The White Towns take us on a tour of the sierra, from one town to another with houses that dazzle for their whiteness and their tiled roofs. It is a pleasure to walk around their streets admiring the balconies, churches, fountains and the magnificent mountain scenery.
So, we arrive in Ronda, 40 miles (60 km) from Marbella. Ronda rises up on an impressive crag. Then we continue to Benaoján, Cortés de la Frontera, Ubrique, Grazamela, Benamahoma and Arcos de la Frontera. The alternative routes allow us to discover Zahara, Algodonales, Olvera, Setenil, Alcalá del Valle and finally, Antequera, a large city dominated by its Arab Castle. These are charming routes to discover the secret Andalucía and its gastronomic delights.
The flamenco route, an anthology of Andalucía culture, invites us to visit the towns where the great dancers were born, where we can listen and admire the great dancers of our time.
The closest route from Marbella leads us to Malaga to visit the El Palo district, to Ronda, where the singer Tobalo and Antonio, the revolutionary dancer, were born, and then on to discover the famous place known as Garganta del Tajo. It is very recommendable to continue on to Granada, where Chacón became famous, who revolutionized the flamenco style and where we can enjoy a show given by his followers.
Lastly, it is very worthwhile to visit the towns of Montefriso, Algarinejo and Iznájar, where we will be able to listen to trilleras or labores, typical songs of this region.
These charming routes combine to give us great pleasure in learning about the culture adjacent to the Costa del Sol.
Text: Interiores Patrick Monney, Portadilla, RVG Images ± Photo: Interiores Patrick Monney, Portadilla, RVG Images.