
The narrow alleys of Arcos where Steve is determined to walk up despite the car coming towards us
Alley cat
Alley cat…don’t even think of asking it for directions.
This cutie is waiting for someone, kept looking round the corner and down the lane.
This cutie is waiting for someone, kept looking round the corner and down the lane.
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Halfway up, we realized we were walking the stations of the cross.
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Gate to courtyard houses
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The climax of our climb – view from the peak at Plaza del Cabildo
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