Hiii erasmuser, Did you know that Spain is one of the countries in the world with the most declared World Heritage Sites?
Right now, there are a total of 1092 sites distributed in 167 countries. Spain is the third country with the most declared World Heritage sites, with Italy and China ahead. Nothing bad, right?

The places that Spain has declared Heritage in Spain are quite varied, from unique landscapes to monuments, squares … I am sure that some of you have visited or heard about them, but without knowing that they were World Heritage. If you want to discover some of those cities, keep reading.

15 jewels that we should all visit at least once in a lifetime:

1.  Granada

The magnificent palace of the Alhambra and the Generalife gardens were declared World Heritage in 1984, later it was the famous town of Albaicín.

Here is an article in case you are interested in going on Erasmus to Granada.

2. Burgos

Its Cathedral of Santa María de Burgos is one of the jewels of Spanish Gothic, it had to be on this list, incredibly beautiful.

3. Cordoba

In itself, the entire historic center of Cordoba was declared a World Heritage Site in 1994, where you can find the remains of the eighth century.

4. Avila

Did you know that this city has the most complete medieval walls in Spain? 82 semicircular towers and nine doors. Its walls next to its streets was what made it in 1985 World Heritage Site.

5. Segovia

The beauty of its surroundings, its buildings, vegetation and streets were reasons enough to declare it a World Heritage Site.If you visit this city you have to visit the monuments of Alcazar and, of course, its aqueduct.

6. Caceres

The architecture of Cáceres is amazing, in addition to walls and facades you can see inscriptions in Latin. Declared a World Heritage Site in 1986. (in this city some scenes of Game of Thrones were recorded).

7. Santiago de Compostela

Walk the streets Packed with Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque monuments. In itself it is a monumental city declared in 1985 a World Heritage Site.

8. Toledo

They also call it “city of the three cultures” in it breathes the culture of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The city itself tells a lot of history through its streets and buildings.

9. Salamanca

The entire city was declared a World Heritage Site in 1988, highlighting the Cathedral, the House of Shells, the University or the towers of La Clerecía, in addition to its magnificent Plaza Mayor, one of the most beautiful in all of Spain.

Here you have an essential article in case you are thinking of going on Erasmus to Salamanca.

10. Cuenca

A very beautiful city, located between rocky walls and houses that seem to be hanging, it is impressive to see it. It was declared by UNESCO in 1996.

11. Merida – Badajoz

Merida was declared a World Heritage Site in 1993 for its important historical and monumental interest. If you visit this city it is mandatory to see the theater, amphitheater, its temples and the circus. Don’t forget to visit the Guadiana Bridge, one of the most important Roman bridges.

12. Baeza – Jaen

Renaissance capital in Andalusia, a monumental city, in which the cathedral, the Jabalquinto Palace, the seminary of San Felipe Neri and the Plaza del Pópulo. Declared in 2003.

13. Alcalá de Henares

Did you know that the writer Miguel de Cervantes was born here? This city was declared a World Heritage Site in 1998 for its buildings and its university, one of the oldest in Spain.

14. Tarragona

Declared a World Heritage Site since 2000 for its archaeological site, it highlights its Roman circus, located on the shores of the Mediterranean.

15. San Cristobal de la Laguna – Tenerife

The streets of this city are amazing, full of colors. While walking through its streets, you discover important monuments such as its Cathedral and the Convent of the Encarnación. It was declared by UNESCO in 1999.


I am missing many other cities, but it is impossible to include them all as essential. So you already know, if you go on Erasmus to a city declared heritage and it is not put in this blog.
Do not hesitate to leave it in the comments and expand this list! 🙂

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