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Spain is the country with the third largest number of UNESCO World Heritage sites. And the Alhambra in Granada (Andalusia) is one of those places that every traveller should visit at least once in a lifetime.  

But that is only the start, because in Spain you will find everything from civil buildings, like Segovia aqueduct and the Roman theatre in Mérida, to religious monuments like Burgos Cathedral and the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, started by Gaudí in Barcelona. Do you want to know how our ancestors painted? In Spain you can go as far back as prehistoric times, in places like the Altamira Caves (Cantabria) and the Atapuerca site (Burgos). Do you imagine yourself strolling in the gardens of Real Alcázar palace in Seville or of El Escorial Monastery in Madrid? Or do you want to discover the features of the unique Mudéjar art style? You have plenty to choose from. Walk around the top of the Roman Wall in Lugo, discover the University of Alcalá de Henares, look at the Silk Exchange in Valencia… but don't let them tell you all about it; come and see for yourself. 


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  • Solana de las Covachas Caves. Nerpio.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …Parque El Molino, s/n. 02539. Nerpio. Albacete. (Castilla-La Mancha) https://turismonerpio.com/arte-rupestre-nerpio/. Prehistoric rock art in eastern Spain. The Solana de la Covachas system is at the head of La Taibilla …

  • La Sarga (Cave II). Alcoy.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …Autovia A-7. Salida 452-453. Carretera CV-800 Alcoi-Xixona. CV-786. 03819. Alcoy-Alcoi. Alcoy. Alicante - Alacant. (Region of Valencia) http://www.alcoi.org/es/areas/cultura/museo. The deer of La Sarga. The Caves of La S…

  • Oviedo Cathedral. Oviedo.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …Plaza Alfonso II El Casto, s/n. 33003. Oviedo. Asturias. (Principality of Asturias) E-mail: catedral@catedraldeoviedo.com. http://catedraldeoviedo.com/. A symbol of Spanish Gothic architecture. Oviedo cathedral is mainly…

  • Santa María del Naranco Church. Oviedo.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …Laderas del Monte Naranco a 3 Km. del centro de Oviedo). 33012. Oviedo. Asturias. (Principality of Asturias) E-mail: prerromanico@santamariadelnaranco.es. http://www.centroprerromanicoasturiano.com. From palace to temple…

  • Santa Cristina de Lena Church. Lena.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …Ayuntamiento de Lena. La Cobertoria. 33630. Pola de Lena. Lena. Asturias. (Principality of Asturias) E-mail: contacto@turismoycultura.asturias.es. http://www.turismoasturias.es/descubre/cultura/prerromanico/santa-cristin…

  • San Tirso Church. Oviedo.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …Plaza del Alfonso II el Casto, 4. 33003. Oviedo. Asturias. (Principality of Asturias) http://www.turismoasturias.es/descubre/cultura/prerromanico/iglesia-de-san-tirso-el-real. The church of Alfonso II. It is work by the …

  • La Foncalada. Oviedo.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …C/ Foncalada. 33002. Oviedo. Asturias. (Principality of Asturias) www.turismoviedo.es. World Heritage Site. This is a unique example of a civil construction intended for public use dating from the High Middle Ages. It is…

  • Alpera Shelters. Alpera.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …Conjunto de abrigos de Alpera. Cerro de El Bosque. 02690. Alpera. Albacete. (Castilla-La Mancha) E-mail: biblioteca@casaculturaalpera.e.telefonica.net . www.alpera.es. Rock paintings in the La Vieja and El Queso caves. T…

  • Palmeral de Elche palm grove. Elche.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …Porta de la Morera, 49. 03203. Elche-Elx. Elche. Alicante - Alacant. (Region of Valencia) E-mail: info@visitelche.com. www.visitelche.com. The Palmeral de Elche is the largest palm grove in Europe. Although its presence …

  • Chiquita de los Treinta Cave. María.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …Sierra de María. 04838. Maria. María. Almería. (Andalusia) E-mail: aytmaria2@losvelez.com. Cave paintings in Los Vélez. In the region of Los Vélez, to the north of the Almería province, there are sites of cave paintings …

  • Rock art of the Mediterranean Basin on the Iberian peninsular.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …The first example of art on the Peninsula. A region where the oldest known artistic expressions on Spanish territory can be found. The so-called Mediterranean Arc Cave Paintings of the Iberian peninsula includes sites in…

