Information on the significance of becoming one of The Most Beautiful Villages in Spain
The association The Most Beautiful Villages in Spain was created in March 2011, inspired by the success of similar associations already in existence worldwide. Examples of this include the pioneering French association, Les plus beaux villages de la France, its Italian counterpart, il Borghi più belli d'Italia, and the Canadian and Wallonian associations.
Here in Spain we are creating a network of enchanting villages in order to unite the most beautiful villages in Spain under the same seal of quality.
All these villages come together under the umbrella brand, "The Most Beautiful Villages in Spain," whose quality charter governs and supports the choice of the villages that form part of the network.
Only 20% of the villages that apply for membership ultimately pass the inspection, going on to obtain the seal and sign featuring the title “One of the Most Beautiful Villages in Spain”.
Obtaining the label The Most Beautiful Villages in Spain means:
Benefitting from our infrastructure for the organisation of training and the spread of national and rural heritage values.
Possession and use of the registered trademark "The Most Beautiful Villages in Spain" as specified in the regulations for use of the trademark, entailing:
.The placing of a standardised panel featuring the "The Most Beautiful Villages of Spain" logo at the various entry points to the Village.
.The use - both by the Village itself and the non-profit associations of which it is a member (Tourist Office, festival committee, etc.) - of this title and logo in all communications: municipal bulletins, manifestos, letterheads, etc.
The organisation of cultural activities related to the heritage and history of the member Villages.
Promotion of training in matters of heritage awareness, management and preservation.
Promotion of the Village both nationally and internationally through the Association's website, its Smartphone Application and any other initiatives that the Association decides to undertake for this purpose.
The publication of the Village's festivals and events on the Association's website and social networks, Facebook and Twitter, to attract tourism
Feedback from visitors to the Village via the comments section of our website.
Access to a channel of communication and advice in order to improve and preserve the Village's traditions and heritage.
The management of public subsidies for Official Villages, and the support and recognition of the European Union, State and Autonomous Communities.
How to become one of The Most Beautiful Villages in Spain:
1 – The local council must send a written request for membership (downloadable under point "c") to the association accompanied by:
- a) Record of the deliberation in plenary session by the municipal authorities or local governing body of the request to seek membership of “The Most Beautiful Villages in Spain”;
- b) Certification of compliance with the admission criteria (not exceeding 15,000 inhabitants; possessing properly certified architectural and/or natural heritage with relevant documentation held by the local council). The accreditation process is not initiated if these two requirements are not met.
- c) Download and complete the Quality Charter, and send it to: C/ Romaní, nº 21, Polinyà 08213 (Barcelona) Spain or to the email [email protected]
2– An assessment visit is conducted by representatives of the brand in order to evaluate which admission criteria are satisfactorily met. Photographs and video footage will be taken, and an interview arranged with a councillor or the mayor of the candidate village.
3 – Once the appraisal of the village has been completed, the report is sent to the Association's quality commission for deliberation, evaluation and final decision making.
4 – Notification of the decision taken by the quality commission will be sent by letter to the candidate village. In all cases, the Commission will inform the candidate village of the reasons for the admission or rejection of their candidacy.