7 beautiful Spanish villages you should visit in the spring

Some villages look better under the cold winter light when the snow covers their highest peaks. Others suit the reddish shades of autumn better, as well as its fog and rain. Other villages seem prettier in the summer, under the bright sun, surrounded by the sea breeze and the sound of the waves. However, few things feel as good as visiting those villages that bloom in the spring when the winter melts away and the weather gets warmer. Let’s take a look at some of them.

Spanish villages that bloom in the spring

Carmona, Cantabria


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The tiny and charming Carmona belongs to the municipality of Cabuérniga, nestled between the Saja and Nansa valleys. This small rural oasis lies in the green Cantabrian landscape, crossed by the Quivierda River, affluent of the Nansa River.

This declared Historic-Artistic Complex is composed of beautiful stone houses and house-palaces of Baroque influence, a timeless spot to breathe fresh air in the spring. Take your time to appreciate its picturesque balconies and their flowers, or to go on a walk through the meadows, forests and relaxing water streams.

Castrillo de los Polvazares, Castilla y León

Castrillo de los Polvazares.

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In order to get to this village surrounded by flower fields, you will need to head to León. Castrillo de los Polvazares’ most outstanding feature is its unspoiled popular architecture composed of cobblestone streets, orange roof tiles and vibrant coloured windows. The houses were built with clay, which gives them a very singular reddish shade that gets even darker under the sunset.

Also declared a Historic-Artistic Complex thanks to its architectural and cultural heritage, Castrillo de los Polvazares is the ideal visit for a nice spring day. Don’t forget to walk down the Calle Real and visit the San Juan Bautista Church.

Combarro, Galicia


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In Combarro, Pontevedra, spring equals a fusion of the Cantabrian Sea breeze and the scent of the flowers. This fishing village is garnished with pots, hortensias, and bushes of pink petals. Many hórreos are scattered throughout the village, facing the sea.

Combarro is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful villages in Galicia, a must-see for every traveller who looks forward to getting lost on the coast of Galicia. The Plaza de Chousa, the cruceiros and the medieval monastery of San Juan de Poyo are some of the mandatory stops in this village, which charms the heart of every first-time visitor.

Es Mercadal, Islas Baleares

Es Mercadal.

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Sitting by Menorca’s Monte Toro is Es Mercadal, a singular village of whitewashed houses and reddish roof tiles that looks straight out of a fairy tale. It is watched by a windmill that matches its colour with the village’s and a wide landscape of great Balearic beauty.

This place dates back to the Middle Ages. Its narrow streets shine brightly under the sun and invite you to get lost in its intricate display. Besides visiting its architectural gems, such as the San Martí Church, you should also explore the natural area it is surrounded by. This spring getaway allows you to enjoy a unique flora that includes many endemic species.

Mijas, Andalucía


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In the heart of the western area of Costa del Sol, a staircase of gorgeous white houses spreads between the sea and the land. It’s Mijas, a popular tourist destination in Málaga, and it’s full of Mediterranean warmth and Andalusian magic.

Mijas’ steep streets get filled with vibrant, colourful flowers in the spring. Its pristine white buildings are decorated with constellations of pots and balconies. Undoubtedly, its lovely weather and its location make it an idyllic destination for this season, since it sits close to plenty of striking tourist attractions, such as the singular Castillo de Colomares.

Olvera, Andalucía


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Olvera shines brighter than ever in the spring, mainly because of the rich natural environment it sits in. Surrounded by the fields, mountains and scarps of the Sierra de Cádiz, this locality is a mandatory stop on the famous route of the Andalusian pueblos blancos.

But if something stands out in Olvera, it is the majestic Arab castle that guards it. Another must-see is the Iglesia de la Encarnación, whose elegant bell towers can be seen from afar among the roofs.

Puebla de Sanabria, Castilla y León


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Puebla de Sanabria awaits its visitors in Zamora. This village was declared a Historic-Artistic Site and resembles the perfect Disney movie setting. It sits on top of a hill, surrounded by the Tera and Castro rivers, in a strategic location perfect to watch over a plain and trees.

Its rich and diverse heritage includes wonders such as an impressive fifteenth-century castle fortress, the Nuestra Señora del Azogue Church, and the San Cayetano Hermitage. Its steep, cobblestone streets with beautiful balconies and views of breathtaking sights create a medieval atmosphere that feels even cosier in the spring. The nearby Sanabria Lake Natural Park is the finishing touch for a perfect visit, and this list of Spanish villages to visit in the spring.

You can also read this article in Spanish here.


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