Plaza Mayor in Chinchón (Madrid) © Miguel Ángel Muñoz Romero. Turismo de Chinchón

Small medieval villages, old quarters steeped in history and beautiful rural areas close to large cities like Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville and Bilbao. Give yourself a break, leave your stress behind and immerse yourself in the pleasures of slow tourism. These are perfect places to discover interesting traditions, popular festivities and the most typical cuisine.

Here are some of Spain's charming towns. There are lots to discover all over the country. Inland you can find medieval villages and towns which still preserve part of their Roman or Moorish past. Close to Madrid you can visit small rural cities in the mountains. In Andalusia and Extremadura you will come across many whitewashed villages. In Catalonia, the Region of Valencia and the Region of Murcia there are fishing villages, and towns in the fertile agricultural regions. In the regions of Aragon, Castile-La Mancha, Castile-León, La Rioja and Navarre you can find villages where time seems to have stood still. In the north, in Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria and the Basque Country, rural life and fishing villages are the main things you will see. And, of course, the Balearic and Canary Islands also have small charming villages that still keep their local traditions.


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  • Alcalá la Real.

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    Alcalá la Real. Jaén. (Andalusia) It is about 60 kilometres from the city of Jaén. Its old town has been declared Property of Cultural Interest. The imposing La Mota Fortress stands out in the Arab-origin urban landscape…

  • Alhama de Granada.

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    Alhama de Granada. Granada. (Andalusia) This town's name has its origins in the famous baths and thermal waters, well known back in Roman times. The town is just 58 kilometres from the city of Granada. It is set in beaut…

  • Algodonales.

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    Algodonales. Cadiz. (Andalusia) http://www.algodonales.es/. The town of Algodonales, one of the famous white towns of Cadiz, is on the route from the north to the Nature Reserve of the Sierra de Grazalema mountains. Its …

  • Almonte.

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    Almonte. Huelva. (Andalusia) The most significant attractions here are: The Rocío pilgrimage, Doñana National Park and Matalascañas Beach. Almonte is in the province of Huelva, Andalusia. The town is made up of small whi…

  • Almonaster La Real.

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    Almonaster La Real. Almonaster la Real. Huelva. (Andalusia) An Arab castle, Mudejar and Gothic homes, and a mosque that is older than the one in Cordoba, are part of the historic quarter of Almonaster la Real, declared a…

  • Arcos de la Frontera.

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    Arcos de la Frontera. Cadiz. (Andalusia) Sitting on a spectacular sheer cliff, Arcos de la Frontera is a picturesque town in the province of Cadiz full of small reminders of its Arab inheritance. Its old town has been de…

  • Baños de la Encina.

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    Baños de la Encina. Jaén. (Andalusia) Baños de la Encina is about 52 kilometres from the city of Jaén, in the foothills of the Sierra Morena Mountains. Its old town has been declared Property of Cultural Interest and is …

  • Baza.

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    Baza. Granada. (Andalusia) Age old monuments on the slopes of the Sierra de Baza Nature Reserve. This historic city is next to the Baza Mountains Nature Reserve. The old Moorish part of the town, made up of the "Medina",…

  • Capileira.

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    Capileira. Granada. (Andalusia) Located in the Poqueira ravine, between the Mediterranean coast and Sierra Nevada, Capileira has a special charm, typical of the towns that are on Alpujarra's route. Capileira has the typi…

  • Guadix.

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    Guadix. Granada. (Andalusia) Inland in the province of Granada is Guadix, considered one of the oldest human settlements in Spain. Its old town brings together an important heritage of monuments, with the medieval Arab C…

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