My husband and I travel to Europe each year with another couple and always rent a villa for 2 or 3 weeks in a smaller town, close enough to the bigger cities to visit the museums and "don't miss" sites, but far enough away to feel that we are avoiding the hectic atmosphere and traffic of the cities on a daily basis. For example, we have stayed in the countryside near Vence, France and Cortona, Italy.
We want to have a similar experience in Spain next spring or fall. We have visited Barcelona in the past, so would like to see another part of the country. Any destination suggestions would be very much appreciated!