​​​​​Spain and France are undoubtedly two of the most beautiful countries in Europe. But, like in any country, there are villages which, because of their location or history, stand out among others. We show you here some of the most beautiful villages in Spain and France. And as you know, one of the best ways to get there quickly is by train, with Renfe-SNCF en Cooperation trains.

Villages in Spain


Views of Albarracín and its wall

This place lies in southwest Teruel region and has been declared National Heritage. It now aspires to be considered Unesco World Heritage site. It is recommended to visit its spectacular historic centre, as well as the surrounding city walls.


​Views of the mills and the castle of Consuegra​

Located in Castilla la Mancha, home of Don Quixote, Consuegra is famous for its incredible windmills, dating from the XVI century, which the ”hidalgo” saw as giants. You can visit one of them, Bolero, and take advantage to visit the castle of Consuegra, built during the Arabic epoch.


​​Views of Frias and its old town

Located in the province of Burgos, Frías is the “smallest” city in Spain, with 265 inhabitants. The river Ebro course with its impressive stone bridge, its houses hanging from a rock and the Velasco castle, make of Frías a small but beautiful village in Spain.


​​Views of Grazalema

We are now going south, to the province of Cadiz to discover this picturesque and beautiful village which gives the name to the mountains, Grazalema. Surrounded by mountains, it is part of the White Villages Route and we recommend you to visit it in august, when it is the local festival. Its environment is perfect for outside activities like hiking, mountain bike or climbing.


Peretallada's streets

Located in the province of Girona, Peratallada is certainly, with the permission of Besalú, the most beautiful medieval village in Catalonia. The entire village is a walk through the Middle Age with its streets and houses made of stone, and where any place is perfect to take a picture. There are also a couple of other villages with a medieval past next to it, that you should visit too: Pals y Monells.


Siurana's valley and historical city centre

Located in the province of Tarragona, Siurana is placed on the top of a rock with stunning views to the valley and the reservoir of the same name. You should visit the whole village as its streets and its castle, dating back XII century and declared “cultural feature of national interest”, are beautiful.



Old bridge and the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum's gard​ens

Talking about Albi is talking about the Cathar. In the XIII century, the village suffered one of the most important crusades in history: the Albigensian Crusade, where the entire population was killed by the envoys of the Pope Innoncent III. Albi is now a beautiful medieval village with one of the oldest stone bridges in France which is still used. You can also visit Toulouse-Lautrec museum, the famous painter, born in this village of the Languedoc region.

Les Baux-de-Provence

Fortress and village views

This small village located in the south of the Provence is a picturesque village classified as one of the most beautiful in France. Its location, in the foothills of a 200 metres high rock is dominated by a large fortress, today in ruins. From the top, you have stunning views of the region of Camargue. In this village, a mineral later called as the place, was extracted for the first time: the Bauxite.


Views from the Dordogne's river bank​

Located in the region of Aquitaine, this beautiful village of 500 inhabitants on the banks of Dordogne River, was built with steep cobbled streets and wonderful houses full of flowers that take you to the Castle, located on the top of the cliff. 


Gordes views and historical city centre

This small village of the Provence is particularly beautiful and was the perfect setting for some of the most famous works of art for painters like Chagall and Vasarely. The village is placed in a mountainside and its cobbled streets and white houses give it a beauty that charms anyone who visit it.


​Vineyards and a typical Alsatian house in Riquewihr

We are certainly talking about one of the most beautiful village in Alsace. One of its characteristics is its typical colourful half-timbered Alsatian houses, decorated with flowers. It is surrounded by vineyards and it is one of the most important places in the route of wines of Alsace. Moreover, it has a medieval part with fortifications of centuries XIII and XIV, surrounded by walls.

La Roque-Gageac

La Roque-Gageac views

Located in the region of Aquitaine and next to the Dordogne River, it is one of the most beautiful villages in France. Its houses are placed next to a big cliff and it has been inhabited since prehistoric times. You can’t miss the ruins of the castle and the alleyways that make you travel back to past centuries.

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  • Mike Thom 08/02/2017 10:24:37
    Very interesting
  • Leonida Hatton 06/03/2017 13:26:01
    Liked all d beautiful places
  • Hen 16/03/2017 12:11:31
  • Melissa Lee 06/04/2017 09:12:22
    Breathtaking imagery!!! I can see now how some famous artists drew inspiration... Nature and nurture at it's finest. Thank you very much!!!
  • Mike Lane 06/04/2017 11:42:22
    ....Not to mention the Auvergne, particularly Haute-Loire (43), Puy-de-Dome (63) and Cantal (15). Not many tourists to this relatively unknown region in the south-centre of France..... and then further south....
  • Richard Laslett 07/04/2017 09:24:19
    As Mike states "further south". I would place Villefranche-de-Conflent and Carcassonne among these. Both are ancient, fortified and of great historical significance.

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