8 Of The Most Beautiful Villages In Spain
This travel guide will help you to discover eight of the most beautiful villages in Spain. Spain is renowned for its great weather, delicious food, and relaxed lifestyle. What it also has are beautiful villages that are famous for their history, castles, food, and incredible locations.
Many of these beautiful villages in Spain can be discovered on the official list called Los Pueblos Mas Bonito en España. These villages are usually in less visited areas of Spain and are unique in architecture and location.
Before visiting a state in Spain I like to check the official list and see if there’s a village I can discover. You will usually need a car to reach these villages, but also be prepared for tiny roads and uncomfortable parking spaces.
If you’d like to see more beautiful villages in Europe then have a read of these two travel guides.
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8 Of The Most Beautiful Villages In Spain
Alcalá del Júcar
Alcalá del Júcar is easily one of the most beautiful villages in Spain. The town is located in Castilla La Mancha and is a few hours drive from Valencia.
The village is located in a large gorge, which gives the appearance of it being on a hill. We were driving across the plains of Spain, and I was so confused as to why I couldn’t see the village. The road turned a corner, dipped down into a ravine and there was Alcalá del Júcar hidden away.
The town is one of the ancient villages built by the Moors that can be found in Spain. The ancient Arab castle sits at the top of the ravine with views over the Júcar river. The rest of the village is built up the side of the gorge.
Most of the roads are too small for cars and all the houses are whitewashed with terracotta tiles on the rooves. It makes for an amazing view when looking up at the village from the river.
Some other points of interest are the Roman bridge, the Caves of the Devil, the Church of San Andrés and kayaking and hiking.
Aínsa is located in Aragon and is one of the most beautiful villages in Spain. Aragon as an area is gorgeous and is great for hiking and exploring. I have two travel guides where you can find more information on this.
Aínsa is built on a hill with a large castle at the top. Only the walls remain, and you can still walk around them for views of the village and river valley.
The town is small with ancient, cobbled streets and old churches. The main town square is where most of the restaurants are. There are some tourist shops for souvenirs and trying the food of Aragon.
The modern part of Aínsa is down the bottom of the hill where you can find apartments and supermarkets. Aínsa is a good base to see the area of Aínsa-Sobrabe.
Alquézar is an ancient Arabic village located in Aragon Spain. It is listed as one of the most beautiful villages in Spain, and it really makes an impression when you walk around the corner and see it on the hill.
Alquézar is named after the large Moorish citadel, or Alquézar in Spanish, that dominates it from the top of the hill. The rest of the town is built of ancient stones with tiny winding laneways and steep staircases.
The village is famous for its beauty, but also the natural landscape that it is located in. Many people visit for the famous hike in the Rio Vero Canyon and the many limestone caves with prehistoric paintings in them.
Roda de Isábena
Roda de Isábena is one of the smallest villages in Spain with a cathedral. The village has been an important part of Spain’s history being a fortified town on the border between the ancient Muslim and Christian communities.
The village of Roda de Isábena is one of the most beautiful villages in Spain. It is located on a hilltop with views over the valley of the Isábena River. The area is famous for founding the Kingdom of Aragon, which later became Spain.
Roda de Isábena is a small village with very old buildings. Some are even ruins that you can buy and renovate.
At the top of the village is the Cathedral of Saint Vincent. The cloister inside is tranquil with a square surrounded by columns. You can also visit a Roman bridge at the base of the hill.
Cudillero is a small fishing village located in Asturias on the northwest coast of Spain. Tourism is now its major business, but the area is still famous for its fresh seafood.
Cudillero is listed as one of the most beautiful villages in Spain. It sits on the Atlantic protected by a large seawall and breakwater. The village is painted in different colours and is built up the cliff.
Here you can eat their delicious seafood or try the famous Asturian cider or cheese. There is one small road down into town and a lot of parking spaces further along near the new marina.
Llastres is another village in Asturias famous for being one of the most beautiful in Spain. Llastres is reminiscent of the cliff towns on the Amalfi coast with the village occupying a hill by the sea.
The houses are all white-washed with terracotta rooves. The ocean beneath is a turquoise blue with a small beach between the town and the marina.
Parking is difficult to find, so it can be easier to arrive early. Otherwise, you may need to park up the top and walk down through the town.
Llastres has some excellent restaurants serving up famous Asturian dishes and cider. There is a famous lookout for picture-perfect views over the village. Look for Mirador de San Roque.
Bagergue is one of the most beautiful villages in Spain. It is located high in the Catalan Pyrennees and very close to the French border. The village is full of sweet swiss-style chalets and colourful flowers.
The mountainside in summer is green and perfect for hiking and mountain biking. In the town, the streets are a profusion of flowers and knitted street art. Bagergue has won awards for using flowers as art for the natural world.
In winter Bagergue is close to one of the best ski resorts in Spain. The countryside turns into a winter wonderland with snow-covered chalets. Perfect for a ski holiday or white Christmas.
Beget is a tiny village hidden away in the Catalan Pyrenees. It might be one of the smallest towns in Catalonia, but you can see why it’s known as one of the most beautiful villages in Spain.
Beget is located in a valley, which is so far away from everything that there is absolutely no mobile reception. The town began in the medieval ages and has retained its character with old stone laneways and houses.
Many people visit on the hikes or mount bike trails that cover the area. There is a famous church, Saint Cristofol, and a restaurant that serves Catalan cuisine from 0 km.
A small stream runs through the village and there are pools beneath an old stone bridge where people swim in the summer.
I will be in Spain next year for 3 months. Your post has given me some great inspiration for getting out of the cities I will be staying in.
They look like out of fairytale book.. I would love to spend time in such aces. Saving it for later
Spain sure is a beautiful country with charming villages. I have never heard of most of the villages mentioned, so thanks for bringing them to my attention. Now to planning my next trip!
I hadn’t either! It makes them better as there’s usually not as many people there.
I had never heard of any of these villages until I read your blog. I must admit that being from Southern Spain, I haven’t explored much of the north, but I would love to visit all these beautiful villages, especially Roda de Isábena.
All these villages look absolutely adorable! Would love to visit some of them the next time I’m in Spain 🙂
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Your photos are so beautiful, these villages look so pretty! I’ve explored a few of the villages in Andalusia but I’d really love to explore more of the villages in Spain. Thanks for sharing!
I need to explore the Ones inn Andalusia. I think they’d be super beautiful.
I have seen pictures of Llastres before and I find the place super beautiful! This will go on my list for my future road trip in Spain!
I hope you get to do your road trip soon.