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The White Villages of Andalucia Spain

The White Villages of Andalucia

Following the ancient trading route between Cordoba and Granada, through the heart of some of the most beautiful Andalucian scenery.

The White Villages of Andalucia

When the Moors ruled Southern Spain, this route linked some of the most important trading cities of the time. These towns are still steeped in Moorish history and boast monuments such as the mesmerising Mezquita, the Great Mosque of Cordoba – unique for being both a mosque and a cathedral – and the Alhambra at Granada with its breathtaking gardens. Starting in the magnificent city of Cordoba, you will walk through the heart of Andalucia, through canyons and olive groves, visiting historic white village such as Moclin, Alcala La Real and Zuheros, before arriving in one of Andalucias’ finest jewels, Granada.

Holiday Highlights

  • Cordoba - the Great Mosque and the historic old town
  • Granada – the Alhambra, the Generalife, the Albacin (Arab Quarter) ,The Sacromonte; Flamenco caves
  • White Villages of Andalucia
  • The Sierra Subbetica Natural Park
  • Stunning scenery & Climate

What's Included

  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Comprehensive route notes
  • 7 nights (5 half board)
  • 5 days walking

Itinerary & Hotels

  • 1

    Arrive in Cordoba day 1


    Cordoba is the home of the mesmerising Mezquita, the ‘Great Mosque’ which you may like to visit (tickets to be purchased separately.) the Mezquita is unique in that it is a Cathedral built over Mosque – an impressive symbol of the combination of the 2 cultures which have dominated Cordoba’s history.

    • Hotel Itaca Colon
    • Hotel Itaca Colon - Buffet

    Hotel Itaca Colon

    The modern facilities at the Ítaca Colón Hotel offer you a wonderful place to rest just a few metres from the most famous sights in Cordoba.


    • Cafeteria serving a delicious breakfast buffet.
    • WiFi throughout
    • Laundry available
    • Luggage storage available
    • Bike rental available


  • 2

    Cordoba to Zuheros day 2


    Today you can get to know Cordoba. Why not have a wander through the Arab quarter and the Jewish quarter. Have some tapas and a drink in one of the patios, typical of the area.

    Take the public bus to Zuheros. There is a regular service until 19.30 weekdays, 19.00 weekends. Zuheros is one of the most beautiful Andalucian ‘White Villages’ on a spectacular cliffside setting, with views of the ocean of olive groves to one side and the rugged foothills of the Sierra Subbética Natural Park, to the other. Stay in Zuheros, at the Hotel Rural Zuhayra. The village dates back to the 10th century, when it was established by the Moors.

    • Zuheros Hotel
    • Zuheros Courtyard
    • Zuheros Pool
    • Zuheros Room

    Hotel Rural Zuhayra
    Zuheros, Córdoba

    Hotel Zuhayra has 18 rooms distributed on two floors, all exterior and most of them with magnificent views of the olive groves and mountains that surround us. Snug rooms in a laid-back hotel with a restaurant, a bar & an outdoor pool. All rooms have a full bathroom, hairdryer on request, heating, air conditioning, telephone, television and free Wi-Fi.


    • Small pool to relieve the heat of the suffocating summer days or relax after an intense day of visits in the area.
    • Free Wi-Fi in all hotel rooms.
    • Reading corner
    • Tourist information service about the surrounding towns and villages, Sierras Subbéticas Natural Park, Vía Verde, hiking trails
    • Corner "flavors of the Subbética" , where you can buy typical products of the area: cheeses, oils, wines, liquors, etc.
    • Meeting room where you can hold work meetings, family or whatever.


    • Restaurant with traditional cuisine of the area, special menu for children, vegetarian dishes.
    • Lounge-cafeteria with fireplace with informal service of meals, rations, pizzas, etc. The ideal place to have a good coffee in the company of family or friends.
    • Patio-terrace of summer where you can have an aperitif or a good meal in the warm days of spring and summer.
  • 3

    Circuit walk from Zuheros day 3


    Circuit walk from Zuheros through pretty limestone canyons, pastures dotted with withered oaks and great viewpoints over the village of Baena, famous for being Andalucia’s foremeost producer of high quality olive oil. This is where the olives of some of the best olive oils in the world, mature under the eternal sun ….. Stay in Zuheros, at the Hotel Rural Zuhayra.

    8 mi
    (12 km)

  • 4

    Zuheros to Zagrilla day 4


    You start your walk thorough the Sierras Subbéticas Nature Reserve which is a UNESCO Global Geopark due to it’s geological interest. Make your way down through the Lastra Region to the Zagrilla Canyon.

