There’s no shortage of interesting history when it comes to Andalucia. The ancient region is known for its spectacular gastronomy, breathtaking landscapes, wonderful people, and the most gorgeous little towns in all of Europe. Many of the villages have seen a huge amount of tourism, but there are some that remain an escape from the outside world, and with boundless charm and tradition. Here are some of the more beautiful villages in all of Southern Spain.
A tiny village in Cordoba sits on a hill with a stunning lake all around. The gorgeous village goes by the name of Iznájar. While maintaining a connection with the mainland, there’s a sense of isolation here. Its narrow, long streets take you to the edges of town where you can take a walk alongside Andalucia’s largest lake. There’s great gastronomical, patrimonial, and cultural wealth in Iznájar. Gastronomy highlights include their stuffed pork, with fillings such as turkey and ham breast, bread crumbs, egg, and sausage.
As a site of the Neothilic era, Carmona is rich in history. While the town may have seen its peak during the Roman era, its legacy is very much one of stunning architecture, and fertile and rich lands. Further, it was one a small number of places that minted its own currency. You can also see Spain’s most significant monument here: the Necropolis. If you enjoy walking, you’ll love the routes. There’s the Route of Washington, for example, which passes through Carmona, and is where the writer took up residence for a number of years.
As the prehistoric remains found here prove, Casares was very much a prehistoric settlement. A number of civilisations have made their way through the lands since its very first settlers. Ideal Andalusian author Blas Infante was born here. The book prompted Andalucia’s flag, anthem, and autonomy. There are other famous legends in the town. Some of them have cited the Hedionda Baths, where apparently once lived a demon. Other legends have claimed that an injured dog was healed from its waters.
A trip to the Alpujarras ranks among the most enjoyable and pleasant experiences you can possibly have. It’s perfect for those long days spent taking in the stunning mountains on long walks while looking for mushrooms and chestnuts, as well as preparing delicious food. Pampaneira is one of the very best villages in which you can enjoy this experience, in fact. The destination, situated in the ravine Poqueira, has maintained its Berber architecture characteristics.
Lucainena de las Torres, Almeria
If you’re planning a getaway to Almeria and would love to stay in one of Andalucia’s most gorgeous villages, Lucainena de las Torres consistently ranks among the best. The town has a reputation for clean streets and whitewashed homes decorated with stunning plants, giving the town a colourful canvas. If you enjoy adventure and aren’t the claustrophobic type, you’ll definitely want to pay a visit to Karst de los Yesos de Sorbas, with its more than 600 caves.