Award-winning villages and the most beautiful street: Spain’s off the radar destinations for 2023
January 2, 2023
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Award-winning villages and the most beautiful street: Spain’s off the radar destinations for 2023

Spain is ending the year on a high after coming out top in two destination rankings.

Three of the country’s villages have won awards while a Spanish town is officially home to the most beautiful street in Europe.

If you’re planning a trip to Spain in 2023, add these off the beaten track locations to your itinerary.

The most beautiful villages in the world

Spain has also come out top in the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) annual ranking of the best villages for tourism across the globe.

One of Spain’s award-winning villages is Guadalupe in the Extremadura region. Manuel Tores Garcia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The list highlights the best small community tourism destinations around the world with an emphasis on social and environmental sustainability.

In total, 32 towns have made it onto the list. Three remote communities in Spain have been included, the most entries for a single country.

Other winners in Europe include Andermatt in Switzerland, Rasinari in Romania and Isola del Giglio in Italy.

A mediaeval Catalan town with a castle

One of the villages named as the best in the world for tourism is Rupit in Catalonia.

The hamlet’s streets and houses, hewn from natural rock, surround a 10th century castle.

Encircling the hamlet are the craggy rocks and lush forests of Collsacabra, a natural protected area popular for hiking.

From the town’s Hanging Bridge, you can get a spectacular view over the Rupit river below.

A village high in the Sierra de Guara mountains

The mountain town of Alquézar in Aragon also made the list. Located on a limestone outcrop, it has a tiny population of around 300.

Like Rupit, the settlement formed around a mediaeval castle and the name of the village derives from the Arabic for ‘fort’ or ‘castle’.

The mountain town of Alquézar in Aragon also made the list. Memory Catcher

 

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