Spain is such a diverse European Country, from the breathtaking heights of Ronda, the vibrant culture of Salamanca to the freaking delicious vineyards around Casares. Some of the places to visit in Spain are pretty well-renowned – take for instance the must-see sights of Barcelona or the pretty Basque town of San Sebastian in the North but what about the places that most of us forget to visit? (Or perhaps haven’t even heard of).
Spain is a surprisingly vast country that somehow manages to hide some of its most picturesque towns far from the madding crowd though to be honest, half the fun is finding these not-so-famous gems. Here are 8 Spanish towns that are definitely worth thinking about when next you’re looking to visit Spain.
This northwest city is often forgotten by many visitors to Spain. Wander around its unique heritage and charm that was heavily influenced by the Celts, Spanish, Romans, North Africans and Spanish. A mix of cultures that makes for incredible photo ops!
This tiny little town in Cádiz is one of Europe’s most unique little places! Perched on the side of a hillside, the streets actually carve through and within the hillside. What most visitors don’t know is that the town is actually pretty famous for its delicious chorizo. Get in my belly!!! 😉
Casares is a southern Spanish town that is often bypassed for its glitzier sister, Marbella. 😉 If you’ve fallen out of (or were never in) love with Marbella, take a short drive inland to this wonderful town. If you’re planning a visit soon, make sure it coincides with the town’s Pilgrimage of Virgin de Rosario del Campo – a ceremony that the whole town turns out to celebrate.
Heavily influenced by its Islamic Era (circa 13th Century), Xativa is home to some of Spain’s most stunning Arabesque Architecture mixed alongside Spain’s Catholic heritage. Take a wander around the town and even spot the impressive Royal Monastery of the Assumption.
Ronda is one of my all-time favourite towns in all of Spain. Drive around 1.5 hours from Malaga to experience a town like no other. Legend has it that the residents in the town fought over many years until the town was ripped apart by an exasperated god! Thankfully, the town reconciled and built a bridge to once again connect the town and its non-feuding residents. That must have been one huuugggge fight! 😉
6.) Santillana del Mar
Take a wander around Santillana del Mar and enjoy some of Spain’s best seafood… including the monkfish (and their cheeks) which is surprisingly delicious! After eating your weight in seafood, soak up a bit of history at the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cave of Altamira which is nearby.
A mountain lovers dream, Vielha is the perfect place to explore the mixing of Spanish and French cultures. Visit in winter or spring and enjoy some of the impressive skiing that is close by.
Olot is definitely heating up… and why wouldn’t it be with its four volcanoes that call the city centre home. Take a stroll through its many windy streets and enjoy this unique little Spanish city.