Our first taster of Spain’s top historical sites, we will return.
Gary and I usually look out for UNESCO World Heritage Sites in any regions we travel to. It wouldn’t be right if we didn’t go and hunt down a slice of local history.
Some of these UNESCO sites can get a little overcrowded, and there are few that you may never even have heard of.
However, regardless of their popularity, they are all worth a visit. Keep an eye out for part 2 of our UNESCO sites to visit in Spain.
North, south, east or west, Spain has something for everyone.
A helpful guide
There are so many incredible places to discover in Spain and I love planning road trips. I often use the DK Eyewitness books, I find them extremely informative, easy to follow and the pictures and maps tempt you into searching for more.
We used a previous version of this book to plan our Spanish road trips, now you can grab the revised copy.
The birds fly high around San Francisco Javier church, Cáceres
There’s an incredible amount of history here, take a delightful evening stroll amongst the ochre-coloured city walls and weave your way through charming tiny lanes.
Turn after turn you’re greeted with ancient towers, churches and courtyards.
Just after you’ve visited the bustling Mercado pop across the road to the La Lonja de la Seda. Built between 1482 and 1533 in late gothic style, the building was once used a Silk Exchange and added to the UNESCO list in 1996. It’s beautiful inside, and with an entrance fee of just €2, it’s well worth a visit.
To discover the in-depth history behind Valencia’s silk trade, enjoy this 2-hour guided tour and skip the lines too.
The interior of the Mosque–Cathedral of Córdoba
The view from the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, Córdoba
The entrance to Santa Maria del Naranco, Mount Naranco, Oviedo
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La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
A view from the gardens, Granada
Top of the Torre de la Vela, Granada
The framed Parador de Granada
Heading further north now, and we are in the historic city of Salamanca in the Castile and León region of Spain. Salamanca is a lovely city with some magnificent architecture, it has two cathedrals, one of Europe’s oldest universities and a Plaza Mayor you will immediately fall in love with.
Plaza Mayor, Salamanca
In our opinion
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The old city walls of Ávila
The Old Town of Ávila was inscribed onto the UNESCO List in 1985. There are plenty of historic buildings still within the walls, including the ancient Gothic cathedral and four Romanesque churches.
Why not jump on a guided tour and combine a visit to Salamanca and the walled city of Ávila and discover their history?
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