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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  • Alcaraz.

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    Alcaraz. Albacete. (Castilla-La Mancha) Renaissance art in its historic old town. Alcaraz, some 80 kilometres from Albacete, is outstanding for the monuments in its historic old town. Of these, special mention should be …

  • Chinchilla de Monte-Aragón.

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    …Chinchilla de Monte-Aragon. Chinchilla de Monte-Aragón. Albacete. (Castilla-La Mancha) Located on a hill that dominates the plains of La Mancha, the town of Chinchilla de Monte Aragón has a remarkable castle built in the…

  • Alcalá del Júcar.

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    Alcalá del Júcar. Albacete. (Castilla-La Mancha) http://www.turismoalcaladeljucar.com/. Alcalá del Júcar is located in an exceptional setting, on a hill below which we find the gorge formed by the Júcar river. Narrow, st…

  • Alarcón.

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    Alarcón. Cuenca. (Castilla-La Mancha) The town of Alarcón is located amid the steep gorges that flank the Jucar river. It was declared a Historic-Artistic Site because of the beauty and harmony of its monuments and natur…

  • Almansa.

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    Almansa. Albacete. (Castilla-La Mancha) The most remarkable feature of Almansa is its impressive castle, built on top of a great rock that crowns the city. Of Arab origin, this castle was rebuilt by Don Juan Manuel in th…

  • Almagro.

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    Almagro. Ciudad Real. (Castilla-La Mancha) http://www.ciudad-almagro.com/. Almagro, declared a Historic-Artistic Site, lies in the county of Campo de Calatrava near Ciudad Real. The history of this town in La Mancha is c…

  • Ayna.

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    Ayna. Albacete. (Castilla-La Mancha) Located deep into the gorge formed by Mundo river, in a unique and rough natural setting, we find Ayna, one of the most picturesque towns in the area. Because of its special location,…

  • Belmonte.

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    Belmonte. Cuenca. (Castilla-La Mancha) Situated in the midst of "Quijote's Road" (Ruta del Quijote), Belmonte is not only known as the birthplace of the poet Fray Luis de León, but also for its impressive 15th-century fo…

  • Brihuega.

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    Brihuega. Guadalajara. (Castilla-La Mancha) In his masterpiece "Journey to the Alcarria", the writer Camilo José Cela describes this historic town, situated in the spectacular Tajuña Valley, possessing an amazing heritag…

  • Consuegra.

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    Consuegra. Toledo. (Castilla-La Mancha) An important town in the La Mancha area of Toledo province, and of Roman origins. Located at the foot of the Cerro Calderico ridge, it has an impressive castle with an exceptional …

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