That millions of tourists come to Spain year after year it is not only a merit of cities like Madrid or Barcelona. Festivals as popular as the Fallas or San Fermín also help, and in that list of "culprits" we also have to add hundreds of towns that have become a tourist attraction that is difficult to ignore.
In this article I tell you about 10 charming Spanish towns I consider that they are capable of falling in love with anyone, regardless of their origin or their tastes. That means that you should make an effort to visit them, for which I recommend organizing a tour around the country that you can complete over the years, without getting overwhelmed.
Covarrubias (Castilla y León)
In Castilla y León is the small town of Covarrubias, which with its little more than 600 inhabitants is considered the birthplace of Burgos. It belongs to the Arlanza region and is a place where birds feel especially protected, since 48% of its territory is affected by ZEPA (special protection area for birds). The Torre de Covarrubias, the Santo Tomé church and the Town Hall are some of the most outstanding places.
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In Andalusia there are many beautiful towns. One of the most beautiful is Zuheros, and is located southeast of the province of Córdoba, between the Sierra Subbética Natural Park and the Cordovan countryside. Its location is perfect and its white houses powerfully attract attention. Seeing them one by one implies going through its narrow and winding streets, for which it is recommended to rest from time to time in one of the beautiful squares that the town has, which is undoubtedly a place to visit for its natural, cultural and ethnographic.
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Sos del Rey Católico (Aragon)
North of Zaragoza, in the Cinco Villas region, Sos del Rey Católico is a delight for history lovers. Why? Because they have been found prehistoric remains and from Roman times, although it is true that the people did not begin to come alive until the 10th century, when the reconquest of Islam took place. It was declared a historic site in 1968 and is one of the most beautiful towns in Aragon. It transports you to medieval times without you realizing it.
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San Vicente de la Barquera (Cantabria)
If you like fishing villages, San Vicente de la Barquera will meet all your expectations. It is a reflection of the beauty that can be enjoyed in Cantabria, and I do not only mean the vegetation or the beach, but I also refer to its medieval past, with a castle and remains of a wall as a legacy. In addition, in the background you can contemplate the majestic Picos de Europa, for which I recommend sitting while tasting some of the seafood that is cooked in the area.
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It is another of the essentials. No one will speak ill of Ribadesella because it is impossible to do so. It is a fishing village belonging to Asturias that boasts the prehistoric cave of Tito Bustillo, which was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco and is one of its main claims. Another claim? The fact of being the goal of the Sella International Descent, which is one of the most popular canoe races on the planet.
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More than a town, it is a parish that belongs to the municipality of Poio, in Pontevedra. Some 1,700 inhabitants live there, enjoying the Galician coast. Its old town must be visited yes or yes, the same as I can say about the Ouriceira or Raxó beaches. Furthermore, the Sailor Houses, whose architecture dates back to the 17th and 18th centuries, are also a sight to behold.
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Getaria (Basque Country)
I would have chosen more than one town in the Basque Country to complete this list, but finally I have only opted for Getaria, who I think meets all the conditions to be considered a charming town. Why? For being one of the pearls of the Bay of Biscay, a walled medieval town with landscapes that impress anyone. You have views of Gaztetape and Malkorbe beaches, to the port, to a mountain located on an island ... All this, and much more, since walking through its streets is very pleasant.
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Alcalá del Júcar (Castilla La-Mancha)
In the province of Albacete stands a town as beautiful as Alcalá del Júcar, which was declared a Historic-Artistic Site by Royal Decree of 1982. It is on the banks of the Júcar river and invites you to reach the castle through its narrow streets, leaving behind its white houses and the characteristic caves of the place. Its natural landscapes, monuments like the hermitage of San Lorenzo or the cave houses make it an ideal place to spend a weekend away from the big city.
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Fornalutx (Balearic Islands)
Beyond the Iberian peninsula, in the Balearic Islands, there are also towns worth visiting. This is the case of Fornalutx, which belongs to Mallorca and for some it is the most beautiful in Spain. It is between the Puig Major massif and the town of Sóller, surrounded by nature and a few kilometers from the sea. Walking its steep streets is not only good for your health, but it also pleases your eyes. Is a traditional mallorcan village With more than 1,000 years of history that preserves its cobblestone streets and facades of the time, which undoubtedly gives it even more charm.
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Catalonia is an autonomous community full of incredible towns, especially the province of Girona. In it we find Besalú, which with its medieval architecture has managed to attract tourists from all over the world. his bridgeLocated just above the Fluvià river, it is the perfect place to take a photograph, but it must be said that there is much more to see, since it is a place where Christians and Jews lived together for many years. That explains why there is the only one mikvé of the Iberian Peninsula. What is a mikvé? A place where the purification baths prescribed by Judaism take place.
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Spain's Most Beautiful Villages - A Travel Guide (December 2020)