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The most beautiful villages in Spain

  • Panoramic view of Ujué in Navarre

    Panoramic view of Ujué in Navarre

  • View of Mondoñedo Cathedral (Lugo) in Galicia © Turespaña

    View of Mondoñedo Cathedral (Lugo) in Galicia © Turespaña

  • Streets of Albarracín (Teruel) in Aragón © Turespaña

    Streets of Albarracín (Teruel) in Aragón © Turespaña

  • Plaza de Chinchón square in Madrid © Miguel Ángel Muñoz Romero / Turismo de Chinchón

    Plaza de Chinchón square in Madrid © Miguel Ángel Muñoz Romero / Turismo de Chinchón

  • Peñíscola (Castellón) in the Region of Valencia © Turespaña

    Peñíscola (Castellón) in the Region of Valencia © Turespaña

  • Olivenza (Badajoz) in Extremadura © Turespaña

    Olivenza (Badajoz) in Extremadura © Turespaña

  • View of the town of Capileira (Granada) in Andalusia © Turespaña

    View of the town of Capileira (Granada) in Andalusia © Turespaña

  • Almond tree in blossom in the village of Tejeda (Gran Canaria), Canary Islands © Ayuntamiento de Tejeda

    Almond tree in blossom in the village of Tejeda (Gran Canaria), Canary Islands © Ayuntamiento de Tejeda

  
  


"Spain is filled with towns and villages with unique charm. ..."

Spain is filled with towns and villages with unique charm. Small villages and monumental towns that stand out for their cultural wealth, for preserving a unique architectural heritage or for the beauty of their old quarters. They are places that feel like they belong to another era, many of them in rural settings, that invite you to come and discover them at a leisurely pace.

Along the coast, in the countryside, near the mountain… it’s impossible to mention all the small towns, villages and historical sites in Spain, so this time we're just presenting a few of them on a “route” that visits one village for each of the country’s autonomous regions. It has been difficult to select only one place, so if you would prefer to plan your own route to discover the other towns and villages in each region, you can consult the association’s official website “Los pueblos más bonitos de España” (The most beautiful villages in Spain).

Pretty villages in Northern Spain

In Galicia the stop is at Mondoñedo (Lugo), located on the Northern Way of the Camino to Santiago de Compostela. The Cathedral and the Barrio dos Muiños, where the old craftsmen’s workshops were once located, are some of its highlights. In Asturias, and surrounded by mountains, the small town of Torazu offers an example of traditional rural architecture, which obviously includes the typical hórreos (raised granaries).

Once in Cantabria, the tour of “El mercadillo” of Liérganes -as its old quarters are popularly known- reveals the 17th and 18th classicist architecture of its palaces, mansions and churches. In the Basque Country, the visit is to the town of Laguardia in the so-called Rioja Alavesa. Its wall and medieval structure, and its family-run wineries and underground caves are part of its appeal.

Also the maze-like streets in the municipality of Ujué, in the neighbouring region of Navarre, look like they came straight out of the Middle Ages, and above them, on the mountain stands the church-fortress of Santa María. And in La Rioja you can visit the small village of Sajazarra, which is surrounded by vineyards, where you can admire its well-preserved castle and fortress wall.

Pretty villages in Eastern Spain

In Aragón, built on the slope of a mountain at an altitude of more than a thousand metres, lies the small town of Albarracín (Teruel). In the narrow, winding streets of its old town, among its characteristic red coloured houses, you will constantly come across improvised viewpoints from which to admire its protected landscape. The following place that oozes charm is in Catalonia and also sits up high; in fact it is the highest municipality in Val d’Arán: Bagergue (Lleida). Slate roofs, wooden balconies adorned with flowers, stone houses covered with the snowy white of winter… A real-life picture postcard.

The journey continues to the Region of Valencia, in the medieval city of Peñíscola (Castellón). Built on a rocky peninsula, and presided over by its Templar castle, it appears to be wandering out to sea. In Murcia, it is well worth making a stop at Caravaca de la Cruz, considered one of the five Holy Cities of Catholic Christianity. It boasts one of the region’s best religious architectural sites and every seven years it celebrates its jubilee year.

Pretty villages in inland Spain

In Castile and Leon you can visit the smallest city in Spain: Frías (Burgos). It is located on the banks of the Ebro river, perched on a rock, from where its curious hanging houses seem to defy gravity. The fabulous Los Velasco castle and the church of San Vicente preside over the old town. Moving on to the Region of Madrid, a little over 50 kilometres from the capital, you can visit the picturesque town of Chinchón, famous for its unique Plaza Mayor (town square) and its intricate urban landscape.

In Castile-La Mancha there is another pretty Plaza Mayor: that of Almagro (Ciudad Real). Its 17th century Corral de Comedias theatre has been conserved intact and active since then, as every year it is the setting for the famous Almagro International Classical Theatre Festival. Next, in Extremadura, a must-visit is Olivenza (Badajoz), as it boasts an important monumental heritage, mainly in the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles, with a mix of Spanish and Portuguese traditions.

Pretty villages in Southern Spain and on the islands

In Andalusia, in the region of the Alpujarras, you can stroll between the gleaming white houses of Capileira (Granada). This small village, located in the Sierra Nevada National Park at a height of 1,500 metres, offers some fantastic views over the peaks of Mulhacén and Veleta.

A trip to the archipelagos will reveal another two stunning towns. In the Balearic Islands, while you meander through the tranquil, steep streets of Fornalutx (Mallorca) you can discover the typical architecture of the houses in the Sierra de Tramuntana mountain range. On the Canary islands, inside a large volcanic caldera, you can find the municipality of Tejeda, which stands out for its singular basalt monoliths and for preserving its typical Canary Island houses.

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