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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  • Cudillero.

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    Cudillero. Asturias. Cudillero is a small, picturesque fishing port which sits on the side of a mountain. Outstanding are its hanging houses with eaves and brightly-coloured windows perched on a horseshoe of steep cliffs…

  • El Burgo de Osma.

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    …Burgo de Osma, El. Burgo de Osma-Ciudad de Osma. Soria. (Castile-Leon) El Burgo de Osma, an ancient and monumental episcopal city, is located at the end of the river Ucero and offers one of the best preserved medieval pr…

  • Ezcaray.

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    Ezcaray. La Rioja. Sitting in the Sierra de la Demanda mountains, on the banks of the river Oja, the town of Ezcaray and its surrounding area are as ideal for those who seek rest and peace and quiet as they are for mount…

  • Es Mercadal.

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    …Mercadal, Es. Minorca. (Balearic Islands) Peace and harmony in the centre of Minorca. Es Mercadal is in the centre of Minorca. The village is set at the base of Toro Mountain (the island's highest) and a visit to the Vir…

  • Estella.

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    …Estella o Lizarra. Estella-Lizarra. Navarre. http://www.estellaturismo.com/. As it passes through Navarre, the Pilgrim's Route to Santiago de Compostela, with World Heritage status, leads us to Estella. This town, crosse…

  • Guadalupe.

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    Guadalupe. Cáceres. (Extremadura) Located in the region of Caceres, Guadaloupe is a historic village, with cobbled streets and traditional homes, filled with valuable monuments, like the Sanctuary-Monastery of Our Lady o…

  • Guadix.

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    Guadix. Granada. (Andalusia) Inland in the province of Granada is Guadix, considered one of the oldest human settlements in Spain. Its old town brings together an important heritage of monuments, with the medieval Arab C…

  • Haría.

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    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 …

  • Hervás.

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    Hervás. Cáceres. (Extremadura) The festivities of the converted Jews, in addition to plays that are staged about Jewish culture and customs, are a testimony of the important legacy that this community left in Hervás. The…

  • 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…

  • Jimena de la Frontera.

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    Jimena de la Frontera. Cadiz. (Andalusia) http://www.jimenadelafrontera.es/. Situated very close to Algeciras Bay, Jimena de la Frontera is an exceptional spot where the Ronda Mountains and the Strait of Gibraltar meet. …

  • La Alberca.

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    …Alberca, La. Salamanca. (Castile-Leon) La Alberca was the first rural village in Spain to be given National Historic Heritage status. A walk around its historic centre gives us a taste of the tradition in its houses and …

  • Jerez de los Caballeros.

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    Jerez de los Caballeros. Badajoz. (Extremadura) A city in Badajoz where many different cultures, knowledge and artistic styles overlap, from prehistoric times to Gothic and Baroque. It is surrounded by meadows with excel…

  • Laguardia.

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    Laguardia. Álava - Araba. (Basque Country) Laguardia is the most important town in La Rioja of Alava, and one of the most beautiful. The region is famous all around the world because of its wines, and because it was the …

  • 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…

  • Lanjarón.

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    Lanjarón. Granada. (Andalusia) Lanjarón. Lanjarón is 49 kilometres from Granada, in the heart of the Sierra Nevada National Park. The village is famous for its medicinal waters and is home to a large spa resort. It is we…

  • Mondoñedo.

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    Mondoñedo. Lugo. (Galicia) Located in a broad open valley giving onto the Cantabrian Sea, Mondoñedo is one of the most evocative capitals of the ancient Kingdom of Galicia. Its historic quarter has been declared a Proper…

  • Molina de Aragón.

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    …Molina. Molina de Aragón. Guadalajara. (Castile-La Mancha) An important city in north eastern Guadalajara, and the capital of the old Lordship of Molina, one of the most important in the Castilian Middle Ages, the villag…

  • Miranda del Castañar.

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    Miranda del Castañar. Salamanca. (Castile-Leon) In the heart of the Sierra de Francia Mountains (Salamanca province), you will find Miranda del Castañar. Its old town has been declared Property of Cultural Interest. Mira…

  • Moguer.

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    Moguer. Huelva. (Andalusia) Moguer, a town in the region of La Tierra Llana, located on the banks of the Tinto river, is a place deeply involved in the Discovery of America, since it was in the convent of Santa Clara tha…

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