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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  • El Tolmo de Minateda Archaeological Park. Hellín.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

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

  • 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…

  • 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 …

  • Salamanca.

    Tourist destinations, World Heritage | Cultural Heritage

    Salamanca. (Castile-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 destinatio…

  • Alpera Shelters. Alpera.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

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

  • Solana de las Covachas Caves. Nerpio.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …Parque El Molino, s/n. 02539. Nerpio. Albacete. (Castile-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 R…

  • Oviedo Cathedral. Oviedo.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

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

  • Peña de Candamo Cavern. Candamo.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …33828. San Román. Candamo. Asturias. E-mail: turismo@ayto-candamo.es. www.ayto-candamo.es/centro-de-interpretacion. Prehistoric paintings from the Solutrean period. Although difficult to date, it is believed that these p…

  • Llonín Cave. Peñamellera Alta.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …33578. Llonín. Peñamellera Alta. Asturias. http://www.turismoasturias.es/descubre/cultura/arte-rupestre/rupestre-cueva-de-llonin. Some thirty prehistoric engravings and paintings. Designated World Heritage in 2008. Locat…

  • Covaciella Cave. Cabrales.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …33555. Cabrales. Asturias. www.turismoasturias.es/descubre/cultura/arte-rupestre/rupestre-cueva-de-covaciella. Perfectly conserved, prehistoric rock art. Designated World Heritage in 2008. Discovered by chance in 1994, i…

  • Palmeral de Elche palm grove. Elche.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

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

  • 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. (Valencia) http://www.alcoi.org/es/areas/cultura/museo. The deer of La Sarga. The Caves of La Sarga featu…

  • Fallas bonfire festival of San José. Valencia.

    Calendar, World Heritage | Fiestas, Intangible heritage

    …Valencia. Valencia-València. (Region of Valencia) E-mail: promocionexterior@fallas.com. http://fallas.com/. Valencia welcomes in Spring with the Fallas. During the months proceeding this unique spectacle, a lot of hard w…

  • "El canto de la Sibila" (Song of the Sybil) in Majorca.

    Calendar, World Heritage | Fiestas, Intangible heritage

    …Majorca. (Balearic Islands) http://www.conselldemallorca.net/. It has been awarded the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity designation. This tradition (its origin comes from the performances that took place i…

  • La Patum de Berga Fiesta. Berga.

    Calendar, World Heritage | Fiestas, Intangible heritage

    …Berga. Barcelona. (Catalonia) http://www.lapatum.cat/. The fiesta of La Patum de Berga in Catalonia has been declared Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. The fiesta coincides with Corpu…

  • Fire festivals for the summer solstice in the Pyrenees.

    Calendar, World Heritage | Fiestas, Intangible heritage

    …Regiones de Sobrarbe y La Ribagorza (Aragón) y regiones de Alta Ribagorza, Berguedá, Pallars Jussà, Pallars Sobirá y la Val d'Aran (Cataluña). http://fallasdelpirineo.com. An ancestral tradition celebrating the arrival o…

  • Courtyards Festival in Cordoba. Córdoba.

    Calendar, World Heritage | Fiestas, Intangible heritage

    …Córdoba. Cordoba. (Andalusia) During the Courtyards Festival, you’ll discover Cordoba’s lively side. Join in on the street celebrations and dance to the sounds of Flamenco while enjoying the scents of jasmine and orange …

  • Colonia Güell Crypt. Santa Coloma de Cervelló.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …Colònia Güell. Claudi Güell, s/n. 08690. Santa Coloma de Cervelló. Barcelona. (Catalonia) E-mail: coloniaguell@adleisure.com. http://www.gaudicoloniaguell.org. The church with twisted columns. This monument blends in per…

  • Casa Batlló. Barcelona.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …Passeig de Gràcia, 43. 08007. Barcelona. (Catalonia) E-mail: info@casabatllo.cat. www.casabatllo.es. One of the jewels of Art Nouveau, created when the Batlló family commissioned Gaudí to remodel an existing house. It wa…

  • Casa Vicens House. Barcelona.

    Art, World Heritage | Monuments, Cultural Heritage

    …Calle de les Carolines, 18-24. 08012. Barcelona. (Catalonia) E-mail: info@casavicens.org. http://casavicens.org/. The first work by Gaudí on his own. This house exhibits the architectural concept of Gaudí that is repeate…

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