The 5 most beautiful villages of Castile and León

Weekend trips to the villages of Castile-Leon / Wikimedia commons
Weekend trips to the villages of Castile-Leon / Wikimedia commons
13 November 2019, Redaction

If you have a day off or want to take advantage of the autumn holidays, we have a perfect plan for you. Well, actually there are 5 plans – 1 for each of these 5 spectacular villages in the Spanish region Castile and León.

These 5 wonders are ideal destinations for walking, enjoying the landscape and going back in time to medieval ages with their shields, catapults and knights. These villages offer plans for the whole family, with countless photo spots your Instagram account and a spectacular gastronomy to indulge yourself.

Don't think too much about it and start discovering these beautiful villages:

Pedraza

View of Pedraza / flickr.com/photos/oscarfh/
View of Pedraza / flickr.com/photos/oscarfh/

Pedraza is located on a hill with the Sierra de Guadarrama in the background. This medieval town in Segovia, surrounded by a marvellous rural landscape, is walled and guarded by a castle.

Few villages in Spain have preserved their architecture so well, almost all of it dating back to the 16th and 17th century. In fact, Pedraza is considered one of the best-preserved medieval villages in Spain and has been the location for the filming of Spanish TV series such as "Isabel" or "Águila Roja".

When you visit Pedraza, enjoy its main square, one of the most charming in Castile and León, and don't leave without tasting a good Segovian “cochinillo” (roast suckling pig).

Peñafiel

The castle of Peñafiel / Wikimedia commons
The castle of Peñafiel / Wikimedia commons

Between Valladolid and Aranda de Duero, and divided in two by the river Duratón, lies the village of Peñafiel. When you pass its surroundings by car, you will not be able to miss its imposing medieval castle, one of the most beautiful in Spain.

The castle and the village were, for both Muslims and Christians, a fundamental point along the defensive line of the river Duero at the beginning of the 11th century. If you want to visit the castle you can do so from 10:30 to 18:00 in the winter, and until 20:00 in the summer. In addition, the best photos of the castle can be taken from the Plaza del Coso.

Finally, if you like to give yourself a gastronomic treat, we recommend that you visit a winery in the area, as Peñafiel is one of five Denominations of Origin, and of course you have to try its wonderful suckling lamb (“lechazo”).

Frías

View of Frías from the castle / flickr.com/photos/56376760@N00/
View of Frías from the castle / flickr.com/photos/56376760@N00/

The city of Frías (because it has the status of a city) with its 300 inhabitants is considered the smallest city in Spain. It is located on the Cerro de la Muela and next to the River Ebro in the province of Burgos.

Let yourself be carried away by its narrow alleys and steep slopes, but make sure you don’t miss its charming houses hanging over the void, the famous Castle of the Dukes of Frias, the medieval bridge over the river Ebro and the Barranco del Molinar, which will give you the most striking image of the city of Frias.

Candelario

Candelario with the Sierra de Béjar in the background / Wikimedia commons
Candelario with the Sierra de Béjar in the background / Wikimedia commons

Candelario is a small mountain village in Salamanca with the Sierra de Béjar in the background. Since 1975 it has been considered a Historic-Artistic Site and is one of the most interesting villages in the whole province of Salamanca.

It is worthwhile strolling around to discover little by little its narrow streets and its very particular houses. Candelario has managed to keep its structures almost unchanged, and you are able to find "regarderas", small water canals on the sides of the road for when the slaughter was done, and the curious "batipuertas", a type of door with a kind of wooden skirt that allowed light to enter and no animal to enter the house.

Medinaceli

The Arch of Medinaceli / flickr.com/photos/mpeinadopa/
The Arch of Medinaceli / flickr.com/photos/mpeinadopa/

Medinaceli, situated 150 km from Madrid, is a town in Soria that contemplated several medieval wars from its height. It has vestiges of Arab tradition, such as the Arab Gate, and Roman tradition, such as the Arch of Medinaceli.

This beautiful village, known in the area as "the village of silence", also has the honour of appearing in The Poem of the Cid.

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