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Beautiful, Offbeat Destinations in Spain

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Spain's offbeat destinations are hidden gems that offer unique and unconventional experiences. Away from the bustling crowds, these destinations unveil Spain's lesser-known treasures, such as secluded beaches, quaint mountain villages, and hidden historic sites. Explorers can indulge in authentic local culture, breathtaking landscapes, and discover a side of Spain that is off the beaten path.


Besalú

Besalú is among Catalonia’s best-kept secrets. This quaint medieval town is steeped in rich Jewish history. While the renowned Besalu Bridge serves as an inseparable cultural symbol of the town, one can find a bevy of attractions and landmarks here. Its unique name, which means a fort on a mountain between two rivers, captures the essence of this inviting haven. Trace the Jewish past of the town with a visit to the Miqvé ancient purification baths or marvel at the grandeur of the Besalú County Castle; plenty of unique experiences await you in Besalú.

Besalú, Besalú, Spain, 17850
Cudillero

The vibrant and picturesque fishing village of Cudillero is a haven for those looking to bring in an offbeat vacation in an alluring seaside spot. Luring a steady stream of discerning tourists, this majestic hamlet makes for a sight to behold. This coastal oasis is brimming with balmy beaches, tranquil promenades and quaint eateries. The kaleidoscopic sight of multihued abodes inching upwards the cliff will be your foremost meet and greet with the town. As you venture in, unmissable attractions such as, Plaza de La Marina and Mirador de la Garita catch your fancy. Followed by your enriching tours of the locales, you must make headway for the local eateries where a traditional seafood fare awaits your arrival.

Cudillero, Cudillero, Spain, 33150
Castellfollit de la Roca

Sprawled atop a towering basalt cliff, Castellfollit de la Roca is as unique a town with a mesmerizing location. Tucked away within the La Garrocha Volcanic Zone Natural Park, the small town is a fascinating mountaintop oasis. Adding to the enchanting environs of the town are its bevy of old-school attractions and landmarks. The stonewalled façade of the San Salvador Church welcomes tourists to step in and partake in the thriving culture of the town, while the Museu de l'Embotit chronicles the town’s meat curing industry. Overlooking a deep abyss, Castellfollit de la Roca is enveloped with stunning vistas aplenty.

Castellfollit de la Roca, Castellfollit de la Roca, Spain, 17856
Olite

Home to the fairy tale—like Olite Royal Palace, the quaint town of Olite is a paradisiacal destination in Navarre, Spain. A haven for history buffs and culture enthusiasts, the town is teeming with medieval attractions aplenty. The labyrinth of cobbled streets lures travelers to indulge in a leisurely stroll and take in views of the splendid structures. Discerning tourists will attest to the enchanting ecclesiastical buildings and the rich wine culture of the town. Head to the famed Santa Mara la Real, Iglesia de San Pedro de Olite, Unsi Wines, and Museo del Vino de Navarra to witness and experience the two firsthand. The town also hosts memorable annual festivals, which offer a glimpse into the thriving culture of this sublime land.

Olite, Olite, Spain, 31390
Cadaqués

The ancient village of Cadaqués is the preferred offbeat destination among discerning tourists visiting Spain. Owing to its close proximity to the sea, the town attracted a seafaring community, soon turning it into a thriving fishing village. Today, outdoor lovers flock to the welcoming lands of this hamlet. Head to the balmy beaches such as Es Pianc and Platja Gran, or explore the imposing presence of Salvador Dal with dedicated attractions such as the Salvador Dal House Museum and Expo Dal Cadaqués. The slew of local eateries and bars serve as ideal spots to partake in the lively culture of this heavenly seaside village of Cadaqués.

Cadaqués, Cadaqués, Spain, 17488
Setenil de las Bodegas

The term living under a rock quite literally applies to the people of the small pueblo (town) of Setenil de las Bodegas. This white-washed town in the province of Cadiz exists under the shadow of a huge gorge that has been eroded over the years by the mighty Rio Trejo. While houses are built directly into the rock structures, the inhabitants of this sparsely populated town deem it a blessing, one that shelters them from the polarizing temperatures that sweep the region. Not one to be deterred by overhanging rocks, the town of Setenil de las Bodegas continues to flourish with its lovely bars and restaurants, known to be one of the more superior ones in the entire region. This Andalusian beauty is also known for its excellent produce, such as olive oil, honey, jam, and chorizo.

Setenil de las Bodegas, Setenil de las Bodegas, Spain, 11692
Frigiliana

A stunning exemplar of Andaluca’s whitewashed villages, Frigiliana is a picturesque hamlet. Repeatedly voted the prettiest village in the region, this spectacular pearl-white oasis is a thriving tourist destination. The winding streets of the village, closely walled by the imposing abodes, make for picture-perfect sights at every corner. As for attractions and landmarks, the town is blessed with the Palace of the Counts of Frigiliana and the eponymous Frigiliana Castle. The Museo Arqueológico de Frigiliana makes for an intriguing portal into the culture and heritage of the town too. Additionally, one can also attend the vibrant annual festivals held in the town.

Frigiliana, Frigiliana, Spain, 29788
Albarracin

While the sublime land of Spain is blessed with a bounty of pretty towns and villages, the quaint Albarracn stands out with its rich medieval air, winding streets, and picturesque pink-hued abodes. Home to a bevy of ancient, well-preserved structures, the town is a haven for history buffs and culture enthusiasts. Your short sojourn in the delightful town will lead you to splendid landmarks such as Castillo de Albarracn, Museo Diocesano de Albarracn, Catedral de Albarracn, and Plaza Mayor Albarracn.

Albarracin, Albarracín, Spain, 44126
Aínsa

The ancient village of Ansa is a gem in Aragon, Spain. Perched atop a hill, the village is an enticing stomping ground, luring discerning tourists in the summer months. Enveloped in a stunning panorama of the mountains, the village is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. In addition to the sublime environs, the village is blessed with a bounty of attractions and landmarks. While the famed Castillo de Ainsa ranks high on the list of must-visit destinations, the Plaza Mayor of Ainsa, the Iglesia de Santa Mara, and the Museum of Traditional Crafts and Arts are also unmissable.

Aínsa, Aínsa, Spain
Mojácar

If you are looking to indulge in a sublime beach holiday, the unique white village of Mojácar is the place to be. Gleaming as a pearl of Andalucia, this inviting village is stretched along the Mediterranean coastline. Since 1950, Mojácar has been an artist’s colony. Today, the narrow, winding streets, centuries-old abodes, tall churches, and delicious tapas spots make this village a welcoming getaway. The main square of the town is a vibrant, vast space, playing host to festivals and events all year long. Dine in the quaint restaurants and bars or partake in thrilling watersports and outdoor activities; the beguiling village of Mojácar has got you covered.

Mojácar, Mojácar, Spain, 04638
Combarro

Located close to the city of Pontevedra is the pristine village of Combarro. The village comprises structures that reflect varied architectural styles, such as hórreos, raised granaries; casas marineras, sea houses; and crosses. This seafaring village exudes beguiling beauty in each of its stunning streets and corners. Additionally, boats here are required to be adorned with flowers and flags, which only adds to the charm of the village. The festival of the Virgin of El Carmen is a prominent and cultural event in the village, meriting a visit by all.

Combarro, Combarro, Spain
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