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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  • Almazán.

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    Almazán. Soria. (Castilla y Leon) Sitting on the banks of the river Duero, the town of Almazán owes its name to the Arabs. It has remains of a wall, two entrance gates –Mercado and Herreros- and several churches. It is w…

  • Astorga.

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    Astorga. León. (Castilla y Leon) The capital of the county of Maragatería in the province of León offers a rich medieval legacy, the result of its location at the crossroads of: the Pilgrim's Road to Santiago de Composte…

  • Ciudad Rodrigo.

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    …Ciudad-Rodrigo. Salamanca. (Castilla y Leon) Ciudad Rodrigo, which has Historic-Artistic Site status, is a famous fortified town situated in the west of the province of Salamanca. Its walls enclose a rich heritage of civ…

  • Covarrubias.

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    Covarrubias. Burgos. (Castilla y Leon) Covarrubias owes its name to the reddish caves that abound in its outskirts. The city centre, which has been declared Property of Cultural Interest, is a wonderful example of typica…

  • El Burgo de Osma.

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    …Burgo de Osma, El. Burgo de Osma-Ciudad de Osma. Soria. (Castilla y 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…

  • Aranda de Duero.

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    Aranda de Duero. Burgos. (Castilla y Leon) Great municipality in the province of Burgos, which lived a flourishing period under the rule of Enrique IV, in the late 15th century. From its rich architectural heritage we mu…

  • Ayllón.

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    …40520. Ayllón. Segovia. (Castilla y Leon) Located about an hour’s drive from the city of Segovia. Its old town has been declared Property of Cultural Interest. Stately buildings and homes with traditional architecture: t…

  • Benavente.

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    Benavente. Zamora. (Castilla y Leon) A prominent town located north of the capital on an important communications hub. It was repopulated by King Fernando II, who also awarded it law-codes in 1167. The most representativ…

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