Spain, but far from the big cities, the busiest beach areas, or the most tourist and famous icons. Here there is no mass tourism, traffic jams, or streets crowded with souvenir shops. However we could not say that tourists do not arrive to be surprised by hidden beauties or curious villages. It is time to discover the most elusive or secluded Spain, which still inspires more than a trip in each image.
It is one of the most beautiful villages in Catalonia (in Tarragona), both for its location on a huge rock rock, and for the surroundings, with fantastic views of the Siurana river valley and the reservoir. Siurana is located in the province of Tarragona, aggregate of the municipality of Cornudella, and is also known as Siurana de Prades or Tarragona. It has Romanesque buildings, Arab remains, remains of a castle in a monumental historical complex.
Castellfollit de la Roca (Catalonia)
Castellfollit de la Roca is part of the basalt cliff, as if it were naturally walled with its "floating" houses above the vegetation. It is located in the region of La Garrocha, province of Girona. The hidden or secluded goes to account of its location on the edge of a basaltic cliff 50 meters high and almost a kilometer long eroded by the surrounding rivers, in an area of volcanic remains.
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. 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.
Water Caves (Asturias)
In this case, the town is hidden, and what is striking is the way to access it. Near LLanes, Ribadesella, is Cuevas del Agua, and the only way to get there by car (or walking) is through a road that crosses the Cuevona. The entrance is a huge natural cavity modeled by a stream that accompanies the 300 meters of the path.
Torla (Ordesa Valley, Aragon)
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.
Masca (Tenerife Island)
Between deep ravines and cliffs that meet the Atlantic Ocean, Masca is the hamlet that stands out in the Massif de Teno, a must stop at 750 meters above sea level on an isolated road on the island of Tenerife.
Puentedey (Castile and León)
The peculiarity of Puentedey, 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 church Romanesque).
Os de Civis (Catalonia)
It is a small hamlet, but the most picturesque. In addition to a geographical curiosity: Os de Civis is a town that belongs to the municipality of Les Valls de Valira, but which can only be accessed through Andorra (due to this condition it belongs to the periclave category). It was an almost abandoned town until the French revitalized it with tourism. Although it belongs to a municipality in Catalonia, its dependence on Andorra is very marked.
Orbaneja del Castillo (Castile and León)
Almost on the border with Cantabria, in the province of Burgos there is a curious town for two reasons: for its location in the middle of a karst landscape that surrounds it with rock formations of capricious forms and for the rugged water course that crosses the town . A small stream that rises at the top of the formation and over the houses, crosses Orbaneja del Castillo making several jumps until it falls into the Ebro river in a last obstacle 25 meters high:
San Pedro del Romeral (Cantabria)
The town is one of the protagonists of the Comarca de los Valles Pasiegos in Cantabria, an area of valleys and hills with the charm of traditional ways of life, well preserved for being long away from the mass tourism areas. The pasiegas cabins with their slate roofs and rock walls are famous in the area.