Beautiful villages in Spain

Frías

Frías in Burgos, a 12th century village
Frías in Burgos, a 12th century village

Frías is a town located in the northern part of the province of Burgos, in Castile and Leon, Spain. It's  a historic medieval town on a hill above the river Ebro. Today it's a popular tourist spot with it's magnificant  castle overlooking  the river and the twelfth century bridge across it.

In 2010 the town had a population of only 275 inhabitants, but since 1435 it had been given the title of the smallest "city" in Spain.

 

The town has numerous sights worth visiting such as the  two convents, the gothic church of San Vitores, Frias Castle (12th-15th century), hanging houses, and the medieval bridge dating back to the 12th century.


Altea

Altea is a town and municipality located in the province of Alicante, Spain, north of Alicante on the section of Mediterranean coast called the Costa Blanca

 This maze of cobbled narrow and crooked streets with glimpses of the bay is one of the better features of the town. It's whitewash house fronts gives the village a very pretty atmosphere.

Narrow street in Altea
Altea


Ronda

The ancient town of Ronda, one of the most spectacular and romantic towns in Andalucia, is situated in the centre of a high plateau surrounded by a beautiful landscape of mountain ranges astride the 130 metre deep river gorge of El Tajo. The town is split in two by this gaping gorge where the Guadalevin river slices through the rock.

A town of Roman origin, it was conquered first of all by the Sueves, followed by the Byzantines, and then the Arabs in 711. The old Muslim town known as La Ciudad stands on the southern side of El Tajo.

In the heart of this pretty town there are many carefully preserved monuments which make it one of the most important historic-artistic collections in all Spain.There is a cluster of magnificent hotels, inns and eateries around the Puente Nuevo - floodlit at night, this is a truly romantic setting. People who have fallen in love with the city include Richard Ford, Rilke, Hemingway and Orson Welles.

Santillana del Mar

Santillana del Mar is one of the most historic and artistic towns in Spain. A medieval town 45 minutes outside Santander whose cobbled streets are lined with beautiful Renaissance and Baroque palaces. Situated in Cantabria, Spain it enjoys a bustling touristic activity all year round. Its many historic buildings attract thousands of holidaymakers every year.

There is an old saying that Santillana del Mar is The Town of Three Lies, since it is neither a Saint (Santo), nor flat (llana), nor is it by the sea (Mar) as its name would suggest. However, the name actually derives from Santa Juliana (or Santa Illana) whose remains are kept in the Colegiata, a Romanesque church and former Benedictine monastery.

Considered one of the most beautiful villages in Spain and a living museum, Santillana del Mar is a pleasure for the senses. Just a stroll through its cobbled stone streets takes you back in time. There are lots of artisan shops. The highlight of the village is the stunning Romanesque church, an absolute must-see and due to a remarkable level of maintenance.

Santillana del Mar
Santillana del Mar