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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  • Miranda del Castañar.

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    Miranda del Castañar. Salamanca. (Castile-Leon) In the heart of the Sierra de Francia Mountains (Salamanca province), you will find Miranda del Castañar. Its old town has been declared Property of Cultural Interest. Mira…

  • Peñafiel.

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    Peñafiel. Valladolid. (Castile-Leon) Fortified in 1307, the town of Peñafiel was once a commercial and historic centre of the first order. Its famous castle, declared to be a National Monument in 1917, sits on a hill. Th…

  • Peñaranda de Duero.

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    Peñaranda de Duero. Burgos. (Castile-Leon) Peñaranda de Duero. Peñaranda de Duero is a beautiful medieval village, outstanding for its historic centre. The village is dominated by its castle and is situated on the Ribera…

  • Pedraza.

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    Pedraza. Segovia. (Castile-Leon) Declared to be a Historic-Artistic Site in 1951, the village of Pedraza has one of the most beautiful main squares in Castilla y León. Its cobbled streets and emblazoned houses form a med…

  • San Ildefonso and La Granja.

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    …San Ildefonso o La Granja. San Ildefonso. Segovia. (Castile-Leon) http://www.turismorealsitiodesanildefonso.com/. A mere 11 Km away from Segovia, at the foot of the Sierra de Guadarrama mountains, set in unique natural s…

  • 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 …

  • Oña.

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    Oña. Burgos. (Castile-Leon) A remarkable village since the times of Fernán González, it grew under the protection of the monastery of San Salvador and the grace of the monarchs. In addition to the arch of Estrella, the f…

  • Ledesma.

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    Ledesma. Salamanca. (Castile-Leon) The beautiful town of Ledesma is only 35 kilometres from the city of Salamanca, on the banks of the Tormes River, close to the Arribes del Duero Nature Reserve. It's worth going for a w…

  • Medina de Rioseco.

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    Medina de Rioseco. Valladolid. (Castile-Leon) Medina de Rioseco, capital of Tierra de Campos, is situated 45 kilometres north of the capital. An old fortified city, it preserves some of the eight entrance gates from the …

  • Medinaceli.

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    Medinaceli. Soria. (Castile-Leon) Its historic quarter has the Property of Cultural Interest designation. There are traces of the Romans, Arabs and Christians in the village and its surroundings. Among its many attractio…

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