    • Villas De Priego
    • Villas De Priego - Pool

    Villas De Priego
    Priego de Córdoba

    The Hotel Villa de Priego is located in the beautiful Sierras Subbéticas Nature Reserve, in the province of Córdoba, and consists of several villas spread across throughout the hotels beautiful and tranquil gardens.


    • Swimming pool area
    • Playground
    • Restaurant
    • Cafeteria
    • Free Wi-Fi in the public areas.
    • Air conditioning
    • Laundry service



    Regional specialities are served in the restaurant

    10 mi
    (15 km)

  • 5

    Zagrilla to Priego day 5


    Walking through the foothills, oak forests and olive groves, head for another White Village - Carcabuey, famous for its medieval castle. The castle houses the hermitage of Santa Maria Santísima, who was famed for performing miracles on the sick and infirm, and is revered by the local community. Your walk ends in Priego, another olive farming town, standing on a plateau overlooking the foothills of the Subbética Mountain Range. The Old Town is centred around the Moorish Castle at the edge of the escarpment.

    • Hospederia San Francisco
    • Hospederia San Francisco

    Hospedería San Francisco
    Priego de Córdoba

    Hospedería San Francisco is located in Priego de Córdoba within the historic city center, a site of special interest. The architecture of the new hotel preserves its Renaissance and Baroque soul that will make you relive the era of one of the most important observant Franciscan monasteries in Andalusia, originally founded in 1512 by the first Marquis of Priego, Don Pedro Fernández de Córdoba.


    • 24-hour reception
    • Wi-Fi
    • Comfortable and modern fully equipped rooms



    The unbeatable location of the Hospedería in the historical center of the city will allow you to visit any of its numerous restaurants and bars, with an assorted menus of tapas, at reasonable prices, from the most renowned traditional Andalusian cuisine.

    11 mi
    (17 km)

  • 6

    Priego to Alacala day 6


    Catch the bus to Alacala la Real. Alcalá means fortified city in Arabic. As you approach the town, you will see the Fortress of La Mota, which dominates the skyline, and indicates the historic importance of this frontier city. Take a walk around the town, and visit the many lookout points which bear witness to the strategic position of this town throughout the ages.

    You can then follow a circular walk which takes you to the La Mota Fortress. Head back to the town Have a walk around the town, and visit the many lookout points which bear witness to the strategic position of this town throughout the ages.

    • Hotel Torrepalma
    • Hotel Torrepalma
    • Hotel Torrepalma
    • Hotel Torrepalma

    Hotel Torrepalma
    Alcalá la Real

    Simple clean rooms in a hotel offering a casual restaurant & a tapas cafe, plus a bar & a lounge. This special location of Alcalá la Real makes it an excellent starting point for tourist routes that include the provinces of Jaén, Granada and Córdoba.


    • 38 Air-conditioned rooms
    • Modern televisions connected via satellite.
    • Restaurant & Cafeteria



    In the restaurant you can enjoy traditional homemade food from the region or a selection of international cuisine.

  • 7

    Alacala to Granada day 7


    Take the bus to Grenada in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Granada is well known for grand examples of medieval architecture dating to the Moorish occupation, especially the Alhambra. This sprawling hilltop fortress complex encompasses royal palaces, serene patios, and reflecting pools from the Nasrid dynasty, as well as the fountains and orchards of the Generalife gardens. You may chose to visit the Alhambra (not included in price – you may book online in advance.)

    Spend the final day of your holiday in Grenada, also famous for the Alabaicin and the Arab Quarter. Don’t forget to visit the Sacromonte area with its famous cave houses, where the gitanos used to live. This area is well-known for flamenco music and dance.

    • Hotel Sacromonte
    • Hotel Sacromonte
    • Hotel Sacromonte

    Hotel Sacromonte

    The three-star Sacromonte Hotel is located in the Magdalena neighborhood, right in the center of Granada, and will provide you with a magical stay, just like the city you are visiting.

    From the Hotel Sacromonte, you can reach the main points of the city, places like the Alhambra, the Cathedral of Granada, the Monastery of San Jerónimo or the García Lorca Park.


    The Hotel Sacromonte offers 31 cozy and modern rooms equipped with amenities such as free Wi-Fi, private bathroom and air conditioning.

    • Wi-Fi
    • Baggage room
    • Covered parking
    • 24 hours reception
    • Laundry / dry cleaning services



Route & Location

Customise Your Holiday

  • Getting there and away

    There are regular flights from the UK to Malaga with the connecting train from central Malaga to Cordoba taking around 50 minutes.

    Multiple UK destinations are served by direct flights from Granada Airport.

  • Extend your stay

    Add an extra night in Cordoba or Granada, Please call us for details.