by Autentical expert Michael Madsen.

Go by car to the very smallest whitewashed villages of Andalusia – they are worth a visit even though there is nothing about them in the guidebooks.


Make sure to avoid the well-known whitewashed villages, such as Mijas, Frigiliana, Vejer de la Frontera and those who are not at all small white villages, for example. Ronda and Jerez. Instead, go for the small unknown villages – the smaller the better – such as Salares, Ardales, Teba or Villanueva de la Concepción.

Salares, east of Malaga

In the very small whitewashed villages you will find small bars serving tapas for almost no money on the main square. It is not exactly magnificent cooking, but rather truly local experiences – both with regard to the small dishes and to the life of the bar and on the square. And then it’s really cheap!

the whitewashed village of Ardales Ardales, North-western part of the Malaga province

On these bars the local men meet to drink coffee and discuss local affairs – and often get a little tapa from the display on the bar. They can not speak English here, but you can simply point out what one would like to try from the display, so sign language is sufficient here.

Iznajar, in the southern part of the Cordoba province


Tapa = a very little dish, often served with a drink

Tapas = several small dishes, placed on the middle of the table for everyone to share


Here are 3 good places to stay in the whitewashed Andalusian villages:

Apartamentos Ardales (Ardales). Remenber that you found it on Autentical! Book it on

Torre Antigua (Salares). Remenber that you found it on Autentical! Book it on

The Townhouse (Iznajar). Remenber that you found it on Autentical! Book it on

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