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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  • Montblanc.

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    Montblanc. Tarragona. (Catalonia) It possesses an incredibly interesting medieval site, not lacking walled-in premises, which is also one of the best preserved in Cataluña. Its historic quarter has the Property of Cultur…

  • Nájera.

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    Nájera. La Rioja. Situated 27 kilometres from Logroño, Nájera is one of the towns on the Pilgrim's Route to Santiago de Compostela, thanks to King Sancho III, who in the 11th century modified the route so that it became …

  • Navarrete.

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    Navarrete. La Rioja. The Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route runs right along the village's main street. Pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela pass through this medieval village, just 11 kilometres from Logroño…

  • Olivenza.

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    Olivenza. Badajoz. (Extremadura) By rule of the 1297 Alcañices Treaty, Olivenza belonged to Portugal until 1801. Both Spanish and Portuguese monuments were restored thanks to a municipal initiative. Olivenza was founded …

  • Olvera.

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    Olvera. Cadiz. (Andalusia) One of the most characteristic towns in the mountains of Cadiz. Set atop a spur, the whiteness of its houses reflects the splendour of the sun of Andalusia. Lying between the Sierra de Líjar an…

  • Oña.

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    Oña. Burgos. (Castile-Leon) A remarkable village since the times of Fernán González, it grew under the protection of the monastery of San Salvador and the grace of the monarchs. In addition to the arch of Estrella, the f…

  • Palos de la Frontera.

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    Palos de la Frontera. Huelva. (Andalusia) This town, of long seafaring tradition, was the cradle of the Discovery of America, since it was from its port that the three caravels set out in August, 1492, to arrive two mont…

  • Osuna.

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    Osuna. Seville. (Andalusia) The Sevillian countryside to the east of the province, has a ducal town which has been declared a Historic-Artistic Site. The rich monumental wealth of its historic quarter is highlighted in a…

  • 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…

  • Petra.

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    …07520. Petra. Majorca. (Balearic Islands) The birthplace of Friar Junípero Serra, located on the island of Majorca, there are several monuments to visit. Its old town has been declared Property of Cultural Interest. Petr…

  • Plasencia.

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    Plasencia. Cáceres. (Extremadura) On the bank of the Jerte River, in the Extremaduran province of Caceres, Plasencia has a historic quarter that is a consequence of the city's strategic location along the Silver Route, o…

  • Peñaranda de Duero.

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    Peñaranda de Duero. Burgos. (Castile-Leon) Peñaranda de Duero. Peñaranda de Duero is a beautiful medieval village, outstanding for its historic centre. The village is dominated by its castle and is situated on the Ribera…

  • 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…

  • Puente La Reina.

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    …Puente La Reina-Gares. Navarre. It is a town heavily influenced by the Pilgrim's Route to Santiago de Compostela, with the remains of walls and several religious buildings. It owes its foundation to the bridge which Quee…

  • Priego de Córdoba.

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    Priego de Córdoba. Cordoba. (Andalusia) In the south east of the province of Córdoba, beside the fertile plains and set in the circle of mountains of the Natural Park of Las Sierras Subbéticas, is Priego de Córdoba. This…

  • Robledillo de Gata.

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    Robledillo de Gata. Cáceres. (Extremadura) E-mail: aytorobledillo@gmail.com. Its unique urban layout and its typical popular architecture are the two main aesthetic characteristics of this traditional village in the Sier…

  • Roda de Isábena.

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    Roda de Isábena. Isábena. Huesca. (Aragon) In the old county of Ribagorza, one of the original counties from the Crown of Aragon, and very close to the Isabena river, Roda de Isabena was erected. Roda de Isabena can boas…

  • Ronda.

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    Ronda. Malaga. (Andalusia) This town in the Málaga region sits on either side of the Tajo del Ronda, a narrow gorge more than 150 metres deep. Its old town has been declared Property of Cultural Interest. Celts, Phoenici…

  • 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…

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