OLVERA is one of the 14 pueblos blancos (white villages) located in the most north-easterly corner of the Cadiz province in the heart of Andalucía and in the south of Spain. Within a few kilometers of the town center are the boundaries of Seville to the north and Malaga to the east.
Olvera stands just beyond the enormous Guadalquivir valley, nestled in the Sierras of Lijar, Tablón, Molina and las Cumbres which create stunning views in almost any direction. The most outstanding feature of the town is probably its 12th century castle crowning the hilltop while, within the castle walls, is a cathedral and a large open square.
Within easy access to such major sites as Malaga, Cordoba, Cadiz, Jerez, Granada, Sevilla, Ronda, Gibraltar, and even Morocco, Olvera retains its true Spanish heritage not as a tourist destination but as the beloved Spain of siestas and fiestas.
This city-town of 10,000 boasts every comfort and convenience the weary vacationer dreams of without the cookie-cutter conformity or hectic pace of modern life. Shops still close in the afternoon for siesta and open again in the early evenings. Amid an eclectic, global population numbering several hundred -- including "ex-pat" British, Americans, and many who own "vacation bolts" in Olvera which they get away to for a more carefree lifestyle -- you can find your own slice of the peace and tranquility pie.
We invite you to spend time on our Web site to learn more about the hidden Spain that beckons everyone who loves beauty -- Americans, Europeans and people from everywhere around the globe -- to rejoice in the way people were really friendly and life was truly good, "back in the day."
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