The whitewashed villages of Andalucia are impressive historical monuments in their own right, and their inhabitants still live according to age-old traditions, inherited from their Iberian, Roman and Moorish forefathers.
Many of the villages near the coast have become fashionable resorts, while still conserving their ancient charm. Others, lost in the highlands of Andalucia, remain rough and ready olive-farming towns, with a special appeal for the adventurous traveler.
Most Andalucian towns began as fortresses, which stood along the ever-fluctuating frontier between the Christian and Moorish realms. This heritage is apparent in the names of towns with a suffix which translates as ‘of the frontier’, such as “Jerez de la Frontera”, “Arcos de la Frontera”, “Morón de la Frontera”… Over the centuries, many have developed into thriving agricultural centers producing olive oil, fruit, vegetables and goat’s milk.