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The white villages of Sierra de Cádiz

For those who seek an authentic andalusian rural life

If you have chosen the province of Cádiz as the ideal place to buy a house in Spain with the aim of avoiding major tourist developments and the massive concentrations of your fellow countrymen and countrywomen, then stop looking: the authentic Spain, or more specifically, the authentic Andalusia can be found within the White Villages of the Sierra de Cádiz. Arcos de la Frontera, Ubrique, Olvera, Zahara de la Sierra, Grazalema, Setenil de las Bodegas: all of them are villages of impressive beauty with their whitewashed walls and their churches and Moorish fortresses that were built in perfect integration with the landscape. All are located in an enviable natural environment that allows for numerous and unforgettable hiking escapes during cool mornings. These towns are contagious of the healthy joy of Andalusian people who live in places where everyone knows and greets each other by name and where doors are always open. These towns own that particular something that makes them very special and kindles in you the strong desire to return.

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If you do not mind being known as the Swedish of the town, or the Danish or the French (which can be an advantage, since it will free you from possible rural nicknames such as the catkiller or the bootbender) and if you are willing to learn the Andalusian dialect, impossible to understand with almost no consonants, used in these places, your life can be completely transformed. You just need to buy a house in the white villages of the Sierra de Cádiz. Here you will find a haven of tranquility fully integrated into the village life. But also here you cannot bring the expectations that you would have in other more touristic place: a car is essential to take your children to a school in the Spanish system, and do not hope that multilingual staff will attend you at the nearest hospital. If you buy a property in the Sierra de Cádiz, you should bear in mind that many rural houses in these Andalusian villages have been built outside the local urban planning laws, and that they must have their DAFO document to be regularized. For this reason, in this area we especially recommend working with Agencies and properties verified by MiMove. And in which White Village should you buy a home? There are options for all tastes, and each of them has its advantages. We especially like Zahara de la Sierra, Olvera and Arcos de la Frontera. Zahara de la Sierra enjoys a privileged location and stunning views over the turquoise waters of El Gastor reservoir, where you can practice kayaking and canoeing. Its Nasrid castle can be visited freely and offers unbeatable views of the reservoir. Olvera is a perfect White Village for an oil painting, with its imposing church and its 12th century castle. It is the perfect base for a visit to the Grazalema National Park and its famous pinsapo trees. Arcos de la Frontera is the largest of the White Villages and the best connected, just 30 minutes from Jerez Airport. Here a growing British community has begun to settle. The views of the countryside from its National Parador are unequaled. And then there's Ubrique, El Gastor, Algodonales, El Bosque, Prado del Rey... One of them can be the place that completely changes your life.

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