10 towns in Spain that might want to consider changing their strange names

10 towns in Spain that might want to consider changing their strange names
Spain has its fair share of odd sounding place names.
Would you be tempted to visit Poo beach or eat in a restaurant in Malcocinado?

The Local takes a look at some of the more bizarre names of towns found across Spain.

Castrillo Matajudíos

Let’s start in Burgos province with the controversially named Castrillo Matajudíos, or ‘Jew Killer Town’ which after many years of discussion did finally rid itself of its dark past by changing its name to the less offensive as Castrillo Mota de Judíos,  ‘Hill of Jews’.

The town changed its name in 2015 after seeking approval from the 56 villagers who call it home.


This village in Almería seems, in name alone at least, to have something against those considered to be carrying an extra few pounds. It translates in English as “Kill Fatty”.


This Galician village whose name translates to Penisville has 200 inhabitants and became famous when its road sign was stolen and photographed at a wedding. Its full official name is Santa Maria de Vilapene, which is only marginally better. Or perhaps not.

Venta de Pantalones

This tiny village near Jaén in south-central Spain is presumably the perfect destination for travellers who are a little short in the pants department because its name translates as Selling Trousers or Trousers Stall.


You might want to think twice before stopping here for a meal as the name translates as “Undercooked”. This municipality of 500-odd residents in Badajoz, Extremadura, also shares its name with a word meaning offal unsuitable for human consumption. Mmmm….


Well no translation needed for this one, the name of this small coastal town in Asturias is really only amusing to English-speakers.  Anyone up for spending the day on Poo Beach? (It really is much lovelier than the name sounds).

Cabezas Rubias

Fewer than 900 people live in this village in Huelva, southern Spain, the name of which translates as “Blonde Heads” but the census makes no mention of their hair colour, unfortunately.

El Purgatorio

The name suggests that a visit to this town in Murcia and you’ll find yourself in Purgatory, but travel some 30 km north and you’ll reach Los Infiernos (translating as hells), which is surely a worse place to end up.


You could be forgiven for thinking that people who lived in this town of 2,724 people in Jaén do not care much for personal hygiene for “Guarro” translates as “Dirty”.

But in fact, the origin of the name comes from the Castilianization of the Arabic Wadi-r-rumman, named after a river that runs through it.


A warm welcome for strangers is not guaranteed at this 183-inhabitant village in Navarre, northern Spain, if its name is anything to judge by.


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