Every year, destinations as popular as Barcelona, Madrid, Tenerife or Gran Canaria break tourist records. However, we rarely talk about the least visited cities in Spain. And it is a gross mistake, because, despite their lower hotel occupancy rates, these are places that are worth (and very) worth visiting.
For this reason, today at Civitatis we want to give well-deserved visibility to those Spanish destinations that, although little visited, should appear in the lists of cities with great possibilities to discover.
If you still don’t have a plan for your next weekend getaway in Spain, here are several alternatives that you probably hadn’t thought of.
Ceuta and melilla
Ceuta and Melilla, the two autonomous Spanish cities in North Africa, are usually two little-known and little-visited destinations. But it is a mistake, since both house a great architectural, artistic and gastronomic heritage that is worth knowing. And it is that there are not few surprises that both destinations hold.
Ceuta, located in a strategic area next to the Strait of Gibraltar, stands out for its mixture of cultures and architectural styles. The Arab baths of the La Almina peninsula, the cathedral of the Plaza de África or the Hacho fortress are just some of its many attractions. The mix of Christian, Muslim, Jewish and Hindu cultures is also another of Ceuta’s hallmarks.
You can learn about this symbiosis on the tour of the four cultures of Ceuta.
For its part, the autonomous city of Melilla stands out for its modernist architecture buildings. Few tourists know that this style stands out in this area of North Africa, but the truth is that it is. The Spanish Casino, the House of Manuel Buxedas Aupi or the old Editorial Office of El Telegrama del Rif are just some of the modernist jewels that we can find during a walk through the center of the town.
And if you want to know other places around Melilla, we recommend this excursion to Alhucemas and the Rock of Vélez de la Gomera.
In a place in La Mancha, whose name I don’t want to remember… We all know this beginning of El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de La Mancha, one of the masterpieces of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. However, we rarely stop to ask ourselves what the main La Mancha towns are, and one of them is undoubtedly Ciudad Real.
It is one of the least visited destinations in Spain, but Ciudad Real has much more to offer than its undeniable links to the famous Quixote. Beyond the famous hidalgo, in the city we can also find other attractions such as the cathedral of Santa María del Prado or the porticoes of the Plaza Mayor.
On this guided tour of Ciudad Real you will discover all the secrets of this municipality in La Mancha.
When one thinks of Extremadura, Cáceres and Mérida usually come to mind: two beautiful cities that have the privilege of being two of the 15 Spanish cities declared World Heritage Sites. However, there is another town in Extremadura that, although it does not receive as many tourists as the previous ones, is also worth taking a walk through its streets. We speak, of course, of Badajoz.
The Alcazaba of Badajoz, located on the banks of the Guadiana River, is an extraordinary fortress from the Andalusian period, also considered one of the largest in Spain. The Cathedral of San Juan Bautista is another essential monument in the city. The center of the city of Badajoz also has other treasures that, due to their lack of knowledge, often surprise tourists. For example, did you know that in Badajoz there is also a Giralda tower very similar to the one in Seville?
Among the least visited municipalities in Spain is Valverde, the capital of the Canary Island of El Hierro. The distance from other points discourages many tourists from visiting this place. And it’s another big mistake.
El Hierro airport is located just 10 minutes by car from Valverde, so there is certainly no excuse not to visit this destination. A walk through the historic center of the town will also allow you to discover various monuments such as the church of Nuestra Señora de la Concepción.
The capital of El Hierro is also an excellent starting point for various walks, such as this hiking route through Ventejís from Valverde.
In the Middle Ages, the lands around the city of Soria were located in a border area, right between the domains of Castile and Aragon. Perhaps this character of border has conditioned that, unfairly, it is one of the least visited cities in Spain. Because the city has history (a lot) and other great attractions that many travelers are undoubtedly missing without knowing it.
The city is also closely linked to literature, as it has inspired great Spanish writers such as Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer and Antonio Machado. The mount of the Ánimas or the Old Olmo thus testify it.
The city also exudes history and monumentality on all four sides wherever we look: the Convent of the Carmelitas Descalzas, the Palace of the Counts of Gómara… And so on to a long list that you can discover on this tour of the mysteries and legends of Soria.
The Basilica of Nuestra Señora del Pilar and the Andalusian Aljafería of Zaragoza, the Mudejar towers of Teruel and… Although it is not as well known (unfairly) as the previous two, to complete this trio of Aragon we cannot forget the Romanesque art of Huesca.
The Alto Aragonese capital draws attention for its extraordinary monumental heritage. If we had to highlight two jewels of its old town, we would undoubtedly choose the monastery of San Pedro el Viejo and the Cathedral of the Transfiguration of the Lord.