EMERGENCY SERVICES personnel rescued a family of four who were lost in an Antequera natural park for several hours on Sunday evening. Local and National…
Trade in the usual tourist stops in Madrid and Barcelona for one of these less-trafficked treasures.
Honored for their “cultural and natural heritage of outstanding value to humanity,” Spain boasts a whopping 45 UNESCO sites—the third most after Italy and China. While Barcelona, Seville, and Granada are noteworthy classics, consider trading some of the usual tourist stops for these lesser known destinations.
DOÑANA NATIONAL PARK: A NATURAL PARADISE
Nestled in the middle of three southern provinces, Doñana National Parkis one of Europe’s most significant conservation areas. The 209-square-mile biosphere reserve is a jigsaw puzzle of lagoons, marshes, lakes, cliffs, woodlands, and long stretches of pristine beaches untouched by human development.
With miles of trails throughout the park, visitors can spend hours hiking, biking, and birdwatching, with hundreds of species to admire.
Little known outside of Andalusia until recently, the ancient city of Antequera in Malaga province has gained a lot of international recognition of late. Much of this renewed attention comes thanks to the Antequera Dolmens Site being awarded a UNESCO World Heritage designation in July of 2016; however, the town has held strategic importance for millennia. So old is the settlement, dating back at least as far as the Bronze age, that the Romans already named the site Antequaria, the ancient city, before the time of Christ.
Today Antequera is known as “the heart of Andalusia” for its central location midway between Malaga to the south and Cordoba to the north, Sevilla to the west and Granada to the east.
Start planning a trip to these world wonders.
This past week, UNESCO updated its eclectic list of the world’s most fascinating places. Countries campaign hard to get their treasured wilderness reserves, archeological ruins, and historic sites recognized by the esteemed program. After much deliberation, the organization decides each year on new sites worthy of World Heritage status to add to its list of more than a thousand places of “outstanding universal value to humanity.”
While rolling sand dunes in southeast Iran or isolated coral reefs off the coast of Sudan prove difficult to access, the list of 21 newcomers offers plenty of opportunities to plan a trip. Here are 10 favorites for travelers:
ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE OF PHILIPPI
WHERE: NORTHERN GREECE