  • El Pindal Cave. Ribadedeva.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …Autovía A-8, Salida 277, dirección El Peral. N-634, y RD-1. 33590. Pimiango. Ribadedeva. Asturias. (Principality of Asturias) http://tematico.asturias.es/cultura/yacimientos/pindal.html. Prehistoric rock art on the shore…

  • Llonín Cave. Peñamellera Alta.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …33578. Llonín. Peñamellera Alta. Asturias. (Principality of Asturias) http://www.turismoasturias.es/descubre/cultura/arte-rupestre/rupestre-cueva-de-llonin. Some thirty prehistoric engravings and paintings. Designated Wo…

  • Covaciella Cave. Cabrales.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …33555. Cabrales. Asturias. (Principality of Asturias) www.turismoasturias.es/descubre/cultura/arte-rupestre/rupestre-cueva-de-covaciella. Perfectly conserved, prehistoric rock art. Designated World Heritage in 2008. Disc…

  • Tito Bustillo Cave. Ribadesella.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …Avda. de Tito Bustillo, s/n. 33560. Ribadesella. Asturias. (Principality of Asturias) E-mail: info@centrotitobustillo.com. http://www.centrotitobustillo.com. Prehistoric paintings of female forms. Set in a group of Palae…

  • San Julián de los Prados Church. Oviedo.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …Calle Selgas 2. 33011. Oviedo. Asturias. (Principality of Asturias) http://www.turismoasturias.es/descubre/cultura/prerromanico/iglesia-de-san-julian-de-los-prados. World Heritage. San Julián de los Prados is also known …

  • San Miguel de Lillo Church. Oviedo.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …Laderas del Monte Naranco (a 3 Km. del centro de Oviedo). 33012. Oviedo. Asturias. (Principality of Asturias) E-mail: prerromanico@santamariadelnaranco.es. http://www.turismoasturias.es/descubre/cultura/prerromanico/igle…

  • La Encarnación Monastery. Ávila.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …Paseo de la Encarnación, s/n. 05005. Ávila. (Castilla y Leon) http://www.avilaturismo.com. Santa Teresa Convent. The monastery was founded in the sixteenth century. It is known as the place where Santa Teresa spent most …

  • Arab fortress. Mérida.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …Paseo de Roma, s/n. 06800. Mérida. Badajoz. (Extremadura) E-mail: visitas@consorciomerida.org. http://www.turismomerida.org/que-ver/alcazaba-arabe. An imposing military complex. In the interior it still conserves remnant…

  • Amphitheatre House. Mérida.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …Recinto de la casa del Anfiteatro. Plaza Margarita Xirgu, s/n. 06800. Mérida. Badajoz. (Extremadura) http://www.consorciomerida.org/conjunto/monumentos/casaanfiteatro. Situated next to the amphitheatre, the remains actua…

  • Casa del Mitreo House. Mérida.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …Recinto arqueológico Los Columbarios-Casa de Mitreo. Calle Oviedo, s/n. 06800. Mérida. Badajoz. (Extremadura) http://www.consorciomerida.org/conjunto/monumentos/casamitreo. The noble domus. This was a large Roman house b…

  • Los Columbarios Funeral Site. Mérida.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …Recinto arqueológico Los Columbarios-Casa de Mitreo. C/ Vía Ensanche, s/n. 06800. Mérida. Badajoz. (Extremadura) E-mail: visitas@consorciomerida.org. www.consorciomerida.org. The mausoleum of the Voconios and Julios. The…

  • Roman baths in Alange. Alange.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …Calle Baños, 58. 06840. Alange. Badajoz. (Extremadura) E-mail: balneario_alange@ctv.es. www.balneariodealange.com. They already existed in the time of Trajan and Adrian, in the 2nd century CE. They are situated at the fo…

  • Trajan's Arch. Mérida.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …Zona arqueológica. Calle Trajano. 06800. Mérida. Badajoz. (Extremadura) http://www.consorciomerida.org/conjunto/monumentos/arcodetrajano. Trajan's Arch. This was a monumental access gateway to the holy space that surroun…

  • Mérida Roman Amphitheatre. Mérida.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …Calle José Ramón Mélida s/n. 06800. Mérida. Badajoz. (Extremadura) E-mail: visitas@consorciomerida.org. www.consorciomerida.org. The amphitheatre stands. The gladiatorial contests took place on the amphitheatre’s arena. …

  • Roman Bridge over the Guadiana River. Mérida.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …Plaza de Roma s/n. 06800. Mérida. Badajoz. (Extremadura) E-mail: visitas@consorciomerida.org. http://www.consorciomerida.org/conjunto/monumentos/puenteromanoGuadiana. The link between Emérita Augusta with Tarragona. It w…

