The World Tourism Organization has chosen two towns in Spain among the best tourist destinations in the world, Morella, in Castellón, and Lekunberri, in Navarra. UNWTO launched the contest last May. A total of 75 member states of the organization nominated 174 villages. Each country could present a maximum of three candidatures for the 2021 edition. The result was made public today and includes a list of 44 locations from 32 countries on five continents. “All of them are characterized by their natural and cultural resources, their innovative approaches and transformers, and its commitment to the development of tourism, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (ODS) ”, explains the UNWTO.
Morella, an inland town located in the north of the province of Castellón, is known for its rich architectural and cultural heritage. Among the most emblematic buildings is the 13th century castle , a fortification of Islamic architecture with later reforms of medieval architecture, surrounded by walls. The Archpriest Basilica Santa María la Mayor is also unique, considered one of the most beautiful temples in the Mediterranean , a true jewel of religious gothic. Other attractions in the porticoed street Blasco de Alagón and the City Hall building that houses a 14th century prison. The town is surrounded by forests and natural landscapes. The rich gastronomy is another of its attractions, with traditional dishes with lamb, beef or pork, as well as sausages and cheeses or Morelan croquettes.
The Navarrese town of Lekunberri, on the other hand , located about thirty kilometers from Pamplona, stands out for its Old Town. The town dates from the 12th century and throughout its history it has suffered numerous sieges, hence its name comes from “new site”, for the amount of times it has had to be rebuilt. Another of its peculiarities are its large mansions, concentrated on Calle San Juan, the name by which the 14th-century parish is also known. The proximity to Pamplona has made Lekunberri a stop and inn for many famous people, such as Ernest Hemingway, who stayed in the town during one of his visits to the San Fermines and who enjoyed not only its natural environment but also its rich gastronomy.