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10 of the most charming small towns in Spain

10 of the most charming small towns in Spain

Here’s a look at some of the most picturesque small towns around Spain that will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time.

If you were into our lists of the most beautiful small towns in France and Italy, then you’ll enjoy our selection of ten of the most charming small towns in Spain.  Some are on the sea while others are hidden inland while still others remain off the usual tourist trodden track. They’re diverse, but what they do have in common is that they’re all guaranteed to enchant you.

1. Segura de la Sierra, Jaén

Segura de la Sierra is a small peaceful village with less than 2,000 inhabitants. This Andalusian municipality is located in the Sierra de Cazorla natural park and in 1972, was declared a Historic-Art site. Indeed, you can discover the legacy left by the different civilizations over the centuries, such as the Arab baths and the Romanesque church of Nuestra Señora del Collado. The best part? The views from the top of the medieval castle tower.

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Segura de la Sierra (Jaén)

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2. Combarro, Pontevedra

The Galician province of Pontevedra conceals a town so adorable that you won’t be able to put your camera down. The old fishermen’s village of Combarro is characterized by granaries and traditional boats and feels so much like an open-air museum that Spain’s Heritage Register has declared it of Cultural Interest.  Take a walk along the estuary at low tide, and make sure to sip some of the Rías Baixas wines.

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3. Puebla de Sanabria, Zamora

Also a Historic-Art site, Zamora is a well-preserved fortified town in Puebla de Sanabria that houses the fifteenth-century Castle of the Counts of Benavente. Located in a strategic enclave between the Tera and Castro rivers, Zamora’s surroundings include the Lake Sanabria natural park. Stroll the steep streets of the historic center to see magnificent examples of traditional manor houses.

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Castillo de los Condes de Benavente, Castilla y León. O Castillo de Puebla de Sanabria. Del castillo hay referencias documentales en el siglo XIV. El bastardo Enrique arrebata la Puebla a Men Rodríguez de Sanabria, señor de la zona, y se la otorga a los Losada por el apoyo en la guerra contra Pedro I. En el último tercio del siglo XV la familia Pimentel, Condes de Benavente, se hacen con el control de Puebla y su comarca. Es durante su dominio cuando se ejecutan la mayor parte de los trabajos de la actual fortaleza, entre 1477 y 1482 con el IV Conde de Benavente, Rodrigo Alonso Pimentel. Las sucesivas guerras con Portugal en el siglo XVIII y con Francia en el XIX dejan al castillo prácticamente destruido. Durante el resto del siglo XIX, el castillo vive una época de abandono y, dado el nulo uso como fortaleza militar que tenía, el gobierno decide cedérselo al ayuntamiento de la Puebla de Sanabria. Desde su cesión al ayuntamiento de Puebla, el castillo ha tenido los más variados usos, desde cárcel municipal hasta almacén de paja o gallinero. Posteriormente, ya en la década de los años noventa del siglo XX, el castillo adoptará un uso decididamente cultural al instalarse en él definitivamente la biblioteca (1991), la Sala de Exposiciones y el Salón de Actos. En el año 2006, la Torre de Homenaje del castillo, popularmente conocida como el Macho, se convirtió en el Centro de Interpretación de las Fortificaciones, merced a un proyecto de la Fundación del Patrimonio Histórico de Castilla y León, mientras que la Casa del Gobernador se convierte en 2007 en el Centro de Recepción de Visitantes. – 📸Foto de @unai_alcorta 👏🏻👏🏻 – – #castillosdeespaña #castillosespaña #castlesofspain #spanishcastles #spanishcastle #castillo #castillos #palacio #palacios #palaciosdeespaña #palacioreal #fortaleza #castillomedieval #fortress #château #chateau #burg #schloss #castello #castelli #castles #castle #castle🏰 #españa #españa🇪🇸 #culturaespañola #turismoespaña #spaintravel #spaintrip #castillodeloscondesdebenavente

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4. Morella, Castellón

An impressive fourteenth-century wall with a one-mile perimeter greets you upon arrival in Morella. Perched on a massive rock more than 3,200-feet high, a thirteenth-century castle presides over this beautiful town in the region of Els Ports. A walk through the historic center provides a glimpse of the town’s interesting medieval heritage.  Don’t leave without trying Morella soup and sweet flaons!

5. Santillana del Mar, Cantabria

As the saying goes, Santillana del Mar is “the village of the three lies”, since it is neither holy, flat nor beside the sea. What this Cantabrian municipality does have, however, is an incalculable historical value: the famous Altamira Caves, the imposing Monastery of Santa Juliana (don’t miss the beautiful cloister!) and the towers of Merino and Don Borja. Take a walk along the cobbled streets to see why it is one of Cantabria’s most visited places.

6. Frías, Burgos

Frías is already a privileged little town thanks to its location on a rocky outcrop.  Add the hanging houses, a medieval bridge with a defensive tower and a castle once inhabited by the Dukes of Velasco, and it’s impossible to not surrender to the charm of Frías. A visit to this medieval gem will undoubtedly convince you that it’s one of the most beautiful villages in Spain.

7. Cadaqués, Girona

Most Catalans will not hesitate to suggest that you visit Cadaqués, and we won’t argue with them: Cadaqués is a must-see when visiting Costa Brava. Known as Dalí’s place of inspiration, this fishing village has been distilling the special summer glamour of the Mediterranean for decades. Enjoy the slow life while visiting their whitewashed houses and take the opportunity to savor a tasty bowl of suquet depeix (fish stew).

8. Calaceite, Teruel

Calaceite is an Aragonese town synonymous with tradition and authenticity. Located in Matarraña, this wonder features some architectural wonders: ancient homes made from stone and decorated with distinct forge balconies. Don’t miss the Plaza Mayor, the main square or the fountain of the Vila.

9. Tejeda, Gran Canaria

The islands have villages just as alluring as those on the mainland, such as Tejeda which is considered the most beautiful town in the Canary Islands. Located in the middle of a volcanic caldera on Gran Canaria, Tejeda boasts a spectacular natural heritage, presided over by the symbol of the island: the Roque Nublo. Tejeda is the perfect place for a rural getaway and also a good base from which to hike.

10. Vejer de la Frontera, Cádiz

Vejer is a hilltop village in Cádiz with a rich historical and cultural heritage and known for its white buildings. The walled complex topped with a castle, although the Jewish quarter, the Convent of the Conceptionists, the Abastos market and the Plaza de España also stand out. As if this wasn’t enough, El Palmar, the beach where you can watch spectacular sunsets, is five-and-a-half miles from Vejer.

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2 comments

  1. Felipe RODRIGUEZ says:

    There is any tour that take us to must of these towns in Spain ?

    1. Jackie DeGiorgio says:

      Hi Felipe,
      Here are a couple of tours for you. One leaves from Barcelona while the other departs from Santiago de Compostela. Wishing you happy travels!
      https://www.musement.com/us/barcelona/salvador-dali-museum-figueres-and-cadaques-tour-from-barcelona-61916/
      https://www.musement.com/us/santiago-de-compostela/rias-baixas-full-day-tour-from-santiago-de-compostela-7516/

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