Ceiling of the Basilica of La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona

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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  • Cordoba. Córdoba.

    Tourist destinations, World Heritage | Cultural Heritage

    …Córdoba. Cordoba. (Andalusia) http://www.turismodecordoba.org/. Cordoba is situated in the interior of Andalusia where past and modernity blend in together. This thousand-year-old city, which has the World Heritage desig…

  • Santiago de Compostela.

    Tourist destinations, World Heritage | Cultural Heritage

    Santiago de Compostela. A Coruña. (Galicia) http://www.santiagoturismo.com/. Discover Santiago de Compostela, the capital of the Region of Galicia. Millions of people from all over the world come to this city every year,…

  • Salamanca.

    Tourist destinations, World Heritage | Cultural Heritage

    Salamanca. (Castilla y Leon) http://www.salamanca.es/es/. Salamanca is in the central area of Spain, 212 kilometres from the capital, Madrid. Universal, magnificent, wise, young and golden: this city is an inland destina…

  • Aranjuez.

    Tourist destinations, World Heritage | Cultural Heritage

    Aranjuez. Madrid. (Madrid Region) An old quarter which is a Historic-Artistic Site, royal palaces, and gardens on the banks of the Tagus form the layout of Aranjuez. The ideas of the Enlightenment, adapted to the urban d…

  • Ávila.

    Tourist destinations, World Heritage | Cultural Heritage

    Ávila. (Castilla y Leon) Sheltered by the Sierra Gredos Mountains we find Ávila, a World Heritage City. Behind the city walls of this Castile-Leon capital there is a valuable set of churches and Renaissance palaces that …

  • Cáceres.

    Tourist destinations, World Heritage | Cultural Heritage

    Cáceres. (Extremadura) www.turismocaceres.org. More than ten towers dominate the historic quarter of Caceres, delimited by Arab walls. Cobbled streets marked by medieval, fortified homes and Renaissance palaces make up t…

  • Ibiza.

    Tourist destinations, World Heritage | Cultural Heritage

    …Eivissa. (Balearic Islands) A Phoenician-Punic settlement during ancient times, Ibiza contains within its Renaissance walls an interesting legacy from all the different cultures that populated it. This artistic wealth is…

  • Segovia.

    Tourist destinations, World Heritage | Cultural Heritage

    Segovia. (Castilla y Leon) Segovia, the old quarter of which, along with its Roman aqueduct, are World Heritage Sites, lies on high ground between the Eresma and Clamores Rivers. In addition to its famous aqueduct, numer…

  • Toledo.

    Tourist destinations, World Heritage | Cultural Heritage

    Toledo. (Castilla-La Mancha) Toledo is one of the Spanish cities with the greatest wealth of monuments. Known as the “city of the three cultures”, because Christians, Arabs and Jews lived together there for centuries, be…

  • Úbeda.

    Tourist destinations, World Heritage | Cultural Heritage

    Úbeda. Jaén. (Andalusia) Known as the capital of the Andalusian Renaissance, this city in the province of Jaén stands on a hill near the valley of the Alto Guadalquivir, in the county of La Loma. Its old town, declared a…

  • Alcalá de Henares.

    Tourist destinations, World Heritage | Cultural Heritage

    Alcalá de Henares. Madrid. (Madrid Region) This town near Madrid, birthplace of the illustrious Miguel de Cervantes, author of “Don Quixote”, and home to one of the most prestigious universities in Spain, has been declar…

  • Baeza.

    Tourist destinations, World Heritage | Cultural Heritage

    Baeza. Jaén. (Andalusia) http://turismo.baeza.net/Baeza%20-%20Ciudad%20Digital.htm. This town in the province of Jaen stands on a little promontory, dominating a landscape of olive trees, in the centre of the county of L…

  • Cuenca.

    Tourist destinations, World Heritage | Cultural Heritage

    Cuenca. (Castilla-La Mancha) In the Region of Castile-La Mancha, between the Júcar and Huécar river canyons, you will find this city with the UNESCO World Heritage designation for its wealth of monuments. Its historic ce…

  • Mérida.

    Tourist destinations, World Heritage | Cultural Heritage

    Mérida. Badajoz. (Extremadura) Located in the heart of the Silver Route, Mérida is heir to a splendid Roman past. Its theatre, its amphitheatre and its temple dedicated to the goddess Diana make this former capital of Ro…

  • San Lorenzo de El Escorial.

    Tourist destinations, World Heritage | Cultural Heritage

    San Lorenzo de El Escorial. Madrid. (Madrid Region) In the heart of the Guadarrama mountain range, only 50 kilometres from Madrid, stands the town of San Lorenzo de El Escorial. Mount Abantos, its pine forests and the He…

  • San Cristóbal de La Laguna.

    Tourist destinations, World Heritage | Cultural Heritage

    …San Cristóbal de la Laguna. Tenerife. (Canary Islands) http://www.aytolalaguna.com/la_laguna_patrimonio_de_la_humanidad.jsp. San Cristóbal de La Laguna, the former capital of Tenerife, is an historic Canary Islands city …

  • Tarragona.

    Tourist destinations, World Heritage | Cultural Heritage

    Tarragona. (Catalonia) On the shores of the Mediterranean, right on the Costa Daurada, former Roman Tarraco offers us an important legacy of monuments amid extensive beaches. Its archaeological remains, forming a World H…

  • 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…

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