Ceiling of the Basilica of La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona

World Heritage in Spain

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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  • THE ART OF DRY STONE WALLING.

    Travel ideas, World Heritage | Intangible heritage

    …Dry stone walling is an international cultural phenomenon, consisting of building stone walls without mortar or any other materials. UNESCO has classified it as Intangible Cultural Heritage.   These dry stone structures …

  • Falconry, a living human heritage.

    Travel ideas, World Heritage | Intangible heritage

    …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 acti…

  • TAMBORRADAS (DRUM PARADES).

    Travel ideas, World Heritage | Intangible heritage

    …In some Spanish towns, the traditional fiestas include processions accompanied by drums (tambores). These events are called tamborradas and have been classified as Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.   The tamborrada…

  • The healthiest flavours: the Mediterranean diet.

    Travel ideas, World Heritage | Intangible heritage

    …Enjoy food in a healthy way. This is the first proposal in the Mediterranean diet, which was awarded the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage designation. Based on the consumption of olive oil, vegetables and fresh season…

  • "Castells".

    Travel ideas, World Heritage | Intangible heritage

    …(Catalonia) The "castells" (human castles) have been awarded the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity designation. They are a very popular and spectacular event, typical of Catalan culture, in which impressive…

  • The "Silbo Gomero" (Whistled language).

    Travel ideas, World Heritage | Intangible heritage

    …La Gomera. (Canary Islands) A unique whistled language in the world, fully developed and practised by a large community (more than 22,000 people). It was awarded the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity design…

  • Irrigators' tribunals of the Spanish Mediterranean coast: the Council of Wise Men of the Plain of Murcia and the Water Tribunal of the Plain of Valencia.

    Travel ideas, World Heritage | Intangible heritage

    …Both tribunals were awarded the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity designation in 2009 because they are legal water management institutions introduced by tradition and which are still used today, since the t…

  • Flamenco.

    Travel ideas, World Heritage | Intangible heritage

    …Flamenco is a form of popular artistic expression representing a long-standing tradition that appears on the UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. This art form combines vocal music, dance and musica…

  • 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,…

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