History and culture come together in these cities declared as World Heritage Sites and reflect the character of the different Spanish regions.
Alcalá de Henares (Madrid)
Declared a World Heritage Site in 1998, Alcalá de Henares was the town of Cervantes, the Archpriest of Hita, Cardinal Cisneros and Manuel Azaña. Among its most significant monuments are the birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes, the Archbishop’s Palace, the College of San Ildefonso, the Magistral Cathedral and the Cistercian monastery of San Bernardo.
Alcalá de Henares
The nine gates in the wall invite travelers to discover places of divine fervor and evocative corners of popular ballads, unique symbols of art and chivalric heroism. In its artistic heritage remain substantial legacies of the three religions and cultures that lived there-Christian, Arab and Jewish, with exceptional Romanesque churches and Renaissance palaces.
The historic center of Caceres is probably one of the most spectacular and best preserved in the world. Your visit can start in the Plaza Mayor, a meeting center and meeting place between Caceres and strangers. From there you can start walking and discover the endless treasures that this monumental villa holds: the arc of the Star, the Carvajal Palace, Golfines down the church of Santa Maria Maggiore, the House of Weathervanes, etc..
On the banks of the Guadalquivir lies a city with great past and its own rambling legends which tell stories of Christians, Moors, Jews. People who lived and fought for these beautiful places and left their historical, cultural and artistic legacy. La Mezquita, the Alcazar, the Tower of Calahorra, Walls, etc.. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 1984.
The monumental center of Cuenca offers peaceful streets and ancient places, convents and noble houses which give the city a charming medieval atmosphere. Cuenca has multiple viewpoints from which you can enjoy splendid views of the city. Perhaps the best known is the esplanade of San Pablo, where you can see the most typical image of the city, its hanging houses.
Ibiza is a paradise to discover as it surprises everyone who visits it for its contrasts. It is a peaceful island if someone rests under the pines of some of its beaches; rampant if we dance the night away on its lively nightclubs; hippie in almost all its territory and cultural if we tour the historic Dalt Vila in the capital.
World Heritage Sites photos by: chuwei, paula, raiden, carlos
By +Nikos Kontorigas