From barren volcanic landscapes, ancient Roman ruins and Islamic Moorish architecture, these are five of the most impressive UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Spain.
Teide National Park, Tenerife
Located out in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Morocco on the Canary Island of Tenerife, Teide National Park is home to Spain’s highest mountain.
Mount Teide is the third largest volcano in the world with an extraordinary landscape dotted with craters and rivers of petrified lava. You can hike on well-marked trails throughout the moon-like landscape as far as the Altavista Refuge at 3260m. There you can spend the night gazing at the stars before being greeted by one of the most amazing sunrises on the planet.
Sagrada Família, Barcelona
One of just seven buildings designed by Antoni Gaudí, the Sagrada Família is one of the architect’s most famous works and has been under construction since 1882. Never intended to be a church Gaudí’s iconic Cathedral like structure is a marvel of engineering that combines both Late Gothic and Modernism styles.
Home of what once was an ancient Roman city, Mérida, was founded in the 1st century BC to protect a pass and a bridge over the Guadiana River. Mérida was the most important Roman city in the Iberian Peninsula and has more ancient Roman monuments than any other city in Spain, including a triumphal arch and a theatre.
Seville Cathedral and Alcázar, Seville
The Andalusian capital of Seville is home to three UNESCO World Heritage sites the Seville Cathedral, Alcázar Royal Palace, and the Merchants’ Exchange that houses the Archivo de Indias. The Archivo de Indias documents the history of the Spanish Empire in the Americas and the Philippines. The Seville Cathedral dates back to 1403 representing seven centuries of history. The Alcázar has the destination of being one of the oldest royal palaces still in use today and was used in “Game of Thrones” as the palace of Dorne.
Alhambra Meaning “red or crimson castle” in Arabic the Alhambra fortress is one of the greatest masterpieces of Islamic art in the world. Built for the last Muslim emirs in Spain during the decline of the Nasrid dynasty, the Alhambra is today one of the most visited sites in Spain and was on the top of Michelle Obama’s must-see list when she vacationed in Spain.