Once a small fishing village on the northern coast of Spain, Cudillero is now more popular because of the amazing beach and great seafood without the crowds. Overlooking the Bay of Biscay, you’ll be able to see beautiful buildings like the palace ground of the Fundacion Selgas-Fagalde and the historic church called Iglesia El Pito. Scenery is unparalleled in Cudillero, and some of the town’s most picturesque spots include the overlook of Cabo Vidio and the blue waters at the beach called Playa del Silencio.
Castellfollit de la Roca
Where the Fluvià and Toronell Rivers meet, a basalt cliff was formed. When you approach Castellfollit de la Roca, stop and take some photos, because the best views are actually from below the town looking up. Once you’re in the basalt cliff town of Castellfollit de la Roca, take time to explore attractions like the Pont Trencat, or Broken Bridge, and the 13th century Sant Salvador Church.
In the province of Navarra in Northern Spain, stands the ancient town of Olite. History declares that Olite was founded in the seventh century by the Visigoths, but it truly came to life in the 12th century. The spectacular Palacio Real de Olite, a Gothic castle from the 13th century, was once the seat of Charles III of Navarre and is now open to the public. While in Olite, you can also visit the Iglesia de Santa Maria la Real, do some wine tasting at the Museo del Vino or learn about Spanish medieval history at the Galerias Medievales Museum.
Morella is an ancient walled city found in the province of Castellon. Architecture and history are the main attractions in Morella, and you won’t want to leave without seeing the Morella Castle, the Gothic Santa Maria la Mayor Basilic Church with its incredibly ornate interiors or the ancient Morella Walls. As a delicious treat, head to a bakery for the local culinary specialty known as flaons, or sweet pastries filled with cheese. Morella can also serve as a home base for exploring the surrounding Maestrazgo Mountains.
The small town of Casares in the province of Málaga is known for its whitewashed buildings, designed in the Moorish style, that hug the cliffs overlooking the Alboran Sea. If you’re an architecture buff, you’ll also want to see the stunning Casares Castle, which was built in the 13th century, as well as the Church of La Encarnacion. The area is popular for horseback riding, and you may want to join a group riding horses right on the beach. There are also several golf courses in the area perfect for teeing off and soaking up the Spanish sunshine.
The town of Alquézar is found in Aragon, Northern Spain, and serves as the region’s hub for outdoor recreation. Just a few hundred residents live in Alquézar, which is situated on a limestone outcropping and dates to the 11th century. Today, a main reason to explore Alquézar is to admire the historic architecture, visit the collection of artifacts at the Colegiata de Santa María la Mayor Museum and get active outdoors. Popular pastimes include trekking along the Río Vero Canyon, canyoning, birdwatching and even quad biking.
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