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  1. Kate @WanderlustChronicles
    November 3, 2018 @ 3:14 am

    Wow! Spain is even more beautiful outside of the major cities. Thanks for the recommendation!

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    • dankiteski
      November 5, 2018 @ 10:20 am

      Thank you for your comment, Kate!

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    • Nacho BH
      July 16, 2019 @ 6:06 pm

      It actually is… I will always recommend to my foreign friends to get lost and discover the unknown and deep Spain… Spain is incredibly beautiful and diverse, both culturally and environmentally. Sometimes the most touristy areas have lost its uniqueness and that Spanish essence, while all these areas remain untouched by this tourist influence, so there you can feel the real Spain. If you have the opportunity to do it, I truly recommend you to discover that unknown Spain, there´s always a new place to know and a new experience to live, from amazing and beautiful landscapes, to countries where time stopped sometime.
      I´m so happy that I can call Spain my home, and, as most of my compatriots, we are so glad to share it with everyone.
      You will really love it!

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      • dankiteski
        July 18, 2019 @ 8:16 am

        You’re absolutely right, Nacho- that’s why I wrote this article (and will write more) about your amazing country 🙂

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  2. Christina Erickson
    November 3, 2018 @ 2:22 pm

    Wonderful descriptions. Can’t wait to visit some of these locations!

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  3. Alex Trembath
    November 3, 2018 @ 2:40 pm

    We were actually talking about Spain a couple of days ago, as we’ve only visited Barcelona and we want to explore a lot more of the country. This gives us so many great ideas to plan a trip, as we love to find places off the beaten path. Great article!

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    • dankiteski
      November 5, 2018 @ 10:21 am

      Awesome Alex! I hope you get to visit some of these soon 🙂

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  4. nicole wall
    November 3, 2018 @ 3:54 pm

    I can’t get over how beautiful these photos are! It makes me want to get on a plane and visit right now. Saving this post for future reference. Thanks so much!

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    • dankiteski
      November 5, 2018 @ 10:21 am

      Thank you, Nicole! I hope you get the chance to visit some of these places

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  5. Noraly
    November 3, 2018 @ 4:24 pm

    I thought I knew Spain pretty well – but apparently not! Thanks for compiling this list – I just love exploring the hidden gems that aren’t on the tourist map yet! Love the photographs too, they are amazing!!

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    • dankiteski
      November 5, 2018 @ 10:52 am

      Thank you, Noraly- I’m really glad you liked it

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  6. Kemi
    November 3, 2018 @ 7:23 pm

    Ok. I’ve heard of 0 of these places and I like to think I read a lot on travel and everything. You’re right about Cazorla: first thought into my head was the football player lol. These are absolutely gorgeous and probably a good thing that they’re unknown because over-tourism—> foreign travel companies–> no investment in local population & biz—> pollution—> destruction of natural habitat. We’re trying to clean up polluted tourist spots & natural habitats. Let’s keep these quiet amongst ourselves lol.

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    • dankiteski
      November 5, 2018 @ 10:24 am

      That’s absolutely true, Kemi 🙂 That’s why I always hesitate when I write these articles with hidden gems but I’m always led by the premise that there are people that want to get off the beaten track and enjoy places without tourists and that’s why I keep writing articles similar to this one 🙂

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  7. Anca from Dream, Book, and Travel
    November 3, 2018 @ 8:47 pm

    I have heard before about Extremadura and Cudillero, but had no idea about the rest! It comes in very handy as we are planning our Spain roadtrip itinerary.

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    • dankiteski
      November 5, 2018 @ 10:21 am

      Thank you, Anca! Hope you have a great trip

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      • Christopher Briggs
        September 25, 2019 @ 8:23 am

        Although Extremadura (Extrema + dura) is more or less considered to mean an environmentally harsh place on the frontier, it’s an unfair description of a place abundant with life and beauty.

        Yes, it is hot in the summer, but the heat feels more like a hairdryer than a hot shower.

        Come during Spring and you will see one of the most beautiful places in Spain, an amazing array of flowers and fruits, with cherry blossoms draping lush valleys.

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        • dankiteski
          September 28, 2019 @ 10:12 am

          Indeed, it is an unfair description, Christopher. I did visit in the summer and I know how hot it gets. Would love to come back and visit during spring.

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  8. kasia
    November 3, 2018 @ 11:27 pm

    There are amazing! The only place in Spain we’ve been to was Barcelona and we didn’t like it. These places are totally a great reason to go back!

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    • dankiteski
      November 5, 2018 @ 10:54 am

      Definitely, Kasia! I visited Spain more than 10 times and every time I discover something new 🙂

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    • Marianna
      November 6, 2019 @ 1:20 am

      Barcelona? Did Not like? ?? Please double check. It was not Barcelona.

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  9. Kavita Favelle
    November 4, 2018 @ 12:16 pm

    I really need to spend some time in Spain, I’ve scarcely visited, only a couple of times, and I love every single suggestion in your post. I am particularly drawn to Carmona, Cudillero, and Altea, Cabo de Gata-Nijar and Cazorla!

