Santillana del Mar - Spain

Five must see towns in Spain

As our Spanish Language of the Month draws to a close our Spanish tutors select the top five towns to visit in Spain. Perfect for practicing your Spanish.

1. Santillana del Mar

This medieval town, situated 30 km west of Santander, is also known as the town of the three lies, for it is not holy (santi), flat (llana) or by the sea (mar). The town boasts an important historical heritage, including the Cave of Altamira (famous for its Upper Palaeolithic cave paintings) and the Colegiata de Santillana de Mar (a collegiate church built in the eleventh century). Santillana’s historical old town is very well preserved and is worth staying overnight here.

2. Albarracín

Albarracín, named after the Moorish Albanu Racin family, is situated in the province of Teruel (Aragón) and was declared a Monumento Nacional in 1961. The town, famous for its half-timbered houses and stoned façades, is surrounded by stunning rocky hills and the river Guadalaviar. Its narrow hilly evocative streets are picturesque and entice visitors to stroll through bygone eras. 

3. Cadaqués

Situated in the middle of Cap de Creus, the magic of this whitewashed coastal village attracted such artists as Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Richard Hamilton, Henry Matisse and Marcel Duchamp. Its labyrinthine streets boast a good number of art galleries, restaurants and quaint little shops. With some of the most beautiful beaches around Cadequés accessible only by boat, the majority are easily reached on foot. These are, nonetheless, less crowded than other parts in Costa Brava. For the more adventurous, the hills around the town are perfect for hiking and rambling.

4. Cudillero

Cudillero is a fishing port situated in the Principality of Asturias, only a 15 minute-drive from the main airport. Its charming streets, lined with multicoloured houses built along the hillside, lead to the Plaza de la Marina, where visitors can sip a typical Asturian cider and sample some fresh-off-the-boat fish in one of its numerous restaurant. Cudillero is the ideal destination for those wishing to avoid the popular tourist spots in the busy summer period.

5. Casares

Located in Málaga province, Casares is one of the most beautiful Adalusian white villages. Built at the top of a hill, this captivating town has a good number of restaurants, cafés and tapas bars. Its streets are perfect for strolling between the interesting sites like the San Sebastian Church or the medieval castle. For those in search of something morestrenuous, there are a number of paths leading from the town up into the contiguous hills offering stunning views over Casares.

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