When you think of Spain, most people think of big cities like Madrid, Barcelona and its Sagrada Familia and Valencia with the City of Arts and Sciences and the beautiful Turia Park. Of course this is not surprising because they are beautiful cities that have much to offer. But Spain is of course so much bigger than just these 3 cities. In Spain there are endless beautiful places to be found. It’s nice to see places that are world famous where you must have been once. But how nice is it to discover places that (still) fall under the undiscovered Spanish places and which are not yet known to the general public? This is quite special of course.
The undiscovered Spanish places you must-visit
Every city and every village in Spain has its charm. There are certainly a number of undiscovered Spanish places where we would like to tell you more about. Became curious? Then you should continue reading and who knows, you’ll have a new unique destination for your next city trip.
1. Vejer de la Frontera (Cádiz)
The village was voted the second most beautiful village in Spain by TripAdvisor, after Ronda. As you approach Vejer from the N340, the village radiates over the highway and the beautiful landscape of Andalusia. It’s called El Pueblo Blanco (the white village) by the Spaniards. It lies on a mountain top 200 meters above the road. To do this climb it takes you half an hour to get up. Once you have reached the top, you will soon discover that the breathtaking view was more than worth the climb. You have the view over the hinterland and the Atlantic Ocean from one of the viewpoints. Here you will find ancient walls, castles and churches. Although Andalusia has more pueblos blancos, such as Arcos de la Frontera and Zahara de la Sierra, Vejer really stands out. The reason for this is that the mayor and the municipal council are very strict to ensure that the homeowners keep their houses bright white and maintain the other traditional features such as the use of lime. And if you are here anyway you can also take a look at Cádiz, this city is not overrun with tourists. You’ll read all about things you can do in Cádiz right here.
2. Monasterio de Piedra (Zaragoza)
Monasterio de Piedra was once founded in 1194 by monks from Poblet. This place then became a beautiful entity with a monastery, gigantic waterfalls and caves where you can walk along and underneath. The ruins of the religious building have also been very well preserved for 10 centuries. Pretty special, right?!
3. Isla de Tabarca (Alicante)
The largest and only inhabited island of the Comunidad Valenciana with about 30 inhabitants is still such a beautiful undiscovered spot. This place was once an eldorado for pirates and now it’s an island with a quiet fishing village and a great cultural heritage. You can walk on the large defensive wall and you can discover a very rich underwater life (protected sea area). That is why this place is also ideal for diving and snorkeling.
4. Albarracín (Teruel)
The village of Albarracín is in itself a monument. It was declared a National Monument in the 60s of the last century. It received la Medalla de Oro de las Bellas Arte (a medal for fine arts) and will soon also be added to the UNESCO World Heritage list. The town has about 1000 inhabitants and they are therefore very proud of their beautiful village.
5. Lekeitio (Biskaje)
The village of Lekeitio is located in the province of Biscay in the Basque Country, about 55 kilometers from Bilbao. Lekeitio is located on the Bay of Biscay. Lekeitio is a seaside resort with two beautiful beaches separated by the Lea Leader. In a small bay there’s a marina and a very small island called San Nicolás where you can even walk to on low tide. The most striking monument of Lekeitio is the church of Santa María de la Asunción, which is classified as a monument of national importance. The basilica is located in the immediate surroundings of the harbor. This church is also considered one of the finest examples of Basque Gothic architecture. A handy overview of activities you can do in Lekeitio can be found here.
There are plenty of undiscovered Spanish places. Besides these 5 there are so many other beautiful destinations that you could visit. A tip for you is to ask the Spaniards themselves. They know how to list a few beautiful undiscovered Spanish places that you have never even heard of.
Do you know more undiscovered places in Spain? Let us know!