The most beautiful villages in Spain was born from the conviction and need to inform the world about the wonderful villages that are part of the Spanish geography. Places of great beauty that are jewels of history and culture at the same time, villas where tradition involves the traveler, who, when mixed with the locals, becomes part of this unique framework even if only for a few moments.
Our objective is the promotion of preferably rural areas and small municipalities through this page and the different actions that the association will undertake through the internet, press or other media.
The criteria for the admission of a new town are set out in the association’s quality charter. To join this entity, a people must first request the agreement of the municipal plenary or government board. Once this request has been received by the association, the process of instructing the candidacy begins by assessing the following criteria:
• Have a population of less than 15,000 inhabitants (in populations over 5,000 inhabitants the association
contemplate only a historic center in perfect condition)
• Have a certified architectural or natural heritage.
After overcoming these two points, an audit of the town is carried out by personnel of the quality commission designated for this purpose, where the aspects specified in the Quality Charter will be assessed. This implies exceeding the minimum quality criteria in aspects as varied as the cleaning, conservation of the facades, circulation of vehicles or whether or not they have a place for parking, care of flowers and green areas, the treatment of badges advertising and posters, etc…
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Aínsa is a town that is in the region of Sobrarbe, strategically located at the confluence of the Cinca and Ara rivers, from where the whole environment is dominated. In a privileged location, between the National Park of Ordesa and Monte Perdido, the Natural Park of the Canyons and the Sierra de Guara and the Posets-Maladeta Natural Park.
With a spectacular historical helmet, Albarracín awaits us at 1182 meters of altitude. Declared a Historic-Artistic Site since 1961, this town without a doubt enters with golden letters in our catalog and is a town that you can not miss. Here you will transport yourself in time without any effort. It is currently proposed by UNESCO to be declared a World Heritage Site.
The peculiar situation of the town, in the region of La Manchuela (northwest of the province of Albacete), allows that the majority of the houses are excavated in the own mountain, with caves of such length that they arrive until the end of the rock on which the town is based. Three of these caves can be visited.
In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, Almagro reached its maximum splendor, since here settled rich families from all over Europe attracted by fairs and business. The nineteenth and twentieth centuries are decadent, until the “rediscovery” of the Corral de Comedias, around which Almagro is revitalized, especially from the cultural and tourist point of view.
In the Sierra de Huelva, in the limits of the Sierra de Aracena and Picos de Aroche Natural Park, is Almonaster, a small town with just over 600 inhabitants. The town itself, as well as its 14 villages spread over an extensive municipal area of 320 km2, become a must for anyone wishing to discover a unique HERITAGE space and a landscape rich in vegetation, full of splendor and color.
Its majestic collegiate church was declared a National Monument in 1931 and the architecture and medieval layout of its urban center is Conjunto Histórico Artístico since 1982. Ornithological paradise, also has numerous hiking trails and b.t.t. located within the Natural Park of the Sierra and Canyons of Guara.
The town, caring, clean and arranged; the houses, typical of the town, structurally homogeneous, adorned with the colors of the lands of the landscape that contemplates them, with their streets of a marked medieval style. It does not go unnoticed in its 12th century parish church, inside, in addition to its mural paintings, its main altarpiece of the fifteenth century.
Ayllón was declared a Conjunto Histórico Artístico, and has won several prizes, among them in 1973 the first prize of the Peoples Beautification Contest and the second prize of the First National Prize in 1974. The Villa de Ayllón, since it was reconquered, saw in its streets numerous kings: Alfonso VI, Alfonso VII, Alfonso VIII, Fernando III, Fernando IV, Juan II and already in 1929, the Infanta Dona Isabel.
The Jaén town of Baños de la Encina is located in Sierra Morena, next to the Rumblar reservoir, where its Caliphal fortress ordered to be built by al-Hakam and which was concluded in 968. It was a location where continuous battles between Muslims and Christians took part due to beeing the door to acces Andalusia.
