These Spanish Villages Have Been Declared Best In The World

Thetiny Spanish settlements have gained recognition for their stunning aesthetics, rich medievalpast, and cultural significance
Alquezar should be at the top of your list of places to visit when you vacation. Credit Shutterstock
Alquezar should be at the top of your list of places to visit when you vacation. Credit Shutterstock

Recently, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) unveiled its annual ranking of the world's top tourist destinations, with those on the list receiving top marks for their social and environmental sustainability and tourism-related activities. The most entries for a single nation came from three isolated Spanish localities selected among the world's greatest villages for tourism. If you want to know more about these villages, we are here to quench your curiosity.

Rupit, Catalonia
Rupit is a stunning rural jewel in the middle of Catalonia, one of Spain's autonomous provinces. The country's 12th-century stone-built Old Town, which has been preserved almost untouched despite the tremendous urbanisation of the 20th century, is unquestionably the main attraction. The settlement, which emerged from the castle's defensive gates on a hilltop, intertwines seamlessly with its mountainous and rocky surroundings. The historic homes, some of which are at least 500 years old, and the meandering cobbled streets that lead to hidden passageways almost appear to have grown naturally out of the rocky outcrops. Being just a two-hour drive north of Barcelona, Rupit is an excellent option for a day vacation, especially for those trying to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Alqu&eacutezar, Aragon
If you consider yourself an outdoor enthusiast, consider Alquezar at the top of your list of places to visit when you vacation. It serves as an entrance to a region of absolutely extraordinary natural beauty and is situated in a peaceful location at the base of the Pyrenees. It has everything hiking areas, nature walks, a flowing stream, and panoramic mountain vistas.

Tracing the route that starts at the Monchiriguel Fountain in the middle of town and ends in the La Fuente canyon is the most well-liked activity among visitors to Alquezar. In addition, visitors can explore Alquezar Castle, constructed by the Arab conquerors of the Iberian Peninsula, and marvel at the architectural splendour of the Collegiate Church of Santa Maria la Mayor as they stroll through picturesque streets lined with medieval monuments.

Guadalupe, Extremadura
Guadalupe is a town of 1,822 inhabitants, located in the Extremadura region's hinterlands. The impressive Saint Mary of Guadalupe Monastery, one of Spain's finest and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is proudly housed in this charming tiny town known for its mediaeval architecture. The monastery is a must-see location for history buffs because it is the precise location of Christopher Columbus' first visit after 'discovering' the Americas in 1492, during which he expressed gratitude to the heavens for the accomplishment.

Guadeloupe is frequently used as a base for visitors touring the larger province of Caceres and is a significant cultural and religious destination. Other local attractions include the Monfrague National Park, a popular birdwatcher destination, and Trujillo, a highly defended town full of Renaissance and medieval structures.

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