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SPAIN'S TOP 10 - Villages with unfortunate names!
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 @ 12:21 PM

Spain has some very unusual village names. Sometimes the most unfortunate occurrence can mark a village for the rest of time. For example in 1862 when the Queen Isabel II stopped her royal carriage close to the Jarana neighbourhood, as she was in desperate need of relieving herself, and she did amongst the bushes. Unfortunately from that moment onwards the suburb was referred to as “Meadero de la Reina”… The Queen’s Urinal, so not really a place you would want to live.  Other towns and villages may not sound particularly inviting such as “Really Dead!” or “Goodbye!” while others might sound a little more attractive such as “Blonde Heads”, although something tells me there won’t actually be very many in the village. There are also many which will most certainly not be associated with great smells such as “Sewer” in Murcia or “Ashtray” in Logroño and even “Filthy Man” in Jaen!

It makes you wonder, how on earth did these villages actually get their names?

Here are the Top 10 most unfortunate names for a town or village in Spain. If you have come across any funnier ones please leave a comment…


1. Malcocinado  - Badajoz -   “Badly Cooked”  


2. Guarroman -  Jaen -  “Filthy man”


3. Cenicero  - Logroño  -  “Ashtray”


4. Villapene  - Lugo  - “Penis town”


5. Ultramort  - Cordoba  - “Really Dead”


6. Adiós  - Navarra -  “Goodbye”


7. Alcantarilla  - Murcia -  “Sewer”


8. Cabezas Rubias - Huelva -  “Blonde Heads”


9. Villaviciosa - Asturias  - “Viscious Town / Addicts Town”


10. Meadero de la Reina  - Cadiz -  “Queen’s Urinal”

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kathym said:
Saturday, March 29, 2014 @ 1:31 PM

How about Piles, between Gandía and Oliva in Valencia
Province. However you say it, whether in Spanish or English, it doesn't sound good to the English ear!

eggcup said:
Sunday, March 30, 2014 @ 11:09 AM

We'd like to sell a lovely piece of land we've got, but it doesn't help the marketing that it's next to the 'Rio Sucio.'
The Spanish also have different ideas regarding first names: Concepcion, Inmaculada, Angustias... Not nice to go through life called 'the anguishes.'
And we know men called Jacinto and Narciso (Hyacinth and Daffodil).

Bob Harrison said:
Friday, May 2, 2014 @ 11:02 AM

Nothing unfortunate about Planes in Valencia, but interesting that it has a landing strip and flying club.

Mike Cook said:
Saturday, August 23, 2014 @ 7:17 PM

I live in Piles and quite agree with Kathryn's comment - 29th March. I usually say Pee less as the Spanish do but that raises eyebrow also.

Bob Harrison said:
Thursday, July 30, 2020 @ 5:11 PM

Most people know of the beautiful El Escorial, near Madrid. It translates to the dump/slagheap. Then there are three towns called La Matanza which means the slaughter.

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