10 Most Charming Small Towns for your Trip to Spain
Passionate, delicious and exciting – Spain has it all! Lively and diverse, Spain lures you in with its sensual food, striking art and rich history. So, sit back, pour yourself some sangria from a carafe and get ready to explore the most most charming small towns on your on your road trip through Spain!
Spectacularly located on a hill, the Old Town of Cuenca boasts natural beauty, cobblestoned streets that climb up the hill and beautiful tall houses. Cuenca is a well preserved medieval town overlooking some breathtaking views. Strolling around this beautiful ancient town, you might be surprised to find modern art, museums and galleries.
Where three major religions coexisted for centuries, Known as the city of three cultures, Toledo combines the beauty of Judaism, Islam and Christianity, with its Sephardic synagogues, mesmerizing mosques and one of Spain’s most awe inspiring gothic cathedrals, all standing side by side in peace.
This medieval town is known as the “City of Saints and Stones.” Avila was founded in the 11th century and still feels like a fairy tale. This charming piece of history is surrounded by monumental walls and boasts impressive gates and watchtowers, as if it was frozen in time. Behind these imposing walls lies a city that celebrates the past with its many cathedrals and renaissance palaces. It is also a city that’s proud of its local heritage and cuisine. Don’t forget to try Yemas (sugared egg yolks), which is a local and renowned dessert.
Welcome to Segovia! This magical old town’s architecture combines the many cultures that have passed through the city and is home to some truly magnificent monuments. Admire the historic Roman Aqueduct of Segovia which stands impressively tall after more than 2000 years. Segovia is also home to Alcazar de Segovi, Spain’s most famous castle which also inspired Cinderella’s Castle in Walt Disney World!
This ancient town is proud home to one of Europe’s oldest universities! Salamanca has picture perfect golden light, beautiful narrow streets and historic monuments. But alongside the renaissance cultural vibe, this city is full of students and young people, having a fun night out at one of the many bars, clubs and live music shows.
Cadiz is a spectacular ancient town surrounded by water and color. The most iconic monument of the city is a Golden Dome Cathedral, with an ocean view that took more than a 100 years to complete. You can get lost in the maze of the cobbled streets, dine on some fresh seafood and enjoy the sound of the waves while they crash onto the shores of this historic town.
Jerez de la Frontera
Jerez is the epitome of fun, passion and life. This joyous town is famous for its lively flamenco, horse culture and delicious local wine. In short – it’s how you imagine Spain. Jerez is an old town, yes, with charming old palaces and historic monuments, but it’s young at heart, full of laughter and sun, fresh tapas and dancing. It is a celebration of the Andalusian culture. Learn some traditional Andalusian dances on your trip to Spain!
Arcos de la Frontera
A pueblo blanco (white village) dramatically located on a cliff, Arcos de la Frontera offers breathtaking views of whitewashed houses built on a sheer rock and historic steep streets, chapels and castles. This truly unique scenery is a must for your trip to Spain.
The town of Ronda is simply superb. One of the Spain’s oldest cities, Ronda stands tall, surrounded by mountains and overlooks the El Tajo Gorge. The gorge separates the Old Town from the new and is connected by the Puente Nuevo, a bridge, that offers some truly awe inspiring views.
Known as the heart of Andalusia, Antequera has a rich historical heritage, dating back to the Bronze Age. This striking town has many churches which are beautifully lit at night, and terrific local restaurants located in the town’s romantic piazzas.
Which of these amazing towns have you added to your trip to Spain? Let us know in the comments!
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