Probably you have a list, written or in your mind, about the places you would love to visit at least once in your life. We do have it as well. And many of those selected cities have something in common: they are declared by the UNESCO, Heritage of Humanity cities. Most likely in your list there are also some of them; after all they are recognized as heritage cities because of their mixture between history and beauty and that is what makes any traveler to want to go there. In Spain there are 15 cities considered Heritage of Humanity, so you have a broad selection of possibilities to choose. Do you want to discover the most fascinating ones?
There are not many places in Europe with more history than that of the city of Cordoba. Funded by the Romans, it is a city that you should visit slowly, enjoying the walk around the historic centre (The second biggest in the whole European continent), and leaving you amazed with every single detail you may find; like the beautiful and lush gardens or the Jewish area where you can eat the famous “tapas”. But above all you cannot miss the most artistic place of this city, its majestic Mosque-Cathedral. Nevertheless, this shouldn’t be your last stop. Meanwhile you take a break in the Arabic baths or you enjoy any of the spectacles performed in their fun flamenco “tablaos”, you will still discover the many faces that Cordoba can show you. Visiting this city you will discover that it is absolutely worth it to go to this side of Andalusia where the Eastern culture tangles with the Western one.
Surrounded by the shocking landscape of the mountains, Cuenca is a town that like the other ones has to offer much more than you can imagine. This unknown little city has amazing places you may fall in love with, such as the Santa Maria Cathedral or the famous bridge of Saint Pablo, made of industrial architecture, from where you can enjoy the best panoramic view and contemplate the perfect union between the town and the landscape, brought by the passing of time. Cuenca has a rich cultural offer based on artists of the 60’s that you will love, gathered together in The Spanish Museum of Abstract Art. All this is like a dream turned real, placed in the space with incredible hanging houses, the most remarkable particularity of the place, and contrasts at the same time with the valuable work that they have. Between all the possibilities in this town, you can stay in a medieval convent turned into a Parador, or even hike around the natural landscapes that surround it. Cuenca has everything you are looking for, to offer you a visit that you will never forget.
Romans, Visigoths, Arabians… all of them stayed in Merida and left in this city their own reminders. Merida, the capital of Extremadura, is a lovely place that has the best aspects of every culture that dwelled in the peninsula. In this city you can find the most ancient Muslim citadel, the Aqueduct de los Milagros or the best preserved Roman theatre in the peninsula, these are monuments spread all around the city that will catch your attention due to their thousands of interesting stories. Furthermore, Merida has been named the Latin American capital of gastronomic culture 2016, and that is because in it you can find the best products of the region of Extremadura. Don’t think twice, and prove it yourself trying the signature dishes cooked in their restaurants, with raw materials of international renown like the sweet and sour paprika (pimentón de La Vera) or the famous de la dehesa ham (jamón de la dehesa) from Extremadura.
Santiago de Compostela
The ancient city of Santiago de Compostela is other of the Spanish Heritage of Humanity cities that, along with Jerusalem and Rome, is one of the greatest spots of Christian peregrination, and every year welcomes thousands of peoples who have traveled the famous tour. The centre of the city is presided by its important cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, the biggest Romanic building that has ever being built in Spain, whose beauty, as much in the interior as in the exterior, is something you cannot miss in your visit to the city. In its surroundings, their detailed doors set up big squares from where the ancient part of the city spreads. Around its old and baroque streets you can always find pilgrims walking to the end of their path, and great places to enjoy a good steak, octopus, and obviously the best seafood from Galicia, the best dish you’ll find at the end of the “Camino”.
Toledo is considered the city of three cultures, because in the past, there lived together Jewish, Christians and Muslims. During centuries this mix of cultures consolidated the city of Toledo, creating today a magic place that will take you back to the Middle Ages. In the city you may want to get lost around the labyrinth streets inside the fortress, visit the many mosques, churches and synagogues, walk through the Tajo river, which in the past was a key element for the defensive aspect of the city, or even buy the famous swords that artisans from Toledo still fabricate. Some of the must visit places inside de city are the primate cathedral, the alcazar or the Saint Juan de los Reyes monastery, or the huge Puerta de Bisagra, places you cannot miss in a city that will fascinate you from the moment you arrive, no matter how many times you go back.
Baeza is a historical city from Jaen located near the Guadalquivir River and surrounded by mountain ranges and olive groves. There are many reasons why you may want to visit the place, reasons turned into churches, noble homes and palaces, making the city too look like a small acropolis that reminds us to its past times. Nowadays you can still visit the University that this place owned, where the artist Antonio Machado attended to French lessons. Furthermore, architecture lovers will find here their pleasure staring at the compendium of all the architecture styles that have been built in until now.
Despite its Roman millenarian times, Tarragona (named Tarraco in its Roman days) is today a modern city that exhibits proudly the immense heritage that live in its streets. If you follow a route to visit the city you should go to its Roman amphitheatre or the premade cathedral of Santa Tecla, places that prove the ancient aspect of this city. From these places you can watch over the sea or stare at the mountains, you can make your own choices. And if you have time we recommend you to visit everything you can, including some of the most important museums, like the National Archeological Museum, that will help you to understand the urban and culture history of this amazing city of Tarragona.
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