Little villages of Spain

In these hectic times, when globalization covers with its grey velvet mantle the modern world, when uniformity tends to annihilate everywhere the tiniest treasures of tradition and history, when physical comfort is gotten in exchange for spiritual desolation, when brainless music sales rockets and Beethoven’s plunges, when everything goes very fast and is very boring, and tiring, and dull, and uninspiring … then, perhaps, it’s time to slowing down and visiting an old, remote, isolated and charming little village. In Spain, for example. Take your imagination’s car and follow me, but drive carefully: we are off the beaten path and may come across some unexpected surprises on the road …

Cow on the road

In honor to my American friends (the hugest part of Covetotop’s petite bunch of visitors come from America), I’ll begin this post with the tiny village you can see here below, with its little houses, its medieval tower and its awesome snowy mountains. It is located in the middle of the “Picos de Europa” (literally: “Peaks of Europe”), which is a range of mountains just 12 miles inland from the Atlantic/Cantabrian coast of Spain. The origin for the name is that they were the first sight of Europe for visitors arriving from America on their tall ships:

Europe Peaks

A long name for a little village: Castrillo de los Polvazares. In the pic below you can see the village’s main street, which happens to coincide with the very Way of St. James (one of the most important Christian pilgrimage routes during medieval times, together with Rome and Jerusalem)

St. James Way

The Norwegian flag you can see in the main square of Covarrubias honors Christina of Norway, Infanta of Castile. She is buried in this tranquil village …

The tranquil and beautiful village of Covarrubias, to be precise …

Medieval village

Houses are white in the South of Spain …

Andalusian white village

In Rupit (Catalonia) there is no gym. No problem. You don’t need it if you live there, as you are stepping up and down all the time  …

This lady keeps this village very clean with her floor brush (Cretas, Bajo Aragón) …

Aragonese village

This other lady rushes to a wedding in the monumental La Granja village, not very far away from Madrid …

Segovia province

This is a fishing village in Asturias, Northern Spain …

Asturian fishing village

Some villages are difficult to find (Orbaneja del Castillo)…

Cascade village

Other villages, like this one in La Rioja, are difficult to reach …

Village on top of the mountain

A medieval bridge comes handy in order to reach your destination (Besalú) …

Medieval bridge

The plaza mayor is the center of any village’s life, like this one in Almagro, an historical village located in Don Quixote’s land: La Mancha …

Old square

Safety is always guaranteed in Castilian villages by daunting castles …

Úbeda and Baeza are two sister villages that have deserved the joint nomination as World Heritage Site by the UNESCO (Andalucía, Southern Spain)

Medieval alley

This tiny Mediterranean village isn’t a World Heritage Site, but it’s very charming …

Es Castell

Villages in Galicia (Northwestern Spain) are very well protected against wind and rain …

Galicia

Las Hurdes region, in Extremadura, is a remote and mysterious territory …

Extremadura

L’Hostalet, in Catalonia, is full of flowers …

The best way to put an end to this post is, perhaps, the sign you can see in the pic below. It’s hung on the medieval entrance door of the Basque village of Laguardia:

It means (more or less): “Peace to those who arrive, health to those who dwell here, and happiness to those who leave us

Adiós!

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36 Responses to Little villages of Spain

  1. oliviaobryon says:

    I think I need to move to Europe.

  2. Tyran Grillo says:

    Seems like a dream world from where I sit…

  3. Wanderlust23 says:

    So what you are saying is I need to go to Spain. I will get right on that.

  4. GalonTrip says:

    i believe these little pretty villages only can be reach by driving your own car, and no public transportation to reach there?

  5. harri8here says:

    Thank you for that whistle-stop tour, great following you up those winding lanes. Wonderful post, and some fabulous village portraits 🙂

  6. Ana VFCH says:

    Just beautiful!
    Let me mention a couple of villages that I adore: Albarraicín (Teruel) and Molina de Aragón (Guadalajara). They are quite near to each other and I totally recommend them.
    Thank for sharing this.

  7. S.C. says:

    These are great photos. They remind me of the time I spent in Spain not long ago. I was mostly stuck in Madrid, which is a fascinating place in itself, but I also took some time off to go to Toledo, Segovia, and Granada. I loved the atmosphere and the culture (not the weather; though, I hated that hot and humid Mediterranean summer.) It’s a beautiful and diverse country, and I hope I get the chance to go again and see some of the parts I missed – hopefully in the spring or fall this time.

  8. Beautiful village.
    How about one on the animals that grace the area?

  9. Great post, the photos really capture the atmosphere of the villages.I’ll have to have a look through your other posts when I have more time.

  10. catcristy says:

    Spain, Oh Spain, how I so want to visit! By the way I loved: “Peace to those who arrive, health to those who dwell here, and happiness to those who leave us”, Thank you! – CAT

  11. Amazing photos! .. Would love to see some more from you..

  12. Awww… give us all a break!!! Some of us are stuck at work and can only dream of those places!!!!

  13. Sarah says:

    LOVE your photographs! I got a small taste of fabulous European villages on the coast in Italy a couple years ago and have wanted to go back ever since. Now, I shall have to go to Spain! 😀
    Thanks for taking us along on this phenomenal little road trip!

  14. dianajhale says:

    Just found you via Between Sound and space! Always loved hidden corners of Spain so I shall follow your blog. I can see why you were on Freshly Pressed too – congratulations.

  15. Great photos as always, I particularly like the one of the village with the mountains behind, the Pyrennes I assume. There are lots of Routes St Jacques in my part of France as the pilgrims went south down to Santiago de Compostella and as a result of their pattronage, lots of splendid churches.

    • Covetotop says:

      Those mountains are the “Picos de Europa”, in Asturias. France has wonderful routes St. Jacques. I know the stretch from Cahors to Moissac (Romanesque masterpiece). Absolutely beautiful. Thanks for commenting!

  16. cristitol says:

    Te escribo en castellano porque mi inglés escrito no es muy bueno. Me ha encantado la mención de Castrillo de los Polvazares, donde hace años probé el cocido maragato. Enhorabuena por las fotos de tus artículos ¡Son preciosas!

    • Covetotop says:

      El cocido maragato es tan rico como contundente. Ideal para hacerse el Camino de Santiago de un tirón. Muchas gracias por tu comentario, y por hacerlo en nuestro idioma; es un alivio para mis neuronas gramaticales.

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