What are the 10 most beautiful villages in Andalucia II?
As we discussed in our previous post, we here at the Fuerte Blog are out to find the three prettiest villages in Andalucia so we’ve set aside our top ten list so our readers can choose which one they like best – those that you just cannot miss when you come to Southern Spain. After looking at Nerja-Torrox, Santiponce, Mojacar, Conil de la Frontera and El Rompido here are the other five suggestions for the area’s most charming locations:
1. Úbeda and Baeza, Jaén
Travelling to Ubeda and Baeza in Jaén is like being transported back in time to a chivalrous era of the Renaissance. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, its monuments are of extraordinary beauty and together form a collection of magnificent, stately homes, churches and singular, charming squares, surrounded by three national parks. An ideal place from which to visit the Cazorla Natural Park.
2. Priego de Cordoba
Along the Route of the Caliphate, Priego de Córdoba captivates visitors thanks to an extraordinary Baroque monuments and its prime location in the Subbéticas Natural Park. It is a charming village that highlights its typically Andalusian appearance and is surrounded by the ancient walls and towers. Another of the town’s strengths is its cuisine, made with their famous olive oil.
On the Costa del Sol is Marbella, home to the most luxurious marina in Europe, Puerto Banus. Marbella is a paradise for beach lovers and glamour, but do not forget the old town and the famous Plaza de los Naranjos, accessible by narrow, white streets. This corner gives a glimpse of the tiny, typical Andalucian village it once was.
Ronda is one of the most popular villages in Spain because of its spectacular valley and is located next to Grazalema, one of the most beautiful villages that make up the region’s White Village Route. This offers a chance to wander through its cobbled streets and enjoy whitewashed houses decorated with geraniums, near the Natural Park of Grazalema, which is designated a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.
5. Lanjarón, Granada
Lanjarón is located in the only place in Spain chosen as candidate for one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the National Park of Sierra Nevada in Granada. The most characteristic feature of this town is definitely its water springs, which are fed by the snows of the Sierra Nevada, offering with medicinal properties discovered in the late eighteenth century. No tourist should miss its Mudejar-style spa.