Spain currently boasts 44 different UNESCO sites dotted around the country. It made me wonder how many of these sites I had actually visited.
This list is ever-increasing. Another 24 places in Spain are waiting on the tentative list. Awaiting approval are sites such as Jaen Cathedral & the Monastery at El Escorial. The reasons that sites are included are often to raise their profile and ensure a good level of support and conservation of the site.
When looking on the site I discovered that on my travels in Spain it I have already visited 8 and a half of these landmarks.
Here they are:
- The biodiversity of Ibiza
Around the year 2000 I visited the islands of Ibiza & Formentera staying for 4 weeks on a small yacht. I remember seeing the natural mud baths and swimming in the beautiful turquoise waters there.
- The Alhambra, Generalife & Albayzin of Granada
I live in Granada and know the Albaicin quarter well. Of course I have visited the magnificent Alhambra palace & it´s gardens many times. See my related post A walk around Granada´s Albaicin quarter
- Archaeological sites of Tarraco
When I was studying Spanish as a teenage I spent several summers in Tarragona. The archaeological sites there include fortified walls, amphitheatres and other ancient buildings and relics.
- Seville I have visited this charming city on 3 day break. I loved visiting and taking photos of all the sights in the city as well as exploring the historic monuments and buildings. (photo above)
- Historic Cordoba – The mosque with it´s infinite arches is a breathtaking sight, the river running through the town and synagogue are well worth exploring too.
- Historic Toledo – We were unlucky and it rained for the whole of the time we where there (this isn´t typical) however the historic buildings are present wherever you turn. A wonderful city to visit, it feels like you have gone back in time. (photo heads this post)
- Works of Gaudi Barcelona. Of course having lived in Barcelona I am familiar with the Works of Gaudi, one of the less known ones is Palau Guell which I visited earlier this year. The architect creates a special atmosphere with his interior designs as well as using practical elements such as chimney stacks as decorative features.
- Palau de la Música Catalana. Barcelona. I have actually been lucky enough to attend several concerts in the beautiful Palau de la Música Catalana, this palace is chocolate box pretty with an art deco style entrance hall.
8½. On the list Ubeda & Baeza in Jaen appear, this is my neighbouring province. I actually did visit Baeza a few years ago. The thing is it was midday in August. Every step we walked was an effort. I only had 1 hour there. So this doesn´t count. I have a few photos but I must revisit and add Ubeda too.
I have always wanted to visit Extremadura and seeing Merida on the UNESCO list gives me just another reason to go. I am also looking forward to visiting Cuenca to see the famous Casas colgantes (hanging houses, they are perched on a cliff face)
Also in Spain there are Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity such as Flamenco which was added in 2010 and the Catalan Human Towers both of which I have seen several times and can highly recommend when visiting Spain.
When I begin to look further afield (outside Spain) I realise I seen quite a these sites really. I have written another post about the sites in Europe & USA I visited.
Which World Heritage have you already seen? Which are you planning to visit?
Check the list here: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list