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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  • Ares del Maestre.

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    …Ares del Maestrat. Castellón - Castelló. (Valencia) The town of Ares del Maestre sits on the top of a rocky hill, on a privileged location that overlooks the beautiful and rugged landscape of the region of El Maestrazgo.…

  • La Villajoyosa.

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    …Vila Joiosa-La Villajoyosa. Alicante - Alacant. (Valencia) http://www.villajoyosa.com/sites/lavilaturistica/. Villajoyosa's seafaring tradition is enhanced every year, towards the end of July, when Moors arrive by sea to…

  • Altea.

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    Altea. Alicante - Alacant. (Valencia) As we approach the town by car, Altea's historic quarter appears against the monumental backdrop of Sierra Bernia, offering a gorgeous panoramic view. The town of Altea sits on top o…

  • Callosa d'en Sarriá.

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    Callosa d'en Sarriá. Callosa d'en Sarrià. Alicante - Alacant. (Valencia) http://www.turismocallosa.com/bienvenido.htm. Its origins can be traced to an Arab farmstead. From the start, this was always a coveted region, due…

  • Denia.

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    Denia. Dénia. Alicante - Alacant. (Valencia) The Romans dedicated this city to the goddess Diana, and turned its port into one of the most active in the Peninsula. Up to this day, Denia has not ceased to be visited. The …

  • Morella.

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    Morella. Castellón - Castelló. (Valencia) Morella is an extraordinary example of a Gothic city and has the designation of Property of Cultural Interest. The highlights are, first of all, the castle and medieval walls, er…

  • Orihuela.

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    Orihuela. Alicante - Alacant. (Valencia) Orihuela offers the visitor a great place to enjoy the sea and sun, a monumental city centre, and three excellent eighteen-hole golf courses. Passing Torrevieja, going south, we r…

  • Sagunto.

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    …Sagunto-Sagunt. Sagunto. Valencia. "Arse" for the Iberians, "Saguntum" for the Romans, it still preserves many archaeological remains and monuments in the old town, which bear witness of its importance in the ancient wor…

  • Xàtiva.

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    Xàtiva. Valencia. Xátiva is the capital of the region of La Costera. Declared to be a Historic-Artistic Site, the Neanderthal skull found in Cova Negra dates from 30,000 years BC. Birthplace of the painter José Ribera “e…

  • Peñíscola.

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    …Peníscola-Peñíscola. Castellón - Castelló. (Valencia) The city is surrounded by water on every side but one and has a beach that's a byword for fashion all year round. Peñíscola is one of the most popular tourist resorts…

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