I have also (re)learned that having a good guidebook with you is essential! I am a slave to Lonely Planet, and purchased their book on Spain before we left.
As a result, we ended up in the beautiful village of Sos Del Rey. Situated in the mountains in Aragon in the north of Spain, it's unlike anywhere I have ever been in my entire life. The North of Spain is often described as a window into old Spain, and that's exactly what we found in Sos:
We were in the town for a few hours, and didn't see another living soul - just silence with massive buzzards wheeling overhead.
There was also a total lack of shops or commerce- usually no matter where you go, you're kicking cigarette butts and see a couple signs for Coca Cola. Instead, we walked quietly up to the top of city, climbed some leftover castle turrets and had lunch.
Not a bad view:
Talk about walking into another age. It seems time doesn't really touch this village (minus some TV aerials going up). I imagine it's the same as when King Ferdinand II was born here (yes that king- the one who married Isabel, kicked out the muslims, funded Christopher Columbus and unified Spain).
So if you're passing through Aragon - stop and stay a while. Enjoy the wheeling birds and windy turrets. Have some cheese and bread and soak in the silence.