For those intrepid travelers looking to discover unique and little-known corners during their summer holidays in Spain, delve into the fascinating history of the abandoned towns or almost uninhabited scattered throughout the country can be A truly memorable experience.

These uninhabited places, which They still preserve a large part of their buildings and streets, are silent witnesses of the past and offer a journey through time like no other. The months of June, July and August can become the perfect option to get closer to the essence of the most rural Spain.


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Belchite (Zaragoza)

Old Belchite.
Old Belchite.

One of the most emblematic abandoned towns in Spain is, without a doubt, Belchite in Zaragoza. This town, which was left in ruins After the famous battle that bears its name during the Civil War in 1937, it remains the Old Town of Belchite and offers guided tours both day and night to immerse yourself in its shocking story.

Granadilla (Cáceres)

This old medieval fiefdom is currently considered one of the most beautiful abandoned towns in Spain.  Its abandonment was precipitated by the construction of the Gabriel y Galán reservoir, although its waters did not cover the old town.  In 1980 it was declared a historical-artistic complex and in 1984, it was included in the Interministerial Program of Abandoned Towns for its revitalization.  In addition, it can be visited for free from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., from April to October, and from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. :00 hours, from November to March.
This old medieval fiefdom is currently considered one of the most beautiful abandoned towns in Spain.

Another town that can be visited and has a curious past is Passion fruit, in Cáceres, which was left uninhabited by the construction of the Gabriel y Galán reservoir. with his impressive 12th century wall Almost intact, Granadilla was declared a Historical-Artistic Site in 1980.


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Umbralejo (Guadalajara)

The town of Umbralejo, in Guadalajara.
The town of Umbralejo, in Guadalajara.

Umbralejoin the Sierra de Ayllón (Guadalajara), is another of these towns that stand out thanks to their unique black architecture based on slate and quartzite. Without a doubt, a perfect option to enjoy this type of construction in Castilla-La Mancha.

Ochate (Burgos)

This place was depopulated in the 19th century and is famous because it is said that paranormal phenomena occur there.  In fact, in the 80s, the magazine 'Unknown World' published an article with a photo where a UFO flew over the town.  Since that moment, fans of paranormal phenomena flock to this place, where some claim that they can hear cacophonies of a girl and her mother.
This place was depopulated in the 19th century

For lovers of paranormal stories, Ochate In Burgos it is a must-see. Surrounded by mysteries and legendsthis abandoned town offers guided tours where you can learn about both the real facts and the fictional stories that surround its ruins, including the remains of the houses.the tower of the old church and the hermitage.


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Turruncún (La Rioja)

Abandoned town of Turruncún, La Rioja
Abandoned town of Turruncún, La Rioja

Turruncuna small village in ruins in the Préjano mountain range (La Rioja), is another destination ideal for an excursion. In addition to walking through its abandoned streets and contemplating buildings such as the church, visitors can enjoy the recreational area with picnic areas and barbecues.

Ruesta (Zaragoza)

Ruesta, in Zaragoza
Ruesta, in Zaragoza

The construction of Yesa Reservoir In the 60s it caused the depopulation of Ruesta, in Zaragoza, where you can still see the rebuilt hostel, the castle and several houses.

Os Teixois (Asturias)

Village of Os Teixois in Taramundi, Asturias
Village of Os Teixois in Taramundi, Asturias

In asturias, The Teixois It is an ethnographic complex declared a Site of Cultural Interest, where visitors can discover a valuable set of hydraulic devices in their natural statesuch as the mallet, the mill, the sharpening wheel, a small power station and a fulling mill.


One of the most beautiful towns in France is less than half an hour from Spain


One of the most beautiful towns in France is less than half an hour from Spain

La Escurquilla (La Rioja)

Finally, La Escurquilla in La Rioja is worth a visit for its parish church of Saint Anne, located in the center of the abandoned town. These uninhabited towns are just a sample of the many hidden treasures that rural Spain has to offer to those travelers willing to get off the beaten path and immerse themselves in the history and beauty of these unique places.

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