The most beautiful medieval villages in Spain
The most charming villages, and with merit to join the most beautiful among the medieval villages of Spain.
Ansó is a small medieval town located in Jacetania, Huesca. It has one of the best preserved urban areas of the Aragonese Pyrenees, declared a Site of Cultural Interest by the Aragon government, and is also considered one of the most beautiful villages in Spain.
Zugarramurdi is a medieval town in the Navarro Pyrenees. He is famous for the conflict between the Inquisition and the witches. You have to visit the Museum of Las Brujas and the famous Zugarramurdi Caves.
In addition there is a perfect rural house!
Located in the Sobrarbe region, it has a medieval distribution and its historic center is declared a Historic-Artistic Site
Arcos de la Frontera (Cádiz)
Gateway to the Route of the White Villages, Arcos is considered one of the most beautiful villages in Spain. There are traces of its first prehistoric and Roman settlers in the Sierra de Aznar Site, but to whom the city owes its imprint and current physiognomy is to Muslim culture.
BETWEEN THE HISTORY AND THE LEGEND In our afternoon visit we will discover the ancient Imperial Capital through a route in which the legend and history are mixed, strolling through its narrow streets and squares, and entering one of its unique underground.
It belongs to the province of Lleida, and has just over 300 inhabitants. Guimerá is a small village with steep streets, a medieval village that allows you to climb up to one of the towers that crown the city to enjoy the views. It is a protected historical and artistic complex.
Monells grew up around the old castle, although today only the wall remains. Formerly, it was an important market that gave sustenance to a town preserved until today, to convert to tourism. The municipality is integrated as Cruilles, Monells and San Sadurní and is in the province of Girona.
It is located in the province of Valladolid, and is an artistic historical complex located on a hill overlooking the valley, next to a spring of clean water that has supplied the liquid to the population for centuries. Urueña allows a walk through streets and houses as an authentic medieval citadel without changes.
It had great splendor in the Middle Ages that is reflected in its urban center. The city rises on the side of a hill, resulting in a network of streets on a hill; At the top of the hill highlights the silhouette of the old castle. The city thus configured was easily defensible at other times.
Miravet is a hamlet that seems to climb from the banks of the Ebro to end up crowned by a wall and a Templar castle on top of a hill.
A small village in the Pre-Pyrenees in Alta Garrotxa (Eastern Pyrenees), Beget is in an area of valleys and mountains that today attracts tourists who tend to easily exceed its number of inhabitants, just 27. It has an aspect that has changed little, with a church Romanesque (Sant Cristófol), and a hamlet that adapts to the landscape
Castellfollit de la Roca (Girona)
You could almost say that Castellfollit de la Roca is part of the basalt precipice, as if it were naturally walled. His situation is obviously photogenic by others.
Sigüenza is a city and Spanish municipality belonging to the province of Guadalajara, in the autonomous community of Castilla-La Mancha. It is also the head of the homonymous judicial party and the largest town in the Serranía region. In 2014, the municipality, which includes 28 districts apart from the city of Sigüenza, had a total population of 4712 inhabitants.
Peñaranda de Duero (Burgos)
Peñaranda de Duero, is located in the province of Burgos, and has few inhabitants, but a lot of history, like each of the places on this list. Among the monuments of the place, a 10th-century castle is seen from almost every angle of the town.
Tui is a municipality in the province of Pontevedra, almost on the border with Portugal, where one of the most colorful cathedrals in Galicia is located. It is a city with a valuable historical heritage, with fortified churches, cobbled streets, passages, where every corner invites you to walk and explore.
Puentedey (Burgos, Castilla y León)
The particularity in addition to its medieval aspect, is that it is located on a natural rock arch, a rock that gives rise to one of the most curious natural bridges in Spain (part of the town is built on the bridge, including its Romanesque church).
Montefrio enters the list especially for its photogenicity, its rock, its history and its outstanding constructions. It is located in the province of Granada, and it will be for those who visit it a surprise of the good, with a huge historical and cultural heritage away from any invasion of mass tourism ... unfairly.
Puebla de Sanabria (Zamora)
Puebla is a municipality located in the northwest of the province of Zamora, 113 km from the provincial capital, and nestled in the natural region of Sanabria. It highlights the remarkable level of conservation of its landscape and environmental heritage, with characteristics similar to those of the nearby protected natural space of the natural park of Lake Sanabria.
Rupit i Pruit (Barcelona)
Rupit, along with Pruit integrate a municipality in the region of Osona. Born around a church and castle, it is one of the best preserved medieval villages in the province of Barcelona.
Torla is located in the province of Huesca, Aragon, almost on the border with France. It is the gateway to the Ordesa Valley, with some of the most beautiful mountain landscapes in Spain. The town is a medieval stronghold, with its churches, altarpieces, castle, mansions and streets stopped in time.
It is located to the northeast of the province of Segovia, and is a town that combines numerous historical monuments with an aspect stopped in time. As if that were not enough, near Ayllón there are numerous natural sites.
