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.

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About Caitlyn Slivinski

How did I end up in Spain? I bought a plane ticket. I've always had a special connection to Spain. I attribute it to my parents' visit to this country when they were 8 months pregnant with me. I got a taste of Spanish rhythm and I was hooked. But I didn't know The Half of It. Now I'm living it, I'm enveloped in the culture. It's as if this was always meant to be; like Spain and I were destined to happen.

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