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Spain's most beautiful villages

Written on : 03 October 2018

Willing to discover Spain in all intimacy with your family or friends? Far from the big cities’ noise and thanks to their authentic charm, the villages appear as perfect alternatives for families who want to discover the intact beauty of places.
To guide you, Villanovo invites you to escape for a discovery of some of the most beautiful villages in Spain.

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Betancuria, authentic village

True treasure of the Canary islands, it is ony natural that Betancuria is listed among our top of the most beautiful places in Spain. Isolated and with less than 300 inhabitants, this village of Fuerteventura is absolutely gorgeous. Traditional white houses set in the heights in the middle of a luxurious vegetation, Betancuria is the perfect destination to rest far away from the city buzz. Regarding the tourist attractions, they are indeed few but still worth it. We for example advise you to have a walk in the streets heading to the Santa-Maria church, from which emanates an intriguing charm which won’t leave you indifferent. Enjoy these vacations as a coming back to ancestral traditions and minimalism, we bet you’ll fall under the spell. 

In Catalonia

In Catalonia

Visit Begur, travel through the time!

Begur village is one of the emblematic places of the Costa Brava, possessing an authentic charm. But make no mistake, this village of only a little bit more of 20 km² has many stories to tell. Walking around Begur is traveling through the past. It is common to meet some defensive towers in the middle of its medieval and enjoyable streets. Its american houses, sometimes visitable, relate the influences brought by Colon, back from America. Begur is the perfect invigorating destination! Described as a corner of paradise of the Costa Brava, it is still protected from mass tourism. Perched at the top of a hill, it offers an exceptional panorama on the plain of Empordà, Medes islands, Montgri massif and its numerous beaches. This Spanish village has its own protected natural reserve, but also of different diving spots to explore the ocean depths. Among them, the emblematic Illa Roja, which is probably the most photographed one of the Costa Brava. Without surprise, because as it names says, it provides a whole range of bright colours combining the red of the stone and the blue of its waters.

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Cadaques - a unique cultural experience

Another must-see of the fishing village of the Costa Brava, telling its historic story through its heritage, is Cadaques. Combining history and local festivities, Cadaques is a real unique experience. In the village of Cadaqués, it is a sophisticated and poetic aspect which set down in the shadowed streets. On one side, discover the artistic influence of Salvador Dali, which lived in the village more than 50 years. On the other hand, see the influence of an ancient jewish community through its architecture, especially in the street Es Call. A real trip in trime! Have a walk in the historical center of Cadaques is to stroll in a labyrinth of cobbled streets and traditional white houses with blue details, to discover handcraft shops, small bars and typical restaurants. In terms of activities and festivities, you won’t be disappointed! Visit the museum-house Salvador Dali where the artist lived for years, or even, the Museum of Cadaques showing pieces inspired by the place. Cadaques never loses an opportunity to party and owns its on way to celebrate traditional spanish demonstrations: Festividad del sol Naciente in january, the Carnival in February, San Jordi in April, Feria de Indianos in June, or the Festival Internacional de Musica in August. Live the Spanish experience in the dancing streets! At last, to rest after all these festivities, let yourself tempted by a relaxing day in one of these fabulous beaches: Playa Grande, Playa Es Sortell, or Cala Portalo. Find your favourite!

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Sitges, touristic but authentic

Only a few kilometers away from Barcelona, Sitges is one of the emblematic village of the Costa Daurada. Thanks to a mediterranean climate and its protection of Garaff mountains, it is possible to enjoy outdoor activities at whatever time of the year. Sitges is mostly known to offer very pleasant beaches, attracting different tourists each year. But this does not impact its authenticity! It allows you to try a real local experience through culinary specialties. Let yourself tempted by meals such as the xato made of codfish, tuna and olives with a spicy sauce. Also, the cute village never sleeps! At each time of the year, there are events: the Sitges Festival International of the Fantastic Cinema of Catalunya, the Carnival and many concerts. It is impressing to see all the small city so committed in the cultural action. At last, one of the must-see of Sitges is its natural park. Running over hectares, the natural park of Garaff offers a mix of colors and some fresh air! This place indeed gives the possibility to do walks, bike rides, or simply admire the mediterranean panorama.

