In Most noSelecting the most beautiful villages in Spain is no easy task, as there are many. Stunning landscapes, beautiful buildings and interesting history make these places worth visiting. Here are what we think are Spain’s 10 most beautiful villages.
Zahara de La Sierra
Recognized by the Spanish Beautiful Villages Association, this village located in Cadiz province, was an important Islamic enclave until 1407. The influence from this period is still visible in its monuments, traditional homes and whitewashed streets.
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Briones, La Rioja
Vineyards welcome visitors to this medieval location. Brimming with cobblestone streets, palaces, churches and mansions this village has a long and rich history. In addition to well-known wineries, small family wineries continue the town’s winemaking traditions. More over, most buildings have three stories and are in the style of Rioja Alta, all perfectly carved from stone.
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Just outside of this village is the Tormes River. One can find grand historic monuments like the Church of Santa María la Mayor or the Council House here. There are several historic palaces also which date back to the 15th and 19th centuries. In addition to history, the village is surrounded by meadows which add to its beauty.
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Segura de la Sierra, Jaén
Visitors can go back in time when visiting here. This village has been almost unchanged over the years. For great views, visit the Mudéjar Castle. This is the highest point of the village. An ancient wall surrounds the lookout and one can still see some of the old turrets. However, bring comfortable shoes for your walk as some of the streets are quite steep and narrow.
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Almonaster La Real, Huelva
This village has two monuments which have been declared of national interest. The castle fortress with a mosque and the bullfighting ring. The bullfighting ring was built inside the courtyard of the old fortress. A very picturesque town.
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Castro Caldelas, Ourense
Castro Caldelas is famous for De Lemos Castle. As such, being a beautiful building, this is the town’s most important building. Moreover, many of the narrow cobblestone streets lead to this historic monument. Here one can find architecture typical to the town. Houses with stone facades and arcades dot the center.
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In 1980 this town was declared an artistic and historic site. It’s actually one of the most complete and best conserved towns in the region. This walled village has views of a church built in baroque style. In addition to the church, the Augustinian gothic convent and town hall building are popular attractions.
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This town played a very important part of Spanish history. Most noteworthy is the Royal Monastery of Santa Maria was where Queen Isabella I of Castile and King Ferdinand II of Aragon offered the caravel ships to Columbus before his journey across the Atlantic. Nevertheless, the children’s college and Guadalupe plaza are some of the highlight’s here.
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Balconies filled with colourful flowers adorn the typical houses here. The Barranco de Poqueira gorge and the stunning Sierra Nevada National Park around the village attract visitors to this historic-artistic site.
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The second largest Plaza Mayor in Spain is here, measuring 6,862-square meters. The village was declared an Artistic and Historic Site in 1965 and is very historically intact. Also, Juan de Herrera (an important architect in the 16th century) did some of his most important work here. Located close to the Arlanza River this is a town worth visiting.
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