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30 Best Small Towns & Villages in Spain + MAP

Being in a country that’s so rich in history and beauty, there are many Spanish towns worth visiting at least once. In this guide, I’ll share the 30 most beautiful villages in Spain, so you can make sure you don’t miss out on any of them.

These lovely towns in Spain can be found throughout the autonomous communities of the Iberian Peninsula as well as the Canary and Balearic Islands. In this article, you’ll find villages in northern Spain, the south of Spain, on the coast, in the mountains, and more. Each has something charming to offer, so even if you can’t visit them all, you’ll see one that catches your eye.

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So, are you ready to discover the best small towns in Spain? To make sure you don’t miss any of them, here is a map with all the Spanish villages in this article. I hope you enjoy exploring these towns as much as I did!

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1. Cudillero, Asturias, one of the most beautiful towns in Spain

Cudillero is one of the most beautiful villages in Spain thanks to its unique landscape and great cultural legacy, which combines the Mariñana (fishermen and farmers), the Xalda (villagers from the inner valleys), and the Vaqueira (shepherds in the highlands).

While Cudillero is known as a mountainous coastal town in Spain, it also has colorful homes built upon the hilly slopes, making for quite a scenic environment. Also, the village is close to the Playa del Silencio, one of the best beaches in Spain.

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1. Cudillero, Asturias, one of the most beautiful towns in Spain

Moreover, Cudillero is one of the best villages in northern Spain in terms of gastronomy. Here, you can have your fill of the top products from the land and the sea. You can even see fishmongers here bringing in the catch of the day.

  • Recommended accommodation: Do yourself a favor and stay at Casona de La Paca, a charming 19th-century Indian house that has been converted into a hotel. The attention to detail here is exceptional, so it’s the perfect place to go as a couple to unwind for a few days.

2. Beget Girona, another Spanish town you can’t miss

In the province of Girona, Catalonia, you’ll find one of the most beautiful villages in Spain: Beget. This tiny village dates back to the Middle Ages, to at least 1168, when it was just a parish.

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2. Beget Girona, another Spanish town you can’t miss

Fortunately, its original essence and rural aspects still remain, making it the perfect destination to unwind. Unless you want to go hiking here, a couple of hours is enough time to explore Beget. Among its main attractions is the Church of Sant Cristofol, a Romanesque-style temple, and a declared Cultural Asset of National Interest.

  • Recommended accommodation: The 4LLARS is the perfect little accommodation with a patio, a fully-equipped kitchen, a fireplace, seating area, and barbecue.

3. Molinaseca, León, a charming Spanish town you must see

Molinaseca was declared a Historic Artistic Site in 1975 and, after visiting, you’ll see why. It’s one of the most stunning small towns in Spain, with stone streets and noble architecture.

Hundreds of pilgrims pass through Molinaseca every year as they make their way on the Camino de Santiago, and the village is a beautiful pitstop.

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3. Molinaseca, León, a charming Spanish town you must see

Of course, if you have the time to explore Molinaseca, I suggest walking along the old-fashioned streets and admiring the stone houses with slate roofs. It’s also worth seeing the Palacio de los Balbo and the Palacio de Cangas de Pambley, two historic structures that bare a coat of arms. Finally, check out the Plaza del Royo, the Church of San Nicolás de Bari, and the Sanctuary of Nuestra Señora de las Angustias.

  • Recommended accommodation: If you go, stay at the Hotel Casa Ramon Molina Real, which has a restaurant and barbecue, and is very close to Ponferrada.

4. Baños de la Encina, Jaén, another beautiful small town in Spain

Baños de la Encina is one of the best towns in southern Spain and was even declared one of the Most Beautiful Towns in Spain in 2021.

If you’re in Úbeda or Baeza, it’s possible to see Baños de la Encina from the road, particularly its massive castle with 14 towers. That said, I highly recommend stopping in this medieval town in Spain, which boasts preserved structures from the 12th century.

