UNESCO, an arm of the United Nations, has established a list of the World Heritage Sites, the Earth’s most significant places, based on historical, cultural, and aesthetic considerations. These places should be preserved so that all mankind can appreciate their legacy, their significance, and their beauty.
Spain is number two (2) on the list of countries with the most World Heritage Sites, second only to Italy. All parts of the country contain places that have significant cultural and historical value. There are forty-three in all, as of 2011.
Historic Center of Cordoba — Cordoba is a wonderful city to visit. Inside the walls the streets are pedestrian-only so travelers can saunter along the streets without worrying about traffic. There are plenty of attractions to occupy the tourist’s time, but the most important site is La Mezquita with its candy-striped arches and its cathedral-within-a-mosque (Walking Tour available for $1.49 on website).
The Alhambra, Generalife, and Albayzin of Granada — I am convinced that the Alhambra is one of the most exquisite buildings in the world. Its Moorish architecture is incredibly intricate and appealing. To me, it is Spain’s greatest treasure (Walking Tour available for $1.49 on website).
The Generalife Gardens are also a joy to stroll through — they offer a tranquil and lush respite from the brutally hot summers.
Monastery and Site of the Escorial — This palace/monastery/museum is a popular day trip from Madrid. The church is still active while a tour of the palace reveals a wealth of furniture and accessories from around the world.
Old Town of Segovia and its Aqueduct — Segovia is delightful. The town features three (3) significant attractions (Walking Tour available for $1.49 on website): the Roman Aqueduct, extremely well-preserved;
one of my favorite castles can be found at the other end of town;