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Catalonia has the ability to surprise you in any corner. In doing so, the Charming Villages play a fundamental role - small villages of less than 2,500 inhabitants, or up to 1,500 in their historical centre, that look as though theyíre straight off a postcard. They are waiting for you throughout the Catalan geography, both on the coast and inland.

The magnetism of these towns begins with the aesthetic and architectural appeal: they have resisted contemporary urbanism, and its streets preserve a homogenous and harmonic architecture. Its old town is authentic, as it preserves the original essence with decorative elements and typically regional and local designs. As well as ensuring the architectural tradition, they preserve the natural environment that surrounds them.

They also host some Cultural Features of National Interest, as well as a good tourist infrastructure to welcome curious visitors who want to explore the Catalan Charming Villages. Are you one of those people? In that case you are interested in knowing that in the village itself, or very close by, less than ten kilometres away, you will find an offer of accommodation and catering, commerce, companies that organise activities, and information offices so you do not miss a single detail. Do not miss the popular festivals, weekly markets and artisan fairs that they organise.

You will fall in love with these towns for their beauty, and you will of course enjoy yourself when you lose yourself walking through their streets. Which village will you choose?
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As well as an aesthetic and architectural magnetism, the Charming Villages of Catalonia also boast a good tourist infrastructure to welcome curious visitors like you.

In autumn, discover every corner of some of the Charming Towns
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Montsonís desde un campo.     (© Ajuntament de Foradada)
Montsonís
Montsonís es un pequeño pueblo del municipio de Foradada con un atractivo especial que cautiva y enamora al visitante. A parte de su castillo, muy bien conservado, tiene otros elementos patrimoniales, arquitectónicos, urbanísticos, medioambientales y turísticos que contribuyen con esta belleza, como, por ejemplo, las farolas tradicionales del alumbrado público y el enlosado de piedra de sus calles.
Camino de la Ermita de San Pablo de Arbolí. (© P. Ccal. de Turisme Muntanyes de la Costa Daurada)
Prades

Prades, known as the red village due to the colour of the stones of many of its buildings, has an old quarter that forms an historic ensemble of huge interest.

The surroundings of the Prades mountains make it particularly interesting for enthusiasts of tourism and of mountain activities in general, including excursions, hunting or looking for mushrooms.

On the other hand, part of its geography (the western slope) hugs the Montsant river basin.

Vista panorámica del pueblo de Mura y de su entorno, en la comarca del Bages (provincia de Barcelona). (© Sebastiaan Bedaux)
Mura
Set in the conglomerate mountains of Sant Llorenç del Munt, Mura forms part of the Montcau valleys, whose environment, with its abundance of vegetation and fauna, has always shaped a lifestyle linked to the land. These days, many of its terraces and vineyards are abandoned, but the town still retains the charm of the splendorous Middle Ages, still visible in its Old Town, with its stone houses and Romanesque Church of Sant Martí, and enviable surroundings with amazing springtime landscapes, such as Pare Gorge (or 'Father's Gorge').
Fall in love with the winter postcards of some of the Charming Villages
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Taüll  (© Kim Castells)
Taüll
This town in La Vall de Boí is home to the Romanesque churches of Sant Climent and Santa María, both from the 12th century and declared World Heritage Sites. Also, a section of the municipality forms part of the Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park and those who love the snow can enjoy the Boí Taüll Resort ski station.
Plaza de la iglesia de Castellar de n'Hug, en la comarca del Berguedà (provincia de Barcelona). (© Sebastiaan Bedaux)
Castellar de n'Hug
Castellar de n'Hug could never deny its links with the El Cadí-Moixeró Natural Park. The high mountain meadowlands and woods are home to Pyrenean chamois and deer, foxes, martens, wild boar, badgers and soaring birds of prey. The respect shown by locals over the course of history for traditional architecture, with stone, wood and tiles, has created one of Catalonia's prettiest towns, a stroll along whose streets is a true delight.
Beget  (© Turismo Verde, S.L.)
Beget
Beget mantiene su carácter rústico y rural. Aquí parece que el tiempo se ha detenido. Su núcleo conserva el aspecto medieval original, en el que destacan la iglesia románica de San Cristóbal, el puente medieval y la torre del Reloj. Sin duda, es un buen sitio donde disfrutar de la gastronomía local y para practicar el senderismo.
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Calella de Palafrugell  (© Servicios Editoriales Georama)
Calella de Palafrugell
Coastal town belonging to the municipality of Palafrugell which has managed to preserve its traditional architecture and original maritime atmosphere. Among its biggest attractions are its beautiful beaches and coves and its outstanding cultural offering.
Pedró neighbourhood and Torre de les Hores (Tower of the Hours)  (© Servicios Editoriales Georama)
Pals