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4. Baños de la Encina, Jaén, another beautiful small town in Spain

You’ll also be dazzled by the village’s Baroque Tabernacle, a jewel of Andalusian sacred art cabinetry, and the hermitage of Cristo del Llano, both dating back to the 17th century. Other attractions include the 18th-century Santo Cristo Windmill and the Church of San Mateo, which dates back to the 15th century. There is a lot more to see here, so it may be worth taking this guided tour (in Spanish).

  • Recommended accommodation: The Hotel Palacio Guzmanes is perfect for your trip to Baños de la Encina. It’s a historic 17th-century building with an outdoor pool, hot tub, and terrace.

5. Garachico, Tenerife, another lovely village in Spain that’s worth visiting

Garachico is not only one of the best places to see in Tenerife, but it is also one of those charming towns in Spain that I highly recommend visiting.

Formerly, Garachico was Tenerife’s main commercial port, exchanging goods between Europe and America. Then, in 1706, the Arenas Negras Volcano erupted, burying a large portion of the town in lava and ash.

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5. Garachico, Tenerife, another lovely village in Spain that’s worth visiting

However, Garachico recovered and became a lovely village in Spain. If you’re not sure what to do in Garachico, check out my guide with the top 10 places to visit. It’s also worth booking this free tour of the town, which will take you to all the main attractions.

6. Altea, Alicante, a pretty Spanish village to visit in the summer

If you’re looking for the best town in Spain, there’s no doubt that Altea, in Alicante, will make the list. Altea’s white houses and bright domed temples stand out against the blue Mediterranean Sea. This Spanish village is a must-see on Costa Blanca, and it’s very close to Jávea, one of the best beaches in Spain.

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6. Altea, Alicante, a pretty Spanish village to visit in the summer

As you stroll along its cobbled streets, check out the anchored homes, the Portal Vell, and the Church of Nuestra Señora del Consuelo. After taking a short rest in the square, head to the Mirador de los Cronistas and Casa Cervantes to admire the seaside views. Since you’ll be in the port, consider taking a catamaran ride, which will allow you to see the magnificent coastline and enjoy a barbecue meal. Just be sure to book in advance since Altea is a popular tourist spot in the summer.

  • Recommended accommodation: Definitely stay at the SH Villa Gadea, which spares no amenity or comfort. It has lagoon-style pools, four restaurants, a gym, and a spa with an ice cave and hot tubs.

7. Agulo, La Gomera, another great small town in Spain

Agulo is another town in Spain that’s known for its beauty and recognized as one of the best places to see in La Gomera.

Located in the northern part of La Gomera, just over 30 minutes from the capital, Agulo is somewhat of a hidden village in Spain. Keep your map with you and let yourself get lost among its beauty for a few hours.

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7. Agulo, La Gomera, another great small town in Spain

During your visit, you can take a walk around the city center and admire the stunning views of Tenerife and Mount Teide. You won’t regret it!

  • Recommended accommodation: Las Casas del Chorro is one of the most beautiful rural accommodations in La Gomera and boasts lovely views of town.

8. Cadaqués, Girona, one of the most artistic small towns in Spain

Cadaqués is the easternmost town on the Iberian Peninsula, on Costa Brava, and it’s another gorgeous Spanish village you must see.

To get the full experience of Cadaqués, it’s best to walk around town, especially since everything is relatively close by. Be sure to also walk through the narrow and steep streets of old town and see the traditional fisherman’s homes, many of which are still painted blue and white.

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8. Cadaqués, Girona, one of the most artistic small towns in Spain

Afterwards, go up to the Church of Santa María and find a lookout point where you can appreciate the sweeping views of the Mediterranean Sea. Artist Salvador Dalí once said that Cadaqués is the most beautiful town in the world, and I will say that it’s certainly one of the best small towns in Spain.

If you visit during the summer, you’re sure to fall in love with Cadaqués. One of the best things you can do here in the warmer months is this hiking and snorkeling excursion, although this free tour is also a great option.

