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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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Altxerri Caves. Aia.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …Barrio Ubegun (Centro de Interpretación del Parque de Pagoeta). 20809. Aia. Gipuzkoa. (Basque Country) E-mail: iturraran@gipuzkoa.net. turismo.euskadi.eus/es/. Art from the Magdalenian period. Designated World Heritage i…

  • La Cruz Gully. Santiago-Pontones.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …Carretera del Nacimiento del Segura km.5, (Santiago-Pontones). 23291. Pontones. Santiago-Pontones. Jaén. (Andalusia) E-mail: spontones@promojaen.es. Cave painting art in Cañada de la Cruz. They have been declared World H…

  • Tabla de Pochico. Aldeaquemada.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …Camino de la Cimbarra, a 1km. de Aldeaquemada. 23215. Aldeaquemada. Jaén. (Andalusia) E-mail: alcaide64@hotmail.com. www.aldeaquemada.com. Cave painting archaeological site. A UNESCO conference in Kyoto (Japan) in 1998, …

  • Roca dels Moros. Cogul, El.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …Camí d’el Cogul a Albagés, km 1. 25152. Cogul, El. Lleida. (Catalonia) E-mail: infomac@gencat.cat. http://www.mac.cat. Discovered over one century ago, the rock paintings found on the walls of this natural shelter are am…

  • Abrigo del Milano. Prehistoric site. Mula.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …30170. Mula. Murcia. (Region of Murcia) E-mail: turismo@aytomula.es. http://www.abrigodelmilano.es. Archaeological site of El Milano. A World Heritage Site. These cave paintings are part of the UNESCO World Heritage site…

  • Siega Verde Cave Painting Site. Castillejo de Martín Viejo.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …Siega Verde. Castillejo de Martín Viejo. Salamanca. (Castilla y Leon) Tel.: +34 902910009 | +34 653781071 | E-mail: visitas@siegaverde.es. www.siegaverde.es . It is part of the most important open-air Palaeolithic cave a…

  • Cabra Feixet. Perelló, El.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …Carretera a 6 kms. de El Perelló. 43519. Perelló, El. Tarragona. (Catalonia) Shelter paintings of Cabra Feixet. They have been declared World Heritage sites. Cave painting sites have been declared World Heritage sites by…

  • Prado del Navazo Shelter. Albarracín.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …Carretera dirección a Bezas a 4 kms. de Albarracín. 44100. Albarracín. Teruel. (Aragón) E-mail: infoturismo@comarcadelasierradealbarracin.es. patrimonioculturaldearagon.es/bienes-culturales/abrigo-prado-del-navazo-albarr…

  • La Araña Caves (Cave II).. Bicorp.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …46825. Bicorp. Valencia-València. (Region of Valencia) E-mail: info@ecomuseodebicorp.com. comunitatvalenciana.com/. Scenes depicted at the Araña Caves. La Araña Cave, in Bicorp, is outstanding for its prehistoric rock ar…

  • Cave of Altamira. Santillana del Mar.

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

    …Zona Cuevas de Altamira. 39330. Santillana. Santillana del Mar. Cantabria. E-mail: comunicacion.maltamira@mecd.es. http://museodealtamira.mcu.es. Important examples of prehistoric rock art. The paintings are some 14,000 …

  • La Peña del Escrito Rock Shelter. Villar del Humo.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …16370. Villar del Humo. Cuenca. (Castilla-La Mancha) E-mail: villaturcuenca@gmail.com. http://www.villaturcuenca.com/. Cave paintings in Villar del Humo. Villar del Humo is the most westerly point in the Mediterranean Ba…

  • Vilasos or els Vilars Cave. Os de Balaguer.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …Carretera C12. Zona Afores, s/n. 25610. Os de Balaguer. Lleida. (Catalonia) E-mail: ajuntament@osbalaguer.ddl.net. http://patrimoni.gencat.cat/es/coleccion/cueva-de-els-vilars. Noguera cave paintings. Cave painting sites…

