The famous white villages in and around the Serrania de Ronda are all within easy reach. Each has its own character and its own customs and traditions. Visit Grazalema in the mountains and surrounded by cork oaks, or Zahara for its beautiful location at the top of the big lake. Setenil has cave dwellings, Benalauria or all villages in the Valle del Genal are surrounded by chestnut woods and the so typical Mediterranean forest. Gaucin with its narrow streets gives top stunning views of Gibraltar and even Africa on a clear day.
Wool blankets are made in Grazalema, cheeses in Villaluengua, sausages in Arriate, Benaoján and Montejaque, almond cookies in Atajate, leather goods in Ubrique, guitars in Algodonales .. And in almost all villages are restaurants serving typical local dishes.
One village has distinguished itself from the ‘white villages’: Júzcar has in 2011 exchanged her white outfit for ‘smurf blue’, on the occasion of the world premiere of the 3-D film ‘The Smurfs’. Since then, tourism in the hamlet of slightly more than 200 inhabitants has been booming and it was decided to, for the time being, maintain the colour of their houses blue.
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