Visit a Rural Village in Andalusia, Ronda

Olvera is one of Spain's official white villages (also called white towns, white cities, or Pueblos Blancos), a string of white-washed towns that often sit atop hills in the provinces of Málaga and Cádiz.


Olvera is one of Spain's official white villages (also called white towns, white cities, or Pueblos Blancos), a string of white-washed towns that often sit atop hills in the provinces of Málaga and Cádiz. Olvera is a small village but one with a dramatic presence with its cathedral and castle sitting high atop the hill and overlooking the valleys below. It's a town that pairs nicely with other white villages, including Ronda, Zahara de la Sierra, Grazalema, and Sentil de las Bodegas, to name a few. 

As a 700-year-old village, Olvera has a diverse history with several cultural influences. The town's original Moorish walls still enclose its Old Town, and the 12th-century Arab castle dominates its skyline. Next door to the castle is a 19th-century cathedral built upon the foundation of a Moorish church. 

As a self-guided tour, you can cater your day in the village to your interests, though upon booking, we'll provide you with all the practical information you'll need, plus personalized insider tips on how to enjoy your time.


  • Explore the unique history and charming streets of Olvera, one of Andalusia's beautiful white villages
  • Discover the Roman, Visigoth, and Berber influences visible in the village's architecture and cave dwellings
  • Enjoy a self-guided tour of Olvera's significant sites, such as the cathedral, the Iglesia Parroquial Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación, and the Muralla Urbana observation deck
  • Indulge in traditional tapas and refreshments at the Plaza Ayuntamiento square
  • Capture stunning photos from the cliffside roads overlooking the town.

Know before you go

Recommended for
All ages
Self guided

What you'll do

Your journey begins as you make your way toward the charming village of Olvera. Olvera is a hidden gem nestled in the heart of Andalusia, often missed by travelers in favor of the more well-known cities such as Seville, Cádiz, and Málaga. But, Olvera holds its own unique charm and history. Upon arrival, park your car at the Vereda Ancha or Piscina lots at the start of the old town. These lots are conveniently located and provide easy access to Olvera's charming streets and historic sites.

Once you have parked your car, begin your self-guided tour by making your way up the hilly streets towards the cathedral, via Calle Calvario. Along the way, explore the shops and cafes lining Calle Victoria and Calle Llana. Don't forget to stop by the Monumento al Sagrado Corazón – a monument of the "sacred heart", equipped with a waterfall and staircase leading you to the top, where you can catch a breathtaking view of the town and its surroundings.

Continue your tour by following Calle Calzado, a picturesque pedestrian street lined with charming white-washed buildings adorned with flower pots. The street also offers glimpses of the massive cathedral at the top of the hill, the Iglesia Parroquial Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación. Upon reaching the top of the street, you'll find yourself in Plaza de la Iglesia, where you can take in panoramic views of the church, castle, valley, and mountains.

Feel free to explore the cathedral or the castle, immersing yourself in the rich history and architecture of the area. Afterward, make your way to Calle Mirador, a beautiful vista that wraps around the cathedral and offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape. Follow this path to the Muralla Urbana, an observation deck that provides an incredible perspective of the mountains and the castle, which appears to erupt from the rock.

Finally, head back into the town along Calle Azuaga, passing through the quaint town square, Plaza Ayuntamiento. Here, treat yourself to a well-deserved break with a refreshing drink and some traditional tapas. As you make your way back to your car, feel free to explore the side streets of the town. With the town's elevated position, these narrow roads appear to fall off the cliffside, offering unique photo opportunities. In the end, you'll leave with an appreciation for Olvera's unique history, charming streets, and exceptional viewpoints.