  • Dolmens in Antequera. Archaeological Site. Antequera.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …Carretera de Málaga, 5. Tholos de El Romeral: Carretera A-7283. 29200. Antequera. Malaga. (Andalusia) Tel.: +34 952 712 206 | +34 952 712 207 | E-mail: visitasdolmenesdeantequera.ccul@juntadeandalucia.es. www.museosdeand…

  • Cañaíca del Calar. Rock painting site. Moratalla.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …Calar de la Santa. 30440. Moratalla. Murcia. (Region of Murcia) Tel.: +34 968730258 | +34 968730208 | E-mail: turismo@ayuntamientomoratalla.net. http://www.murciaturistica.es. Prehistoric rock art in Murcia. A World Heri…

  • Los Grajos gorge. Cieza.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …30530. Cieza. Murcia. (Region of Murcia) E-mail: info@stipaturismo.com. http://www.visitamurcia.com/. The Dance of los Grajos. Los Grajos Gorge is home to works from the post-Palaeolithic era, in what is known as the Lev…

  • Ermites Shelter in the Pietat Mountains. Ulldecona.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …Carretera Ulldecona a Tortosa km.5. 43550. Ulldecona. Tarragona. (Catalonia) E-mail: turisme@ulldecona.cat. www.turismeulldecona.com. Abric d'Ermites Cave paintings. They have been declared World Heritage sites. Cave pai…

  • Val del Charco del Agua Amarga Gorge. Alcañiz.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …Camino a la antigua estación de ferrocarril a 14 kms. 44600. Alcañiz. Teruel. (Aragón) E-mail: turismo@alcaniz.es. www.alcaniz.es/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=105&Itemid=567. Cave painting site of Val del…

  • Santimamiñe Cave. Kortezubi.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …Barrio Basondo (Centro de Interpretación). 48315. Kortezubi. Bizkaia. (Basque Country) E-mail: santimamine@bizkaia.net. http://www.bizkaia.eus/. Prehistoric rock art and an archaeological site. Designated World Heritage …

  • Monte Arabí. Yecla.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …MU-404 Yecla-Fuenteálamo, desvio en Casa Don Lucio. 30510. Yecla. Murcia. (Region of Murcia) http://www.yecla.es. The cave paintings of Monte Arabí. The hill of Monte Arabí in Yecla is the site of several rock art ensemb…

  • Medina Azahara. Córdoba.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …Carretera de Palma del Río Km. 5,5. 14071. Córdoba. Cordoba. (Andalusia) E-mail: info@medinaazahara.org. http://www.medinaazahara.org. The city of the caliphs. The Caliph Abd al-Rahman III was a great promoter of culture…

  • Roman and paleo-Christian necropolis. Tarragona.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …Avenida Ramón y Cajal 84. 43005. Tarragona. (Catalonia) Tel.: +34 977 21 11 75 | +34 977 25 15 15 | E-mail: mnat@gencat.cat. http://www.mnat.cat/?page=necropolis-centre-info-general. A major archaeological discovery. Arc…

  • Peña de Candamo Cavern. Candamo.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …33828. San Román. Candamo. Asturias. (Principality of Asturias) E-mail: turismo@ayto-candamo.es. www.ayto-candamo.es/centro-de-interpretacion. Prehistoric paintings from the Solutrean period. Although difficult to date, …

  • El Tolmo de Minateda Archaeological Park. Hellín.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …Carretera Nacional 301, de Abacete a Murcia. 02400. Hellín. Albacete. (Castilla-La Mancha) http://www.turismocastillalamancha.es. Polychrome paintings of hunting scenes. The paintings were discovered by Juan Jiménez Llam…

  • Hornos de la Peña Cave. San Felices de Buelna.

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

    …39409. Tarriba. San Felices de Buelna. Cantabria. E-mail: reservascuevas@culturadecantabria.es. cuevas.culturadecantabria.com/hornos-de-la-pena/. It one of the most complete ensembles of engravings in the region. Designa…

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