Rural retreats in Spain

When you need to recharge your batteries, there’s surely no better choice than a rural retreat in Spain. And many tourists know it: while most automatically opt for bustling and busy beach resorts, those in the know head for Spain’s spectacular countryside. Inland areas can offer a huge range of activities and attractions, whether you’re interested in history and heritage, or simply want to get back to nature. More secluded coastal villages, meanwhile, will show you a side of Spain you’ve never seen. Whether you opt for countryside or coast, you’ll wonder why you haven’t sampled rural Spain before! Of course, wherever you dream of going and whatever you want to do, booking the right accommodation is pivotal. That’s where HomeAway comes in, with thousands of Spanish villas suited to every budget, need and desire. We have thousands of properties in Spain located in the best-known of the country’s beach resorts, but we also have hidden gems up our sleeves: from Catalonia to Cantabria, you’ll be amazed at the spacious and secluded accommodation we have to offer. So why wait? Simply read on for a rundown of our favourite destinations in rural Spain, and start planning that well-deserved break today.

  1. Andalusia

    There’s no doubt about it: Andalusia’s breathtakingly beautiful. Boasting some of Spain’s most spectacular scenery, the region’s characterised by diverse landscapes ranging from woodlands and rolling hills, to sheer cliff faces along the Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts. Of course, wherever you choose to go depends on the kind of holiday you dream of: head to a small cottage on the coast, and you can spend your days surfing, swimming and enjoying water-sports; opt for a villa at the foot of Sierra Morena or Sisstemas Betios Mountains, however, and you’ll be spoilt for choice, with climbing, horse-riding and white-water rafting on offer.

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  2. Catalonia

    Catalonia is characterised by the majestic Pyrenees mountain range, and boasting over 250 miles of beautiful, unspoilt coastline, it’s long been a popular spot for rural retreats in Spain. Of course, while many of our holiday rentals lie along the Costa Brava or Costa Dorada, there are dozens to choose from at the foot of forested mountains too: you could book a traditional villa surrounded by olive groves and almond trees, or opt for a cottage in a fishing village on the coast. With a fantastic balance between the rugged landscapes and tumbling rivers inland, and the crashing waves of the coast, you can’t go wrong with a break in Catalonia.

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  3. Galicia

    Separated from much of Spain by enormous, rugged peaks, Galicia is a wonderfully wild part of the country. Its wooded valleys and vast beaches provide tourists with the perfect setting for a rural retreat, where you can divide your time between lazing on the sand, and getting out to explore the countryside. But while Galicia’s a great spot for anyone in need of some rest, it’s a paradise for those who like fishing: known as the ‘land of a thousand rivers’, Galicia is the ideal place to try your hand at catching carp. Of course, if you do want to get out and about, there’s lots to see and do: from historical sites to restaurants, it’s a heavenly place to holiday.

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  4. Majorca

    Majorca is arguably the most beautiful Balearic Island, lying just off the coast of southeastern Spain. Made up of dozens of pretty fishing villages and glorious, golden beaches, it’s become a hugely popular spot with British holidaymakers. But don’t let its popularity make you overlook it as a rural haven: much of Majorca remains untainted by tourism, so authentic, rural experiences can easily be had through HomeAway. Soller is one of the best spots for a quiet, relaxing break, with the Sierra de Tramuntana mountain range dominating the landscape. For the adventurous, there’s surely nothing better than hiking its highest peak, Puig Mayor.

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  5. Cantabria

    Situated between the Basque Country and the amazing region of Asturias, Cantabria is an area of outstanding natural beauty. Characterised by rushing rivers and wild, untamed countryside, it’s the ideal place for those looking to enjoy a truly rural retreat. The Picos de Europa National Park is a particularly popular spot for seclusion, teeming as it is with rare wildlife and plants, but there are dozens of quiet areas to choose from. Wherever you go, you’ll be well within easy reach of the region’s best-known historical sites, including the Altamira Caves, which house some of the oldest murals in the world.

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