  • Recommended accommodation: Stay at the beautiful Boutique Hotel Villa Gala, which has an outdoor pool, garden, and a terrace overlooking the town and sea.

9. Patones de Arriba, Madrid, one of the best Spanish towns on the mainland

Patones de Arriba is beautiful town near Madrid, Spain that’s known for its slate houses, some of which date back to the 16th century. During that time, the inhabitants lived in these “hidden” homes, which camouflaged them amidst the livestock and agriculture. Legend has it that during the War of Independence, French soldiers couldn’t find Patones because of its strategically hidden location.

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9. Patones de Arriba, Madrid, one of the best Spanish towns on the mainland

Fortunately for us, Patones emerged from oblivion in the 1990s, when it was declared an Asset of Cultural Interest. These days, the Spanish village is packed with visitors every weekend. If you want to go, I recommend dressing comfortably and taking the Barranco Ecological Path. It’s also worth visiting the Old Church of San José, which has been converted into a Tourist Office, and climbing to the ruins of the old tinados (cattle huts).

  • Recommended accommodation: The Gran Reino Rural is the perfect place to stay, thanks to its patio, garden, fully-equipped kitchen, and private bathroom.

10. Roncal, Navarra, another amazing town in Spain to visit

Roncal is a town in Spain that definitely deserves its place on this list. Located in the autonomous community of Navarra, about 55 miles from Pamplona, Roncal has been part of the Most Beautiful Villages of Spain Association since 2021.

Roncal sits among a landscape of pine and beech forests, making it one of the most charming villages in Spain. It’s especially pretty during autumn, as you can stroll along the cobbled streets and stately mansions while the leaves fall.

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10. Roncal, Navarra, another amazing town in Spain to visit

In the Castillo neighborhood, you can see the hermitage of Nuestra Señora del Castillo and huge mansions like Casa Gambra and the Sanz Orrio palace. If you go into the Arana neighborhood, be sure to check out Casa López, Town Hall, and the Julián Gayarre House-Museum, the birthplace of famed tenor, Julián Gayarre.

  • Recommended accommodation: Casa Tetxe is an eco-friendly rustic house made of stone and wood. Here, you can relax in front of the living room fireplace and enjoy local products from Navarra for breakfast.

11. Lastres, Asturias, one of the best villages in northern Spain

Among the towns in northern Spain that you should visit, Lastres is perhaps the most beautiful. This colorful fishing village may be small, but it has lots to offer.

Its steep alleys, large mansions, and incredible viewpoints make it a wonderful place to visit. Regarding the viewpoints, I recommend the Mirador de San Roque, which boasts sweeping views of the sea with La Griega Beach in Colunga in the background. About 2.5 miles away, you can see the Faro de Lastres, another magical place.

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11. Lastres, Asturias, one of the best villages in northern Spain

Moreover, in 2021, Lastres was named an Exemplary Town of Asturias, and was the setting for the popular series Doctor Mateo. To see this Spanish town for yourself and fully experience it, do this guided tour.

  • Recommended accommodation: Treat yourself by staying at the spectacular Hotel Palacio de Luces G.L Relais & Châteaux. Located in a beautiful 16th-century palatial building, this accommodation is surrounded by natural forests and is close to the coast.

12. Frías, Burgos, one of the best villages in Spain you can’t miss

Situated on the banks of the Ebro River in northern Burgos, Frías is a lovely village in Spain that you can’t pass up.

The town’s hanging houses continue to maintain its original aesthetics, making Frías a Historic-Artistic Site and a unique place to visit. That said, the 10th-century Castillo de los Velasco and the Church of San Vicente Mártir are two of the most popular attractions here.

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12. Frías, Burgos, one of the best villages in Spain you can’t miss

You can also take a walk along the main street, Market Street, and visit the incredible bridge, which has nine arches and a defensive tower.

