Exploring the white villages

Discover the surroundings

Visitors landing in this area for the first time will be struck by the beauty of the cluster of white villages that perfectly portray the traditions of rural Andalusian life. We recommend the adventure of exploring the villages of the area, to examine the history and to explore the gastronomic richness of the local vegetables and meats through the grills and tapas bars… Cortijo Rosas Cantares is distributed over 3 municipalities that are precisely three of the white villages that should be on the itineraries of every visitor…


The biggest attraction in the harbour city of Málaga is the Picasso Museum. Around 140 works by the famous painter are exhibited in the Palacio Buenavista. We recommend a detour to the Jardín Botánico-Histórico La Concepción or the Arab bath El Hammam. You can bathe like the Moors in this wellness oasis.


Don't miss a visit to the white town of Antequera. It is beautifully embedded in rocky hills. Unique burial treasures can be visited nearby. The dolmen sites of Antequera have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2016. The three megalithic monuments Menga, Viera and El Romeral from the Neolithic and Bronze Age are on the World Heritage List. On the one hand. On the other hand, two natural monuments - the Peña de los Enamorados mountain and the El Torcal massif - also bear the prestigious UNESCO label.


Ronda is the stronghold of bullfighting and is one of the highlights of any trip to Andalusia. The oldest bullring in Spain is located in the town on the mighty rocky plateau. It was opened in 1785. A museum is integrated into the complex, which tells the story of the great bullfighting families. Ronda also delights its visitors with the Puente Nuevo. This architectural masterpiece over a 120 metre deep gorge connects the old town of La Ciudad with the newer district of El Mercadillo.


This village was founded in the 15th century on what was originally the estate of a local aristocrat, Diego Romero. The fertility of the area and the irrigation of the river Guadalhorce has turned it into an area of citrus, olive, almond, walnut and a host of other crops, including subtropical. The inhabitants, around 10,000 in number, are welcoming and cheerful, making a visit to the more historic part of the town centre an experience to be enjoyed.


This charming mountain village, although dating back to prehistoric times with some important archaeological sites, has a distinctly Muslim character, with its winding, ascending alleyways. It was, in fact, one of the last settlements belonging to the Caliphate of Córdoba, before its renunciation in 1485. Its small population of around 2,500 people will make a visit a leap back in time to an era of ancient peace that we will never forget…


We can recommend a day trip to Granada. The city's biggest attraction is the Alhambra - probably the most remarkable monument to Moorish architecture and Islamic art in Europe. The medieval royal castle with the Court of Lions is one of the most famous buildings in Spain. The attraction on Sabikah Hill has been a World Heritage Site since 1984. The entire Alhambra complex includes the Generalife outside the fortress walls, the Medina, the palaces of the Nasrids and the Alcazaba (citadel).


This town of some 13,000 inhabitants has a history dating back to primitive times, when the wealth of flora and fauna fed a population that was eventually displaced by the Tartessians and Phoenicians who discovered the commercial potential of the area. The Romans took advantage of the foundations of the castle that can still be seen today crowning the central hill, and which was begun by the Phoenicians. Exploring its narrow streets is a pleasant experience in which the visitor can feel the effect of centuries of history in the constructions left by the cultures that passed through this village.

Other destinations

In addition to the three villages mentioned above, there are other charming villages that also offer unforgettable experiences to the visitor …. Carratraca with its thermal baths, Ardales with its cave paintings in the cave of Doña Trinidad Grund, or Ronda, final resting place of Orson Welles, with its impressive bridge built in 1793 or its unforgettable bullring. In addition to the monumental offer, there are wineries and farms to visit, coastal areas to explore, or natural parks to visit, all just minutes away from Rosa Cantares.

But amongst the various points of interest in the area, “El Caminito del Rey” (The King’s Road) stands out, a place that arouses the interest of all visitors. It is a walkway between mountains that was built for a visit by King Alfonso XIII in 1921 when he came to the “Desfiladero de los Gaetanes” to inspect the hydroelectric plant in the area known as “El Chorro”. The views are spectacular and tickets are often sold out due to the large volume of visitors, so it is advisable to book tickets in advance. They are available at https://www.caminitodelrey.info/en.

And, of course, no visit would be complete without a stroll through Malaga’s historic city centre. Its offer includes spectacular archaeological excavations such as the Roman amphitheatre or the castle of Gibralfaro, but also a cultural offer that includes 40 museums ranging from historic cars to the Picasso museum in his birthplace. The culinary offer is massive with obligatory visits to places like the gastrobars of the Mercado de Atarazanas or the wine cellar “La Casa de la Guardia”. For full information on the options and events such as the Easter processions or the Feria and Christmas festivities, please visit https://visita.malaga.eu/en/.

For more information or help in configuring an itinerary, please do not hesitate to talk to us as we will be delighted to share our own romance with Andalusia, its traditions, its secrets and its people…

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