Travel to the Middle Ages
15 Rusticae hotels in or close to medieval villages

Many consider that the Middle Ages were a dark, rather backward phase, which contrasts with the artistic and cultural splendor of the Greco-Roman civilization that preceded it. However, the medieval towns captivate us. They are places that seem to have stopped in time and, through their location, their narrow streets, castles, walls, squares, churches or stately palaces, tell us about the life of past times, the battles and characters that have transcended in the history. Get to know some of these 15 medieval towns while staying at a Rusticae hotel!

 

Olite (Navarre)

Olite (Navarre)

The medieval city of Olite is located in the geographical center of Navarra, 42 km south of Pamplona. With a tour through its narrow streets you´ll walk next to stone houses with coats of arms and grandiose wooden eaves; medieval galleries and splendid churches, not to forget about the walled enclosure. But the true highlight of Olite is the Royal Palace, which was the court of the Navarrese Kings until the conquest of Navarre. Olite also has two medieval churches: Santa María and San Pedro. Do not miss the Medieval Festivals, the Classic Theater Festival and taste its exquisite wines. Half an hour from Olite you can stay at the Heredad Beragu Hotel, an agro-chic hotel located in the medieval village of Gallipienzo, with a rich historical heritage and a unique natural environment.

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 Vallderrobres (Teruel)

Vallderrobres (Teruel)

Near the Mediterranean, between Catalonia, Aragon and Valencia, is the region of Matarraña. A territory with an own personality, good weather, green landscapes and with medieval towns with a valuable historical and cultural legacy. The capital is Valderrobres, a village located on a hill next to the Matarraña River. Its stone bridge and majestic Portal of San Roque lead to a picturesque medieval town. Ascending through its streets you reach the castle and the church of Santa María la Mayor. They are designed in Gothic style which is unique in Aragon. In the same medieval quarter of Vallderrobres you can stay in the El Racó de Vall de Roures apartments, which inhabits an old 17th century building, classified as historical-artistic!

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 Alquézar (Huesca)

Alquézar (Huesca)

In the Huesca region of Somontano de Barbastro, 48 km from the city of Huesca, you can find the medieval town of Alquézar. Perched at 660 meters altitude, the town is perfectly integrated into an impressive landscape. Alquézar arose from a Muslim fortress erected in the ninth century. Nowadays we can enjoy its majestic Collegiate Church, declared a National Monument, and its urban center which is declared a Historic-Artistic Site. If you are also a lover of nature, Alquézar is located within the Natural Park of the Sierra and Canyons of Guara which are perfect for hiking, mountain biking and canyoning. But when it´s time to rest, there is nothing better than Hostería de Guara, a small rural hotel located in Bierge, very close to Alquézar and in the Natural Park.

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Xàtiva (Valencia)

Xàtiva (Valencia)

Xàtiva has an interesting history, it´s been the episcopal seat in the Visigothic period, lived a period of cultural splendor during the Muslim domination, and after the reconquest, it was the second city of the Kingdom of Valencia and the birthplace of renowned personalities, such as the two Borja family popes. The old town of Xàtiva is declared a Historic-Artistic Site and it contains the vast majority of the city's heritage. Located on the Sierra Vernissa, is the Castle, of Iberian origin, which was considered as the strongest square in the Kingdom of Valencia for many centuries. Other highlights include La Seu, the Plaza de la Trinidad, the birthplace of the pope Alejandro VI and the Almudín Museum, where the famous upside down portrait of Felipe V is exhibited.. In the heart from the old town of Xàtiva is Casa Aldomar, a small charming hotel that in a house that dates back to at least the 18th century and belonged to a silk manufacturer.

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Ronda (Málaga)

Ronda (Málaga)

Only a few places in Andalusia have been praised by so many writers and travelers as the city of Ronda. The impressive 18th century bridge Puente Nuevo that spans the 120 meter deep chasm of the Guadalevín River has become an icon of this thousand-year-old city. Its old town is declared of Cultural Interest. Celts, Phoenicians, Romans and Arabs inhabited these lands, which were reconquered by the Catholic Monarchs. The old town, with Arabic reminiscences and medieval layout, houses interesting monuments such as the Main Church, the Church of the Holy Spirit, the palaces of Mondragón and Salvatierra. 10 minutes from the city, you can stay at La Fuente de la Higuera, a luxury rural hotel. You will love its rooms with fireplaces and terrace or private garden, as well as the restaurant and the pool.

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Valldemossa (Mallorca)

Valldemossa (Mallorca)

The town of Valldemossa is about 15 minutes by car from Palma de Mallorca. It is literally inserted in the mountains, surrounded a green scenery, cobbled streets and a rich cultural heritage. The birthplace of Catalina Thòmas, considered the patron saint of Mallorca is still preserved here. But the main attraction is the Cartuja de Valldemossa, once the residence of King Sancho and where the musician Chopin and the writer George Sand also used to live. It was in this building where Chopin composed his Preludes Op. 28, and Sand wrote "A Winter in Mallorca". From here you can also enjoy beaches and discover the Sierra de Tramuntana, declared World Heritage by Unesco. In the same area you can stay at Es Es Petit Hotel de Valldemossa, a family hotel built from an old renovated house, which has been equipped with everything you need.

