Despite the restrictions on mobility due to Covid-19, domestic tourism within Spain experienced a notable growth in 2020.
Whilst some chose to rediscover the cities that they live in, others took to discovering the many historic villages that populate the Spanish countryside.
With this in mind, travel group Musement, have produced a map with the most popular towns and villages for each province in Spain.
The picturesque town of Chinchon leads the way for the Madrid region, proving especially popular at weekends and long lunches in the town´s plaza.
The small Castilian town of 5,000 inhabitants is famous for it´s medieval castle, parador and market square.
It also famously featured in the 1950´s film adaptation of Around The World in 80 Days.
Other destinations which can be done as a day excursion from Madrid include Consuegra, which is famous for it´s windmills and many Quixote routes made famous by Spain´s most celebrated writer – Miguel de Cervantes.
Among other most popular towns, the beautiful coastal town of Peñíscola in the province of Castellón is the most googled, accumulating an average of 74,000 monthly searches, and 3,600 searches for the term “que ver en Peñíscola”.
Not the only coastal town to conquer the nation’s hearts. Llanes, the beautiful fishing village in Asturias, or Hondarribia (Guipúzcoa), with its unique and colourful balconies, both receive a high number of search volumes from people looking to visit.
For those who prefer to visit smaller towns with a lot to offer, Guadalest (Alicante), Miravet (Tarragona) and Medinaceli (Soria), are ideal destinations, since they have populations under 1,000.
For mountain lovers, the towns of Jaca (Huesca), Cervera de Pisuerga (Palencia), Albarracín (Teruel), Cazorla (Jaén) or Lerma (Burgos) are destinations that allow you to combine culture with activities in nature.
There are also towns on the list with plenty of history and mysticism. From Garachico in Tenerife, which was completely buried under lava after a volcanic eruption in 1706, to the medieval walled town of Trujillo (Cáceres) where Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro was born.