After a competitive online survey, the small town of Albarracín has officially been crowned Spain’s most beautiful village.
Spanish newspaper El País conducted a national survey for their readers to vote for their favourite village out of 250 municipalities that have a population of 10,000 or under.
The survey was only open for a short time from September 28 to October 2, but managed to see 4,853 people cast their votes for the destination they believed should take the title.
In the end, the medieval village of Albarracín beat all other options. The charming village, built into the steep hills of east-central Spain, is about a 3-and-a-half-hour drive from Madrid and absolutely drenched in history and culture.
As this hidden gem starts to gain the recognition it deserves, it’s best to see all it has to offer before the swarms of tourists start discovering its fascinating beauty.
Being located on the top of a hill means that wandering through the narrow, cobblestone streets of Albarracín is definitely a calf workout, but the extra exercise is completely worth it to experience the spectacular scenery.
If you plan on heading to the stunning village any time soon, make sure you stop at a few of the most iconic monuments such as the 16th century Salvador cathedral with Gothic features or the 6th century castle with amazing perimeter walls and 12 towers.
This beautifully quiet village is home to only 1,000 people and is yet to be inundated with busloads of tourists, which makes it a fantastic way to experience authentic Spanish life.
For any nature lovers out there, the Sierra de Albarracín is the best place to head. The mountain range boasts stunning walking paths through protected landscape that have been adapted for people with reduced mobility. It’s also well-known for the amazing waterfalls, lagoons and stone rivers.
Coming in a close second in the survey results was the colourful town of Cudillero. Much like Albarracín, this pretty seaside town is yet to be discovered by many foreigners so there is still a strong sense of local culture. It’s famous for its fishing ports, steep streets and brightly coloured houses.
Heritage town, Santillana del Mar came in third, followed closely by Aínsa in Aragón.
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