Visiting the white villages of the Genal Valley is one of those experiences that no rural tourism fan should miss. And it is that this region located a few kilometers from Ronda offers the visitor something new to discover at every step. Magnificent landscapes, streets of Arab tradition, patios full of colors and charming white houses that characterize all its villages in the area. A landscape that although it is worth visiting in any season, offers especially beautiful panoramic in the autumn months due to the reddish color that acquires the vegetation in which the chestnut forests predominate. A landscape that merges with the crystal clear waters of the streams in which the walker can cool off during the route.
Its route can be divided into Alto Genal and Bajo Genal. In the first part passes through Igualeja, Pujerra, Parauta, Cartajima, Júzcar, Faraján and Alpandeire, while in the second part by Atajate, Benadalid, Benalauría, Algatocín, Benarrabá, Gaucín, Jubrique and Genalguacil.
The Genal Valley has an itinerary that reaches sixteen villages and leaves no one indifferent. To do this, you can take as a starting point the course of the river from the Alto Genal. This route leads to the scenic road of the Serranía de Ronda which continues along the historic route between Ronda and Algeciras, on the sides of which the different towns on the route are located.
Atajate will be the first stop after Ronda. A town that stands out for its excellent cuisine and the development of traditional sweets such as almond cheese.
The next stop on the way is Benadalid where we are forced to enter to visit the Parish Church of San Isidoro, its beautiful square and the Benadalid Castle of Arab origin that has a cemetery inside. But where you can really see the best views of the entire route is in Algatocín. From the tower of the Church of Nuestra Señora del Rosario we can see a magnificent view of the Genal Valley and the Guadiaro Valley. A town that also stands out for its 18th century houses with porticoed facades.
Following the course of the river, we will reach the junction of the villages of Genalguacil and Benarrabá, only separated by the hollow of the passage of the river that over thousands of years has been excavating this beautiful valley. Genalguacil draws attention for its network of streets and houses with white facades of Moorish origin. In fact it is the only town in the whole province of Málaga considered as a living museum completely. For its part, Benarrabá has a lush vegetation and a varied fauna, as well as various buildings of Arab origin. A set of impressive beauty where nature and history envelop the visitor with its magic.
Finally, we arrive at Gaucín, where its castle surprises us with a magnificent panoramic views to the Costa del Sol and to Casares, a charming mountain village, birthplace of Blas Infante that overlooks the coastline through various mountain ranges and historical remains.
The most characteristic forest species of the Genal Valley is chestnut, although we can find others such as gall oak, cork oak, Monterey pine, holm oaks, heather and heather scrub.
Among the fauna we find species such as the roe deer, the badger, the otter, the mongoose, the wild cat, the golden eagle, the griffon vulture, the eagle owl, the aquatic blackbird and the trout.