Bárcena Mayor is the only town included in the Saja-Besaya Natural Park, located in a small valley of the Argoza River. It is a nucleus of transcendent ethnographic, artistic and historical value, allows to experience in situ the living conditions of past times, and the evolution of the constructions, all within a wonderful natural environment, abundant in forest and water currents that confer to the singular beauty set.
Known its origins in the Middle Ages, the town has grown around the Church of Sant Cristòfol de Beget (sX-XIII), the town is located in Alta Garrotxa, an Area of Natural Interest that includes pre-Pyrenean areas of three regions: Garrotxa, Ripollès and Vallespir, although it belongs to the municipality of Camprodon.
Briones has a medieval urban plot and there are many buildings of interest, so the town has been declared an Artistic Historic Site. From the point of popular architecture, most of the buildings are raised in stone masonry, although there are some with lattice and wood rammed. The layout of the town is on the hillside.
Bubión “Land of oxen” according to the derivation of the Latin “bovium”, is in the heart of the Alpujarra. It hangs from the Poqueira ravine that descends from the peak Veleta de Sierra Nevada. It has been declared an Artistic and Cultural Heritage Site. It belongs to the National and Natural Park of Sierra Nevada.
Bulnes is a municipality in the Picos de Europa with just over 30 inhabitants. The town can only be reached by funicular or by walking along a narrow and steep path, which has allowed it to maintain its heritage and great beauty. The traditional constructions of Bulnes are dressed in limestone, which contrasts with the red clay roofs and with the wooden windows and doors of the area.
Precious population of Matarraña, a few kilometers from the Catalan border that was declared a Historic-Artistic Site in 1973. From its Plaza Mayor, with its town hall of the year 1609, the tours start, through its beautiful streets, and where we can see manor houses in stone decorated with wrought iron balconies, churches or plazas as the of The Artists.
Caleruega is an important reference in the theological and even touristic areas thanks to Santo Domingo, the Royal Monastery of Santo Domingo de Guzmán is still preserved, where the Sepulcher of the Infanta Leonor de Castilla, daughter of Alfonso X, is located; the well of Santo Domingo, the Torreón de los Guzmanes, the Bodega de Santa Juana and the Church of San Sebastián in a simple Romanesque style.
The village of Candelario is staggered on the slope of the mountain range of the same name, which makes it inevitable that its street layout is complicated, with the main streets in the direction of the slope and the secondary streets and streets transverse to the previous ones. He deserved the declaration in 1975 of Conjunto Histórico Artístico.
Its physiognomy of medieval layout invites you to wander through corners and peek into its viewpoints, from which we can see, to the west, the imposing Muela Monchen, to the east the Vega de San Antonio and the Rebollar and to the south, La Tarayuela. The secrets and richness of a rich and convulsed past, where Templarios, San Juanistas, and Carlists among others have left their stamp and their memories in the form of buildings, stories, gastronomy, roads and paths.
Capileira of the Latin capillaris-e, which means hair, related to head, that is to say, the highest of the ravine where it sits. It is located to the south of the province of Granada, it is located in the heart of La Alpujarra and within the Sierra Nevada National Park, due to its location we could well consider it as “Puerta de Sierra Nevada” for its southern slope.
Carmona es un núcleo de población, perteneciente al Ayuntamiento de Cabuérniga (Cantabria). Situada en aguas vertientes al río Nansa, es un pueblo declarado Conjunto Histórico-Artístico, donde queda perfectamente reflejada la arquitectura típica de las casonas montañesas. Son tradicionales el ganado vacuno de raza tudanca y artesanía de madera.
Located in the northern sector of the Marina Baixa, El Castell de Guadalest ensures that the tourism of the Costa Blanca is attracted by the evocative stamp of a town that has managed to maintain, over time, the most typical features of the populations of the Alicante interior
The castle built in the XIV century has three quadrangular towers in its exterior wall, a courtyard in which the cistern can be seen in the background. The shields that are in the main door remind us who were their masters. The inner wall is topped with battlements, through which runs the Camino de Ronda, which links with the administrator’s house and the Clock Tower.
