Spain’s hidden gems

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Spain´s hidden gems: discover some of Spain's most beautiful villages

Getting out of the most beaten track, finding places not so often visited… This section with Spain´s hidden gems is all about this! Sometimes it is just a question of time, luck… but also of attitude. The more people travel, the more they may come to realize that, sometimes, it is a good idea to get lost during your trip. In fact, getting lost can often be better than finding your way on the first try. This selection of ideas that will help you to get lost, but always find the right place! We have included some of Spain´s most beautiful villages. some of them are near major tourist attractions and that implies they receive more visits. On the other hand, there are other villages in which you will find you are one of the few visitors that day! We trust you will enjoy our list and recommendations. 

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Spain hidden gems

Zafra, Square "Plaza chica"
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Zafra, Badajoz

Zafra is one of the most beautiful towns in Extremadura and an excellent place to stop in a trip from Merica or Caceres to Seville. Known as little Seville, Zafra is one of those places most tourists neglect and which is however full of small, and not so small, suprises

Alcala del Jucar bridge
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Alcalá del Júcar

City guides Alcalá del Júcar, Albacete Alcalá del Júcar Travelers guide Alcalá del Júcar is located in the northwest of the province of Albacete, in the La Machuela región of Castilla la Mancha. This magical little village was declared a Historic site in 1982. It is one of the most

Views of the ocean from la Orotava
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La Orotava, Tenerife

La Orotava has a very interesting historical district, the most interesting one in the island after the one in San Cristobal de la Laguna. When the sky is blue mount Teide provides the perfect landscape scenery on the back of La Orotava.

Tower of the church de la Concepcion in La Laguna
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San Cristobal de la Laguna, Tenerife

San Cristobal de la Laguna was founded in 1496 and it was the capital of the island for centuries. Its charm lies in its architecture. Any person with a thirst for buildings and colonial architecture will enjoy a good time at La Laguna. Its historical center with cobbled streets was designed following certain planning schemes and its layout was used to shape some of the towns and cities in Latin America.

House in Calle San Pedro in Hondarribia
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Hondarribia, beautiful Basque town near San Sebastian

Ciutadella is (After Mahon) the second largest town in Menorca and until 1722 the island´s capital. It is today the seat of a bishop but above all a beautiful, attractive and appealing city.Its port is full of restaurants where you will enjoy fish with fantastic views.

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Ciudadella – A picturesque city port in Menorque

Ciutadella is (After Mahon) the second largest town in Menorca and until 1722 the island´s capital. It is today the seat of a bishop but above all a beautiful, attractive and appealing city.Its port is full of restaurants where you will enjoy fish with fantastic views.

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Albarracin – Walls and mazelike charm

Albarracín is a small medieval town on a hill above the river Guadalaviar in the Montes Universales, about 37 km. from Teruel. Its alleys, streets, plazas and palaces have kept their medieval character and the town is so typical of its kind that it has been listed as a national monument

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Almagro and Europe´s oldest comedy theatre

Almagro is one of those towns in Spain that are pretty unknown to most visitors to the country despite it boasts an enormous amount of heritage. Almagro is home to the Corral de Comedias, one of Europe´s oldest theatres, a fantastic square, many very interesting religious buildings and it serves as a perfect stop for anyone driving south to Andalusia.

Calle de las Cuevas de luz in Setenil
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Setenil de las bodegas, the village built on a rock in Cadiz

Setenil de las bodegas is a small white village located in the province of Cadiz. Its surname says a lot about Setenil. “De las bodegas” refers to the many caves in the rocks of this village. Some of its houses are literally built on the rocks and it is easy to imagine Neolithic caves that served as dwellings for hunting groups. One of Spain´s hidden gems for sure!

Wooden roof in Pampaneira
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Pampaneira, the beauty of La Alpujarra

Pampaneira is one of the most charming villages in Las Alpujarras, and one of the highest.

With its 2 sisters, Capileria and Bubión, they shape a beautiful landscape of white villages in the Sierra. The charm comes at a price, and this merit has also brought along an increasing number of visitors. Las Alpujarras is a land of white villages south of Granada and the Sierra Nevada.

Square in Frigiliana
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Frigiliana, a jewel in the Axarquia

Frigiliana is located in Malaga, Spain. Frigiliana is a stunning white village near the beautiful sierra de Tejada, which is a natural park. Beautiful landscapes, narrow white streets and an amazing square are among the chamrs offered by Frigiliana, a perfect day excursion from Malaga

Trujillo, caceres, Spain
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Trujillo

This picturesque town lies on a granite hill and is the birthplace of Fråncisco Pizarro (1475-1541), conqueror of Peru. Despite its size and importance Trujillo is a hidden gem for many visitors to Spain.
Trujillo, the Roman Turgalium, was fortified under the Arabs (town walls have survived in part) and given the name Torgiela or Truxillo. After the town was recaptured under Ferdinand III in 1232 it became the seat of the Trujillo Order of Knights.

La Alberca Salamanca
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La Alberca

This village of some 1,500 inhabitants lies at an altitude of 3,444 ft. and is one of Spain’s most charming spots. It has kept much of its medieval character and is now
under national protection. Outside the idyllic village, with its narrow streets and fine squares there are some fine farmsteads with canopy roofs and bay windows. Most
impressive of all, however, is the village’s main square with its arcades of wood and granite. Many of the interesting village customs have survived.

Burgo de Osma
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Burgo de Osma

The Villa was declared of special cultural interest due to the historical importance of its monuments: the Cathedral, the Plaza Mayor, the Walls and the Calle Mayor, where you get the feeling that you can get to know the local way of life. Its plaza Mayor is fantastic and so is its imposing cathedral

Ainsa Spain
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Ainsa

Ainsa is the former capital of the medieval kingdom of Sobrarbe and one of the most beautiful villages in this region of Spain. Ainsa extended itself over the valleys of Bielsa, Broto, Gistain and Puértolas. The town is surrounded by defensive walls and today is a protected monument.

Arcos de la Frontera
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Arcos de la Frontera

Arcos de la frontera is one of the jewels in the province of cadiz. It is a picturesque town on a rock on the North bank of the Rio Guadalete. From there it rises like a spectacular amphitheatre. Arcos de la Frontera was known as Medina Arkosh in Arab times, the name was changed after its seizure by Alfonso X in 1250. The Arab alcázar was succeeded by the castle of the Dukes of Arcos.

Spain most beautiful villages by region and style