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Spain’s most beautiful villages – Alcudia and Pollensa join the list

Dec 4, 2019 | News and articles

The association Los Pueblos Más Bonitos de España has announced that the two Mallorcan towns of Alcudia and Pollensa will be among those joining its coveted list of Spain’s most beautiful villages. They join Fornelutx, which has already held a position on the the list for a number of years.

At its annual gathering in Zamora in November, the association “Los Pueblos Más Bonitos de España” has announced Alcudia and Pollensa will be added to their list of the most beautiful villages in Spain.

As reported in the Mallorca Daily Bulletin, the association highlights Alcudia’s “magical historic centre in close proximity to paradisiacal beaches”. It goes on to reference it’s significant historical importance, citing the town  as representative of “distinct civilisations”. The two gates of its walls, Porta des Moll and Porta de Mallorca, have been declared national monuments.

Pollensa’s location at the foot of the Tramuntana Mountains is also noted as being of deep historical significance. There has been civilisation there for more than 3,000 years. And its historic centre has a “strong mediaeval essence”.

We thoroughly recommend spending a bit of time wandering the old town areas of Pollensa or Alcudia if you haven’t already done so. As the above suggests, they are steeped in history which, if one cares to read about, is both colourful and engaging. But they are also charming and ultimately picturesque, with many other attractions to offer.

Los Pueblos Más Bonitos de España – Spain’s Most Beautiful Villages

There are currently just 79 villages on the list of Spain’s Most Beautiful Villages. This will rise to 94 in 2020. So the accolade is much sought after, with the association applying clear and rigorous criteria for inclusion.

The stated aim is to “promote rural areas and small towns”. The Los Pueblos Más Bonitos de España website goes on to detail the selection criteria.

Selection criteria Peoples

The criteria for the admission of a new people are exposed in the quality charter of the association. To join this organization, a people must first seek the agreement of the Municipal Council or governing board. Upon receipt of this request by the association, the process instruction begins evaluating the application of the following criteria:

Having a population less than 15,000 inhabitants (5,000 largest populations of the association provides only a historic town in perfect condition)

Have a certified architectural and natural heritage.

After overcoming these two points, an audit of the village is done by staff quality commission appointed for this purpose where the matters specified in the Quality Charter will be assessed. This implies overcoming the minimum quality criteria in areas as varied as cleaning, maintenance of facades, movement of vehicles or whether or not a place for parking these, care of flowers and greenery, treatment Logos billboards and posters, etc ….

If this all sounds a tad officious that’s partly in the translation. And it’s good to know that the award is more than just a badge to attract tourists. The association’s website lists and details the towns and villages on the list. It also highlights forthcoming festivals and events. So it’s well worth a browse if your planning your travels.

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