THIS photo was captured in what Rick Steve calls ‘the romantic queen of the white towns’, Arcos de la Frontera.

Inland villages in southern Spain were constructed with exclusively white buildings in an effort to keep things cool when the scorching heat of summer settled upon them.

Known as ‘the frying pan of Europe’ the southern region, Andalucia, is peppered with these charmingly authentic Spanish white towns glowing on the cliffs like beacons.

Even in May 2011, when this picture was snapped, the town has a way of escaping the chaos of the world and drawing you into a distinctly simpler time: narrow cobblestone streets, the aroma of home cooking billowing from the windows, and church bells ringing in the distance.