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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  • 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 …

  • 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…

  • Jimena de la Frontera.

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    Jimena de la Frontera. Cadiz. (Andalusia) http://www.jimenadelafrontera.es/. Situated very close to Algeciras Bay, Jimena de la Frontera is an exceptional spot where the Ronda Mountains and the Strait of Gibraltar meet. …

  • Olvera.

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    Olvera. Cadiz. (Andalusia) One of the most characteristic towns in the mountains of Cadiz. Set atop a spur, the whiteness of its houses reflects the splendour of the sun of Andalusia. Lying between the Sierra de Líjar an…

  • Grazalema.

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    Grazalema. Cadiz. (Andalusia) This is the highest and most mountainous municipality of the province of Cádiz, as well as the rainiest of the Iberian Peninsula. Its entirety is included in the Natural Reserve of the Sierr…

  • Medina-Sidonia.

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    Medina-Sidonia. Cadiz. (Andalusia) Medina Sidonia is one of the richest cities, when it comes to history, in the entire province of Cadiz. It is located south of the route of the white towns, and it is famous for having …

  • Ubrique.

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    Ubrique. Cadiz. (Andalusia) Halfway between the Ubrique and Grazalema Mountains, the town of Ubrique, birthplace of famous bullfighters, has interesting traditional architecture and an ancient leather tradition. Its old …

  • Vejer de la Frontera.

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    Vejer de la Frontera. Cadiz. (Andalusia) Declared a Historic-Artistic Site in 1976, and winner of the First National Embellishment Award in 1978, Vejer de la Frontera's most stunning feature is the Arab-Andalusian popula…

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