Is this the prettiest village in Spain?

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  • #55556
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  • #98112
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    It looks lovely. Where is it?

  • #98113
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    Begur, Costa Brava. Does look nice. About 20 years since I visited, would like to see the big picture as so many look nice in the old centre.

  • #98114
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    There are many pretty villages. For my liking, Santillana del Mar, Chinchon, Zahara de grazalema, Zamora, Almagro, Cuenca, Alberque and the list goes on.

  • #98117
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    Just as pretty, Ojén, 6 mins from Marbella 🙂

  • #98125
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    Been to Begur on business many many times and it’s a lovely place! Easily accessed from the UK as well by flights into Girona.

  • #73488
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    The bigger picture, from the top of the hill looking north. As you can see the hillside has been turned into an urbanisation of villas, but at least no hideous big developments of flats.
    [attachment=0:3bixg6ri]begur-costa-brava-catalonia-2.JPG[/attachment:3bixg6ri]

  • #73489
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    The countryside and coastal villages of Northern Spain have always been prettier than the CDS and C. Blanca IMO, villages like Pals/Palafrugell are others worth a mention with Begur.

    Luckily, Spain’s Gov’t has not allowed hilltops to be sliced off for development there. The weather is much better than UK although a bit nippy sometimes in Winter but often bright, we could nearly always sit outside for lunch during November/December. Far less developed than the southern costas.

  • #73490
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    This one isn’t bad either.[attachment=0:2u7jpw97]gaucin-costa-del-sol-andalucia.jpg[/attachment:2u7jpw97]

  • #73491
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    I still prefer the contrast in materials of the Northern villages with terracotta and white.

  • #73492
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    The ‘newer’ properties in Begur are sympathetically designed to blend in with the surrounding area. Across the surrounding hillside, the build is very low density and aesthetically pleasing. We worked for a developer there promoting his range of high-end spec developments and the ones we were taken to were quite simply majestic! A lovely part of Spain!

  • #73495
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    Begur seems to have survived the boom years better than most former pretty villages. Could this be in part due to the winter weather? Looks like a good place for a holiday, in the summer 🙂 Even South of Spain can be cold and miserable in winter.

    Gaucín, the second village is also pretty. We had a “campo” phase and had a house on the fringes of the village. Wasn’t for me, too far from the coast, ok. for a holiday. (the toothless illiterate neighbour was a factor too 😆 ) Like the rest of the “white villages” in Andalucía it has it’s fair share of Brits. File it away with Cómpeta, frigiliana, Mijas etc. nice for a holiday but not to live…unless you like the ex-pat scene.

  • #70386
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    Hi ,

    The prettiest village by far has to be Casares!

    And did you know this is also the most photografed white village in Spain!

  • #70387
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    @pinkgreen wrote:

    Hi ,
    And did you know this is also the most photografed white village in Spain!

    I’m never quite sure who decides these things! 😀 How can anyone know if it has been snapped more times than say, Santillana or Begur? 😕

  • #70389
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    Frigiliana is lovely and I could definitely live there. In fact I would love to. Only a few mins from the beach too. The expat community is not “in your face”, and those we have met are very nice people. We have quite a few friends there.

  • #70391
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    This thread is so frustrating for me.

    I think my village beats the socks off of all the photos so far but I can’t post a picture because it’s in Greece. 🙁

    Mark – can we have a thread entitled “Which SPI member lives in the prettiest village regardless of where it is”? 😀

  • #70392
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    Charlie wrote:

    I think my village beats the socks off of all the photos

    R agrees with you Charlie! 😆

  • #70394
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    Charlie I thought the same about my Italy photos. Some stunning villages without all the new apartments on the fringes as is the case in Spain. Of course I wouldn’t want to live in Italy…or Begur…or Friggie 😆 Gaucín lived there and got the shit :mrgreen:

  • #70398
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    Go on then Charlie. Let’s see a photo of your village in Greece. The easy way to do it is by attaching a file to your reply.

    Mark

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    Returning to villages in Spain 🙂 the most impressive village I have ever visited is definitely Valdemossa on Mallorca.
    Cobbled streets, honey-coloured stone houses set in the most stunning mountain location which is covered in greenery whichever way you look. It’s old but the architecture generally has a bit more ‘sophistication’ than the usual little white-washed villages.

    There is a Carthusian monastary (circa 1399) where Chopin rented a ‘cell’ for the Winter. If you are ever there, I recommend a bakery-cum-cafe just round the corner from the monastry where they make a Mallorcan version of the Cornish Pasty – they are to die for!

    If I had a few million, could definitely live there (one of the most expensive areas on the island) – even if it’s just for the pasties. 😆

    Some pics here which will give you an idea of the location (amongst all the Chopin stuff): http://www.pbase.com/koster10/valldemossa&page=all

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    @mark wrote:

    Go on then Charlie…….the easy way to do it is by attaching a file to your reply.

    Mark

    Dunno how to do that. 🙁

    I shouldn’t complicate matters (…your thread), I’ll stick with my Valdemossa contribution. 😀

  • #70403
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    I remember the days when we had posts showing the ‘ugliest developments/coasts in Spain’ of which there are an awful lot of these too.

    As for pretty villages in non-Spain, you’d have to include loads in France and the UK, most of France’s Bastide villages are stunning and probably better built than Spain’s. Many Cotswold, Kentish, Devon, Suffolk, Sussex, Dorset villages etc especially on a sunny day.

    Spain’s villages though have to win on a big sky and mountain scenery I think, well away from the coast. 8)

  • #70405
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    Ok back to Spain…if we must 😀

    Not actually a village, Carmona in sevilla province. Bit of a mini-Ronda. My Brother bought a house there some years ago, fully restored it back to the original 18C. Cost him a fortune, as soon as he finished he decided he didn’t want to live there 🙄 Sold it within a week!

    Take a look, the views from the Parador are amazing, scroll down for photos

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carmona,_Spain

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