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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  • Haría.

    Tourist destinations

    Haría. Lanzarote. (Canary Islands) Haría is known as “the valley of the thousand palms”. Haría is a charming town situated in a valley in the northern part of the island of Lanzarote. It is one of the greenest places on …

  • San Bartolomé.

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    San Bartolomé. Lanzarote. (Canary Islands) San Bartolomé, situated at the geographic centre of Lanzarote, is a picturesque town which has remained faithful to its agricultural roots. Casa Ajei, now an arts centre, and Ca…

  • Teror.

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    Teror. Gran Canaria. (Canary Islands) Teror is an important centre of religion and pilgrimage. The municipality is in the northern part of the island. The faithful from the entire Canary Islands archipelago come to this …

  • Garachico.

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    Garachico. Tenerife. (Canary Islands) The historic town of Garachico was once Tenerife's main port. Now, along with Buenavista and Los Silos, known as the “low island”, it forms a wonderful place full of monuments and bu…

  • San Cristóbal de La Laguna.

    Tourist destinations, World Heritage | Cultural Heritage

    …San Cristóbal de la Laguna. Tenerife. (Canary Islands) http://www.aytolalaguna.com/la_laguna_patrimonio_de_la_humanidad.jsp. San Cristóbal de La Laguna, the former capital of Tenerife, is an historic Canary Islands city …

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