Most Beautiful Villages in Spain

Most Beautiful Villages in Spain

Yes, there are some truly remarkable cities to visit in this world. But bigger doesn’t always mean better.  Consider touring around some of the most beautiful villages on your next trip in Spain – there’s an abundance of them in this Mediterranean country, so you’ll be spoilt for choice. From stunning mountain retreats to charming seaside spots, you’re in for a real treat. And you don’t have to drive to the middle of nowhere to stumble upon a crumbling stone building or hilly hiking trail either. Many of the most breathtaking spots are just a short drive away from well-known cities and airports. Plus, a couple of the villages in our list have been the source of inspiration for internationally famous musicians and artists, so we’re pretty sure you’ll find something special about them too. Read on to discover our selection of the most beautiful villages in Spain.


  1. Valldemossa
  2. Cadaqués
  3. Alcalá del Júcar
  4. San Vicente de la Sonsierra
  5. Siurana


The Natural Beauty of Valldemossa

It makes sense to begin our list of the most beautiful villages in Spain with one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Balearic Islands – Valldemossa. It’s the sort of place where you can just sit back and soak up the scenery. That’s not to say there isn’t lots to do here though. There’s the 13th-century monastery, where Polish composer Frederic Chopin and his partner (the French writer Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin, better known by her pseudonym of George Sand) stayed for a short time. During this winter, he composed a number of works including his second Ballad and his third Scherzo. You can learn more about their life (and stand in the same room that he played piano in) in Valldemossa, at the village’s museum that’s dedicated to the couple. Alternatively, head down to the water for some fresh seafood and a stroll along the pebble beach, where you’ll be able to admire the high mountains of the Sierra de Tramuntana.


Fall For the Charm of Cadaqués

This sleepy fishing village is about an hour’s drive from Girona-Costa Brava airport. It’s situated inside the Parque Natural del Cap de Creus – a site of great geological importance that lies on the easternmost side of the Iberian Peninsula. There are many long-distance hiking trails here, so if you’re up for an adventure, then remember to bring a pair of comfy walking boots. It’s a wonderful place for art lovers to explore too. Those with a keen eye for detail may notice that the village has been used as a backdrop by Salvador Dalí (born and buried in Figures, less than an hour’s drive away). While you’re here, you can visit the Salvador Dalí House-Museum to discover where he lived and worked from 1930 to 1982. Many other famous artists also spent time in this beautiful place, including Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró.

Alcala del Jucar street


Amble Around Alcalá del Júcar

This picturesque Spanish village is not to be missed. It’s located on a rocky slope between Castillo de Alcalá del Júcar (a medieval castle and fortress with spectacular views) and the Júcar River and Gorge. Lots of the houses here have been built deep inside the natural caves on the side of the mountain. Visit Cuevas del Diablo, a quirky attraction full of historic artifacts and photographs that’ll give you a better idea of the history of this spot. Before you leave, cross the Puente Romano bridge that connects the two parts of the village. It was built in 1771 so isn’t actually as old as it looks, but it’s a great vista point, especially at night when everything is lit up.


Start Sipping in San Vicente de la Sonsierra

Situated in the wine region of La Rioja, this charming tenth-century settlement is without a doubt one of the most beautiful villages in Spain. Naturally, it’s surrounded by vineyards and there are a number of tastings and tours to enjoy in the local area too. Potter around the town square (Plaza Mayor) and follow the medieval streets to see palaces, coats of arms, and even a few archaeological remains (including those of old cellars and a traditional stone winepress). If national monuments are your thing, head to the 16th-century Gothic Parish Church of Santa María at the highest part of the village. Or, if you’re not afraid of heights, climb the clock tower for some seriously impressive views of the surrounding landscape. Prefer to learn more about growing grapes? There’s a wine museum in the nearby town of Haro that’s worth a visit.

San Vincente de La Sonsierra street


Step Back in Time in Siurana

Last up on our list of the most beautiful villages in Spain is Siurana. This medieval village in the region of Catalonia is perched high on a summit in the Prades Mountains and boasts dramatic views across the surrounding landscape. It’s a wonderful place if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life; while away the hours pottering around cobbled streets and stopping at unassuming cafes for tapas and a tipple. If you want a little more action in your day, why not explore the church dedicated to Santa Maria or the ruins of the Moorish castle? There are also wine tours to take and high cliffs to hike, depending on what mood you’re in. And if you fancied a road trip, the village of Siurana is only a few hours from Barcelona.