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It's official: These are Spain's most beautiful and charming small towns

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It's official: These are Spain's most beautiful and charming small towns
Frigiliana in Andalusia Photo: Lospueblosmasbonitosdeespana.org
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From white-washed hilltop villages in Andalusia to medieval walled towns in the foothills of the Pyrenees, The Local takes a look at Spain's prettiest places.

Spain might be renowned for its costas but it is also home to dozens of quaint little towns, 35 of which have earned a coveted spot in the Association of the Most Beautiful Towns in Spain. 

The idea to start the association, in 2011, came after the success of its French counterpart and first such group, Les plus beaux villages de la France

"It is our goal to promote preferably rural and small towns," the association says on its website. 

Town halls can apply for their town to join the list, but only 20 percent make the grade, winning the right to publicize themselves as "one of Spain's prettiest towns". 

To qualify, towns must have a population of under 15,000 and some kind of provable architectural or cultural heritage. 

So which towns make the grade? The Local gives you the rundown. 

Andalusia

Mojácar


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Pampaneira


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Lucainena de las Torres


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Vejer de la Frontera

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Frigiliana


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In Aragón

Valderrobres


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Albarracín
 

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Calaceite
 

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Puertomingalvo
 
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Rubielos de Mora
 

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Cantavieja


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Aínsa
 

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Anento
 

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Alquézar
 

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Ansó
 

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In Castilla y León

Maderuelo


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Medinaceli
 

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Ayllón


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Pedraza
 

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Urueña


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Frías
 

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La Alberca
 

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Mogarraz


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Candelario
 

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In Castilla La Mancha

Valverde de los Arroyos


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Alcalá de Júcar
 

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Almagro
 

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In Cantabria

Santillana del Mar


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Bárcena Mayor


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In the Community of Valencia

Peñíscola


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Morella


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El Castell de Guadalest


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Vilafamés


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In the Canary Islands

Tejeda


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In Asturias

Llastres


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