Peratallada belongs to the municipality of Forallac in Catalonia, and was declared precisely as a Historic-Artistic Site, a population that grew around a castle, although not so much as to lose its essence.
This town full of angles where it seems that time has not passed (it is one of the best preserved medieval villages in Spain) comes out more than well in each image. Pals is located in the Bajo Ampurdán region and has almost nine centuries of history.
Tossa de Mar (Girona)
Tossa de Mar is on the coast of the province of Girona, on the Costa Brava, and has one of the most photogenic fortresses by the sea throughout the country, as well as being near small coves of transparent water that honor the good Costa Brava fame.
In the 10th century, it was the seat of an important monastic manor, and since then, Covarrubias has been able to preserve a medieval framework and aspect that includes a Castilian fortress before the 11th century, walls and walls, narrow streets, rock roads, towers, and curious houses of several centuries next to constructions that shoot numerous legends.
In the province of Soria, there is a tiny town that is another authentic medieval relic. Just a central street to walk between a square next to the castle and City Hall, crossing a rustic boulder path (perhaps as rustic as the buildings themselves). Walls walled with mud and straw, stone masonry, roofs with conical chimneys, and details that have changed little or nothing. In Calatañazor there are also three churches, the remains of a castle and walls.
In the province of Burgos is Frías, considered as a historical heritage located on a hill that generates slopes and views towards the Ebro river. Frías officially corresponds to the category of city (Frías is the municipality with the title of city with the lowest population in Spain , with 277 inhabitants), but we also include it for its beauty and its gentle scale.
Patones de Arriba (Madrid)
Located to the northeast of the Community of Madrid, Patones de Arriba is a town located on a small mountain, famous especially for its black architecture, a type of rural construction that used slate, a type of abundant rock in the area assigned to the Village its particular color. It is a site stopped in time and very picturesque.
Another of the most beautiful, which is also registered in the association of the most beautiful villages in Spain. Morella is perched on a hill, topped by walls and a castle. From all angles it is a photogenic town, and even from the same town, the view towards the rural landscape is unbeatable.
Bárcena Mayor (Cantabria)
A tiny town of Los Tojos, in Cantabria, located in the Argoza river valley. Bárcena Mayor is a perfect example of traditional mountain architecture, a site now protected as an artistic historical complex. It is in fact one of the oldest villages in Cantabria.
On the margin of the river Vero is this town in the middle of an area of natural parks like Sierra and Canyons of Guara. Alquézar takes its name from the Al-Qasr castle, built in the ninth century to defend against the Christian kingdoms. Together with the historic center it is one of the most beautiful protected villages in Spain.
Another charming town that transports us to past times is Aínsa. Located a few steps from the National Park of Ordesa and Monte Perdido, Aínsa retains a medieval historical center whose most outstanding monuments are built around the arcaded Plaza Mayor. Every two years, the town celebrates the Feast of the Morisma that recalls the battle between Moors and Christians in the eighth century.
This town is starring the Royal Palace of Olite, in Gothic style. The castle has an aspect that pleases others in sight, the result of its construction where aesthetic details were more relevant than the defensive. Built during the reign of Carlos III, it was one of the most beautiful in Europe at the time.
Pedraza is small, and otherwise quiet. It is a medieval village that is also walled. Although it is little known, it is one of the towns of Segovia declared as a historical complex.
Peñíscola (Old Town in Castellón)
Although it has the title of city, we are amazed by its fortified historic center within the Valencian community, in the province of Castellón. Peñíscola is also one of the most beautiful villages in Spain, set on a rocky peninsula linked by an isthmus of sand. The castle stands out over the old town, overlooking the beaches, the mountains and the Valencian coast.
Its magic is enhanced by its location and the environment that offers magnificent views and an atmosphere difficult to repeat. Besalú is one of the main medieval complexes in Spain, a time-frozen urban landscape that includes bridges, walls and buildings that have not changed for centuries.
The Malaga city of Ronda hides behind its wall numerous vestiges of the Middle Ages: walls, doors and palaces of the Nasrid era reminiscent of the past of one of the oldest cities in our geography. The area where the Amocábar Gate is located is the place where the medieval spirit of the people who lived between these walls is most palpable.
La Alberca (Salamanca)
Located south of the province of Salamanca, since 1940 the urban center of La Alberca is protected as a Historic-Artistic Monument for reasons that are obvious.
Santillana del Mar (Cantabria)
In the autonomous community of Cantabria, Santillana del Mar is a historical complex of great value, with a beauty such as to integrate the list of the most beautiful villages in Spain. In its vicinity is the cave of Altamira. But Santillana del Mar is by itself, a reason to set course for this corner of the north of the country,
The difficult topography of this town, built on the slopes of a mountain and surrounded by a natural defensive moat, gives it even greater charm. Its historic center is presented as a challenge for travelers who enjoy walking: stairways, alleyways, passageways and irregular walls form the framework of this small medieval town with castle included.