Spain is a territory full of towns unknown to the vast majority, but they are places that have a special magic, whether for their festivals, gastronomy, charming corners, legends… They may not have it all, but they do have something special that makes them unique, towns that await those who no longer want to follow the routes marked in the travel guides to get here, and so that this magic is not lost 20 years ago, the Magical Towns program was created to make them known.
Nothing better for these holidays than taking refuge in a rural environment to rest and at the same time have fun, that’s why we’ll give you some ideas, in this case ten of the more than 100 villas that are part of the network of magical towns in Spain. We do not know what you are going to find, but the experience is sure to be worth it.
In Ourense, just 15 kilometers from the border with León, is A Veiga, a parish in the municipality of the same name. It is a high mountain town that has the highest peak in Galicia; Peña Trevinca, whose altitude reaches 2,127 meters. In addition to this wonderful environment, it is bathed by the Prada reservoir, built in 1958 and in which the town of La Alberguería was covered, which allows you to spend a day at the Franceses beach having a picnic or in the water with canoeing, paddle surfing,… and at night you can gaze at the stars, as it has one of the best skies in Spain because it is clear, far from large population centers and because of its altitude.
Salas, on the banks of the Nonaya River, is one of the stages on the Camino de Santiago Primitivo, and is the capital of the council with the same name, as well as one of the best preserved medieval towns in Asturias. It has four national monuments scattered around its small historic center: the Villa tower, the Valdés-Salas palace, the Santa María la Mayor collegiate church, and the San Martín de Salas church, but also from the 17th and 18th centuries Important mansions are preserved, such as Miranda and Xanzo. And among its gastronomic delights you can enjoy the Professor’s Carajitos, some hazelnut pastries whose recipe dates back to 1918.
This town is not unknown, in fact it is one of the most interesting in Cantabria at an architectural level. Bathed by the Bay of Biscay, it has a beautiful beach of fine sand, and due to the ecological interest of its coast it is included in the Oyambre Natural Park. But above all, the center of the town stands out, full of medieval and baroque buildings, and modernist constructions, such as the palace made by the Catalan architect Antonio Gaudí called “El Capricho”, among many others. Discovering them walking is one of the pleasures of the town.
Broto is a small town in Huesca, located next to the Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park and crossed by the Ara River that splits it in two. Both sides were once joined by a medieval bridge destroyed during the Civil War. A border place marked by conflicts of which a clear example of this remains, the fortified church of San Pedro. But in itself it is beautiful and cozy, and the views are fascinating. It is worth going to see, in the vicinity, the spectacular Sorrosal waterfall.
It is a town and municipality in the Alta Ribagorça region and very close to the Aigüestortes National Park and the Vall de Boí. Surrounded by mountains, it offers the typical Pyrenean image that, together with the medieval remains of the town, make it a very special destination. You can still see the ruins of the wall that surrounded the town and of the prison, which is the oldest in Lleida. Also noteworthy is the church dedicated to San Clemente, a neoclassical temple with three naves and an octagonal bell tower.
In the heart of the Tiétar valley, and in a privileged environment of forests, streams and gorges, is the town of La Adrada, a place full of life and with a lot of history. Without a doubt, its castle, built in the 14th century on top of an old church, is the highlight, but not the only thing. It is a charming town, with streets full of shops, terraces and restaurants where you can try a good steak, and with a historic center where you can get lost to see old mansions that tell us about other times. It is not a small town, but it is still a destination to disconnect.
It is located in the heart of the Sierra de la Segura in a deep gorge formed by the Mundo River with walls up to 500 meters high, perfect for climbing. Surrounded by mountains and a green landscape, it is known as the Switzerland of La Mancha. The hiking routes allow you to get to know the surroundings, but this small town has also been the object of the desire of the cinema, to know it you have to see the film Sunrise, which is no small thing which was the scene.
Medellín is a town watered by the Guadiana River, which has allowed it to have fertile land on which to raise cattle, something that the Celts, Tartessians, Romans, Visigoths and Arabs did not overlook. Ee them is an important monumental heritage, whose greatest exponent are the Roman theater, the medieval castle and the bridge of 400 meters and 20 arches of the seventeenth century that crosses the river.
This small town nestled on the top of a hill in the Subbética and presided over by an imposing castle of Visigothic origin, is made up of beautiful white houses full of potted flowers that decorate and perfume its streets, nothing better than taking a picture in the Patio de Las Comedias with its more than 500 pots. The town is located on the banks of the Genil river, whose reservoir is known as “the lake of Andalusia” due to its size, a good place to do all kinds of water sports.
El Salar is a pretty village of low houses, located on a small hillside at the foot of the stream of the same name, through which various trails run for hiking. The environment stands out for its beauty and tranquility, full of olive groves from which delicious oil is extracted. A quiet place to rest while reliving the town’s Roman past at the site of a luxurious Roman villa that can be visited.
Located in the northwestern part of the island of Tenerife, this small town faces the Atlantic, although it does not have a beach, it does have dreamlike views. Walking through its streets is not easy, as the slopes follow one another vertically from the abrupt volcanic orography. The viewpoints and the routes are especially attractive for the visitor, without forgetting a peculiar gastronomy and unique wines.