Welcome to Zahara de la Sierra


The precipitous CA9104 road over the ultra-steep 1357m Puerto de las Palomas (Doves' Pass) links Zahara with Grazalema (17km south) and is a spectacular drive full of white-knuckle switchbacks.


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$92.77 Day Trips & Excursions

White Villages Guided Day Tour from Seville

Begin your journey driving through the Sevillian countryside, surrounded by wheat and beautiful sunflowers fields. Here you will stop at The Castle ofLas Aguzaderas - an interesting medieval building located at the old border among Catholic kingdom and Moorish kingdom. Then continue through the mountains stopping at the picturesque white village of Zahara de la Sierra, located at the top of a steep hill Zahara is famous for its views and history. Here you will have time to walk around the town, have a coffee and visit a small olive oil factory which makes one of the best olive oil in the southern region.  On the way to Grazalema you will drive through the Natural Park 'Sierra de Grazalema'. You will enjoy a range of amazing landscapes and views over the provinces of Cádiz, Málaga and Seville, from "Puerto de las Palomas" which is 1157 metters above sea level. You will also get the chance to witness the wildlife in their natural habitat. These mountains are home to the largest colony of Griffon vultures in Spain. Once in Grazalema, there will be time to have a nice meal, surrounded by the pittoresque white houses decorated with colorful flowers. After lunch you will leave Grazalema, on the way you will cross a very beautiful Mediterranean forest full of cork trees and oaks. Where up to present day locals still work with its cattle (Iberian pigs, goats and cows), to extract honey, cork, aromatic spices or wood. After an exciting morning, you will reach one of the oldest towns in Spain, unique for its surrounding nature and history. It is built on two separate cliffs. The town is connected by the most famous bridge in Spain, known as "The New Bridge" even though it was built in 18th century. You will have free time to explore the town's beauty.

$92.77 Day Trips & Excursions

White Villages and Ronda Day Tour from Seville

Begin your journey driving through the Sevillian countryside, surrounded by wheat and sunflowers fields. Here you will stop at the 'Castle of  Las Aguzaderas' - an interesting medieval building located at the old border among Catholic kingdom and Moorish kingdom. Then continue through the mountains stopping at the picturesque white village of Zahara de la Sierra, located at the top of a steep hill Zahara is famous for its views and history. Here you will have time to walk around the town, have a coffee and visit a small olive oil factory which makes one of the best olive oil in Andalusia. On the way to Grazalema you will drive through the Natural Park ' Sierra de Grazalema'. You will enjoy a range of amazing landscapes and views over the provinces of Cadiz, Malaga and Seville, from ' Puerto de las Palomas' which is 1157 metters above sea level. You will also get the chance to witness the wildlife in their natural habitat. These mountains are home to the largest colony of Griffon vultures in Spain. Once in Grazalema, there will be time to have a nice meal, surrounded by white houses decorated with colorful flowers. After lunch you will leave Grazalema and head to Ronda, on the way you will cross a very beautiful Mediterranean forest full of cork trees and oaks. Where up to present day locals still work with its cattle (Iberian pigs, goats and cows), to extract honey, cork, aromatic spices or wood. After an exciting morning, you will reach Ronda, one of the oldest towns in Spain. Ronda its unique for its surrounding nature and history. It is built on two separate cliffs. The town is connected by the most famous bridge in Spain, known as ' The New Bridge' even though it was built in 18th century. In Ronda you will have free time to explore.

$381.65 Day Trips & Excursions

Private White Villages Guided Day Tour from Seville

Begin your journey driving through the Sevillian countryside, surrounded by wheat and beautiful sunflowers fields. Here you will stop at The Castle of 'Las Aguzaderas', an interesting medieval building located at the old border among Catholic kingdom and Moorish kingdom. Then, continue through the mountains stopping to watch the landscape of the white village Zahara de la Sierra, located at the top of a steep hill Zahara is famous for its views and history. Here you will have time to walk around the town and visit a small olive oil factory which makes one of the best olive oil in the region. On the way to Grazalema, we will drive through the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park. You will love the views of Cadiz, Malaga and Seville provinces from 'Puerto de las Palomas'. You will also get the chance to witness the wildlife. These mountains are home to the largest colony of Griffon vultures in Spain. Once in Grazalema, there will be time to have a nice meal, surrounded by white houses decorated with colorful flowers. After lunch, you will leave Grazalema and head to Ronda, on the way we will cross a very beautiful Mediterranean forest full of cork trees and oaks where up to present day, locals still work with its cattle (Iberian pigs, goats and cows) to extract honey, cork, aromatic spices or wood. After an exciting morning, you will reach Ronda. This town is unique for its nature and history. It is built on two separate cliffs. The town is connected by 'The New Bridge' even though it was built in the 18th century. Your tour guide will take you around and tell you about the history after which you will have free time to explore.     In this Private Tour you can choose the visit of other towns like Olivera, Setenil or Arcos de la Frontera and 'La Cueva del Gato'.