  • Recommended accommodation: The Casa Rural Pepe offers a complete nature experience, and has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a dining room, a fully-equipped kitchen, a patio, and gardens.

13. Vejer de la Frontera, Cádiz and the white villages of Spain

Vejer de la Frontera has a National Beautification Award, is a declared Historic Complex, and is part of the Most Beautiful Towns in Spain Association, making it one of the best villages in Spain.

Its Arab legacy is reflected in the architecture and urban planning, as exemplified in its Jewish Quarter neighborhood. Many architects consider Vejer de la Frontera to be one of the most beautiful towns in Spain, and it’s not hard to see why.

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13. Vejer de la Frontera, Cádiz and the white villages of Spain

From a distance, you can see this incredible town’s white houses that ascend up the mountain. Once you arrive in town, stroll through its labyrinthine streets, and transport yourself to the past, when the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, and Romans called this place home.

Then, visit the Plaza de España, which originated in the 16th century, and visit the Jewish Quarter. There, you can see the Convent of the Conceptionists, which has been converted into the Museum of Customs and Traditions of Vejer. Also, you must see the Vejer Castle, which dates back to the 10th century, and the nearby Church of El Divino Salvador.

If you’re overwhelmed by all the things to see in the white villages of Spain, take this free tour. Finally, besides learning about the history of this place, be sure to try its excellent food, too.

  • Recommended accommodation: In addition to its welcoming atmosphere, the Casa Shelly Hospedería boasts an incredible location close to several of the town’s top attractions.

14. Santillana del Mar and Comillas, Cantabria

Among the best villages in northern Spain, two that you can’t miss are Santillana del Mar and Comillas.

First, Santillana del Mar holds incredible artistic and historical value in Spain, as you’ll see when you stroll along its medieval cobbled streets and past its picturesque homes. Here, you can also see the famous House of the Marquis of Santillana and that of the Archduchess Margarita of Austria. To see all this and more, I recommend this free village tour.

Moreover, Santillana del Mar is home to the Cave of Altamira, which is sometimes called the Sistine Chapel of cave art, thanks to its world-famous prehistoric cave paintings. While the original cave isn’t open to visitors, you can book a ticket to see the replica cave and museum.

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14. Santillana del Mar and Comillas, Cantabria

The second Spanish town I want to recommend is Comillas, which is the perfect place to visit in the summer. It’s known for its natural beauty and important monuments, including the Plaza de los Tres Caños, the Plaza de la Constitución, and the Church of San Cristóbal.

It’s worth booking this free tour in advance so you can see the main attractions in Comillas. Also, Comillas is home to the Capricho de Gaudí, one of the original works by the Catalan architect, which you can visit with this ticket.

15. Mojácar, Almería, one of the most beautiful towns in southern Spain

Mojácar is one of the most charming villages in southern Spain, and a town with some of the best-preserved historical heritage.

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15. Mojácar, Almería, one of the most beautiful towns in southern Spain

The village’s Muslim past is evident in its steep, labyrinthine streets and its old town, whose homes have facades painted in flowers. Its Plaza Nueva will enchant you with its views, while the Church of Santa María, built in 1560, will transport you back to the past. Other things to do include seeing the Mojaquera Monument, eating tapas in the Plaza del Parterre, and of course, visiting the beach.

Overall, Mojácar is a marvelous Spanish town that combines the sea, the mountains, and even the desert, not to mention art and history.

  • Recommended accommodation: The ALEGRÍA Palacio Mojácar is an awesome adults-only hotel with an outdoor pool, a sunbathing terrace, a restaurant and bar, and a spa with a sauna.

16. Peñíscola, Castellón, an amazing Spanish town to visit at Christmas

With its privileged location on the Mediterranean, Peñíscola is one of the best coastal towns in Spain.

This medieval city is dominated by the Templar Castle, which is preserved in almost perfect condition. You can easily lose yourself in the layout of Peñíscola’s streets, although some sites I recommend you not miss are the Faro del Castillo, the Parque de la Artillería, and the beaches of Peñíscola and Sierra de Irta.

