Spanish rural tourism “turismo rural” in post corona times
Turismo de playa or beach tourism usually equates to mass tourism and in these times in which we live, the risk of corona virus infections is greatest there. The cultural city trips to the busy Spanish cities will also become less popular in the coming months or years.
As a counterpart to beach tourism and urban tourism, people in Spain know the “turismo rural” which can be described as rural tourism in nature, mountains, villages and accommodations where it is normally much quieter and where the chance of contamination is much smaller.
As it stands, many Spaniards will choose to stay in their home country during the holiday season this year. This is of course good news for the tourism sector because international tourism is likely to largely disappear, but there is also a good chance that many Spanish holidaymakers will not traditionally go to the busy coast and the crowded or in some way controlled social distance beaches but to nature. , peace and quiet in the mountains in the Spanish hinterland.
Costa tourism is known to most readers, but rural tourism in Spain in, for example, the autonomous regions of Aragón, Castilla-la Mancha, Castile and Léon, Asturias, Galicia, Cantabria, Extremadura, Navarra, La Rioja and the Basque Country. is less known. Therefore an explanation of the phenomenon “turismo rural” or rural tourism in Spain.
Turismo Rural is, as the word actually implies, rural tourism. This does not mean that everyone goes to sleep on farms, but that tourists want to get away from the hustle and bustle of tourist coastal towns and large cities. Let’s just say back to basics.
Popular are the small villages, with few inhabitants and where there is not much more to do than taking tours in your own car, cycling, walking and visiting surrounding villages and cities to see the cultural highlights, especially for the Spaniards also the gastronomy and the local cuisine are very important.
The accommodations are often located in old Masias (country houses) or monumental buildings if or outside a village, this of course to preserve the atmosphere of the countryside. Many of these houses have been refurbished and restored to contemporary standards. Usually they are run by families or couples who have lived in the area for quite some time and generate a new income with this form of tourism.
There are various types of Turismo Rural accommodations, therefore a brief explanation of the similarities and differences:
A house where various rooms are rented and where the dining room, living room and bathroom are usually shared. Sometimes the owners also live in the house and everything is shared (except the bathroom) and sometimes houses are rented out completely instead of per room (this is interesting for larger groups). You can often choose based on bed and breakfast, comparable to the Dutch, Belgian and of course English Bed & Breakfast.
These are usually apartments or a house, located in a rural area with panoramic views. In general, these have their own kitchen where food can be prepared, one or more bathrooms and a shared living room. Food is not included in this form of rural tourism.
Usually located in a monumental building or country house where rooms are rented just like in a hotel. Often there are no more than 4 to 10 rooms for rent to keep it quiet in the hotel. Facilities are just like in a normal hotel (breakfast, dinner, cleaning, lounge, reception, etc.) but everything is smaller and more rural.
Albergues and Centros de Turismo Rural
These two forms always involve a large-scale set-up where generally larger groups can stay. Services are somewhat limited and the countryside feeling, outside the location, is often not recognizable. Often not worth visiting for solo travelers.
Thanks to the internet and various websites such as toprural, turismorural and clubrural, this form of rural tourism has become very popular in Spain. Accommodation prices are not always cheap and sometimes even more expensive than a regular hotel. Of course, the environment, the friendly service and the building itself are often worth the price.