Discover Spain with Repsol – Villages
Most people are familiar with the larger cities of Spain such as Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia, but don’t forget there are dozens of less well known and less frequented places. These little ‘gems’ hold the history of Spain in places where the developers fear to tread. Soak up the atmosphere and smell the past.
The city of Baeza sits amongst the lands of olive trees and natural parks and has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Beautifully conserved, a walk through its streets is a must to admire the Jaen Gate and the remains of the old city walls, the Villalar Arch or the City Hall building. Here you can see some excellent examples of the Andalusian Plateresque (Siverplate) style. Hardly anyone can resist the urge to return from a visit to Jaen with at least a few litres of its excellent olive oil in the back of the car.
When entering this Catalonian village, make sure to use the magnificent fortified Roman built bridge, as this is just a taste of what awaits you on the other side. Its beautiful streets are full of historical buildings, the main square (Plaza Mayor) and the Jewish Quarter are just a few examples of what is to be found in one of the most important and unique Medieval locations in Spain.
At the entrance to Cudillero, it is possible to visit the Selgas Palace, known as the Asturian Versailles. Once in the village, its marine ambience permeates everything. Its houses cling to the steep hillside, laid out in steps that run down to the port. The lighthouse, which stands on a 75 metre high cliff, is quite a spectacle. There are highly recommended sea excursions that can be taken to go fishing or just to admire the Cape Vidio cliffs.
A village with an area of 29 square kilometres that was built in the 12th Century as a means of defence. Access is over a drawbridge with a moat dug out of the bed rock. The views are exceptional especially from the keep tower where it is still possible to make out some of the original facilities, such as the barns, cellars or servants quarters.
A place of contrasts between the old walled part with the castle of Charles V and the lively Marina district. At the foot of Mount Jaizkibel, bathed by the waters of the Bays of Biscay and Txingudi (which form the mouth of the River Bidasoa), Hondarribia is situated in a very privileged spot. This is complemented by its accessibility and the fact that it constitutes a natural border with France.
A city built in the shadow of its castle where the Iberos, Celts, Greeks, Romans and Moors have all left their mark. Its unique location, together with its porticoed streets, stately mansions, magic spots and a rich cultural heritage are just some of the reasons that have made this city worthy of its distinction as a Historical Artistic Monument.
Pedraza de la Sierra, Segovia
A village with medieval roots that still boasts some magnificent original walls. Between the 8th and 15th Centuries, the aristocrats in the area built their stately mansions and medieval palaces here. A stroll to visit La Pedraza Castle, Santa Maria Church or the main square is an unbeatable experience.
A beautiful town with a centre that is divided in two parts by the spectacular bridge over the Tajo. The oldest part, with Moorish airs and medieval layout, is spread out to the south of the River Guadalevin, while modern Ronda extends to the north of this river. It is here that you will find the oldest bullring in Spain situated, within the White Villages Route, in the heart of the Ronda Mountains and a few kilometres from the Costa del Sol.
This town is situated on a panoramic viewpoint, at an altitude of 739 metres and overlooking the River Duero. The river irrigates a fertile valley where cereal and vegetable crops are grown, as well as the vines that give the much enjoyed Toro wine. The town of Toro, declared a Historical Artistic Monument, is laid out in a fan shape, with the 12th Century Santa Maria la Mayor Collegiate at the centre. One of its most outstanding exterior elements is the polychrome Majestad Doorway.
Trillo is a village typical of Alcarria, where the indelible characteristics of the region leave images that resist the passage of time.
The surroundings are harsh and severe, bathed by the fresh and crystalline waters of the River Tajo. It’s always worth taking a stroll to admire its stately mansions or the Monastery of Santa Maria de Ovila, founded in the 12th Century.
The sheer diversity of Spain has been created over the millennia and never ceases to give pleasure to those that take the time to absorb it.