For the sixth consecutive year, Toprural has invited its users to participate in the election of the 7 Rural Wonders of Spain, an initiative that aims to offer maximum visibility to rural destinations in our country. After compiling the suggestions that travelers have left on Facebook, the portal has already revealed which are the 20 towns that aspire to become one of these "wonders".
The Toprural list for this year includes representatives from all autonomous communities. Of course, Andalusia, Castilla-La Mancha and Castilla y León have two candidates. Do you want to discover the 20 towns that choose to be Rural Wonders 2017? Well, you just have to join us!
Known as “la Suiza Manchega”, the municipality of Ayna is located in the Sierra del Segura, in Albacete. La Ribera del Mundo, the hermitage of Nuestra Señora de los Remedios, the remains of the castle de la Yedra and the route of the film “Amanece que no es poco” are its main attractions.
In Mallorca we find Bañalbufar, a picturesque town nestled between mountains that has the Sierra de Tramuntana as a backdrop.
Belmonte, which is located in the province of Cuenca, is a set monumental of enormous magnitude, housing a castle and important civil and religious buildings. In addition, it is the homeland of Fray Luis de León.
We moved to Valencia to visit Bocairent, which houses many points of interest: the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, the Covetes dels Moros, the Plaza de Bulls oldest in the Valencian Community…
Briñas, La Rioja
Another town that chooses to be Rural Wonder 2017 is Briñas, which is located in La Rioja. Here you can find numerous testimonies and buildings for cults christians, such as hermitages and churches.
We also have to talk about Calaceite, a municipality in the Matarraña region, in Teruel, which surprises as much for its urban area as for the places natural that surround him.
Candelario is a town in Salamanca that participated in the famous battle of the Navas de Tolosa. It is surrounded by a privileged natural environment.
In La Alpujarra, within the Sierra Nevada National Park, we find Capileira, a village Historical-Artistic Set considered for its architecture.
From Granada we move to Jaén to discover Cazorla, which is located between mountain terrains with abundant and varied flora and fauna. In its old town is the Yedra Castle, which is preserves very good.
We should also talk about Covarrubias, which forms with Lerma and Santiago de Silos the so-called Arlanza Triangle. It offers a wide heritage monumental and a well-preserved urban framework.
The only representative of the Canary Islands is Garachico, which is located in the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Without a doubt, this picturesque town is one of the most beautiful on the island of Tenerife.
In Guipúzcoa we find Getaria, a town coastal known for being the homeland of Juan Sebastián Elcano and for its restaurants.
The representative of Extremadura this year is Guadalupe, a municipality of Cáceres that grew under the shelter of the Royal Monastery of Santa María de Guadalupe, a World Heritage Site by the Unesco.
Miravet is a town in Tarragona that has many attractive: the Castle, the Paso de Barca, the old town, the Old Church, the Pottery…
The only representative of Galicia is Mondoñedo, a town in Lugo that surprises with its helmet old, declared a Historic-Artistic Site.
Patones de Arriba, Madrid
We should also talk about Patones de Arriba, the largest tourist site in the municipality of Patones, Madrid. It's about a beautiful village located on a small mountain.
In Cantabria we find Potes, a flat town surrounded by mountains that is known as the villa of the bridges and of the towers.
From Cantabria we moved to Murcia to get to know Ricote, which offers several attractions: the parish church of San Sebastián, the Ricote Castle, the Alarbona Castle, the hermitage of Nuestra Señora de las Huertas…
Tapia de Casariego, Asturias
We return to the north of Spain to talk about Tapia de Casariego, a municipality in Asturias that surprises with its port sea and its good beaches.
Finally, we must talk about Ujué, a beautiful town medieval located on top of a plateau that grew around the church-fortress of Santa María de Ujué.
West England (December 2020)