HIDDEN WORLD HERITAGE TREASURES
From far-flung islands with abundant wildlife to scarcely-visited desert kingdoms and largely forgotten burial tombs, we explore some of the overlooked and crowd-free UNESCO World Heritage Sites around the world that are well worth a visit.
ANTEQUERA DOLMENS, SPAIN
Often bypassed for Andalucía’s other historic big hitters, these three pre-historic burial sites (or dolmens) are well worth a detour. Just outside the pleasant town of Antequera, the impressive subterranean structures are one of the most remarkable architectural works from European prehistory and one of the most important examples of European Megalithism. They gained World Heritage Site status in 2016.
Built with hefty stone blocks by farmers in the Guadalhorce Valley during the Neolithic and Bronze Ages, the tombs remain buried beneath their original earth mounds. Duck down to marvel at this ancient feat of construction.