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There’s Actually A Real Life Smurf Village And You Can Visit

There’s Actually A Real Life Smurf Village And You Can Visit

There's a location for all niche tastes these days. Airbnbs for Harry Potter fanatics, whole damn villages for prosecco drinkers and literal friggin' Malibu Dreamhouses for Barbie fans.

But we couldn't help but feel that Smurf fans had been left a little underrepresented - until now that is.

Lovers of the comic franchise based on the funny blue creatures needn't be left out as there is in fact a whole village in Spain dedicated to the Smurfs.

And the most shocking part is that it's been sitting there for almost a decade and we didn't have a clue about it! Eh?

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There's Smurf statues at every corner (Credit: Shutterstock)
There's Smurf statues at every corner (Credit: Shutterstock)

Juzcar, near Malaga, was first decorated as a publicity stunt for The Smurfs movie way back in 2011, with higgledy piggledy houses painted bright blue and Smurf statues erected.

However, the village's residents loved the look so much they decided to keep it. There are currently just 20 people living in the blue village, with a massive 80,000 tourists making the trip each year to come and view the sights.

Around every corner you'll find figurines, murals and sculptures of Papa Smurf, Mama Smurf, Baby Smurf and the whole gang.

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Of course the main selling point is the bright 'Smurf blue' buildings, with everything from the Town Hall, cemetery and even the church painted in the iconic blue. There's even mushroom huts inspired by the blue characters' homes.

Basically, it's hella Smurfy, so if that's not your vibe, maybe don't go.

All the homes are painted blue (Credit: Shutterstock)
All the homes are painted blue (Credit: Shutterstock)

Obviously the town has had to undergo some changes since the coronavirus pandemic. Despite ZERO cases, town officials have recently instated a ban stopping people from swimming in the town's well-known rivers and bathing pools.

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Town Mayor David Fernandez Tirado said: "These new temporary extraordinary measures must be maintained to prevent and contain the virus and mitigate the health, social and economic impact."

Right now, Brits are warned against all unessential travel to Spain, so it's best to hold off for now if you want to visit the Andalusian town.

There's even mushroom huts owing to the blue character's homes (Credit: Shutterstock)
There's even mushroom huts owing to the blue character's homes (Credit: Shutterstock)

We're not sure about you though, but the Smurf village is going STRAIGHT to the top of our travel bucket list.

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Topics: Life, travel

Ciara Sheppard

Ciara is a freelance writer working for Tyla. After graduating with an English Lit and Media degree from the University of Sussex, Ciara held jobs at GLAMOUR and Yahoo Style before packing up for a solo travelling trip around South America.