In country areas, there are rural cottages and farmhouses (casas rurales, casas rusticas and casas de labranza), officially referred to as turismo rural, providing a great opportunity to experience the Spanish country way of life. Accommodation is usually in traditional houses, some of which may be centuries old. Another word which can be used to describe rural properties in Spain is 'Fincas'. These properties range from working farm buildings to large country homes or cottages. The Spanish holiday cottages on this website are in a rural setting while maintaining their Spanish character, whether they are renovated schoolhouses or spacious casas. Many are surrounded by fruit trees and olive groves or meadows.