The white villages that dot the rugged hillsides in central Andalucia seem to almost defy gravity in places. Formerly farming villages, many fell into disrepair as the younger generation headed to the cities in search of work.
A sprawling Gothic basilica is the centerpiece of this fairy tale Basque fishing village, but it's really only the beginning of a long list of things to see, do, and eat. From the Karraspio Beach, at low tide you can walk across a sandbar to the nearby San Nicolás Island.
Gleaming white houses, Moorish architectural influence in every cobblestone and archway, and a giant castle that you can stay in make Zafra worth more than just a stop-over on your way to larger nearby cities like Cáceres.
Combarro, a small coastal village along the Ría de Pontevedra estuary, captures all the singularity of the region in the unassuming seaside restaurants serving the daily catch, narrow winding streets, and most of all the traditional hórreos—stone granaries—that line the waterfront.
Over time, Cuenca has adapted to its remarkable setting, atop a pair of deep river gorges. The result? The famous "hanging houses"—multi-story homes built literally over the edge of the cliffs, with balconies that extend over nothing, hanging on for dear life.