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16. Peñíscola, Castellón, an amazing Spanish town to visit at Christmas

Although it’s a popular summertime destination, Peñíscola is one of the most beautiful villages in Spain at Christmas, so consider visiting during this time. No matter when you go, I recommend this guided tour, which will introduce you to the old town and its main attractions.

  • Recommended accommodation: With a rooftop pool overlooking the town, the RH Don Carlos & Spa is the best place to stay in Peñíscola, and it’s just 0.1 miles from North Beach.

17. Albaraccín, Teruel, a magnificent village in Spain to visit in the fall

Albarracín is another wonderful small town in Spain, and it has been proposed as a World Heritage Site.

As you walk through the alleys of this medieval Spanish town, you can visit the Church of Santa María, an excellent example of Mudejar-style buildings in Spain. Nearby, you’ll find the former Convent of the Piarists, the Church of Santiago, and Plaza Mayor.

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17. Albaraccín, Teruel, a magnificent village in Spain to visit in the fall

Moreover, the town’s hanging houses are one of its greatest attractions that you won’t want to miss them. I also suggest stopping at the nearby viewpoint to take in the incredible views. Of course, if you want to know more about Albarracín and its history, you should take this guided tour.

One more tip about Albarracín is that it’s one of the most charming towns in Spain in autumn, so consider visiting during this season.

  • Recommended accommodation: Hotel 1877 Sensaciones & SPA is an adults-only hotel with a shared lounge, stunning views, and modern amenities.

18. Ronda, Málaga, a unique Spanish village you must see

Ronda is an old Spanish town that deserves a spot on your list. With its panoramic views and surrounding Serranía de Ronda, it’s impossible not to fall in love with this village.

I’m not exaggerating when I say that visiting Ronda is one of the best things to do in Spain. The town’s romantic atmosphere has long dazzled artists and writers like Ernest Hemingway and Rainer Maria Rilke, and it’ll do the same for you. As you walk through Ronda, you’ll see traces of history left by the Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, and Christians.

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18. Ronda, Málaga, a unique Spanish village you must see

Moreover, in its old quarter, which has been declared a Site of Cultural Interest, you can find the Arab baths, the best-preserved in all of Europe; the Balcón del Coño, the most popular viewpoint overlooking the Tajo Gorge; and the Mondragón Palace. There is much more to see here, so the best option is taking this free tour to ensure you don’t miss anything.

  • Recommended accommodations: The first hotel I recommend is Catalonia Ronda in front of its famous bullring, which has an infinity pool, a hot tub, and a rooftop terrace overlooking the square and the Tajo de Ronda. My second recommendation is the magnificent Parador de Ronda in the old Town Hall. It boasts spectacular views of the Tajo Gorge and the New Bridge, and it has a seasonal pool.

19. Teguise, Lanzarote, an architecturally stunning town in Spain’s Canary Islands

If you’re going to Lanzarote, one of the best Spanish towns you should visit is Teguise. This village served as the island’s capital during the 14th and 15th centuries, and it was among the first civil and urban settlements in the Canary Islands.

Today, Teguise is a must-see village in Spain, and the Villa de Teguise was even declared an Architectural Historical Artistic Complex. Walking through the cobbled streets of the historic center is a pure joy, and if you’re there on a Sunday, you can’t miss its market.

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19. Teguise, Lanzarote, an architecturally stunning town in Spain’s Canary Islands

Another place to visit is the Santa Bárbara Castle, a fortress built in the 15th century on the Guanapay Volcano and now serves as a Museum of Piracy. I also recommend spending some time at Famara Beach, one of the top places to visit in Lanzarote, and the Cactus Garden. You can see more attractions in our guide to things to do in Teguise and learn about the history of this small town on this free tour.

  • Recommended accommodation: The B&B La Mimosa has the perfect location less than two miles from the Lagomar Museum. The hotel also has a shared lounge and a relaxing garden where you can rest.

