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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  • Coria.

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    Coria. Cáceres. (Extremadura) The stone bridge, a civil architecture project from the Renaissance, stands over a riverbed that is dry since 1590, when the Alagón river was naturally diverted from its course as a result o…

  • Fregenal de la Sierra.

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    Fregenal de la Sierra. Badajoz. (Extremadura) E-mail: turismo@fregenaldelasierra.org. http://turismo.fregenaldelasierra.es/. Carefully conserved popular architecture and an interesting list of artistic and architectural …

  • Guadalupe.

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    Guadalupe. Cáceres. (Extremadura) Located in the region of Caceres, Guadaloupe is a historic village, with cobbled streets and traditional homes, filled with valuable monuments, like the Sanctuary-Monastery of Our Lady o…

  • Hervás.

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    Hervás. Cáceres. (Extremadura) The festivities of the converted Jews, in addition to plays that are staged about Jewish culture and customs, are a testimony of the important legacy that this community left in Hervás. The…

  • Jerez de los Caballeros.

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    Jerez de los Caballeros. Badajoz. (Extremadura) A city in Badajoz where many different cultures, knowledge and artistic styles overlap, from prehistoric times to Gothic and Baroque. It is surrounded by meadows with excel…

  • 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 …

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Trujillo.

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    Trujillo. Cáceres. (Extremadura) Trujillo, located between the bottoms of the Tojo and Guadiana rivers, contains an important group of churches, castles and manor houses that are centred around the Plaza Mayor square and…

  • Valverde de la Vera.

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    Valverde de la Vera. Cáceres. (Extremadura) The town has managed to preserve the famous "verata" architecture, traditional of the region of La Vera, which includes streets with ditches on the sides, arcaded squares, as w…

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