The most beautiful medieval villages in Spain

Travel back in time in these beautiful villages

The most beautiful medieval villages in Spain
The perfect destinations for history fans
18 December 2019, Redaction

With all the Christmas holidays coming we have several opportunities for a little getaway, and one of the most interesting places you can visit in Spain, due to its historical and architectural importance, is a medieval village.

These 5 Spanish medieval villages will definitely impress you. They are designed for walking around, getting lost in its narrow streets and appreciating its walls, unique gates, forges, grilles, etc. In your next getaway, catapult yourself several centuries back by visiting one of the most beautiful medieval villages in Spain.

Aínsa, Huesca

Plaza Mayor in Aínsa / Wikimedia Commons
Plaza Mayor in Aínsa / Wikimedia Commons

A history of diversity and richness has turned the village of Aínsa into an amazing journey through time. Aínsa is located at the confluence of the Ara and Cinca Rivers and its beautiful old town revolves around an ancient porticoed Plaza Mayor. The exquisite Romanesque tower of the church and its cobblestone streets, flanked by beautiful coats of arms, are a breath-taking sight.

Go to one of its belvederes to admire the perfect harmony between medieval houses and an incomparable natural environment. And don't even think about leaving Aínsa without eating a tasty lamb stew, prepared in the traditional Aragonese style.

Pals, Girona

Calle de Pals, Girona / Wikimedia Commons
Calle de Pals, Girona / Wikimedia Commons

Situated at the top of Puig Aspré, with Costa Brava around the corner, Pals is a lively town with a great personality. It is mentioned for the first time in the 9th century although it is believed that the town is much older. The main attractions of the village are the Tower of the Hours (Torre de las Horas), the Church of Sant Pere, La Casa Fortificada de la Pruna and the Medieval Wall.

If you have time to spare, improve your Instagram feed with a photo of the beautiful views of the region of Empordà from the Josep Plá's viewpoint.

Ronda, Malaga

The famous "Ronda de Málaga" / Wikimedia Commons
The famous "Ronda de Málaga" / Wikimedia Commons

The spectacular nature of the Tajo de Ronda is famous all around the world and we do not cease in our efforts to convince you to visit Ronda. Our ace in the hole is its historic centre and its mixture of cultures. Just stop by its Casa Nazarí del Gigante, its Archaeological Museum and its Church of the Holy Spirit to confirm it.

The friendliness and candidness of its people captivated Ernest Hemingway and will captivate you.

Laredo, Cantabria

Laredo, Cantábria / Wikimedia Commons
Laredo, Cantábria / Wikimedia Commons

Although the town of Laredo has been documented since the 11th century, there is evidence of pre-Roman or Roman settlements in the area. Even if Laredo only sounds familiar to you because of its beaches - a beautiful summer destination - you should visit it and discover another side of this precious village. Laredo has one of the largest old towns in Cantabria, made up of an outstanding historical heritage of churches, hermitages, mansions, tower-houses, gates, noble coats of arms, etc.

Tuy, Pontevedra

Saint Mary's Cathedral in Tuy / Wikimedia Commons
Saint Mary's Cathedral in Tuy / Wikimedia Commons

Tuy is a town in Galicia bathed by the river Miño on the border with Portugal. The architectural jewel of the region is undoubtedly the Cathedral of Santa Maria de Tuy.

Located in the upper part of the old town, its construction began at the end of the 11th century. Walking through its interior, you will discover the fascinating mixture of Romanesque and Gothic architecture. Although the Cathedral is a must-see, don't forget to let yourself be carried away by its streets and passageways. Getting lost in Tuy can be the best plan to discover the best the town has to offer visitors.

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