The City of Chinchón is one of the most picturesque towns and of greater personality of the Community of Madrid, its location so close to the capital has not prevented that it conserves its singularity. Its brown, gray and ocher landscapes, clusters of houses grouped in hills that shelter its singular Plaza Mayor and its intricate streets go through the life and history of the town.
Ciudad Rodrigo has its historical roots many thousands of years ago. Its geographical conditions made this rich region an ideal place for the development of various societies since prehistoric times. Modern and dynamic city, but with an enormous respect for its splendid past that it tries to conserve through the study of its history and conservation of its enormous monumental heritage. Heritage that made that in the year 1944 was declared its walled enclosure as a Monumento Histórico Artístico.
Covarrubias, declared Conjunto Histórico-Artístico Nacional in 1965 and Historic Site in 2001, collects in its houses, its streets and monuments, and in its natural environment, Celtiberian, Roman, Visigoth, Medieval and Baroque essences, which they turn into one of the most interesting and emblematic places of the province of Burgos.
It has an incredible landscape, with unique beaches, green valleys, rivers and waterfalls, vertiginous cliffs and half a mountain with brañas vaqueiras. In the municipality three well differentiated cultures are combined: la mariñana (fishermen and farmers located in the marina), la xalda (villagers of the interior valleys) and also, la vaqueira (discriminated shepherds who occupied the highest parts of the mountains).
Fornalutx belongs to the Balearic Islands and is located between the massif of Puig Major, the highest in the Sierra de Tramuntana, and the tourist town of Sóller. It is a quiet town where visitors can find both the forest and the mountains and the sea very close, which makes it a perfect place to spend a few days of rest and disconnection.
Garachico, a town located in the northeast of the island of Tenerife, has a rich architectural heritage in its well-preserved historic center that dates from the 16th and 17th centuries. Its beautiful cobbled streets invite you to explore the heart of the town, its churches and its historical buildings.
Grazalema, the heart of the Sierra that bears its same name and a picturesque village of white houses that enclose centuries of history and whose historical center, declared a Historic Site, combines the typical popular architecture with a monumental wealth that will impress any of the tourists want to enjoy a walk among its narrow streets.
Since the construction of the first sanctuary Guadalupe became the most important pilgrimage center of the Iberian peninsula after Santiago de Compostela, a condition that currently maintains through the pilgrimage that comes from all over Spain through the roads of Guadalupe. The current Royal Monastery of Santa María de Guadalupe is considered one of the greatest symbols of Extremadura. The municipality has a large number of monuments besides the monastery.
Ancient archaeological remains are preserved from the ancient castle of Hita, the Plaza Mayor or the Archpriest was a market in the Middle Ages. In the high district is the house of the Archpriest that houses a small museum dedicated to the Book of Good Love. Half way down the hill we find the neighborhood of Bodegos, the group of cave-houses of medieval origin excavated in the hillside. The wineries of the Jews are located at a lower level. A hundred caves used from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century for the conservation of wine.
La Alberca, nestled in the heart of the Sierra de Francia, is undoubtedly one of the most representative towns in Spain. Declared an Conjunto Histórico Artístico in 1940, the first town in Spain to achieve this mention, it stands out for its urban layout, preserving as few the typical architecture of the Sierra de Francia, as well as for its centuries-old traditions, which have been transmitted from generation to generation .
Today Laguardia keeps the typical urbanism of the medieval towns, three main streets, narrow and elongated, cross the population from north to south. They join together through alleys or squares and the town is encircled by a monumental wall. The whole town is hollowed by wineries or family caves that make their streets completely pedestrian.
The main impression of the one who comes to Ledesma for the first time is surprise. The image that contemplates in the first place is its singular enclave with the elements that characterize it: in the background the impressive church of Santa María, in the middle of the hamlet protected by the wall and at its feet the river Tormes, saved by the bridges.
