It Takes a (Spanish) Village
I recently stumbled upon an article entitled “Spain’s 30 Most Beautiful Villages” from the Spanish newspaper El Pais. The paper’s readers selected from a list of 250 towns with populations under 10,000. I have no idea how scientific this poll was, but judging by the photos I’ve Googled for each of the 30 winners, I can’t argue with the voters’ choices. (No word yet on possible ballot fraud, but I suspect there was as little as during the 2016 U.S. presidential election – which is to say, just about none – despite a certain idiot’s claim that “millions of people voted illegally”. But I digress.)
Unfortunately, the El Pais article did not show the winning towns on a map, making it difficult to figure out how to visit them. So I have come to the rescue – my own, and maybe yours, too — by creating the map below. To date, Liliana and I have been to only one of these towns – Peñíscola, home to an amazing 13th century castle. (Thanks, Jose Miguel, Agir and Marta for that excursion!)
If you have been to any of these places, please leave a comment about whether you think it is worthy of inclusion in the list.
Here are a few photos from our visit to Peñíscola: