Falconry, a living human heritage
Hooded bird during a falconry display
World Heritage, a certification granted by UNESCO.
The UNESCO has awarded falconry the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity designation because it is a real social tradition that cares for the environment and that is passed on from generation to generation.
This activity, which involves breeding and training falcons or other birds of prey to hunt preys in their natural environment, is connected with a spirit of companionship and exchange. Falconers exchange methods to train and look after the birds, the emotional ties with them, or the equipment they use. Spain is the ideal destination to watch this tradition, which promotes the creation of craft products, the preservation of species and an entertaining show.