Lerma stands flirtatious on a hill on the banks of the Arlanza River and presents one of the unique herrerian ensembles in the world. In the seventeenth century Francisco Gómez de Sandoval y Rojas, Duke of Lerma and Valid of Felipe III ordered to build Lerma at his whim, to turn it into the court of recreation where to celebrate numerous baroque parties and have entertained the king, and thus be able to govern from this noble villa.
The old part of Liérganes (El Mercadillo) is a historical-artistic complex and includes, in addition to the popular mansions, the Rañada Palace or Cuesta-Mercadillo, the church of San Sebastián, the parish church of San Pedro Ad Víncula, the houses of the Setién and the Canyons, the chapels of the Humilladero and the Carmen and the new bridge.
In the port the very essence of the sea lasts. It is the most important legacy that our elders have left us. It is the main witness of the culture and fishing tradition of Llastres, where for centuries the sea has been the sustenance of their families and that still today has great importance in the social, economic and cultural aspects of this fishing village.
Spectacular town with a white and immaculate appearance, enlivened by the warmth and closeness of its neighbors when talking with them. As soon as you enter the town, there is no doubt that the exquisite care with which the streets and facades of the houses are maintained, as well as the delicacy with which your neighbors adorn your homes with flowers, is without a doubt.
The villages and places of Maderuelo settled between the west of the south face of the Serrezuela de Sepúlveda and the páramo de Ayllón, giving rise to one of the most beautiful villas in Spain, Maderuelo stands on the banks of a reservoir making this place a privileged viewpoint of these lands…
Declared as a Conjunto Histórico Artístico, the town of Medinaceli lives today with its past and present. It is a city that has retained the charm of a medieval city. Its origin is located in a primitive Celtiberian town, which would be conquered by the Muslims who gave it the name of Medina Slim. This municipality of the south of Soria has a recognized natural heritage worth visiting.
Between walls, at 993 meters above sea level, is the village of Mirambel. It is a place where time seems to have stopped, where the visitor will find peace and quiet, ideal to rest and walk calmly through its streets. Its 130 inhabitants, proud of their past, work to build a future linked to tourism and traditional agricultural and livestock activities.
When you see Mojácar, in the distance, from the road, you can perceive that intense white color of their houses on top of a mountain. Little by little, as you approach, you begin to see the flowers that hang from their balconies and that seem to be saying “we are waiting for you”. You could discover the feeling when you arrive in Mojácar. It does not leave anyone indifferent.
The small town of Molinaseca, located a few kilometers from Ponferrada, evokes a medieval flavor in every corner, and invites you to stroll without haste, and accompany the pilgrims of the Camino de Santiago, when entering Calle Real, after crossing the Roman bridge -Pilregrinos Bridge- to the Crucero del Santo Cristo. Declared an Historic-Artistic Site in 1975, it has almost X centuries of history and a town title since 1134.
Nowadays, it has an impressive Historical Center, declared as such in 1985. The most outstanding monument is its Basilica Cathedral of La Asunción, which is, along with the North Road to Santiago, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2015. Culture, history, nature, crafts, gastronomy and literature concentrated in a dream place where you can enjoy life. Mondoñedo
Located in the north end of the Valencian Community and only 60 kilometers from the coast, Morella appears in the eyes of the visitor enveloped by the charm that transmits the strategic position, which fills the landscape, and the centuries-old walls crowned by the sturdy castle. thousand meters high.
The town of Nuevo Baztán is located in the southeast of the Community of Madrid and was founded at the beginning of the 18th century by Juan de Goyeneche and Gastón as an agricultural and manufacturing center for products valued at the time such as glass and fabrics. It was declared an Historic Artistic Monument in 1941 and an Asset of Cultural Interest in 2000.
Pedraza is a walled medieval town of small size, but of great beauty, in which it is essential to wander around to discover its beautiful corners. The visitors in its route will be able to contemplate numerous noble palaces and houses emblazoned that began to be constructed in century XVI and that today they enjoy a great state of conservation.
Peñalba de Santiago, Bien de Interés Cultural, is located in the cradle of the Oza, in the heart of the Tebaida Leonesa. To access this town, declared a conjunto histórico artístico complex in 1976, you have to go through the entire valley, which in its time was also called the path of the monks.