$157.36 Day Trips & Excursions

Hiking Day Trip to La Garganta Verde and Zahara de la Sierra from Cádiz

See the Garganta Verde, a spectacular canyon carved by the Arroyo del Pinar River, located about 3 miles (5 km) from Zahara de la Sierra village, in Sierra de Grazalema park. It gets its name from the dense vegetation covering vertical walls that reach up to 1,300 feet (400 meters). Do a 2-hour hike on the 1.5-mile (2.5 km) trail running alongside the canyon. Keep an eye out for scrub of broom, wild olive trees, fan palms, mastic trees, goldfinches, stonechats, and warblers, and glimpse the rock faces of La Garganta.Stop at the El Arroyo de Bocaleones observation balcony to appreciate the gorge’s full size. Here you can see one of Europe’s largest breeding colonies of griffon vultures. Continue to Zahara de la Sierra, a popular white village in Cádiz province. See its castle, built on a rocky peak high above the lake’s turquoise waters, and see the whitewashed houses of this “white village” below. Visit during Andalusia’s hot summers, and you will soon discover the reason for the houses’ light color.With land covering more than 43 square miles (70 square km), the town is surrounded on all sides by hills ranging between 1,000 to 3,280 feet (310 to 1,000 meters). With about 1,600 inhabitants, it is known as Zahareños, likely coming from the Arab word “sahra,” meaning desert.

$1233.02 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Day Trip from Málaga: The White Towns of Andalusia

The gateway to the Pueblos Blancos Route, Arcos de la Frontera, is considered one of the most beautiful towns in Spain. There are traces of the first prehistoric settlers and of the Romans at the archaeological site Sierra de Aznar. The town’s layout and contour are, however, from the Muslim era. Walk through the narrow streets and pass under the ancient archways to visit the old quarters, a declared historical site. All of the historical places of worship house valuable images which are paraded through the town’s streets during Easter Week, part of the Semana Santa Festival which has also been declared of National Touristic Interest.The mountain village Zahara de la Sierra, situated in the foothills of the Sierra del Jaral in the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, is declared a Historical Site. Present-day Zahara de la Sierra was founded during a period of Moorish occupation. The town still stands from that period, apart from the maze-like urban design of Al-Andaluz, a 13th century castle that has been restored to keep the medieval Zahara within the stretches of its walls. The hillside position of Zahara imbues the village with an unusual appearance for an urban dwelling. The different levels require the streets to have steps! During the festival of Corpus Christi, declared a Festivity of National Tourist Interest, not only can you marvel at the sight of the decoration of the city, but you can also taste the local cuisine with dishes such as the “quemones de cebolla” (a tomato dip with onion and parsley), the “sopas hervias” (bread and tomato soup) and their specialty dessert cakes.The picturesque white town of Grazalema in the region of Cádiz is ensconced in the heart of the Sierra de Grazalema mountain range and hosts a very particular microclimate, registering the highest annual rainfall index in the entire Iberian Peninsula. Although there are traces of prehistoric settlements in the area, such as the Dolmen de la Giganta, Grazalema’s origins coincide with the Roman town of Lacilbula. In the town centre, declared a Historic Site, the typical regional architecture blends perfectly with the town’s monumental treasures. The jewel in the crown of the town is, however, the Baroque church Nuestra Señora de la Aurora. It is accompanied by the San José Church, the parish church Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación, the church San Juan and the Hermitages of El Calvario and Los Ángeles. The city is also famous for its traditional blankets, which are on display at the Museum of Textile Crafts along with other craft products.

$138.57 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Day Trip from Seville: The White Towns of Andalusia

The gateway to the Pueblos Blancos Route, Arcos de la Frontera, is considered one of the most beautiful towns in Spain. There are traces of the first prehistoric settlers and of the Romans at the archaeological site Sierra de Aznar. The town’s layout and contour are, however, from the Muslim era. Walk through the narrow streets and pass under the ancient archways to visit the old quarters, a declared historical site. All of the historical places of worship house valuable images which are paraded through the town’s streets during Easter Week, part of the Semana Santa Festival which has also been declared of National Touristic Interest.The mountain village Zahara de la Sierra, situated in the foothills of the Sierra del Jaral in the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, is declared a Historical Site. Present-day Zahara de la Sierra was founded during a period of Moorish occupation. The town still stands from that period, apart from the maze-like urban design of Al-Andaluz, a 13th century castle that has been restored to keep the medieval Zahara within the stretches of its walls. The hillside position of Zahara imbues the village with an unusual appearance for an urban dwelling. The different levels require the streets to have steps! During the festival of Corpus Christi, declared a Festivity of National Tourist Interest, not only can you marvel at the sight of the decoration of the city, but you can also taste the local cuisine with dishes such as the “quemones de cebolla” (a tomato dip with onion and parsley), the “sopas hervias” (bread and tomato soup) and their specialty dessert cakes.The picturesque white town of Grazalema in the region of Cádiz is ensconced in the heart of the Sierra de Grazalema mountain range and hosts a very particular microclimate, registering the highest annual rainfall index in the entire Iberian Peninsula. Although there are traces of prehistoric settlements in the area, such as the Dolmen de la Giganta, Grazalema’s origins coincide with the Roman town of Lacilbula. In the town centre, declared a Historic Site, the typical regional architecture blends perfectly with the town’s monumental treasures. The jewel in the crown of the town is, however, the Baroque church Nuestra Señora de la Aurora. It is accompanied by the San José Church, the parish church Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación, the church San Juan and the Hermitages of El Calvario and Los Ángeles. The city is also famous for its traditional blankets, which are on display at the Museum of Textile Crafts along with other craft products.