20. Ponte Maceira, Galicia, another lovely small town in Spain

Ponte Maceira only has around 60 inhabitants, but it’s an incredible village in Spain that you can’t pass by.

Located in the province of A Coruña, this town in Galicia, Spain stands out for its Romanesque-style bridge. Featuring seven arches, it was built on the Tambre River, one of the most important waterways in Galicia, in the 13th century.

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20. Ponte Maceira, Galicia, another lovely small town in Spain

Beyond the bridge itself, Ponte Maceira is an incredible town thanks to its stone houses, traditional cobblestone streets, riverside mills, and a beautiful natural environment.

  • Recommended accommodation: Don’t hesitate to stay at Casa Néboa in Negreira, which has a shared lounge, a garden, and several restaurants and bars.

21. Briones, La Rioja, one of the nicest villages in Spain to visit

Another Spanish town that you have to visit is Briones in the northwestern part of La Rioja. This is the perfect destination if you love rural tourism and wine since it’s in the heart of the Sierra de la Demanda, an area with vineyards and small medieval hamlets.

One of the main attractions in Briones is its medieval wall, which is a declared Historic-Artistic Site surrounded by historic buildings. Be sure to check it out while exploring the town’s old-fashioned cobblestone streets.

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21. Briones, La Rioja, one of the nicest villages in Spain to visit

Also, if you can, try to follow the original line of the wall, which goes from Calle Mayor to Plaza de España. On the way to the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, take a look at the 16th-century Palacio de los Quincoces and the Palacio de Gadea, which dates back to the 18th century.

Briones’ Town Hall and Ethnographic Museum are located in the Palacio de Marqués de San Nicolás, an 18th-century building with beautiful Baroque architecture. If you can, come to Briones in the fall, when the village has a magical air about it.

  • Recommended accommodation: The best place to stay is the Casa Rural El Meson, a country house with a shared terrace, garden, and barbecue area. It’s also just 0.5 miles from the Vivanco Wine Museum.

22. Chinchón, Madrid, another small village in Spain you should see

To this list of villages in Spain, I must add Chinchón, a medieval town in central Spain. One of the best things about Chinchón is its large Plaza Mayor, which dates from between the 15th and 16th centuries. The square serves as a nerve center for the townspeople, and among its homes, restaurants, and bars, there are over 230 balconies.

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22. Chinchón, Madrid, another small village in Spain you should see

That said, you must also visit Chinchón’s castle and Clock Tower, which belonged to the church that once stood there. As a tip, the best way to explore this town is to take this free tour. If you’re not sure when to go, Chinchón is one of the most beautiful towns in Spain during Christmas, so you won’t regret going at this time.

  • Recommended accommodation: The best option is the Casa Rural & Spa La Graja, a lovely rustic home with a spa and wellness center.

23. Alquezar, Huesca, one of the best historic towns in Spain

Alquézar is another medieval town in Spain, and probably the most beautiful village in the province of Huesca.

If you come here, you must see the Collegiate Church of Alquézar, which originated as an old Arab fortress in the 9th century, when it was founded by King Jalaf ibn Rashid ibn Asad to stop the advancement of Christian troops. Declared a National Monument in 1931, the church’s history has changed over the centuries, so you can see the different artistic trends reflected in its architecture.

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23. Alquezar, Huesca, one of the best historic towns in Spain

Also, Alquézar’s medieval layout and architecture has earned it the title of Historic-Artistic Site in 1982. While you’re here, be sure to visit Plaza Mayor and the Casa Fabián Ethnological Museum, located in the 17th-century house of Somontano. If you’re not sure when to go, I’ll tell you that this is one of the best villages in Spain to visit during autumn.

  • Recommended accommodation: I consider the Hotel Boutique Maribel to be one of the best boutique hotels in Spain. It’s within the natural park of the Sierra de los Cañones de Guara in Aragón, and it has a hot tub and a restaurant that serves traditional Aragonese food.

