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8 Incredible Hidden Gems In Spain To Visit In 2024

With its precious beaches, peaceful mountains, rich history, and fantastic cuisine, Spain is one of the most popular European destinations. However, as a result, finding the less-traveled locations isn’t always easy.

No worries. We have traveled to every corner of this beautiful Mediterranean country to deliver you the best tips on where to unwind without the busy crowds. If you’re looking for the best hidden gems in Spain to visit in 2024, you will find them in this article. Here they are.

Parque Natural Bardenas Reales

You don’t have to travel all the way to the U.S. to see deep canyons and deserted landscapes. Intead, plan a trip to Bardenas Reales. This underrated natural park boasts rugged plateaus, striking rock formations, and plenty of outdoor adventures to take part in.

Explore what the park has to offer through its hiking trails, enjoy some mountain biking, or take an exciting 4×4 tour. Other popular activities include wildlife viewing, taking photos, and stargazing. 

Don’t be surprised if certain views feel familiar – some scenes from Game of Thrones were filmed there.

Deia, Mallorca

Are you more of an island hopper? We’ve got something for you, too. Deia is located in the north part of Mallorca and is probably the most charming mountain village there. 

Its romantic vibe has been attracting many famous artists, writers, and other creatives for centuries – the English poet Robert Graves lived in Deia and you can even visit the house where he wrote some of his masterpieces. You will also find many studios and galleries with contemporary exhibits there.

For a serene beach escape, head to Cala de Deia. This idyllic rocky cove is only about ten minutes of drive away and ideal for both swimming and snorkeling thanks to the crystal-clear waters.

Caminito del Rey

When in Málaga, a day trip to Caminito del Rey is a must. This spectacular, 8-kilometer-long route will take you through cliffs, canyons, and valleys, as well as the iconic suspension bridge for a dose of adrenaline rush. 

Yes, the narrow walkways might be challenging, especially if you don’t like heights. However, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views and scenery and a variety of rare flora and fauna, such as griffon vultures and eagles. 

Just come geared with solid footwear and you’re set to go. Outdoor clothes are recommended too. And if you’re still not sure, you can take a guided tour.

Setenil de las Bodegas

Andalucia is a region famous for its charming little villages full of architectural treasures. Probably the most unique one can be found in Setenil de las Bodegas – a town carved out in a canyon above the Guadalporcún River.

Wander its streets, walk under the rocks, and enjoy a meal at one of the cave restaurants. Don’t forget to try the local sopa cortijera – a thick soup made of wild asparagus traditionally served in autumn when it gets cold. 

If you get a bit claustrophobic, you can climb the tower of the 12th-century Nazari Castle. It provides some nice views of the whole town and the surroundings. You can also do some hiking in the area – there are many other viewpoints.

San Juan de Gaztelugatxe

San Juan de Gaztelugatxe is another must-see when in Basque County. It’s a spectacular islet just off the coast of Bermeo. At the summit of it, you will find a small, 10th-century hermitage dedicated to John the Baptist. 

Crossing the bridge that leads to the islet is an experience on its own. Then climb the 241 steps and enjoy mesmerizing views of the Atlantic Ocean and the surroundings.

And guess what, even this place appeared in the Game of Thrones show – it was the filming location of Dragonstone. Seems like GoT fans will get the most out of this list of hidden gems.

Olvera

If you want to experience authentic Andalusia, make sure you visit one of Cadiz’s pueblos blancos, the iconic whitewashed villages you know from holiday catalogs or postcards. One of the less-traveled ones is Olvera

It’s set near Málaga, about half an hour from Setenil de las Bodegas, and is perfect for a day trip or a stop if you’re discovering southern Spain in a car. 

When approaching the town, you can already glimpse two majestic buildings in the Olvera skyline. That would be the Moorish castle and the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación – climb up to get the best views of the area.

Another popular activity in Olvera is flamenco performances. Some of them will even teach you a few moves.

Zumaia

It’s no secret that the north of Spain is home to a stunning coastline. If you’re looking for a dramatic beach getaway far from the crowds, we suggest you visit the Basque Zumaia. 

It offers all you might expect from a seaside town – a beautiful historical center, striking cliffs, lush beaches (they are especially popular among surfers), and an array of restaurants serving fresh seafood. Oh, and did we mention that Zumaia also starred in Game of Thrones?

Albarracín

We now move on to Aragón – a region in Spain that is not much talked about, yet is home to many hidden gems worth a stop. One of them is Albarracín – a medieval town nestled in the picturesque setting of Sierra de Albarracín in Teruel.

Walk among the narrow pink-hued medieval houses, set off for a short hike (the terrain is easy), or climb the Torre del Andador for some nice vistas. Then, reward yourself with local cheese, jamón de Teruel, and a glass of refreshing Aragonese wine.

The town is really small – no more than 1,000 inhabitants. And if you feel like it, we highly recommend you sign up for a private tour. It will cost you just a few euros but can be pretty interesting. 

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