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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  • Aínsa.

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    Aínsa. Aínsa-Sobrarbe. Huesca. (Aragón) The village, which was the capital of the old Kingdom of Sobrarbe, and was later incorporated into the Kingdom of Aragon in the 11th century, constitutes a magnificent example of m…

  • Alcúdia.

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    Alcúdia. Majorca. (Balearic Islands) One of its attractions is La Albufera, a natural park created in 1988. The municipality of Alcúdia is one of the most beautiful places in the Balearic Islands. Virgin coves with cryst…

  • 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 …

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Ares del Maestre.

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    …Ares del Maestrat. Castellón-Castelló. (Region of Valencia) The town of Ares del Maestre sits on the top of a rocky hill, on a privileged location that overlooks the beautiful and rugged landscape of the region of El Mae…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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",…

  • Besalú.

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    Besalú. Girona. (Catalonia) Besalú, in the province of Girona, is a monumental example of the Catalan Middle Ages. Located in the region of La Garrotxa, the town is only steps away from the spectacular scenery of the Vol…

  • Calahorra.

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    Calahorra. La Rioja. It is the main town in Lower Rioja. It stands on a promontory overlooking the fertile plain of Cidacos and its chief activity is distributing the area's excellent garden produce. In the historic cent…

  • Calaceite.

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    Calaceite. Teruel. (Aragón) A museum has been established in Calaceite with the aim of commemorating and spreading the name of Don Joan Cabré (1882-1947), an illustrious archaeologist. Calaceite is situated on the wester…

  • Cantavieja.

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    Cantavieja. Teruel. (Aragón) The stones and dwellings of the historic capital of Alto Maestrazgo are home not only to a splendid heritage of architecture and monuments, but echo with ancient legends and battles. Its hist…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Chinchón.

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    Chinchón. Madrid. (Madrid Region) The beautiful medieval square is Chinchón's most emblematic landmark. Irregular in shape and formed by houses of two and three floors with running balconies, it has been the scene of a g…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Cudillero.

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    Cudillero. Asturias. (Principality of Asturias) Cudillero is a small, picturesque fishing port which sits on the side of a mountain. Outstanding are its hanging houses with eaves and brightly-coloured windows perched on …

  • 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…

  • Ezcaray.

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    Ezcaray. La Rioja. Sitting in the Sierra de la Demanda mountains, on the banks of the river Oja, the town of Ezcaray and its surrounding area are as ideal for those who seek rest and peace and quiet as they are for mount…

  • Es Mercadal.

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    …Mercadal, Es. Minorca. (Balearic Islands) Peace and harmony in the centre of Minorca. Es Mercadal is in the centre of Minorca. The village is set at the base of Toro Mountain (the island's highest) and a visit to the Vir…

  • Estella.

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    …Estella o Lizarra. Estella-Lizarra. Navarre. (Autonomous Community of Navarre) http://www.estellaturismo.com/. As it passes through Navarre, the Pilgrim's Route to Santiago de Compostela, with World Heritage status, lead…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Haría.

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    Haría. Lanzarote. (Canary Islands) Haría is known as “the valley of the thousand palms”. Haría is a charming town situated in a valley in the northern part of the island of Lanzarote. It is one of the greenest places on …

  • 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…

  • Hostalets de Bas.

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    …17177. Hostalets de Bas. Vall d'en Bas, La. Girona. (Catalonia) Hostalets de Bas is located in the province of Girona, in the region of La Garrotxa, near the Volcanic Zone Natural Park. Calle Teixeida has been declared a…

  • Hondarribia.

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    Hondarribia. Guipúzcoa - Gipuzkoa. (Basque Country) Standing at the mouth of the River Bidasoa, Hondarribia is a town on the Guipuzcoa coast with a long seafaring and tourist tradition. Its walled old town, full of arist…

  • 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. …

  • La Alberca.

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    …Alberca, La. Salamanca. (Castile-Leon) La Alberca was the first rural village in Spain to be given National Historic Heritage status. A walk around its historic centre gives us a taste of the tradition in its houses and …

  • 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…

  • Laguardia.

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    Laguardia. Álava - Araba. (Basque Country) Laguardia is the most important town in La Rioja of Alava, and one of the most beautiful. The region is famous all around the world because of its wines, and because it was the …

  • La Villajoyosa.

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    …Vila Joiosa-La Villajoyosa. Alicante - Alacant. (Valencia) http://www.villajoyosa.com/sites/lavilaturistica/. Villajoyosa's seafaring tradition is enhanced every year, towards the end of July, when Moors arrive by sea to…

  • 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…

  • Mondoñedo.

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    Mondoñedo. Lugo. (Galicia) Located in a broad open valley giving onto the Cantabrian Sea, Mondoñedo is one of the most evocative capitals of the ancient Kingdom of Galicia. Its historic quarter has been declared a Proper…

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