24. Alarcón, Cuenca, another small town in Spain that you must see

Among the most beautiful towns in Spain, I can’t forget to mention Alarcón, a small medieval village nestled in a gorge of the Júcar River. Throughout its history, Alarcón has been an Iberian, Roman, and Visigothic settlement. Once the Arabs arrived, the town began to stand out from the others, but in 1184, Alfonso VIII conquered it and formed the Kingdom of Toledo.

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24. Alarcón, Cuenca, another small town in Spain that you must see

Today, Alarcón’s walled enclosure is almost completely preserved, protecting the interior castle and defense towers. While you’re here, I suggest visiting the Plaza del Infante Don Juan Manuel and the Church of San Juan Bautista, just two of the places you’ll get to see on this guided tour.

  • Recommended accommodation: The Hotel Hierbaluisa is the ideal place to rest after spending the day exploring Alarcón.

25. Pedraza, Segovia, one of the best towns in Spain to visit for history lovers

Pedraza is another medieval walled town, but it deserves its own spot on this list of the best small towns in Spain.

The best way to get to know this village is to walk around it at your own pace so you can observe all the palaces and noble houses, some of which date back to the 16th century. Of course, its wall, the Puerta de la Villa, protects the Pedraza castle and was declared a Monumental Complex in 1951, so it’s a must-see.

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25. Pedraza, Segovia, one of the best towns in Spain to visit for history lovers

Moreover, Pedraza was recognized in 1996 for its respectful and responsible recovery of several of its historical buildings. You can see the fruits of these efforts as you walk through Calle Real and Plaza Mayor.

  • Recommended accommodation: Reserve a room at the Hospedería de Santo Domingo, an aristocratic villa from the early 18th Its traditional elements combined with modern amenities and services ensures you’ll have an unforgettable stay.

26. Morella, Castellón, another Spanish village to visit as a family

Morella is a lovely small town in Spain’s Castellón province with a rich medieval history and over 1.2 miles of preserved ancient walls.

Throughout the centuries, this Spanish village has seen the Iberians, Romans, Arabs, and Christians pass through its streets. During your visit, I recommend starting from Pla d’Estudi, which has a cool flea market on Sundays. Then, head to the Torre del Consell, a panoramic viewpoint overlooking the mountains, and then continue along Calle Blasco de Alagón.

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26. Morella, Castellón, another Spanish village to visit as a family

You can follow this route and pass by Morella’s Town Hall and, if you’re with kids, visit the Time of Dinosaurs Museum, which has exhibits that take you to the center of the earth. You’ll appreciate that it also serves delicious food at its restaurant.

Finally, to make sure you don’t miss anything that Morella has to offer, I suggest booking this guided tour in advance.

  • Recommended accommodation: For something more modern, stay in the Vinatea Suites, which feature comfortable rooms and whirlpool tubs.

27. Tejeda, Gran Canaria, a beautiful town in Spain

Tejeda is one of the best Spanish villages to visit and going here is one of the top things to do in Gran Canaria, so you can’t miss it.

An inland village surrounded by mountains, Tejeda sits 3,280 feet above sea level and boasts beautiful views of Roque Nublo and Roque Bentayga. This amazing landscape is breathtaking, and it’s part of the Risco Caído and the Sacred Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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27. Tejeda, Gran Canaria, a beautiful town in Spain

Tejeda isn’t very big, so it takes less than an hour to see all the top sights. That said, it’s a lovely town in Gran Canaria, Spain, and part of the Most Beautiful Towns in Spain Association. If you go, be sure to visit the Church of Nuestra Señora del Socorro, next to Town Hall.

  • Recommended accommodation: Definitely stay at the Parador Cruz de Tejeda, located in one of the highest points in Gran Canaria. The hotel is just 5.5 miles from Tejeda and, along with the panoramic views, it has a spa.

