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…

  • 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 …

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