Top picturesque villages in Spain - by Discover Spain

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Spain, a land of natural wonders and historical heritage, is home to a diverse collection of picturesque villages, each with its own distinctive charm and character.

In the Mountains and the Interior:
From the medieval atmosphere of Peñalba de Santiago in León, with its 10th-century Mozarabic church, to the bucolic charm of Bárcena Mayor in Cantabria, where wooden houses blend with the surrounding nature, these villages offer an authentic glimpse into the past. Zahara de la Sierra in Cádiz rises majestically over rolling hills, its whitewashed houses and the ruins of a Moorish castle creating a captivating landscape.

On the Coasts and Cliffs:
The serenity of Luarca in Asturias, with its whitewashed houses by the Cantabrian Sea, contrasts with the majesty of Ronda in Malaga, suspended over the Tajo gorge and presided over by the iconic Puente Nuevo. Olvera in Cadiz, perched on a cliff, offers unforgettable panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

Inland and the Hills:
Consuegra in Toledo is home to iconic windmills and an impressive medieval castle, while Molina de Aragon in Guadalajara delights with its fairytale architecture and cobbled streets. The Renaissance grandeur of Trujillo in Cáceres is reflected in its Plaza Mayor, while Arcos de la Frontera in Cádiz perches on a cliff, its cobbled streets and Gothic church bearing witness to a rich history.

In the Mountains and Tranquillity:
La Granja de San Ildefonso in Segovia enchants with its Baroque gardens and an 18th-century Royal Palace, while Rello in Soria preserves its medieval authenticity with cobbled streets and stone houses that stand the test of time.

These villages, steeped in history and embellished by nature, offer travellers a unique experience that fuses the charm of the past with the serenity of the present in the heart of Spain.
 
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