28. La Alberca, Salamanca, another charming village in Spain you can’t miss

When it comes to the list of villages in Spain you must see, La Alberca is sure to be there. Once you go, you’ll see why it was the first rural town in the country to be declared a National Historic Monument, in the 1940s.

Since then, La Alberca has become one of the most popular towns in Spain, thanks to its winding cobblestone streets and geometric half-timbered houses. Walking through this area is like taking a trip back in time, and the layout is reminiscent of an old Jewish Quarter. While you’re here, stop at Plaza Mayor, the village’s nerve center and home to Town Hall.

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28. La Alberca, Salamanca, another charming village in Spain you can’t miss

It’s also worth seeing the Church of La Asunción and the sculpture of St. Anthony’s Pig, a most curious statue with an interesting story. During the festival of St. Anthony of Padua, on June 13th, the residents of La Alberca release a pig into the streets after blessing it. The animal roams freely around the town, and the neighbors feed and shelter it throughout the night. Originally, the pig was given to a family in need, but today, it’s sold at auction, with proceeds going to social causes.

  • Recommended accommodation: Book a room at the incredible Hotel Termal Abadía de Los Templarios, a romantic hotel surrounded by chestnut trees in Batuecas National Park. The accommodation has an indoor and outdoor pool, a sauna, Turkish baths, tennis courts, and massage services.

29. Fornalutx, Mallorca, one of the best villages in Spain, according to architects

Many architects agree that Fornalutx is the most beautiful town in Mallorca, Spain. The village is located in the picturesque Sóller Valley, in the Serra de Tramuntana.

It may be difficult to imagine now, but Fornalutx originated as a small Arab farm. Throughout its thousand-year history, it has become one of the best small towns in Spain.

Fornalutx, best villages in spain

29. Fornalutx, Mallorca, one of the best villages in Spain, according to architects

My advice is to not plan too much but instead let yourself get lost among the cobblestone streets and beautiful homes characterized by their red roofs and citrus trees. Then, check out Town Hall, the Plaza de España, and the Church of Fornalutx, a 13th-century temple built in the Gothic and Baroque styles.

  • Recommended accommodation: Don’t hesitate to stay at the Hotel Apartament Sa Tanqueta De Fornalutx. It is only for adults, so it is ideal if you go as a couple. It offers incredible mountain views, as well as an outdoor saltwater pool, gardens, terraces, and apartments. In addition, it is surrounded by olive and orange trees.

30. Valverde de la Vera, Cáceres, another lovely small town in Spain you must visit

Finally, the last village in Spain I recommend you see is Valverde de la Vera, located in the region of La Vera, Cáceres.

According to the Provincial De Cáceres, this town was structured in the shape of a cross and organized around a main boulevard intersected by four thoroughfares. I recommend you see them all – the Plaza de España, the Fuente de los Cuatro Caños, the Church, and the Plaza del Rollo.

Valverde de la Vera, coastal towns in spain

30. Valverde de la Vera, Cáceres, another lovely small town in Spain you must visit

One of its peculiarities is that in all its streets ditches (regateras) run to channel rainwater. It’s quite interesting, and a curiosity that helped the town become a declared Historic Site in 1970. Without a doubt, it’s a lovely small town in Spain you should see for yourself.

  • Recommended accommodation: Sleep at La Picota, a warm and welcoming house where you can rest in tranquility.

There you have the 30 most beautiful towns in Spain! If you have any questions or you’d like to share your favorite villages in Spain, leave me a comment below. I’ll be happy to answer you. Until then, have a safe trip!


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Hi, I'm Ascen, a globetrotter based in Philadelphia, USA. I enjoy exploring new landscapes and creating in-depth travel guides for Capture the Atlas.

I have felt a special connection with nature and all the inhabitants of the planet since I was a kid. I am passionate about discovering new countries and especially their wildlife, but no matter how many places I visit, I will always belong to the remote beaches of Almería, in Southern Spain.

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