The number of people who want to discover every nook of Spain has increased. They look for beautiful landscapes, as well as historic and artistic beauties. Furtheremore, these travel destinations are never crowded since they are not popular. Sometimes they are so close to a main city that they have gone unnoticed.
The tiny Ea is not only the village with the shortest name in Spain, but also the narrowest. It barely has one or two streets parallel to the little river that gives it its name. Everything is tiny and charming in Ea. It has a tiny port that only carries water when there is high tide. The biggest boat there is less than four metres long. Fisherman in Ea must make the most of the tide since if they they fall behind, then they will not have enough water to put into port. Its very narrow beach is also a challenge when tide rises. As it is really flat and deep, bathers must take their towels and belongings in several occasions to move out of the way of the water.
This village located in Albacete is one most inaccessible areas in Spain. Yeste is squeezed between the reservoir of Fuentesanta, the Natural Park of Cazorla y Segura and the famous Calares del Mundo y de la Sima Park. However, it is in the opposite side of the most popular entrance of this latter park: Riópar. Thus visiting the Calares from this side is less popular. Yeste is in a hillside where it dominates a wide and fertile plain. Thanks to its involuntary isolation, it has kept its border fortress (with the Emirate of Granada) as well as an amazing architecture, contours and settlers.
San Martín de Trevejo (Cáceres)
In Sierra de Gata in Cáceres there is one of the most forgotten villages in Spain. It is even less popular than its neighbour village of Hurdes. San Martín de Trevejo is located in a corner between Portugal and Salamanca. That is, more than one hundred kilometres far away to the closest motorway. The isolation of the village has developed a own dialect named Fala. Its settlers from Galicia and León are the ones who have developed the village. Moreover, it has been enriched by its vicinity with Portugal. The typisch architecture from the area, its etnografic singularity and its feeling of peace make of it a very special place.
The impressive ruins of Moya shows the power of one of the largest and wealthiest feudal estates of the east coast. It was founded in the 13th century to protect the border with the Taifa kingdom of Valencia. At that time, Moya became an unassailable fortress. Far from communication routes and situated in the mountain with a strong climate, the village is stuck in the past. It has already lost all its inhabitants. Therefore it has become a perfect example of what is happening in the rest Spain right now.
In a remote location of the Valley of Ribagorza (Huesca) is Roda de Isábena. It is one of the places where Reconquer began. This stronghold became the smallest episcopal see in Spain during the High Middle Ages. Furtheremore, it was a coveted military objective for the armed retinue of the Taifa kingdom of Lleida. Far from the main roads and without natural parks around, it currently survives as a exquisite and tiny place of pilgrimage. Lovers of Romanesque art and medieval story are the only ones who still visit this small town.
San Martiño de Mondoñedo (Lugo)
San Martiño de Mondoñedo is a small village in Lugo that holds the oldest basilica in Spain. It was the episcopal see of the popular Bispo Santo and a prosperous village to become part of the Northern Way to Santiago. However, its fate was sealed in 1112. At that time, queen Urraca of León decreed to move the residence of its bishop to the nearby Mondoñedo. As a result, pilgrims head directly from Ribadeo to Mondoñedo. The absence of trade and pilgrims condemn the city to be forgotten, but it avoid its basilica to be modify. That is why it has kept its original shape). Nowadays the basilica is visited by experts of the Romanesque art as well as pilgrims doing the Camino along the coast (Ribadeo-Foz-San Martiño-Mondoñedo).
Berlanga de Duero (Soria)
In the foothills of the Sistema Central, on the south of the waste land known as ‘Desierto del Duero’, is located Berlanga de Duero. It is in the middle of a medieval communication road. Its traffic mainly comes from the tourism sightly revived because it is part to the route known as ‘Camino del Cid’. Among its attractions is the stunning fortified area and the proximity to a mysterious Mozarab chapel of San Baudelio, an amazing building. This village is also a perfect place to try the traditional local cuisine at a good price.
By Ignacio Suárez-Zuloaga