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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  • Besalú.

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    Besalú. Girona. (Catalonia) Besalú, in the province of Girona, is a monumental example of the Catalan Middle Ages. Located in the region of La Garrotxa, the town is only steps away from the spectacular scenery of the Vol…

  • Hostalets de Bas.

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    …17177. Hostalets de Bas. Vall d'en Bas, La. Girona. (Catalonia) Hostalets de Bas is located in the province of Girona, in the region of La Garrotxa, near the Volcanic Zone Natural Park. Calle Teixeida has been declared a…

  • Peratallada.

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    Peratallada. Forallac. Girona. (Catalonia) Located in the middle of Costa Brava, in Baix Empordà, the village of Peratallada constitutes one of the best examples of medieval architecture in the region. The castle-fortres…

  • Púbol.

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    Púbol. Pera, La. Girona. (Catalonia) The Castle-Palace that Dalí gave as a gift to Gala, the jewel of the village. Púbol is a village with medieval flavour. Its Sant Pere Church (14th century) is outstanding. This church…

  • Santa Pau.

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    Santa Pau. Girona. (Catalonia) Medieval art in the Garrotxa Volcanic Area. Santa Pau is outstanding on account of its medieval monuments. The "Vila Vella" (Old Town), Plaça de la Arqueria Square, the castle and Santa Mar…

  • Castellfollit de la Roca.

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    Castellfollit de la Roca. Girona. (Catalonia) A unique landscape. Castellfollit de la Roca is one of the most picturesque villages in Catalonia. It is set between the Fluviá and Toronell Rivers. Its church and houses cli…

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