Pals is one of the most picturesque towns on the Costa Brava, thanks to its Gothic period old quarter which has been carefully and completely restored to its former splendour.

The village stands on the top of Puig Aspre, and the municipal boundary reaches as far down as the coast, boasting a very long beach, ideal for water-sports. Characteristic of the area of Pals are the rice paddies, inheritors of the swampy environment that used to be there and which add charm to the area.

El Pedró, the historic quarter of Gothic origin, with a Medieval atmosphere and buildings, is the most attractive part of the municipality, which has other locations of interest such as the landscape of the old rice paddies and the dunes.

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Beget
/ Pyrenees
   
Beget mantiene su carácter rústico y rural. Aquí parece que el tiempo se ha detenido. Su núcleo conserva el aspecto medieval original, en el que destacan la iglesia románica de San Cristóbal, el puente medieval y la torre del Reloj. Sin duda, es un buen sitio donde disfrutar de la gastronomía local y para practicar el senderismo.
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Calella de Palafrugell
/ Costa Brava
   
Coastal town belonging to the municipality of Palafrugell which has managed to preserve its traditional architecture and original maritime atmosphere. Among its biggest attractions are its beautiful beaches and coves and its outstanding cultural offering.
Castellar de n'HugCastellar de n'Hug
Castellar de n'Hug
Castellar de n'Hug /
   
Castellar de n'Hug could never deny its links with the El Cadí-Moixeró Natural Park. The high mountain meadowlands and woods are home to Pyrenean chamois and deer, foxes, martens, wild boar, badgers and soaring birds of prey. The respect shown by locals over the course of history for traditional architecture, with stone, wood and tiles, has created one of Catalonia's prettiest towns, a stroll along whose streets is a true delight.
Historic ensemble of BarrueraHistoric ensemble of Barruera
Historic ensemble of Barruera
Vall de Boí, la / Pyrenees
WalkSant Feliu43Vall de Boí, la 25527
The most emblematic monument of Barruera is the Romanesque church dedicated to Saint Felix, which dates from the 11th-12th century and was declared World Heritage by UNESCO.
MontclarMontclar
Montclar
Montclar / Pyrenees
   

Rescued from abandonment by a group of hikers in the 1960s, this is a small village atop Montclar hill, whose houses of stone, wood and old tiles are arranged in the order that gave sense to towns and villages in mediaeval times. Respect for traditional planning is the reason behind its narrow streets and its square and has, above all, reconnected the village with its surrounding countryside. 

MontsonísMontsonís
Montsonís
/ Terres de Lleida
   
Montsonís es un pequeño pueblo del municipio de Foradada con un atractivo especial que cautiva y enamora al visitante. A parte de su castillo, muy bien conservado, tiene otros elementos patrimoniales, arquitectónicos, urbanísticos, medioambientales y turísticos que contribuyen con esta belleza, como, por ejemplo, las farolas tradicionales del alumbrado público y el enlosado de piedra de sus calles.
MuraMura
Mura
Mura / Paisatges Barcelona
   
