21 Photos from a Spanish Village That Will Make You Want to Live There
Europe has a history that we as Americans can’t even fathom.
Our idea of historic towns include Boston, Savannah, Williamsburg, and Saint Augustine. Sure, those cities are fun to visit, they tell a great story of country, but they lack the culture that dates back many more centuries in hillside villages dotted throughout Spain or Italy.
This is one of the reasons why I crave European travel. I enjoy straying outside of the big cities and into the hillside and country villages. Here, a way of life still exists that has remain unaltered since before settlers landed on the shores of the United States.
Where a piece of property has been in a family before recorded history as I saw in Spain. Where a friend is trying to buy a communal bread oven on his hamlet property in France that is deeded to all hamlet residents since the 1500s. Where tales exist of Picasso summering during his youth, inventing cubism, and getting shunned for living with a woman out of wedlock.
These are the stories of Spain, France, Italy, etc. Not the big cities that are populated with Starbucks, McDonalds, and Michelin star restaurants.
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Each time I visit a small village, the writer in me wonders what life would look like if I moved there.
My most recent trip to Spain was no different. As I meandered the alleys of Palafrugell, Horta de Sant Joan, Prat de Comte, and Tortosa, the feeling I always get in a small village came alive.
I envisioned holding station every morning in a coffee shop while I craft my words, breaking for lunch with my wife and son, and finishing up in a café with a glass of wine or aperitif. Then wrapping up the day cooking dinner at home with my family and using ingredients that were grown outside the village or made by local artisans.
It’s a way of life that I learned is dying in Spain. Residents are leaving villages for the big cities to the point that some are on the brink of abandonment. They’re actually offering free property in an effort to recruit new residents. Hmmm…. Maybe my dream is possible after all.
Here’s a little inspiration – 21 photos from a Spanish village that will make you want to live there!
Which these photos from a Spanish village is your favorite?
All pictures were taken with my Nikon D3300 which I love!