In life there are different kinds of people. For example, there are people who love the cold, rain and bad weather, and others who prefer the sun and heat, as if they were lizards. It’s probably all a bit related to the place of origin and its climate, which makes everyone get used to what they live with for the longest time. That’s why today we bring you a series of beautiful places that look better in the rain.
People from the north like the cold and the rain. In fact, in summer, when it hasn’t rained for several weeks, there’s always someone who says: “Well, it’s a good thing it’s been raining for a while now”. Jokes aside, this is a post for those sun and warmth lovers who are a bit skeptical about making plans when it rains. We want to invite you to discover the magic and beauty of rainy scenarios, we assure you that you will end up liking them as much as we do.
What’s so special about the rain?
There are characteristic beautiful places that can only be found at this time of the year: between autumn and winter, when the rain is heavy. There are also landscapes, which have been generated thanks to the action of rain. With the arrival of October and November, Temperatures are starting to drop, but it’s not cold yet, it rains from time to time and the sky turns grey. In addition, the air smells different, with that characteristic smell of the first rains, falling leaves and damp earth. It is an idyllic and perfect time to put on a raincoat, put on your boots and go out to enjoy these wonderful sensations.
What places to visit when it rains?
We offer you a small list of places to visit when it rains. These destinations are perfect for a weekend getaway. Take note!
You’re probably thinking: “Grazalema, really? Yes friends, who would have thought that the rainiest spot in Spain would be in Andalusia? Grazalema is a white village located in the province of Cádiz. It is one of the most beautiful and special places, precisely because the rain is what gives it its impressive natural environment .
The Sierra de Grazalema has impressive karst landscapes: gorges, gorges, caves and sinkholes, generated by the action of water over the years. It is also home to a spectacular Spanish fir forest. Spanish firs are an ancient species of fir tree, which has been preserved in this area thanks to its environmental conditions. In the surroundings of the Sierra de Grazalema, you can also visit the villages of El Bosque, Benamahoma and Zahara de la Sierra. Of course, you will find an exquisite gastronomy with specialties in cheeses and game meat.
This natural paradise is located in the north of the province of Navarre, very close to the start of the French Way in Roncesvalles. The Irati forest is the second largest and best preserved beech and fir forest in Europe. It is only surpassed in size by the Black Forest in Germany. Specifically, it is located in the eastern Pyrenees of Navarre, in the valleys of Aezkoa and Salazar.
It is a perfect place to visit at this time of the year, for the exuberance of the colors of its vegetation with rain. You will also be able to visit characteristic villages in the north of Navarre, such as Orbaizeta and Ochagavía, with their typical architecture.
They say that the area around Vigo and Pontevedra is one of the rainiest in Spain. Combarro, is a small fishing village located in the estuary of Pontevedra in the Spiritual Variant of the Portuguese Way that deserves to be seen on a rainy day. This place preserves among its streets, the traditional architecture of the sailor houses and an endless number of typical hórreos, where food was stored in the past. The peculiarity of this beautiful village is that it is full of narrow streets that run between the houses leading directly to the sea. For these reasons and for its entire construction in carved stone, it is impressive to visit it when it rains and there is high tide .
Orbaneja del Castillo
Orbaneja del Castillo is probably the most beautiful village in the whole province of Burgos. This fairytale village enjoys a privileged natural environment. It consists of a waterfall of approximately 25 meters high, which of course is much more impressive to see when it rains.
Located in the canyon of the river Ebro, this small medieval village also has different forms of natural architecture associated with water, such as pools and caves.
Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela is the place where it is said that “rain is art”. In fact, many inhabitants of Santiago consider that the city is much more beautiful when it rains. The truth is that this is very true. I don’t know if it’s because of the stone of its historic centre, its fairytale village characteristics or its buildings, but the rain in Santiago is cool.
As the historic centre of Santiago is entirely made of stone, when it rains the water accumulates in the different blocks of the ground and generates puddles that reflect the light and the buildings. It is as if the city were filled with a multitude of mirrors and contrasts. For photography lovers it is simply perfect.
We hope you enjoy some of these getaways at this time of the year. If you like sun and warmth, we hope we have passed on to you the taste for rainy places. It’s definitely worth a little water.