The 44 most charming villages in Spain

Spain is oozing in charming villages. From quaint whitewashed Andalusian towns overlooking the Mediterranean Sea to small medieval hamlets. How does one even decide which should make the list?

I would like to see Patones de Arriba, a village near Madrid, make the list next year

I would like to see Patones de Arriba, a village near Madrid, make the list next year

Since 2011 an association called The most beautiful towns in Spain has been searching for villages to be worthy of the title. Town halls apply explaining why they think their town should be on the list. To qualify, towns must have a population of under 15,000 and some kind of provable architectural or cultural heritage. 

You can see the full list here:  www.lospueblosmasbonitosdeespana.org

What towns do you think should be on this list?

 

 

What to do in Spain

It is hard to choose what to see when you come to Spain—there are so many amazing places to see. 

It is hard to choose what to see when you come to Spain—there are so many amazing places to see. 

It is no surprise that Spain is the third most visited country in the world. With so much to see and do you could spend years and never see everything. Just scratching the surface you will discover different cultures, languages, architecture, history and art. You will find deserts, deep green forests, towering mountains, valleys teeming with loaded vineyards, hillsides of olive groves as far as the eye can see, orchards and pristine beaches. You can visit modern cities that are teeming with people at midnight and quiet villages that take you back 2000 years or more in time.

Each region has its own culture, gastronomy and sometimes even its own language.

With so much to discover, you might not know where to start. This blog will walk you through each region so you can decide what you are most interested in discovering.  If there is a region, town or area that I haven’t written about, feel free to send me an email and I will be happy to provide more information.

Happy travels.

 

The Sorolla museum in Madrid is offering free entrance on November 16th and December 6th

Get to know Joaquin Sorolla's work

If you happen to be visiting Madrid on either November the 16th or December the 6th the entrance to the fascinating Sorolla museum is free. It is also free every Saturday afternoon after 2 p.m. and every Sunday.

Sorolla's favourite subjects to paint were his family and the beach—or a combination of both as seen in this picture. Photo courtesy Sorollapaintings.com

Sorolla's favourite subjects to paint were his family and the beach—or a combination of both as seen in this picture. Photo courtesy Sorollapaintings.com

The Sorolla happens to be my favourite art museum in Madrid. 

The Sorolla museum is not just a collection of Joaquin Sorolla’s works, it is a museum of his life.  As the museum is the house where he and his family lived in Madrid from 1911 until his death, it has a collection of sculptures, ceramics, jewelry, furniture and gives insight into his life with his family.

Even if you go during the week, the entrance fee is very reasonable—only 3 Euros.

Where:  C/ General Martínez Campos, 37

Closest Metro:  Iglesia (L1), Ruben Dario (Line 5) or Gregorio Marañón (lines 7 and 10)

If you are looking for more things you can do for free in Madrid, see What to do in Madrid for free—or almost free.