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    • dankiteski
      November 5, 2018 @ 10:22 am

      Thank you, Kavita! I hope you visit Carmona, Cudillero, and Altea, Cabo de Gata-Nijar and Cazorla! It will be an amazing experience

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  10. Anjali W
    November 4, 2018 @ 1:19 pm

    I am glad I came across your article. I will be visiting Madrid next year for a week’s vacation. I haven’t planned an itinerary yet but would love to include some of these gems too. I had only heard about Extremadura from your list. Thanks for all the great recommendations.

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    • dankiteski
      November 5, 2018 @ 2:23 pm

      That’s great to hear, Anjali. I’m glad you could find some useful tips here and I hope you get to visit some of these places.

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  11. madhurima
    November 4, 2018 @ 3:56 pm

    Such beautiful photos! I am planning a Euro trip next year and this surely will come handy!

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    • dankiteski
      November 5, 2018 @ 10:55 am

      Thank you, Madhurima! I’m glad you found it useful

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  12. Lisa
    November 4, 2018 @ 5:38 pm

    You’re right, I’ve not heard of any of these places in Spain, and I’ve been a lot! Some of the places, like Babia, really doesn’t look like Spain. I also like that they filmed Indiana Jones at the cabo, how cool! I’ll have to look out for it the next time I’m back.

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    • dankiteski
      November 5, 2018 @ 10:23 am

      That’s one of the reasons why Spanish people joke about Babia 😀 Thanks for the comment

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    • Nacho BH
      July 16, 2019 @ 6:31 pm

      “Some of the places, like Babia, really doesn’t look like Spain.” That´s because people think Spain is a country of only beach and sun and that´s so far from reality. We are that, but we are a lot more. Northern Spain is as green as Ireland (search “Valle de Baztán” in Navarra, or “Valles Pasiegos” in Cantabria), almost the whole country is covered by mountains, The Pyrenees (Ordesa y Monte Perdido, in Huesca), the Cantabric Mountain Range (Picos de Europa, in Asturias) in the North, the Iberian Mountain Range in the East (Moncayo, Zaragoza, or Picos de Urbión in Soria), the Central Mountain Range (Sistema Central), with Sierra de Guadarrama or Sierra de Gata, the Betican Mountain Range, with Sierra Nevada (Granada) or Cazorla (Jaén), etc.
      We have Canyons and Gorges (Hoces del Duratón, Arribes del Duero, Cañón del Río Lobos, Hoces del Rudrón, Sierra de Guara, Foz de Arbayún, etc), we have some of the cleanest and most beautiful dark night skies of Europe (Sierra de Javalambre in Teruel, for example), we have many different kinds of forests, like Selva de Iraty, or Hayedo de Tejera Negra, Fragas do Eume o Muniellos, more “look-alike” northern Europe, Sabinares de Arlanza, Cabañeros or Sabinares del Solorio, really Mediterranean, Pinares de Rodeno, rainforest in Canary Islands, like Laurisilva in La Gomera… We have deserts or semi-deserts like Desierto de Tabernas, Los Monegros or the Bardenas Reales… We have rocky mountains like La Pedriza in Madrid or el Torcal de Antequera in Málaga… We have almost every landscape you can imagine and many others you will never imagine… Spain is so big and diverse that we are the biodiversity hotspot of Europe, with the largest number of natural protected areas under Natura 2000, the European Network of Natural Protected areas, and we are also the country with the largest number of areas protected as Biosphere Reserve in the whole world.
      You just need to come and discover it! You will be more than welcome. Spain is much more of what people think, everyone gets surprised after discovering a little bit more of my amazing country.

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      • dankiteski
        July 18, 2019 @ 8:17 am

        Indeed, Nacho- a lot of people associate Spain with beaches and sunny resorts but this country has so much more to offer. As you mentioned, Spain has so many diverse landscapes, it’s hard to believe that all those places are located in the same country.

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  13. Italian Trip Abroad
    November 4, 2018 @ 11:17 pm

    I knew some of it. But not all of them. Thank you for sharing.

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    • dankiteski
      November 5, 2018 @ 10:54 am

      Thank you for your comment 🙂

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  14. Ketki
    November 5, 2018 @ 11:39 am

    I would like to add each one to my bucketlist. And so true they all look like hidden gems. Your photography is so stunning. Great post 🙂

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    • dankiteski
      November 5, 2018 @ 4:30 pm

      Thank you, Ketki- I really appreciate it

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  15. amar singh
    November 5, 2018 @ 12:03 pm

    What a brilliant post of a Spain unknown and not the normal tourist trail. It is amazing to know there are so many other places to visit Spain . These will be less touristy I’m sure . For me the main winners are Peñíscola the medieval walled town on the Orange Blossom Coast and the Beach of Cathedrals. Both have spectacular views I must say and ones I would love to visit. Thanks for sharing these hidden gems.

