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Rural weekend getaways in Spain

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If you want to unwind, there’s nothing better than a rural getaway in Spain. You’ll find so many quiet, tranquil places where you can lose yourself. Here you have a few ideas for some initial inspiration:

  • Rustic landscape in the Picos de Europa near Cabrales, Asturias.

    Cabrales, Asturias

    As well as producing one of the best blue cheeses in the world, its privileged position right in the middle of the Picos de Europamakes this little town a great place to enjoy some incredible views and hiking routes like the Cares trail. Here you’ll find a haven of peace in the heart of nature

  • Templar castle of Ponferrada in El Bierzo, León.

    El Bierzo, León

    In this region you can visit some spectacular landscapes, like Las Médulas, left by centuries of mining for gold by the Romans. Don’t miss the capital, Ponferrada, a heritage city. A key point on the Camino de Santiago, it boasts an enormous 12th-century Templar castle. You’ll also find pretty little villages such as Molinaseca, Peñalba de Santiago, and Villafranca del Bierzo.

  • Beautiful scenery in the village of Albarracín, Teruel.

    Albarracín, Teruel

    One of the prettiest villages in Spain, which has more years of history than it does inhabitants. The best thing is that once you’ve enjoyed the walled city and its winding streets, nearby you’ll find some lovely places such as Pinares de Rodeno with its cave art, the waterfall of Calomerde and the La Hoz gorge.

  • View of the medieval bridge over the river Fluvia in Besalú, Girona province.

    Besalú, Girona

    A medieval village frozen in time, with a 12th-century bridge that’s 150 metres long. Here you’ll find a beautiful village full of life on the banks of the river Fluviá. Lose yourself in the Jewish quarter, visit the imposing Church of Sant Vicenç, and if you have time go on to nearby Castellfollit de la Roca, a village perched on the top of a sheer cliff. 

So what are you waiting for, plan your getaway to one of these destinations, and really switch off from the stresses and strains of everyday life.