17 of the most amazing Unesco World Heritage sites to visit in Spain; The Local

Spain – Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín, Granada 21
Spain has an impressive 45 locations listed as Unesco World Heritage sites for their cultural significance or natural beauty, including some that are entire towns. Here’s a look at some of the most stunning.

Alcalá de Henares – university and historic precinct

Located just 35km northeast of Madrid, Alcalá de Henares was awarded the title of World Heritage site for its beautiful city centre and university in 1998. The city is the world’s first planned university city and thus a model for other university towns worldwide.


The Alhambra fortress is the former residence of the Moorish emirs who ruled this part of Spain in the 13th and 14th centuries. A rich example of Moorish architecture with impressive gardens and stunning views across the city of Granada, it’s Spain’s most visited tourist site.

Ávila – old town and Extra-Muros

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