We would be lying if we did not say that we are proud of our country. We may not lead the rankings in important issues, such as education or public health, but we can boast of having unique scenarios. Beautiful beaches, charming towns, spectacular natural landscapes, important historical monuments … There are many elements that make us special, but today we want to focus on a very specific one: our beautiful cities .
You may not know it, but in Spain there are 15 cities that have been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Do you want to know them? Well, do not miss anything that we tell you below!
Alcala de Henares
First of all, we want to talk about Alcalá de Henares, which, located in the Community of Madrid, symbolizes language, literature and heritage. Here is the Complutense University.
In Castilla y León we find Ávila, a walled city from the Spanish Middle Ages that is preserved in good condition. Its churches, convents and monumental buildings stand out.
From Castilla y León we moved to Andalusia, and more specifically to the province of Jaén, where Baeza is located, an old walled city located on a natural promontory that has more than remarkable scenic qualities.
Another World Heritage city is Cáceres, which, located in Extremadura, houses vestiges of some of the peoples that have inhabited Spain throughout the centuries: Romans, Almohads, Jews, Portuguese, Castilians …
We return to Andalusia to tell you about Córdoba, one of the oldest cities in Europe, which represents the symbiosis between East and West. Without a doubt, the Mosque-Cathedral is the soul of the city.
We also have to tell you about Cuenca, a city in Castilla-La Mancha that mixes the past and the present like few others. In addition, here the natural heritage and the cultural heritage complement each other.
In the Balearic Islands we find another of the Spanish World Heritage cities. It is about Ibiza, which is located on the eastern coast of the island. Undoubtedly, its main attraction are the traces that the different civilizations that came here have left throughout history, in addition to its unbeatable situation.
We return to Extremadura to tell you about its capital, Mérida, which is located in the province of Badajoz, housing the best-preserved monumental archaeological site in Hispania .
Another World Heritage city is Salamanca, in Castilla y León. Throughout its history it has been a center of knowledge of universal projection.
San Cristóbal de la Laguna
In the Canary Islands, specifically in the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, we find San Cristóbal de la Laguna, which was designed with maritime navigation instruments and string.
Santiago de Compostela
The only Galician city that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site is Santiago de Compostela, which, since it was born in the Middle Ages , has been considered a universal city. And it is a goal of religious and cultural pilgrimage.
We return to Castilla y León to tell you about Segovia, which is home to one of the best preserved Roman monuments in the world: the Aqueduct. In addition, we must highlight the Alcázar.
In Catalonia we find the city of Tarragona, which also stands out for its Roman archaeological site .
We also have to tell you about Toledo, a city in Castilla-La Mancha that has a huge old town. In fact, it is one of the largest in the world. In addition, it is important to highlight its historical heritage of coexistence and tolerance. And it is that Jews, Christians and Muslims coexisted here.
Finally, we have to talk about Úbeda, another World Heritage city that is located in Jaén, Andalusia. It is considered one of the most sensational Renaissance ensembles in Europe.