28 Apr, 2024 @ 10:00
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From Poo to ‘Penisville’: These are some of the crudest town names in Spain – but do YOU know their origin stories?

These are some of the crudest town names in Spain from Poo to Penisville – but do YOU know their unique origins?


Residents of the town have grown frustrated after the sign was stolen multiple times.
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It comes as no surprise that the road sign to this Galician town has been stolen countless times thanks to its curious name, which roughly translates to ‘Penisville’. 

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According to linguist Joseph M. Piel, the 200 inhabitant town probably got its name from a Roman settler called Penius. 

Today, the full name of the town is Santa Maria de Vilapene, though adding ‘Holy Maria’ to the front doesn’t make the name any less funny for opportunistic sign robbers. 


Fatphobia may be off limits in this day and age, but not for this Almeria town whose name literally translates to ‘Kill Fat Woman’. 

Legend has it that the town was named after a group of farmers encountered a large ‘mata’, or bush, in the area, calling it ‘Fat Bush’. 

However today many people go straight to the more amusing interpretation.


Found in Cordoba, this town has a grizzly origin story. 

It is believed the name comes from when a man threw his wife’s kidnapper into the river, saying ‘get out if you can’, or ‘sal si puedes’. 

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This Asturian town draws visitors for its funny name and stunning beaches.
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This one needs no translation. 

In the northern region of Asturias, Poo may be a funny name to English speakers but does not mean the same for locals. 

Despite its unfortunate name, the town is known for its pristine beaches and the beautiful views from its coastal path. 

The Asturian version of the name, Po, is also the shortest place name in Spain. 


According to popular belief, this town gets its strange name, meaning ‘Goodbye’, from the War of Navarreria. 

Enemy soldiers reportedly camped out in the area but were forced out, saying ‘A dios, a dios’ as they left. 

The name stuck and now 172 people inhabit the town known for its churches and surrounding countryside. 

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The town took on the strange name in 1962 after the Queen made an pit stop.
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The urban myth goes that Queen Isabel II had to make an ‘emergency stop’ in this Cadiz town on a journey through Andalucia, giving it the curious title ‘The Queen’s P*sser’. 

It is believed the Queen and her husband, Francisco de Asís were visiting the region to gain the sympathy of Andalucians. 

Some 160 years later, the legend remains immortalised in the town’s name.

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Yzabelle Bostyn

After spending much of her childhood in Andalucia and adulthood between Barcelona and Latin America, Yzabelle has settled in the Costa del Sol to put her NCTJ & Journalism Masters to good use. She is particularly interested in travel, vegan food and has been leading the Olive Press Nolotil campaign. Have a story? email [email protected]

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