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Tossa de Mar

Must-see village of the Costa Brava, Tossa de Mar is a meeting place for international artists. While the painter Marc Chagall named it the blue paradise, Tossa de Mar seduced the actrice Ava Gardner, which played in a movie on the spot and thus gave her name to the “besos de Ava Gardner”, famous local pastry. But, the major asset of Tossa, for both tourists and artists, also lies in the ancient fortifications of the city which give it today the charm of its past. Admire the impressing walls of the castle which protect the heart of the historic city, stroll in the streets and refresh yourself thanks to the magnificent beaches of the seaside resort, where you can also indulge yourself with diving or snorkeling… a real corner of paradise on earth!

In Ibiza

In Ibiza

Sant Josep de sa Talaia and its exceptional beaches

Reputed for its exceptional beaches, its sumptuous landscapes and its accentuated local culture, Sant Josep de sa Talaia is a crafted jewel of Ibiza’s authenticity. Called by the name of the highest mountain of the island, offering an unic panorama, the destination will please all the nature lovers, thanks to its beaches and natural parcs.
Thanks to its 80 km coast, Sant Josep de sa Talaia owns the biggest number of beaches and creeks of Ibiza. And not just any of them! Among those ones, we find the most beautiful of the island, justifying the tourist attraction for this place. We could notably talk about Cala Bassa, idyllic but very busy in high season, as well as Cala Comte, known for its exceptional sunsets presenting wonderful shades of pink. Let’s check our Ibiza travel tips to know more about this topic! To discover these inescapable spaces, let’s go to the hinterland: where we can feel the serenity emerging from the typical Mediterranean white houses. In fact, you could notably find Ses Salines parcs and Cala d’Hort. Offering a great sample of the biodiversity of the island’s fauna and flora, you’ll find birds, flamingos, and goelands in the middle of a landscape defined by pine forests and vast lakes. Those will bring you a real breath of fresh air during your stay.

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Sant Carles de Peralta : In the footsteps of the Hippies’ civilisation

Known under the name “San Carlos”, this inescapable village from the North of Ibiza, represents the best the Ibiza’s hippie civilisation. Indeed, while the village gathered the hippie community in the 60s, San Carlos has retained the old civilisation’s charm. Today, it offers all types of markets such as Mercadillo Las Dalias. There, you can clean out the stands and leave with nice bags and other accessories, all in a warm and caring atmosphere. Cultural village, San Carlos is known as well for its famous events which makes this place a dynamic meeting point, where local music or celebration are not lacking.
Whether you go for an outdoor concert, a dance show or a tasting of local specialties, the village is alive and full of surprises. And for party animals, know that the nightlife is just as lively!
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In Andalusia

In Andalusia

Ronda, at the heart of the history of Andausia

In the heart of the mountains of the Serranía de Ronda that the village of Ronda is nestled, proudly among the white Andalusian villages, about a hundred kilometers from Malaga. Natural land steeped in history, do not miss the cultural richness of the village. Second home of the Queen of Spain Isabelle and King Ferdinand, the Mondragon Palace is a must in the village. Combining Moorish and Renaissance style, also nicknamed the Palace of the Marquis of Villasierra, it was built in 1314 and now houses the Municipal Museum of Ronda. This one will deliver you all the secrets of the history of the village and even has samples of Roman and Arab tombs. Do not miss this visit! After that, head to Plaza Duquesa de Parcent, which promises a wonderful walk in a most picturesque environment. Around the square are various monuments that are worth a look, including the Iglesia de Santa Maria la Mayor, a church that was built in no less than 200 years. To visit with family!

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Senetil de las Bodegas, set in stone

Located in the province of Cadiz, Senetil de las Bodegas is a small white village, emblematic of the region. Its particularity ? Having sat on the edge of a huge rock, which dominates some of its small streets, to the point of replacing the roof of some houses. Some of these homes are even spread by the rock. This seamless urban-nature cohabitation brings a striking effect! It is possible to find some shade in Calle Cuevas del Sol, where the huge rock overlooks the street, filtering the powerful rays of the southern Spanish sunshine. Setenil is also renowned for its quality of products: admire the olive trees overlooking the huge rock, providing its famous olive oil. This natural protection, more powerful than any fortress, has withstood all assaults and conflicts since medieval times, making the small village a true historical witness. Indeed, it is possible to taste its excellent almonds, grown since the Moors age, or to revel in its virtuous wine produced in its vineyards, since the fifteenth century during the Christian conquest.