  • Roman Temple to Diana. Mérida.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …Zona arqueológica. Calle Romero Leal. 06800. Mérida. Badajoz. (Extremadura) E-mail: visitas@consorciomerida.org. http://www.consorciomerida.org/conjunto/monumentos/templodiana. The Goddess temple. An enormous building th…

  • Roman Theatre in Mérida. Mérida.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …Plaza Margarita Xirgu, s/n,. 06800. Mérida. Badajoz. (Extremadura) E-mail: informacion@consorciomerida.org. http://www.consorciomerida.org/. The emblem of Merida's heritage. The theatre’s location was chosen to ensure th…

  • Roman Bridge over the Albarregas River. Mérida.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …Avda. Vía de la Plata, s/n. 06800. Mérida. Badajoz. (Extremadura) E-mail: visitas@consorciomerida.org. www.consorciomerida.org/conjunto/monumentos/puenteromanoAlbarregas. The smaller bridge. Built during the Augustus per…

  • Basilica of La Sagrada Familia. Barcelona.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …Calle Mallorca 401. 08013. Barcelona. (Catalonia) E-mail: informacio@sagradafamilia.org. The great temple of atonement. In 1883 the brilliant architect Gaudí agreed to take on this project, succeeding Francisco de Paula,…

  • Palau de la Música Catalana Auditorium. Barcelona.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …Calle Palau de la Música, 4-6. 08003. Barcelona. (Catalonia) E-mail: visites@palaumusica.cat. http://www.palaumusica.cat. A modernist building that is one of the city's most emblematic edifices. It was inaugurated in 190…

  • Burgos Cathedral. Burgos.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …Plaza Santa María, s/n. 09003. Burgos. (Castilla y Leon) E-mail: info@catedraldeburgos.es. catedraldeburgos.es. One of the finest examples of Spanish Gothic art. This cathedral is outstanding for the elegance and harmony…

  • Atapuerca archaeological site. Atapuerca.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …Zona Sierra de Atapuerca. 09199. Atapuerca. Burgos. (Castilla y Leon) Tel.: +34 947257067 | +34 947421000 | E-mail: informacion@fundacionatapuerca.es. www.atapuerca.org/. The most important archaeological site in all of …

  • Palaeolithic Cave Art of the Cantabrian Coast (Altamira Cave extension). Santillana del Mar.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …Santillana del Mar. Cantabria. E-mail: maltamira@mcu.es. http://museodealtamira.mcu.es/. Prehistoric cave art in northern Spain. 17 caves that represent one of the most important ensembles of Palaeolithic art in Europe. …

  • La Garma Cave. Ribamontán al Monte.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …Ribamontán al Monte. 39793. Omoño. Ribamontán al Monte. Cantabria. www.cuevadelagarma.com. An exhibition of the Palaeolithic period and Late Prehistory. Designated World Heritage in 2008. This cave, located on La Gama Mo…

  • Las Chimeneas Cave. Puente Viesgo.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …Monte del Castillo. 39670. Puente Viesgo. Cantabria. E-mail: reservascuevas@culturadecantabria.es. cuevas.culturadecantabria.com. A legacy of engravings on clay. Designated World Heritage in 2008. Discovered in 1953, it …

  • La Pasiega cave. Puente Viesgo.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …Monte Castillo. 39670. Puente Viesgo. Cantabria. Prehistoric Paintings. This cave contains the largest number of cave paintings anywhere in the Iberian Peninsula. There are 291 drawings of animals, 134 complete symbols a…

  • Almadén Mines. Almadén.

    Art, World Heritage, Nature | Monuments, Cultural Heritage, Tourism caves

    …Parque Minero de Almadén. C/ Cerco San Teodoro, s/n. 13400. Almadén. Ciudad Real. (Castilla-La Mancha) http://www.parqueminerodealmaden.es/. Almadén Mines, en Ciudad Real, are part of the "Mercury Heritage: Almadén and I…

  • Tower of Hercules. La Coruña.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …Avenida de Navarra s/n. 15002. Coruña, A. A Coruña. (Galicia) E-mail: torredehercules@coruna.es. www.torredeherculesacoruna.com. The repose of Hercules. This is one of the oldest Roman lighthouses still in operation in t…

  • The Albaicín Neighbourhood. Granada.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …Barrio Albaycín. 18009. Granada. (Andalusia) E-mail: informacion@granadatur.com. www.granadatur.com. A neighbourhood full of history. The streets have been home to numerous peoples, which give the neighbourhood its eclec…

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