Peñíscola is an idyllic place to spend a few days, where sun and beach, family and cultural tourism mix. If you approach this beautiful enclave, you will discover a medieval city deep in the sea, presided over by a proud Templar Castle in a fantastic state of conservation surrounded by an anthill of medieval streets that take you at moments to the Alpujarra of Granada itself.
Ponte Maceira is a small town of just over 60 inhabitants, belonging to the municipality of Negreira in the province of A Coruña. It is an obligatory step on the maritime Camino de Santiago linking the city of the Apostle Santiago with Fisterra.
Its cobbled streets seem to have refused to move forward in time. With the Tambre river cutting through the town, inviting you to dip your feet to cool off on a hot day, or sit on its shore and relax with the sound of the water
Walking through its streets you will find countless samples of its history and culture. Not in vain, in 1983 the Villa was declared a Historic-Artistic Site. But Potes is not just history, its privileged situation at the confluence of the 4 valleys of the region, makes the town the nerve center from which to plan an exhaustive visit to all Liébana.
We are located in Puebla de Sanabria, declared a Historic Artistic Site due to the uniqueness of its monuments as well as its careful civil architecture protected by walled enclosures. Its main monument stands out as its Castle dating from the last quarter of the 15th century, a stately fortress with military uses.
Picturesque place where the castle plays an important role. The town has narrow streets full of buildings of popular architecture, where its maximum exponent is its municipality of the fourteenth century. The place has a great charm and the walk through its streets is a luck for the senses.
In the middle of the tenth century this small town became the seat of the Bishop of Roda and political capital of the county of Ribagorza. But the transfer of the episcopal see to Lerida and then to the diocese of Barbastro-Monzón distanced the past splendor from this town. The disentailment and looting of Erik the Belgian stripped her of her rich heritage. However, Roda, with its Cathedral of San Vicente Mártir still preserves vestiges of its rich past. Today, this place presumes to be the smallest town in Spain that has a cathedral temple.
The Villa de Roncal (Erronkari, in Basque), sits on both sides of the Esca River in the Navarrese Pyrenees and along its cobbled streets, distributed in the shape of a Y, the visitor descends from the parish church, accompanied by several stately buildings, like Casa Sanz, Casa Gambra or Casa López.
Geographical, cultural and economic crossroads, Rubielos de Mora opens up as a great natural viewpoint over the top of Teruel, receiving with good reason the qualification of “Pórtico de Aragón”. Another one of the nicknames that it shows is of “Cut of mountain range” by the great number of ancestral houses and remarkable buildings that forms its Historical Artistic Set (Europe Prize Nostra 1983).
Sajazarra is a beautiful town in the Rioja Alta, in the region of Haro, around the confluence of the Aguanal and Ea rivers. Wrapped in a landscape of extensive vineyards and other crops intermingle buildings of high architectural and cultural value, which will surprise with their secrets to anyone who comes to know them.
San Martín de Trevejo is “Bien de Interés Cultural with the category of Historic Site”, award received for the good conservation of its architecture. Traditional housing is characterized by having at least two heights and a ground floor or warehouse where livestock were kept. Next to these houses there are stately homes with their corresponding coats of arms. There is a stream of water dug in the streets that flows throughout the year, and that is used at the exit of the municipality for irrigation.
Santillana del Mar, is undoubtedly the center of historical and artistic interest of Cantabria, and one of the most visited places. From the first known settlements, La Cueva de Altamira, to the present, this town has a formidable patrimony presided over by the jewel of Romanesque in Cantabria “La Colegiata de Santa Juliana”.
Segura de la Sierra is a municipality located in the center of the Sierra de Segura region, in the Northeast of the province of Jaén, at an altitude of 1140 meters. This area is distinguished by its wide mountain range, with an enormous natural and forest wealth, predominating the olive tree as a crop and agriculture, and livestock, as a way of life for its inhabitants.
