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7 Alternatives to mass tourism in Spain What cities to visit?

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We are fortunate that our diverse country is so attractive to foreign visitors, who come to millions each year. But sometimes what you want is to get away from the crowds a little and get to know special places with ease.

We have many hidden gems that can be reached by bus for a vacation alternatives to mass tourism in Spain, and here we bring you our seven favorites.

If you want to visit one, look for the best bus options in Omio and book your tickets directly on their website or app. If you download the app, you can save your bus tickets directly to your smartphone and receive notifications of your trip in real time, such as at which stop you have to get off.

Where to travel in Spain without crowds?

We offer you these 7 cities that you can easily reach both by bus and in your own vehicle. Let’s see what you think 😉

Zamora

The Castilian-Leonese city that crosses the Duero was very important during the Middle Ages, and can be seen in the legacy of Romanesque art present in its old town, such as its castle or the Church of Santa María Magdalena.

The Cathedral of Zamora is the oldest of the eleven in Castilla y León and combines Romanesque and Gothic styles.

In addition, its Holy Week has been declared of National Tourist Interest.

To taste the best products of the local gardeners, head to the Mercado de Abastos, a modernist building from 1902.

Being only 255 km from Madrid, it is easy to get there by bus from the capital.

Teruel

Teruel exists and is on everyone’s lips since the last elections. Why not discover a little more about this forgotten region?

There you can find great examples of Mudejar architecture, such as its Cathedral, which is a UNESCO Heritage Site, visiting the Mausoleum of the famous Lovers of Teruel or the Valderrobres Castle.

Some of the gastronomic products of the area that you cannot miss are black truffle, borage or Mudejar braids.

You can get from Valencia to Teruel by bus in just an hour and a half.

Basin

The entire city of Cuenca is a World Heritage Site, and it does not surprise us!

Its Hanging Houses, the bridge of San Pablo or the Cathedral of Santa María and San Julián are some of the reasons why.

Inside the Hanging Houses is the Museum of Spanish Abstract Art, with works by artists such as Eduardo Chillida or Antonio Saura.

In addition, it is worth a visit just to taste the gastronomy of La Mancha: the migas, the Manchego ratatouille or the garlic soups are just some of the examples. The bus from Madrid to Cuenca takes a little more than two hours.

Ourense

In addition to an old town steeped in history, Ourense has natural hot springs outdoors, and almost all are free.

It is ideal to visit the Galician city in winter to enjoy the temperatures of over 40 degrees in these waters.

In Ourense you can find four of the five designations of origin for wines in the area, the best known being that of Ribeiro.

You have buses to Ourense from Valladolid that last less than four hours.

Soria

Soria is another ideal city for lovers of Romanesque art, with monuments such as the churches of San Juan de Rabanera or Santo Domingo.

You can also visit its castle with origins in the Bronze Age and the urban wall of the 13th century. The Numantino Museum is an archaeological museum with the Celtiberian ruins of nearby Numancia.

If you are an athlete, the Santander-Mediterranean Greenway, established on an old train line from the beginning of the 20th century, passes through Soria.

The bus from Madrid to Soria takes two and a quarter hours.

Vitoria

Despite being the capital of the Basque Country, Vitoria is smaller than Bilbao, making it ideal for exploring on foot.

Apart from one of the most appreciated gastronomies in the world, Vitoria has monuments of Gothic architecture, such as its Old Cathedral, a medieval wall and several historical palaces of various styles.

You can also visit the BIBAT, a museum complex that includes the Álava Archeology Museum and the Fournier Playing Card Museum, which is located in the Bendaña Palace.

The bus from Zaragoza to Vitoria takes less than three hours.

Jaen

Forget queuing to see the monuments of Seville or Granada and opt for a getaway to Jaén, where you can quietly enjoy its castle, its Cathedral, its Arab Baths or the Jewish quarter.

Jaén olive oil is one of the best in the world, so it is not surprising that its cuisine is of such quality: the Galianos, the ochío, the ajoatao sauce or the pipirrana salad are some examples of this.

You have buses to Jaén from the main Andalusian cities, in addition to other nearby areas such as Murcia or Alicante.

What do you think of these 7 alternatives to mass tourism in Spain? Have you visited them already? What are your proposals? Leave us your comment below and start preparing the luggage now 😉