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Peñafiel, the only town in Castilla y León that aspires to be the Capital of Rural Tourism

Peñafiel, the only town in Castilla y León that aspires to be the Capital of Rural Tourism

The Valladolid town of Penafiel It is the only municipality in Castilla y León that aspires to be Capital of Rural Tourism 2024, a recognition granted by the specialized digital platform “Rural Getaway” since eight years ago.

This ancient Villa, birthplace of the Ribera de Duero and the infant Don Juan Manuelnotable writer, nephew of Alfonso

Along with Peñafiel, the Castellón town of Height; the navarre of Artajona; the mancha of Brihuega, in Guadalajara; The cacereña of Cabezuela del Valle; Competa, in the province of Malaga; the Rioja of Enciso; the Girona woman Saint Hilary Sacalm; the Asturian of Saint Eulalia of Oscos; and the Tenerife of Villaflower of Chasnafrom among the two hundred applications that the organization has received.

Peñafiel meets the requirements for this, as it is a town of less than ten thousand inhabitants and has rural accommodation in addition to having a lot of charm and “fall in love” with the rural visitor, as explained by EscapadaRural, a platform that has more than 18,000 rural accommodations.

In fact, among the benefits offered by this riverside municipality is, above all, its medieval castle on the hills that protects Peñafielenses and tourists, headquarters of the Valladolid Provincial Wine Museum inside and which has been renovated a few months ago offering a comprehensive visit to it.

Now that Holy Week is approaching, Peñafiel has just been declared of Regional Tourist Interest, although it has the Easter Sunday Angel Descent of National Interest.

View of Peñafiel, in the province of Valladolid
View of Peñafiel, in the province of ValladolidPacoSantamariafreemarker.core.DefaultToExpression$EmptyStringAndSequenceAndHash@4c192eb0

But, in addition, Peñafiel has a rich religious heritage, with the Church-Convent of San Pablo in the Gothic-Mudejar style, where the remains of the author of El Conde Lucanor rest; the church of San Miguel de Reoyo; the Las Claras convent, which houses a four-star hotel; or the church of Santa María, home of the Museum of Sacred Art

Tourists can see the Ribera House Museum, one of the best preserved examples of traditional architecture, where a group of actors places the visitor in a house from the early 20th century, but also and above all, walk through its historic center and through the Wine Walk that connects Plaza España with Plaza del Coso, where the bullfighting festivities of the August patron saint festivities and the Bajada del Ángel are held.

But Peñafiel is wine and heritage and has dozens of wineries among which stand out Protos, which will be one hundred years old in 2025, or Pago de Carraovejas, among many other renowned wineries, which offer an unparalleled wine tourism experience and, in fact, are two of the most visited wineries in the Ribera de Duero. and in Spain, they give luster to a town in which suckling lamb is its star dish.

“We are very excited to win this prestigious title and I also believe that we have a chance of achieving it,” he assures LA RAZÓN. Yolanda Burgoa, Councilor for Tourism of the Peñafiel City Council and Deputy for Culture in the provincial institution, while explaining that they have been behind this contest for years although it was not until last year when they decided to present themselves, especially because of the importance it has and the visibility it gives to the towns that are running to be the Capital of Rural Tourism.

The councilor says that tomorrow she will be in Barcelona to receive Peñafiel’s recognition as a finalist, and that the deadline has already opened to vote for the winner among the ten municipalities that aspire to the title, which will last until April 15, three days before Let the name of the winning municipality be known.

Burgoa is clear that if they win the title It would be “great news” for Peñafiel and a “backing” for the municipality in every way for the visibility of the town that it would mean through social networks and specialized bloggers talking about the Town. In this sense, the councilor remembers that Peñafiel already came in second place in 2021 in the contest for the best town in Spain to explore with the family, which is organized found, a contest not as well known as EscapadaRural, but which was a “showcase” and a “good campaign” to promote the municipality.

Burgoa also highlights that the fact that Peñafiel is the only town in Castilla y León that opts for this title of Capital of Rural Tourism “will make the town even more known in many cities as a reference tourist place.”

Panoramic view of Peñafiel from the castle
Panoramic view of Peñafiel from the castleSeventheThe reason


The Capital of Rural Tourism is the contest promoted by EscapadaRural that distinguishes the favorite rural destination of travelers in Spain and whose objective is to give visibility to the municipalities that are committed to the development of rural tourism.

New this edition, Escapada Rural has teamed up with BlaBlaCar, car sharing platform that seeks to optimize mobility in rural areas that do not have accessible transportation solutions. Car dependency in rural Spain and in small municipalities is very important. However, most trips are made with less than two people per vehicle, according to the platform.

There are hundreds of thousands of empty seats on our roads every day. and each of them could become a trip for a passenger looking for an efficient and economical way to travel. In this sense, the platform has connected 6,956 Spanish municipalities of the 8,131 that exist during 2023, that is, it has offered mobility solutions to 86% of the municipalities in Spain.