Rural magic: uncover the white villages of the Genal Valley

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A hidden gem of the Costa del Sol is the enchanting Genal Valley, where time appears to stand still and nature's splendor is revealed in every nook.

This journey will take us through both Upper and Lower Genal, unveiling the authenticity of its villages, the depth of their history, and the magnificence of their monuments.

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Which white villages can you explore in the Genal Valley?

If you're planning a family escape to the white villages of the Genal Valley, pay close attention, as we reveal all the details below:

Lower Genal: A Rural Paradise Awaiting Discovery

The Lower Genal greets us with its mountains draped in chestnut forests, a landscape that transitions colors with the seasons. A must-visit is Atajate, renowned for this very reason. Its forests offer via ferrata routes leading to the Mosto Museum. It is the smallest town on the Costa del Sol, featuring fascinating 18th-century facades and various monumental sites worth visiting, such as the Church of San José or San Roque, the Fuente-Lavadero, and the open-air Mosto Museum.

Another treasure within the mountains is Jubrique. This white village, with its cobblestone streets and lime-washed houses, invites you to wander and discover the authenticity of rural life. In Jubrique, the circular Matagallar trail beckons us into the local wilderness, guiding us to Genalguacil, a genuine open-air museum celebrated for its contemporary art biennials.

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Further exploring the Lower Genal, we encounter Algatocín, another charming white village. Here, one can savor the exquisite breads of Pan Piña, handmade with local ingredients, and visit significant landmarks like the Church of Nuestra Señora del Rosario, the Santo Cristo Chapel, and the Genal viewpoint, offering a breathtaking view of the valley.

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Moreover, Benadalid is noted for its Castle, the remnants of an ancient Roman fortress; Benalauría for the views from its lookout tower; Benarrabá for its 18th-century Parish Church of San Sebastián; and Gaucín, known as 'the Balcony of the Serranía,' for the spectacular vistas from its Castillo del Águila.

Upper Genal: A Confluence of History and Nature

As we ascend towards the Upper Genal, we are greeted by landscapes of meadows and rivers that enchant us with their pristine beauty.

In Igualeja, you're invited to marvel at the Eccentric Cave and its stunning karst formations. A visit also warrants attention to the Church of Santa Rosa de Lima, the Niche of the Lord of Mercy (Plaza de Andalucía), and the Hermitage of the Divine Shepherd.

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Additionally, the magical route through the Enchanted Forest of Parauta is a must-see. Situated in the Sierra de las Nieves National Park, this trail is dotted with wooden sculptures of gnomes, fairies, and elves, creating a whimsical experience amidst nature.

Júzcar, the "blue village," immerses you in a distinctive and picturesque setting due to its blue-painted facades. Here, the ancient Royal Tin Factory stands as a testament to industrial heritage, offering a glimpse into the past, while the Mycological Museum provides insights into the region's diverse fungi.

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Faraján distinguishes itself with a rural charm enveloped in breathtaking landscapes. It offers trails like those to the Chorreras or to Alpandeire, the village of Fray Leopoldo. Here, you can explore the Cathedral of the Serranía or take in the views from the Mirador del Cuervo.

Cartajima, the valley's highest village, affords stunning panoramic vistas and invites visitors to explore the Church of Nuestra Señora del Rosario.

Lastly, Pujerra, renowned as the chestnut capital, entices with a blend of history and nature. The Chestnut Museum showcases 18th-century artifacts and tools linked to the chestnut harvest, offering a glimpse into the area's agrarian past.

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Discover the Genal Valley: A Unique Exploration Awaits

In essence, the Genal Valley beckons with the allure of rural beauty, a wealth of history, and architectural gems. Whether through the exploration of Upper Genal's splendid villages or by delving into the authenticity of Lower Genal, each corner of this Costa del Sol region promises an unforgettable journey.

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