Temperatures may still feel summery, but autumn has officially begun. A beautiful season to visit some of the villages of Spain. The trees turn shades of red, orange and yellow, the leaves fall and it gets cooler.
Autumn offers surprising travel destinations in Spain. Not only for hiking, but also for discovering the beautiful villages. In this article, we give an overview of 12 villages – from Galicia to Andalucia – worth visiting during this season.
The village of Arties is located in the heart of the Vall d’Aran, at an altitude of 1,143 metres above sea level, where the river Valarties meets the river Garona. The church of Santa Maria d’Arties, a Romanesque structure from the 11th century, is a striking building in the old town.
Taüll is a charming village with stone houses in the Vall de Boí. Notable are the Romanesque churches Santa Maria and Sant Climent, both from the 12th century and declared World Heritage Sites.
Castellfollit de la Roca (Girona)
This impressive village stands on a spectacular 50-metre-high stone cliff, right at the entrance to the Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park. The village is a natural vantage point from which to view the valleys of the Fluvià and Toronell rivers.
El Tiemblo (Ávila)
Next to the town of El Tiemblo is a beautiful forest of the same name. This chestnut forest is one of the most beautiful in the country and the largest in the Sistema Central. There are beautiful walks among the beech, oak and chestnut trees.
The village of Torla forms the entrance to the Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park. Its surroundings are also beautiful. The park lies between three spectacular valleys that offer the possibility of numerous outdoor activities.
Sepúlveda is one of the most beautiful villages in Spain. Its castle, walls and gates and the churches of El Salvador and San Bartolomé are just some of the sights worth seeing.
Puebla de Sanabria (Zamora)
Puebla de Sanabria is also one of the most beautiful villages in Spain, and its beauty becomes even greater in autumn. The 15th-century castle and the parish church of Nuestra Señora del Azogue are absolute must-sees.
The Poqueira Valley is one of the most impressive natural areas in Granada province. It is home to the magical white village of Capileira, listed as a historical-artistic monument. Enjoy the views in the Alpujarras, with the imposing peaks of the Sierra Nevada in the background.
Haro (La Rioja)
The town of Haro is famous for its wine tradition. Quality wines are produced here with the protected Rioja designation of origin, and the wineries are one of the main tourist attractions.
Buitrago de Lozoya (Madrid)
Buitrago de Lozoya is a beautiful village bordered by the river Lozoya. In this medieval village at the foot of the Sierra de Guadarrama mountains, the highlights are the Moorish walls, the Plaza de la Constitución, the bell tower and the church of Santa María del Castillo.
Rianxo (A Coruña)
Rianxo may be a very touristy town, but it has still managed to retain something of its peaceful origins. The town is known for growing mussels in the Ría de Arosa, as well as venus clams and cockles.
The vast countryside surrounding Golmes defines the character of the area. The well-kept town centre invites you to stroll its streets and visit sights such as the church of San Salvador.
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