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Calaceite (Teruel)

Calaceite (Teruel)

If Valderrobres is the administrative capital, Calaceite is the cultural capital of Matarraña, whose historic-artistic ensemble is a sight to see. It is a delight to walk through its streets, with the golden toned stones and the brown colored roofs. Discover its many stately homes, chapels, hermitages, and its beautiful Renaissance town hall. Do not leave without visiting the main street, the Plaza de España, Maella Street, as well as visiting the Church of the Assumption and the Juan Cabré Museum. Calaceite is close to Vía Verde, making it a perfect area for hiking and cycling routes. In Calaceite you can stay at the Hotel Cresol, an old oil mill from the early 18th century, or the Sitjar hotel, an 18th-century manor house next to the old wall and in the main square of the town.

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 Puebla de Sanabria (Zamora)

Puebla de Sanabria (Zamora)

In the northwest of the province of Zamora, and one step away from Galicia and Portugal, is this medieval town, recognized as a Historic-Artistic Site and one of the most beautiful villages in Spain. Its walls shelter an interesting historical center, where the Castillo de los Condes de Benavente stands out. Walking through its streets is like traveling in time. On each side, houses of traditional architecture will surprise you, many of them emblazoned, adorned with colorful flowers, defying the stone of their walls and the slate of their roofs. Here you will find the hotel Las Treixas, a former Cistercian convent from the 14th century with an unaltered façade, but its interior has been spectacularly renovated , inspired by the Teixedelo forest. Do not miss out on its spa and its restaurant with typical healthy and international food.

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Pedraza (Segovia)

Pedraza (Segovia)

37 km from the city of Segovia, Pedraza is one of the best preserved medieval villages in Spain. It is surrounded by walls that enclose a precious heritage, which is accessed only through the Puerta de la Villa. Although just walking through the cobbled streets is a pleasure, there are important monuments you should not miss, such as the Cárcel de la Villa, the Calle Real or the Plaza Mayor, a perfect example of a Castilian square, with balconies and beautiful arcades. One of the most special occasions to visit the town is the first and second Saturday of July, when the Night of the Candles and the classical music concerts take place in the Plaza Mayor. Come to Pedraza and stay at the Hospedería de Santo Domingo, a carefully renovated three-century-old noble house.

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Uncastillo (Zaragoza)

Uncastillo (Zaragoza)

In the north-west of the province of Zaragoza, the Cinco Villas region hosts a unique natural and cultural heritage in the Aragonese Pre-Pyrenees. Uncastillo is one of the villages that gives name to the region, with a well-preserved medieval layout, around the rock of Ayllón and its emblematic castle. Every visitor admires the presence of its six Romanesque churches, its Jewish quarter and the examples of 16th-century Renaissance buildings. So it is not surprising that it is one of the most important monumental ensembles in Aragón and was declared a Historic-Artistic Site in 1966. The best hosts will find you at the Posada Uncastillo hotel or at the Uncastillo Apartments, which, in addition to offering you accommodation with charm, will help you plan your getaway and enjoy active tourism in the natural surroundings of the region.

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Mirambel (Teruel)

Mirambel (Teruel)

In the Maestrazgo region, between the lands of Aragón and Valencia, Mirambel invites the traveler to explore a well-preserved urban area with great monumental wealth. This town with medieval architecture is declared a Historic-Artistic Site since it houses interesting towers, churches, convents, palaces, popular houses ... all in just four hectares. Its characteristic feature is that the entire population is kept intramural, where we can admire the castle, the convent of the Augustinian nuns, the Church of Santa Margarita or Casa Aliaga. In the Calle Mayor you can behold remarkable buildings and old manor houses. In a traditional building of the village, restored respecting its essence, you will find the hotel Las Moradas del Temple. It has 5 suites decorated with taste that recreate a cozy and intimate atmosphere. Its living room with fireplace and its patio-garden are ideal for resting and tasting its traditional cuisine.

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Mogarraz (Salamanca)

Mogarraz (Salamanca)

In the south of Salamanca you will find the region of the Sierra de Francia, a large green area dotted with mountain villages with an explicit architecture, culture and deep-rooted traditions. One of them is Mogarraz, which, like many other towns in the area, was founded after the repopulation process in the 12th century. It sits inside the Las Batuecas Natural Park and houses an interesting ethnographic and cultural heritage. It is an example of popular architecture and genuine beauty. Their houses are identical to typical mountain homes, with their facades with wooden, stone and adobe trusses, and with balconies full of geraniums. To get to know this villa better, we recommend you to stay at the Hotel Spa Villa de Mogarraz. It is a rural house that blends perfectly with the surroundings, with 12 attic rooms and a generous spa.

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Castelo Rodrigo (Portugal)

Castelo Rodrigo (Portugal)

Castelo Rodrigo is one of the twelve historical villages in Portugal, located in the district of Guarda, in the north of the country. The town is a true monumental space that preserves important medieval references. They emphasize the old walls, the ruins of the palace of Cristóbal de Moura, the Picota quinientista, the main church, the medieval cistern and the inscriptions that testify the presence of an important community of new Christians. During more than 600 years, this population was villa and capital of the province. The importance of Castelo Rodrigo dates back to the reign of Alfonso IX of León, when he reconquered the territory from the Muslims and created a series of fortifications along the Côa River. Enjoy the villa while staying at Casa da Cisterna, a rural hotel located between the medieval castle walls.

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