Located to the northeast of the province, Setenil de las Bodegas is one of the most singular towns of the White Villages of the Sierra de Cádiz due to its particular urban structure. In it, the houses are accommodated at different levels, situating ones under the rock and others on it, configuring cave streets, viewpoints and corners of an extraordinary beauty.
The group of Sos consists of beautiful stone houses, wooden eaves, facades with ashlars and shields, Gothic and Renaissance windows, and cobbled streets. Sos del Rey Católico, declared a historical and artistic complex in 1968, is one of the most beautiful villages in Aragón. Strolling through its streets, discovering its corners, is an experience that you should not miss.
Tazones, declared a historic site, is a small fishing village located in the municipality of Villaviciosa, in the heart of the Comarca de la Cider of the Principality of Asturias. To arrive at Tazones is to make a trip through the senses, enjoying the vision offered by the contrast between the Cantabrian Sea and the green of the Asturian coast.
Along with the beauty of the natural heritage of this town is the care and sensitivity on the part of all the inhabitants and the municipal consistory throughout the history of the aesthetics of the dwellings and auxiliary spaces, the white color of them together with the traditional roofs, make Tejeda is one of the few towns on the island that keeps its reminiscence as what remains today, a town.
It was declared a Historic-Artistic Site in 1975. In this circumstance the fact of being in possession of a hamlet with fully medieval characteristics influenced, as well as the existence of a 13th-century walled complex that is undoubtedly the best conserved of all the Province. The wall is linked, at the southeast end, to the castle, built in the 11th century on an old Roman fort.
Ni que decir tiene que artísticamente hablando destacan el castillo y la iglesia. Ambas obras, antiguamente intercomunicadas, forman un conjunto indisoluble, verdadera seña de identidad de la localidad. Pertenecen al estilo gótico y son únicas en Aragón, ejerciendo como arquetipos de toda la comarca.
A town with a popular three-level architecture, which combines stonework with half-timbered and brick or adobe, and where it is easy to find beautiful arcades on granite columns, decorated with balls and moldings. From its castle, from the 12th and 14th centuries, remains two defensive towers that today are part of the church because the Torre del Homenaje was built in the s. XV.
Beautiful Cádiz village, located on top of a slender hill, 190 m above sea level, and only 10 km. from the beach of “El Palmar”, which belongs to its Municipal Term. Its strategic situation made Vejer an enclave of the oldest civilizations, which have left their mark on its physiognomy. Declared an Artistic Historic Site in 1976 and I National Prize for the Beautification of Villages in 1978.
It is worth visiting Villanueva de los Infantes, the capital of Campo de Montiel, the origin of Don Quixote and the last resting place of Quevedo. A city of singular beauty, of great architectural and urban interest. You have to live your parties, your traditions, your art … come, come and tell, Infantes will captivate you.
The story of Viniegra is exciting. The discovery of tombs and a Visigothic stele, found a few years ago in the urban area of the town, point to the existence of Visigothic settlements and testify to the antiquity of the founding of the town. It seems that Viniegra was the city of Lutia. It was there where Retógenes the Caraunio, recruited 400 young people to fight against Escipión, during the siege of Numancia.
We found in Viniegra de Arriba a landscape surroundings, that any urbanite can stay hours and hours contemplating this wonderful nature that we have, for that reason invite you to enjoy these landscapes and put on your boots, take the lunch and the boot of wine and take any path to introduce us in the mountains of this region.
Of pre-Roman origin, it acquired importance during the Wars of Rome against Numancia. Yanguas is located in the region of the Highlands of Soria, bordering La Rioja and the Land of Old Cameros, located at the beginning of the gorge that the Cidacos River has excavated along 20 km to the town and resort of Arnedillo. It was declared a Conjunto Histórico-Artístico in 1993.
Zuheros is a small town located southeast of the province of Córdoba; in the region of the Subbética Cordobesa. Due to its location, it is a natural border between the Natural Park of the Sierra Subbética and the Cordovan countryside. It has approximately 700 inhabitants, whose name is “Zuhereños”, and is 662 meters above sea level.