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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  • Almonte.

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    Almonte. Huelva. (Andalusia) The most significant attractions here are: The Rocío pilgrimage, Doñana National Park and Matalascañas Beach. Almonte is in the province of Huelva, Andalusia. The town is made up of small whi…

  • Almonaster La Real.

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    Almonaster La Real. Almonaster la Real. Huelva. (Andalusia) An Arab castle, Mudejar and Gothic homes, and a mosque that is older than the one in Cordoba, are part of the historic quarter of Almonaster la Real, declared a…

  • Arcos de la Frontera.

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    Arcos de la Frontera. Cadiz. (Andalusia) Sitting on a spectacular sheer cliff, Arcos de la Frontera is a picturesque town in the province of Cadiz full of small reminders of its Arab inheritance. Its old town has been de…

  • Baños de la Encina.

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    Baños de la Encina. Jaén. (Andalusia) Baños de la Encina is about 52 kilometres from the city of Jaén, in the foothills of the Sierra Morena Mountains. Its old town has been declared Property of Cultural Interest and is …

  • Baza.

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    Baza. Granada. (Andalusia) Age old monuments on the slopes of the Sierra de Baza Nature Reserve. This historic city is next to the Baza Mountains Nature Reserve. The old Moorish part of the town, made up of the "Medina",…

  • Capileira.

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    Capileira. Granada. (Andalusia) Located in the Poqueira ravine, between the Mediterranean coast and Sierra Nevada, Capileira has a special charm, typical of the towns that are on Alpujarra's route. Capileira has the typi…

  • 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…

  • 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. …

  • 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…

  • 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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