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TOWNS OF NORTHERN SPAIN, PERFECT FOR A GETAWAY

TOWNS OF NORTHERN SPAIN, PERFECT FOR A GETAWAY

En el norte de España podemos encontrarnos con muchos pueblos de gran belleza que destilan historia.

Dreamy places of great rural traditions.

Followed by some charming towns to the north of the peninsula

Castro Caldelas

Castro Caldelas es una pequeña villa, de apenas 1.700 habitantes, situada en la vertiente norte de la provincia, en pleno corazón de la Ribeira Sacra ourensana. Se encuentra en lo alto de una colina que domina la ribera del río Edo y su imagen principal es su castillo del s. XIV.

El casco histórico de Castro Caldelas, cuya entrada principal se encuentra en la plaza del Prado, fue declarado en 1998 «conjunto histórico artístico». Una vez que empecemos a subir las callejuelas y cuestas que nos llevan al castillo nos encontraremos una arquitectura típica de pequeñas casas con fachadas de piedra, balcones y galerías blancas, además de las casas blasonadas que nos muestran el rico esplendor medieval de la villa. ¡Un espectáculo!.


Liérganes

La vida en Liérganes discurre a través de la leyenda del Hombre Pez, ¿y cuál es esta leyenda? Francisco era un habitante de Liérganes enviado por su madre a trabajar a Bilbao. Un día en la ría de Bilbao se tiró al agua y desapareció. 5 años después, en 1679, unos pescadores de la costa de Cádiz encontraron un hombre cubierto de escamas que no hablaba y que apenas pronunció una palabra: Liérganes.

Francisco returned to live with his mother in town but he was never the same: he was despondent, he rarely spoke, he hardly ate... 9 years after his return to Liérganes, he disappeared again and the townspeople all assumed that he returned to the sea.

Cuando visites Liérganes no te pierdas el Puente Romano (aunque no es romano tiene este nombre) que pasa por encima del río Miera y tiene al lado el Museo del Hombre Pez inmerso en un antiguo molino y una escultura conmemorativa del Hombre Pez.


Lastres

Lastres es una villa marinera de la costa asturiana catapultada a la fama por la serie «Doctor Mateo».  Su curiosa forma, como en una escalinata que deriva en el Cantábrico, atrae a miles de turistas que le dan un animado ambiente durante todo el año.

Lo mejor en una visita a Lastres es empezar la visita por el mirador de San Roque(desde el que en un día despejado podrás llegar a ver los Picos de Europa) y continuar por el puerto pesquero, la iglesia de Santa María de Sábada, la Torre del Reloj, la capilla del Buen Suceso y la capilla de San José. Al final de este agradable paseo lo mejor es dejarnos seducir por la gastronomía marinera de primera calidad.


Laguardia

Laguardia is a small town in the Rioja Alavesa region. This beautiful medieval municipality achieves the effect of time travel since going through its streets allows you to return to the 15th century. As if that were not enough, its location on top of a hill offers us a spectacular, practically endless view of vineyards.

Part of its medieval charm comes from its wall, approximately 2 meters high, it surrounds the entire town and preserves the 5 medieval gates which provide access to the town. Vehicles are not allowed inside and because of that, the town is pleasant for walking.

On one hand, Laguardia offers you an idyllic side to rest and relax, but on the other hand, it offers you many bars for a delicious tapa and a good wine from the Rioja Alavesa region. If wine tourism is your passion, without a doubt you can find a tour of the underground wine cellars.


Mondoñedo

Mondoñedo is a small town but it is one of the most important in Mariña Lucense. This pleasant and beautiful town is a step away from the very famous Beach of the Cathedrals and is Galicia in all its essence.

The old town has very interesting alcoves, which are pretty and well cared for, that will bring you a powerful sense of peace and tranquility. Some of the curious narrow stone streets will bring you to its amazing cathedral, which has a beautiful rose window and a magnificent facade. Other places that are essential to visit in the old town are the neighborhood of Os Muiños, the Seminary, the interpretation center of the Camino de Santiago and the birthplace of Alvaro Cunqueiro.


Bárcena Mayor

This small Cantabrian town was declared a "historic and artistic union" for its excellent preservation of its old hamlet. It serves as a time machine for us to learn what mountain villages were like a few centuries ago.

It is located in a wonderful natural environment, surrounded by water currents and abundant forests. These elements awaken our sense of peace and tranquility, and invite us to walk along the numerous hiking trails that run through the city.

Take your time to ponder the particular traditional architecture and the Church of Santa María from the 17th century. And, of course, don't miss the chance to enjoy the gastronomy in one of the few restaurants of the village.