Exploring Spain’s postcard villages – TTR Weekly

SINGAPORE, November 22, 2022: Spain is full of charming villages, especially in rural areas. These picture postcard places invite you to get lost in their alleys, to discover their architectural treasures and to take advantage of the welcome and traditions of their inhabitants. With more than 8,000 municipalities, it would be impossible to name them all,

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Capileira, Granada © Mark Chinn

Capileira, Andalucia

In the heart of La Alpujarra and in the Sierra Nevada National Park, this small village in the province of Granada sits 1,500 meters above sea level, with spectacular views of the Poqueira Gorge and the peaks of Cerro Mulhacén and Pichacho Veleta from its vantage points. The town is notable for its traditional Andalusian whitewashed houses and several heritage buildings, such as the Nuestra Señora de la Cabeza Church and the Pedro Antonio de Alarcón House Museum.

Albarracin, Teruel

Albarracin, Aragon

This unique place, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, culminates at 1,182 meters. The typical reddish houses of the old part of this town create narrow streets that often open onto improvised viewpoints from which one can see the landscape. The village of Albarracín was built on the side of a mountain and its peculiar hanging houses overlook the Gualaviar River, which almost completely surrounds the town. The Pinares de Rodeno Protected Landscape and several areas of cave paintings surround the town.

Views of Roque Nublo from Tejeda, Gran Canaria © Pedro Giráldez Sotelo

Tejeda, Canary Islands

This town is located inside one of the largest volcanic craters in the Canary Islands. It stands out for its spectacular landscapes, including Roque Nublo, one of the symbols of Gran Canaria. It is a monolith that was created during the volcanic processes that took place on the island. A few kilometers from here is Roque Bentayga, a larger natural monument that was once a sacred place for the natives of the Canary Islands. Its natural beauty combines the historic aesthetics of its white buildings and traditional roofs to make Tejeda one of the places where the aesthetics of Canarian villages are preserved.

Lierganes, Cantabria © Avanti

Lierganes, Cantabria

This village contains valuable classical architecture from the 17th and 18th centuries and is located at the foot of two small hills: Marimón and Cotillamón, commonly known as “Las Tetas de Liérganes”. Its old town, known as “El mercadillo”, has vernacular mansions, palaces and churches. He also has a famous spawhich uses water from the Miera River.

Plaza Mayor in Almagro, Ciudad Real

Almagro, Castile – La Mancha

The history of this city, whose Arabic name alludes to the red clay used for the construction of certain buildings, is linked to the theatre. The Corral de Comedias is the only theatrical courtyard that has remained intact and active, offering interesting theatrical visits since the beginning of the 17th century. It is worth visiting the National Theater Museum and attend the International Classical Theater Festival, which attracts hundreds of tourists every year. The Plaza Mayor is also exceptional and is one of the most beautiful squares in Spain, with its columns and windows painted green.

Frias, Burgos

Frías, Castile and Leon

Located on a rock on the banks of the Ebro, Frías is the smallest village in Spain. The village is bounded by the Humión peak, the highest in the Montes Obarenes nature reserve. Its architecture mixes Roman and medieval elements, especially on the castle of Los Velasco and the church of San Vicente Martír. Between these buildings, hanging houses crowd.

Chinchón Square, Madrid © Turismo de Chinchón

Chinchon, Madrid Region

Although only 50 kilometers from the capital, Chinchón is one of the most picturesque villages in the region. Its Plaza Mayor, with its irregular shape and medieval style, with its urban landscape of intricate alleys and groups of houses grouped on hills, makes it a must-visit trip. Its most notable tourist attractions include the Church of Nuestra Señora de La Asunción, with a canvas by Goya featured on the main altar, the clock tower, the Lope de Vega theater and Los Condes castle . The Monastery of San Agustín and the Convent of Las Clarisas.

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