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  16. Yukti
    November 5, 2018 @ 4:24 pm

    These 15 offbeat places of Spain are much more beautiful than the most famous tourist attractions of Spain, I guess. Loved the Beach of Cathedrals with those natural pillar rocks and clear waters. Colorful Cudillero looks very pretty, same as that colorful town on Almafi Coast.

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    • dankiteski
      November 6, 2018 @ 10:54 am

      Thank you, Yukti! I’m glad to hear you liked it

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  17. Anshula
    November 5, 2018 @ 5:21 pm

    I’ve only ever heard of Barcelona for Spain and it was nice to discover all these hidden gems. I would love to visit Oñati someday (I’m so obsessed with gothic architecture). I’m someone who hates crowds at a beach so I would love to visit Zahara and sink into all the local culture.

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    • dankiteski
      November 6, 2018 @ 10:55 am

      Thank you, Anshula and I’m glad you could learn get some cool suggestions for your upcoming trip 🙂

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  18. Alexander Rivera
    November 5, 2018 @ 6:39 pm

    Our family visited Spain and Portugal this past July. Visited Madrid and Lisbon. Big cities. I have never heard of these smaller places. They seem better to me in the sense that they are non-touristy. Thanks for the info. I will look to add these stops in the future.

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    • dankiteski
      November 6, 2018 @ 10:55 am

      Indeed, Alexander- I prefer the non-touristy places too

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  19. Annick
    November 6, 2018 @ 2:45 am

    You have found some real gems in Spain! I’m especially happy to find so many beaches on your list. I’ve wanted to visit Spanish beaches but I’d heard that they were overcrowded. But now I can look forward to visiting some beautiful secluded spots when I visit next summer.

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    • dankiteski
      November 6, 2018 @ 10:55 am

      Thank you, Annick- I’m glad you found some cool suggestions for your summer trip

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  20. Sinjana
    November 6, 2018 @ 5:00 am

    I spent last spring in Spain but didn’t know about these gems. Indeed these are all fantastic and exotic locations. Had I known this before i’d surely have given beach of cathedrals a try. The beach seriously looks so pristine.

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    • dankiteski
      November 6, 2018 @ 10:56 am

      Thank you, Sinjana- I guess you saw this article a bit too late but hey you can always visit again.

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  21. Katie
    November 6, 2018 @ 1:35 pm

    I love Spain but I have never been to these off the beaten path locations! Will definitely check them out when we are back in Europe!

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    • dankiteski
      November 8, 2018 @ 2:01 pm

      Thanks, Katie- I’m glad you liked it

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  22. Val
    November 6, 2018 @ 9:12 pm

    Fantastic selection! I haven’t heard of any of these places before and they all look so pretty! Cabo de Gata-Nijar and the Beach of the Cathedrals are probably my favorite and I’ll surely remember them on my next trip to Spain!

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    • dankiteski
      November 8, 2018 @ 2:01 pm

      Thank you, Val- I’m glad you loved some of the destinations on this list.

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  23. Indu
    November 9, 2018 @ 8:58 pm

    I have not been to Spain yet but would love to. Now reading your post and gazing at your stunning photographs I am excited more.

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    • dankiteski
      November 9, 2018 @ 10:00 pm

      Thanks, Indu- I really appreciate it

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  24. Christopher Briggs
    September 25, 2019 @ 8:04 am

    I’m one of the (few) Brits who live in Extremadura and it really is The Undiscovered Country.

    It is a challenge getting here, best suited to go by car, but many people pass through it without realising; it connects Madrid to Lisbon and Seville to Salamanca. It has a Tesla charging station in its capital, Mérida, though!

    It’s the only region with inland beaches awarded Blue Flags, but the food here is fantastic, and it’s just so cheap. For culture vultures, it has three UNESCO Heritage Sites of Roman, Arabic and Medieval architecture, truly some of the best in Spain. For walking, cycling, and kayaking, it’s beautiful, but also incredibly tranquil, and it’s internationally recognised for its birdlife, especially at the UNESCO Biosphere in Monfragüe.

    It’s Secret Spain so don’t tell everybody… 🙂

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    • dankiteski
      September 28, 2019 @ 10:11 am

      So, you’re one of the lucky ones 🙂 I visited a few years ago and loved it. It’s one of my favorite places in Spain. The food is absolutely amazing and the history of the region is fascinating

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  25. Chris
    October 21, 2019 @ 4:26 pm

    I wasn’t a huge fan of Peñiscola (non-stop gift shops and tacky restaurants) but “estoy en Babia” thinking about estando en Babia. That’s one corner of Spain I’ve yet to visit and can’t wait to. Thanks for the info.

    Any hidden gems in Spain you have targeted to visit next, Dan?

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    • dankiteski
      October 25, 2019 @ 10:57 am

      Thanks, Chris. But for now, I don’t think there are any hidden gems in Spain that I didn’t been to but whenever it happens I’ll make sure to share with you guys.

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