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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  • Albarracín.

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    Albarracín. Teruel. (Aragon) The former capital of a Moorish kingdom (Taifa), the small town of Albarracín has preserved all its Islamic and mediaeval flavour. Its old quarter has the Property of Cultural Interest design…

  • Calaceite.

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    Calaceite. Teruel. (Aragon) A museum has been established in Calaceite with the aim of commemorating and spreading the name of Don Joan Cabré (1882-1947), an illustrious archaeologist. Calaceite is situated on the wester…

  • Cantavieja.

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    Cantavieja. Teruel. (Aragon) The stones and dwellings of the historic capital of Alto Maestrazgo are home not only to a splendid heritage of architecture and monuments, but echo with ancient legends and battles. Its hist…

  • Roda de Isábena.

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    Roda de Isábena. Isábena. Huesca. (Aragon) In the old county of Ribagorza, one of the original counties from the Crown of Aragon, and very close to the Isabena river, Roda de Isabena was erected. Roda de Isabena can boas…

  • Sos del Rey Católico.

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    …Sos del Rey Catolico. Sos del Rey Católico. Zaragoza. (Aragon) In the historic region of the Cinco Villas It is located 120 kilometres from the city of Zaragoza, and the old town has been declared a Site of Cultural Inte…

  • Aínsa.

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    Aínsa. Aínsa-Sobrarbe. Huesca. (Aragon) The village, which was the capital of the old Kingdom of Sobrarbe, and was later incorporated into the Kingdom of Aragon in the 11th century, constitutes a magnificent example of m…

  • Calatayud.

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    Calatayud. Zaragoza. (Aragon) Calatayud, a traditional crossroads, is an important city in southwest Aragon whose past goes back to Roman times. In its historic centre, some of the best examples of Mudejar architecture i…

  • Castellote.

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    Castellote. Teruel. (Aragon) http://www.castellote.es. The fine outline of the ancient town of Castellote rises out of the harsh region of Maestrazgo on a cliff that slopes abruptly towards the valley of the Guadalope Ri…

  • Daroca.

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    Daroca. Zaragoza. (Aragon) This is the capital of the Jiloca valley and a former frontier town. Daroca offers a varied artistic and architectural heritage of undoubted interest; it is a mixture of Muslim and Christian st…

  • Graus.

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    Graus. Huesca. (Aragon) Graus offers the traveller a city centre filled with historic vestiges. This was the town where Joaquin Costa, a distinguished intellectual, was born and died. The most important festivities in Gr…

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