Set in the conglomerate mountains of Sant Llorenç del Munt, Mura forms part of the Montcau valleys, whose environment, with its abundance of vegetation and fauna, has always shaped a lifestyle linked to the land. These days, many of its terraces and vineyards are abandoned, but the town still retains the charm of the splendorous Middle Ages, still visible in its Old Town, with its stone houses and Romanesque Church of Sant Martí, and enviable surroundings with amazing springtime landscapes, such as Pare Gorge (or 'Father's Gorge').
PalsPals
Pals
Pals / Costa Brava
   

Pals is one of the most picturesque towns on the Costa Brava, thanks to its Gothic period old quarter which has been carefully and completely restored to its former splendour.

The village stands on the top of Puig Aspre, and the municipal boundary reaches as far down as the coast, boasting a very long beach, ideal for water-sports. Characteristic of the area of Pals are the rice paddies, inheritors of the swampy environment that used to be there and which add charm to the area.

El Pedró, the historic quarter of Gothic origin, with a Medieval atmosphere and buildings, is the most attractive part of the municipality, which has other locations of interest such as the landscape of the old rice paddies and the dunes.

PeratalladaPeratallada
Peratallada
/ Costa Brava
   
Town belonging to the municipality of Forallac which is formed by a significant historic and artistic ensemble of origin mediaeval. It’s made up of a castle-palace, defensive wall, moat and village, a labyrinth of narrow streets where there are good restaurants serving local gastronomy.
PradesPrades
Prades
Prades / Costa Daurada
   

Prades, known as the red village due to the colour of the stones of many of its buildings, has an old quarter that forms an historic ensemble of huge interest.

The surroundings of the Prades mountains make it particularly interesting for enthusiasts of tourism and of mountain activities in general, including excursions, hunting or looking for mushrooms.

On the other hand, part of its geography (the western slope) hugs the Montsant river basin.

RupitRupit
Rupit
/ Paisatges Barcelona
   
Medieval town with magnificent stone streets and squares which stands out due to its historic heritage of old stone houses. It is located in a first-rate natural setting, surrounded by the forests and crags of Collsacabra.
Santa PauSanta Pau
Santa Pau
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Santa Pau occupies the richest and most varied area of the region as regards volcanic phenomena and a third of the total extension of the Nature Park of the Volcanic Area of la Garrotxa. Within its boundaries are the area's most important ancient craters, such as the Martinyà, Croscat and Santa Margarida mountains.

Also belonging to this municipality is fageda d'en Jordà, a landscape full of large beech forests that extend to the foothills of mount Jordà. The thousands of colours and hues of the beech forest are worth contemplating at any time of the year.

Right in the middle of the volcanic area emerges the village of Santa Pau, which preserves its Medieval quarter presided by a castle, considered a Historic-Artistic Ensemble.

TaüllTaüll
Taüll
/ Pyrenees
   
This town in La Vall de Boí is home to the Romanesque churches of Sant Climent and Santa María, both from the 12th century and declared World Heritage Sites. Also, a section of the municipality forms part of the Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park and those who love the snow can enjoy the Boí Taüll Resort ski station.
ConesaConesa
Conesa
/ Costa Daurada
   
El núcleo antiguo de Conesa, situado al norte de la Conca de Barberà, mantiene la esencia y el urbanismo de la antigua villa medieval y, por esta razón, está catalogado como Bien Cultural de Interés Nacional. Se trata de una villa delimitada por murallas y con varios elementos patrimoniales en su interior como la iglesia de Santa María o los dos portales.
Historic ensemble of DurroHistoric ensemble of Durro
Historic ensemble of Durro
Vall de Boí, la / Pyrenees
Neighbourhoodde Durros/nVall de Boí, la25527
A municipality annexed to the Vall de Boí since 1965. This is the village which best represents the idiosyncrasy of this valley, both thanks to the preservation of the Romanesque elements in the church of La Nativitat and the hermitage of Sant Quirc, as well as the urban structure of the village, which has maintained the appearance of a livestock breeding village.