The flower buds are blooming, the air is crisp and the sun is shining…Spring has finally arrived in Spain! There’s no doubt that Spain’s cities are bustling with excitement at the first days of warm weather. However, beyond the movement of those cities, sleep Spain’s smaller gems that are welcoming Spring in a more tranquil way. If you’re looking for a relaxing getaway after surviving the brutally cold winter, there’s surely the perfect “pueblo” for you! Whether you prefer a peaceful coastal village or a quaint mountain town, we´re here to help you choose the right destination. The problem? There are just so many! All fifty provinces are home to countless picturesque, remote villages. So, we’ve highlighted a few favorites to help guide you in your off-the-beaten-track travels! Ready to “spring” into it?

Llanes (Asturias)

The coastal port town of Llanes, in the region of Asturias, is historically a bustling fishing village. Now, it’s a prime destination for local vacationers, with some of the most beautiful beaches in Asturias, like Toro and Cuevas de Mar! The town’s architecture has been declared a special artistic site, shaped by the emigrated Spaniards that came back from Central and South America in the early twentieth century. Don’t forget to walk along the port and check out the Basque artist Augustín Ibarrola’s colorful masterpiece, the “Cubes of Memory”, made up of colorful concrete cubes that serve as the ports cheerful breakwater.

Pampaneira, Bubión, and Capileira (Alpujarras)

Lose yourself in the tiny mountain towns of Pampaneira, Bubión, and Capileira, tucked deep within the Alpujarra mountain region of Granada. Each white-washed town is hiking distance from the next, which makes it a perfect springtime destination if you enjoy the outdoors! Known for its “Alpujarreño” grilled meat dish and regional gourmet products, you’re sure not to go hungry!

Júzcar (Málaga)

Springtime got you feeling blue? Then go to the blue village of Júzcar! This quirky electric blue town in the province of Málaga is actually known as the official “Smurf Town”. In 2011, the town members decided to paint everything blue, celebrating the debut of the world-famous children’s film, The Smurfs 3D. Talk about dedication! To this day, everything from its houses, the town Church, cemetery and Town Hall remain blue. If you’re sick of all the blue, there’s also plenty of green! Sitting in the Valle del Genal, there are numerous beautiful hikes to take around the village.

Muros (Galicia)

The old harbor town of Muros in Galicia is another historical fishing town, with about 20 of A Coruña region’s most beautiful beaches. The town has a spectacularly preserved Old Town, which is also home to a bustling weekly market. Stroll along the port and admire the traditional architecture of the houses, built with views overlooking the boat-filled “Rias Baixas”.

Guimerà (Catalonia)

Walking through the skinny cobblestone streets in the tiny town of Guimerà in Catalonia is like time traveling back to the medieval period! Walk up to the top of its 11th century castle and be awestruck by the views of the mountainous landscape around you, whose greenery is as lush as ever in springtime! Then, take a stroll along the Corb River and enjoy the crisp, pure air of spring.

Fregenal de la Sierra (Extremadura)

If you’re looking for a true rural getaway and a complete escape from everything touristy, the 5,000 person white village of Fregenal de la Sierra in the heartland of Extremadura is the spring escape for you. Surrounded by the Sierra Morena mountains, visit the town’s unique Medieval castle and don’t forget to try a plate of Spain’s finest Iberian Ham!

Now that spring is in full bloom, which villages will you be visiting? Written by: Casie Tennin March 21, 2017

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