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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  • 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…

  • Castellote.

    Tourist destinations

    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…

  • Mirambel.

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    Mirambel. Teruel. (Aragon) One of the gems of the Maestrazgo, in the province of Teruel, is the mediaeval town of Mirambel, whose architectural site received the “Europa Nostra” Award for restoration some years ago. Its …

  • 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…

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