These quaint small towns and villages will offer you a different experience of Spain, with each stop featuring its own unique culture, history, and architecture.

#Besalu

The best way to explore Besalu is on foot. Take along your camera because you will want to capture the incredible architecture and views at the Romanesque bridge. Dating all the way back to the 12th century, this historic bridge stretches across the Fluvia River and can only be traveled on foot. Besalu is also home to beautiful Jewish synagogues and the historic Monasterio de San Pedro.

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#Deia

The scenic village of Deia is located in the Serra de Tramuntana mountains. Here, you can explore steep cliffs with breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea. Take a trip through the numerous olive grows or explore the Cala de Deia inlet. Fans of poet and novelist Robert Graves, will also want to make a stop at his private home, which is now open for tours to the public.

Deia village

Deia village in Spain/ Photo courtesy of Belmond

#Ainsa

If you love history, the medieval town of Ainsa is a must-see destination in Spain. Here you will find the Ainsa Castle, nestled in the shadows of the towering Pyranees Mountains. This castle includes original architecture from the 11th century, along with additions made in the 16th century. Within the castle, you’ll find two museums where you can learn more about the Pyrenees region and Spain’s unique history.

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#Cudillero

Beach lovers will enjoy this small village on the northern coast, overlooking the scenic Bay of Biscay. In Cudillero, you’ll enjoy some of Spain’s best seafood and peaceful blue waters at the popular Playa del Slencio beach. If you’re searching for a beach campsite in Spain, don’t overlook this jewel.

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#Morella

For travelers who love history and architecture, the ancient walled city of Morella is a must-see destination. There is much to see and do, but make sure you visit the Morella Castle and take time to enjoy the ornate beauty of the Morella Walls. Culinary treats also abound in this area, with bakeries featuring Spain’s unforgettable flaons, a flaky pastry filled with cheese.

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#Alquezar

Nested in northern Spain, the town of Alquezar is built into a limestone outcropping. Here you’ll find a variety of artifacts to enjoy, especially at the Colegiata de Santa Maria la Mayor Museum. Outdoor lovers will enjoy biking and birdwatching at the Rio Vero Canyon. There is much to see and do in the beautiful landscape of Alequezar.

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Cadaques

In the scenic coastal region, travelers can enjoy the best of Spain’s beachfront in the town of Cadeques. Best known for being home to painter Salvador Dali, the artsy vibe in this area makes it an unforgettable place to explore. Visit Dali’s house and then head down the tiled walkways to explore local boutiques and dine on delicious fresh seafood. Don’t forget to spend some time at the beach, the crown jewel of Cadaques, with unforgettable views of the Mediterranean Sea.

#Sentinil de las Bodegas

Nestled in a river gorge, Sentinil de las Bodegas is unlike any other destination in Spain. The gorge serves as an external roof wall for the town, dating back thousands of years to a time when locals actually lived in caves. Grab lunch at an outdoor café, shaded by the enormous cliff overhead. It’s an experience you will only find in Sentinil de las Bodegas.

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#Mojacar

The one of a kind town of Mojacar offers the relaxed experience of a beach resort with the sights and sounds of a mountain village. Dating back more than 4000 years, this town features beautiful white architecture, exquisite food, and a beautiful beach resort called Mojacar Playa.

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#Grazalema

Grazalema is an old village nestled in the northeastern Cadiz province. Here you can experience a unique piece of Spain’s culture and dine on local honey or shop for souvenir blankets featuring traditional Spanish weaving techniques. Grazalema is also a popular stop for adrenaline junkies who can’t get enough of the bull festival celebrations.

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#Combarro

For a slower paced, laid back travel adventure, visit the tiny fishing village called Combarro. Here you can find a harbor where fisherman gather to set sail on a fleet of beautiful boats. Historic huts are perched along the water’s edge, inviting you to slow down and stay awhile. No trip to Combarro would be complete without sampling the fresh caught shellfish that makes this region so popular with travelers from all over the world.

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As you plan your trip to Spain, make sure to carve out time to explore some of these small towns and villages. From beachfront campsites to historic huts and outdoor cafes, Spain’s small towns give you a closer look at what truly makes this country extraordinary.