SHORTLISTED: Towns vie to be crowned Spain’s Rural Tourism capital in online poll

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STUNNING: Santillana del Mar was one of the towns shortlisted. Photo credit: Shutterstock


TEN towns in Spain are competing to be crowned this year’s rural tourism capital, with the public invited to vote for their favourite.

The ten towns, in provinces across the country, were selected from 215 urban areas across 15 of Spain’s 17 regions. The Escapada Rural website is staging the poll.

The finalists for this year’s poll are Almagro, in Ciudad Real Province, which is famous for its 17th Century Corral de Comedias.

Valencia Province’s Buñol has also made the final ten. It is known for its Tomatina festival where revellers throw tomatoes at each other.

Cangas del Narcea, in Asturias, is home to the Basilica of Santa Maria Magdalena and is set in the rolling hills of green Spain.

The Madrid Region’s La Hiruela is home to an original flour mill and other craft sites, while Montblanc in Tarragona boasts a modernist winery.

Avila Province’s Navaluenga sits at the foot of the Sierra de Gredos and is known for its local cuisine. Parada de Sil in Ourense Province features the monastery of Santa Cristina de Ribas de Sil.

Cantabria’s Santillana del Mar is known for the Altamira Caves, some of the best-recognised and most significant prehistoric art in the world.

Setenil de las Bodegas, in Cadiz Province, has houses hewn into the side of a rock face while Caceres’ Trujillo is home to the church of San Martin.

You can vote in the poll at: www.escapadarural.com.   

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