Our country has incredible people, As we can see on a tour of Spain from north to south. But there are destinations that, due to their history, beauty and the important heritage they treasure, have all the ingredients to position themselves as favorites. We bring you those that this year are competing for the award of the best town in Spain according to National Geographic. Discover what the charms of each of the nominees are and choose your favorite.

Comillas (Cantabria)

Gaudí's Capricho in Comillas, Cantabria
Gaudí’s Capricho, in Comillas, Cantabria

This town, which is located 50 kilometers from Santander, is one of the luxury resorts on the Cantabrian coast. With its typical seafaring architecture from the late 19th century, Comillas is surprising for having a rich architectural heritage full of medieval and baroque buildings, but also for its mountain mansions. Exploring this beautiful town we cannot overlook the legacy left by some of the main architects and artists of Catalan Modernism, such as Antoni Gaudí. In fact, one of the essential visits is to La Villa Quijanoa fantastic construction that seems straight out of a story and is popularly known as Caprice. The mansion is one of the few works by Gaudí that we can find outside of Barcelona.

Of course, another of the great attractions of Comillas is its wonderful old townwhere the Plaza de la Constitución stands out, with the Old Town Hall from the 18th century and the Parish Church of San Cristóbal, and very close, the Holy Hospital of Comillaswhich has a beautiful modernist façade in white and red tones.

Alquézar (Huesca)

Sunset in the medieval town of Alquézar.
Sunset in the medieval town of Alquézar.

As soon as you approach this beautiful town you will understand why it is nominated for the most beautiful town in Spain. You can discover it from the The Smile of the Wind Viewpoint, which is in the highest area of ​​the town. It’s where you’ll find the first and best panoramic view of the town and the deep canyon of the Vero River. This is one of the six contemporary art sculptures that you will find during your tour of the town and the only one that is outside the town center.

On this journey to the Middle Ages you will pass through narrow and cobbled streets, with picturesque houses that blend into a limestone landscape. And among the main monuments of this town (which has been declared a Historical-Artistic Site) the castle of Islamic origin, converted into a collegiate church after the Christian reconquest. Some sections of the wall remain from the 11th century, the albarrana tower, the ruins of a quadrangular tower and the remains of the Romanesque church integrated into the magnificent 14th century cloister.

Sigüenza (Guadalajara)

Medieval cathedral located among the old houses of the picturesque town of Sigüenza, Castilla-La Mancha
Medieval cathedral, located among the old houses of the picturesque town of Sigüenza, Castilla-La Mancha.

Entering this magnificent medieval town, full of colors and nuances, is to relive part of our history. Celtiberians, Romans, Visigoths and Arabs passed through Sigüenza, as can be seen by walking through its corners and streets. In addition to the castle, which dominates the town, it has other places of interest such as the Cathedral, a beautiful example of Cistercian or early Gothic, the Casa del Doncel, the church of San Vicente or Santiago and the remains of walls that you can admire while walking through the city.

Of course, you will also find the beauty of Sigüenza in its palaces and houses from the Renaissance and Baroque period. Stop by the Main Square and take the opportunity to enjoy the local cuisine, with popular dishes such as roast lamb or goat, Castilian soup or migas accompanied with chorizo, torreznos and fried eggs. And to top off this good table, try the delicious Doncel yemas, the most typical sweet of Sigüenza.

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Trujillo (Cáceres)

TRUJILLO, SPAIN - AUGUST 21, 2020: Mayor Square of medieval village of Trujillo with the San Martin church and Francisco Pizarro sculpture.  Caceres, Spain.
Plaza Mayor of the medieval town of Trujillo, with the church of San Martín and the sculpture of Francisco Pizarro.

It is one of the great jewels of Extremadura thanks to its history and architecture, but also to the impressive natural environments that surround it, among which the Monfragüe Natural Reserve. The first thing that surprises you upon arriving in Trujillo is its historic center, with the beautiful and arcaded Plaza Mayor and the Church of San Martín. Around it was where historically the Jewish, Muslim and artisan neighborhoods. But in addition, this town in La Mancha (land of conquerors) has a imposing castle, located on the top of a hill, and from where you can enjoy the best views, both of the city and the surrounding area. The medieval fortress was built in the 9th century and has been modified over the centuries.

During the walk, in addition to cobbled streets and the occasional slope, you will come across the Church of Santa María la Mayor and numerous imposing palaces, such as that of the Marquis of the Conquest and that of the Dukes of San Carlos. But it is at dusk, with the night lighting, when this town transforms into a particularly magical place.

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Valldemossa (Mallorca)

Historic center of Valldemossa.  Architectural treasures - Uncover the magic of Valldemossa's historic center and its Mediterranean architecture.  Balearic Islands Mallorca Spain.
Valldemossa. a magical town with Mediterranean architecture

This Majorcan town, which has the mountains as the protagonists of its landscapes, is one of the great surprises in the Serra de Tramuntana road. In addition to cobblestone and pedestrian streets (one of the most beautiful is Calle de la Rectoría), Valldemosa also has an important cultural heritage, which makes this town A must stop on any getaway to Mallorca.

Part of its fame (and the fact that it is one of the most visited towns on the island) is also owed to the composer Chopin. The Polish pianist not only experienced his intense love with the French writer George Sand in this destination, it was also where he was inspired to write part of her famous Preludes. One of the most interesting stops is at Royal Charterhousea stately home and guesthouse, where in addition to Chopin and his lovers, the writers Rubén Darío and Miguel de Unamuno also stayed.

Another place to visit is the Church of San Bartolome (13th century). And of course, a trip to Valldemosa means coming to enjoy swimming and the crystal-clear waters of Sa Marina, which is considered one of the main coves in Mallorca.

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