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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  • El Pont de Suert.

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    …Pont de Suert, El. Lleida. (Catalonia) Autonomous Region: Catalonia  Province: Lleida. Pont de Suert is the capital of the High Ribagorza region, and is situated at a height of 841 metres on the banks of the river Noguer…

  • Galisteo.

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    Galisteo. Cáceres. (Extremadura) In the Alagón valley, province of Caceres, we find the town of Galisteo, declared a Historic-Artistic Site. Galisteo is located in the Silver Road, or Vía de la Plata, ancient Roman road,…

  • Frigiliana.

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    Frigiliana. Malaga. (Andalusia) Situated on the slopes of the Sierra Almijara mountains, it offers some of the most spectacular views on the Costa del Sol. The layout and appearance of the historic quarter is the result …

  • 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…

  • Graus.

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    Graus. Huesca. (Aragon) Graus offers the traveller a city centre filled with historic vestiges. This was the town where Joaquin Costa, a distinguished intellectual, was born and died. The most important festivities in Gr…

  • Grazalema.

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    Grazalema. Cadiz. (Andalusia) This is the highest and most mountainous municipality of the province of Cádiz, as well as the rainiest of the Iberian Peninsula. Its entirety is included in the Natural Reserve of the Sierr…

  • La Pobla de Segur.

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    …Pobla de Segur, La. Lleida. (Catalonia) Adventure sports and history. La Pobla de Segur is alongside the Noguera Pallaressa River and is one of the most historic villages in the Lleida Pyrenees. The streets of its mediev…

  • La Seu d'Urgell.

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    …Seu d'Urgell, La. Lleida. (Catalonia) Situated at the confluence of the rivers Valira and Segre and overlooked to the southeast by the spectacular Sierra de Cadí mountains, La Seu d’Urgell is the most important city in t…

  • Ledesma.

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    Ledesma. Salamanca. (Castile-Leon) www.turismoledesma.com. The beautiful town of Ledesma is only 35 kilometres from the city of Salamanca, on the banks of the Tormes River, close to the Arribes del Duero Nature Reserve. …

  • Madrigal de las Altas Torres.

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    Madrigal de las Altas Torres. Ávila. (Castile-Leon) A locality with an illustrious past, cradle of Queen Isabel the Catholic and the old residence of the Court. Its walled premises have the Property of Cultural Interest …

  • Lourenza.

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    Lourenza. Lourenzá. Lugo. (Galicia) Lourenzá is a town with great appeal thanks to its scenery -among which is the area of Cazolga-, the fishing on its rivers and streams and its historic buildings. Vilanova de Lourenzá …

  • Luarca.

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    Luarca. Valdés. Asturias. http://www.turismoluarca.com/. Hidden on the Asturian coast, Luarca is a quiet town of white houses which preserves all the charm and attraction of its seafaring tradition. Built around an S-sha…

  • Mirambel.

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    Mirambel. Teruel. (Aragon) One of the gems of the Maestrazgo, in the province of Teruel, is the mediaeval town of Mirambel, whose architectural site received the “Europa Nostra” Award for restoration some years ago. Its …

  • Medina de Rioseco.

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    Medina de Rioseco. Valladolid. (Castile-Leon) Medina de Rioseco, capital of Tierra de Campos, is situated 45 kilometres north of the capital. An old fortified city, it preserves some of the eight entrance gates from the …

  • Medina-Sidonia.

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    Medina-Sidonia. Cadiz. (Andalusia) Medina Sidonia is one of the richest cities, when it comes to history, in the entire province of Cadiz. It is located south of the route of the white towns, and it is famous for having …

  • Medinaceli.

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    Medinaceli. Soria. (Castile-Leon) Its historic quarter has the Property of Cultural Interest designation. There are traces of the Romans, Arabs and Christians in the village and its surroundings. Among its many attractio…

  • 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…

  • Montfalcó Murallat.

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    Montfalcó Murallat. Oluges, Les. Lleida. (Catalonia) E-mail: ajuntament@oluges.ddl.net / turisme@santramon.ddl.net. Set atop an oval shaped ridge, Montfalcó Murallat is a splendid example of a mediaeval walled village wh…

  • Montoro.

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    Montoro. Cordoba. (Andalusia) Montoro, declared a Historic-Artistic Site in 1969, is located east of the province of Cordoba, in a place where the sierra, the river, and the farmlands meet. The town is located on a small…

  • Ocaña.

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    Ocaña. Toledo. (Castile-La Mancha) Its urban centre, with a medieval layout, large mansions, palaces, convents and churches, is one of the most important throughout Castilla-La Mancha.The Plaza Mayor square serves as the…

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