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Historical sites in Spain : Editor's Picks

  • Alcazar of Segovia 1. Alcazar of Segovia
    The Alcazar of Segovia is an imposing medieval fortress turned royal palace.
    Photo by Alaskan Dude (cc)

  • Baelo Claudia 2. Baelo Claudia
    The Roman town of Baelo Claudia in Spain is a well-preserved ancient city which sits on the Andalusian coast, providing a beautiful backdrop to these ancient remains.
    Photo by Photo Javi (cc)

  • El Escorial 3. El Escorial
    El Escorial is an impressive sixteenth century royal complex built under the orders of King Philip II of Spain. UNESCO listed.
    Photo by armk (cc)

  • Belchite 4. Belchite
    Belchite contains the ghostly remains of a town destroyed during the Spanish Civil War.
    Photo by kurtxio (cc)

  • La Sagrada Familia 5. La Sagrada Familia
    La Sagrada Família is an iconic church in Barcelona with UNESCO status. It is the final resting place of Antoni Gaudi.
    Photo by PhyreWorX (cc)

  • Lugo Roman Walls 6. Lugo Roman Walls
    The Lugo Roman Walls have been described by UNESCO as "the finest surviving example of late Roman military fortifications", a title they truly deserve.
    Photo by hermenpaca (cc)

  • Royal Palace of Madrid 7. Royal Palace of Madrid
    The Royal Palace of Madrid was built in the eighteenth century and was the home of the Spanish royal family until 1931.
    Photo by Destination Europe (cc)

  • Alcazar of Toledo 8. Alcazar of Toledo
    The Alcazar of Toledo in Spain is a fortress dating back to the third century AD.
    Photo by eschipul (cc)

  • Merida Roman Theatre 9. Merida Roman Theatre
    The Merida Roman Theatre is a well-preserved first century BC structure and a UNESCO site.
    Photo by Tomas Fano (cc)

  • Alhambra 10. Alhambra
    The Alhambra in Granada, Spain was a fortified palace complex of the Nasrid Dynasty conquered by the Christians.

  • Palma Cathedral 11. Palma Cathedral
    Palma Cathedral is a vast and imposing Gothic cathedral in the capital of Majorca.
    Photo by goro (cc)

Historical sites in Spain: Site Index

  • Albuera Battlefield Albuera Battlefield
    Albuera Battlefield was the site of one of the battles of the Peninsula War in 1811.
    Photo by El Bichólogo Errante (cc)

  • Alcazaba Fortress Alcazaba Fortress
    The Alcazaba Fortress in Merida was a defensive structure built in the middle of the ninth century.
    Photo by Enrique__ (cc)

  • Alcudia City Walls Alcudia City Walls
    The Alcudia City Walls were built following the Spanish conquest of Majorca in the fourteenth century.
    Photo by kalleboo (cc)

  • Arch of La Estrella Arch of La Estrella
    The Arch of the star is the main wall gate of the old town of Caceres in Spain.
    Photo by Basilievich (cc)

  • Badajoz Fortress Badajoz Fortress
    Badajoz Fortress is a 12th century fortification captured by the British during the Peninsula War.
    Photo by El Bichologo Errante (cc)

  • Banys Arabs Banys Arabs
    The Banys Arabs in Palma are one of the sole surviving examples of Islamic architecture in Majorca.
    Photo by sri_the_quack (cc)

  • Barcelona Cathedral Barcelona Cathedral
    Barcelona Cathedral is a gothic cathedral dating back over five hundred years.
    Photo by dbaron (cc)

  • Basilica de la Virgen de los Desamparados Basilica de la Virgen de los Desamparados
    Basi­lica de la Virgen de los Desamparados is a 17th century church built in a Baroque style.
    Photo by Piper... (cc)

  • Basilica Vega del Mar Basilica Vega del Mar
    Basilica Vega del Mar was a Paleo-Christian basilica in Marbella with a history dating back to the fourth century AD.

  • Bujaco Tower Bujaco Tower
    The ultimate symbol of Caceres, the Torre de Bujaco is a tower along the Almohad walls of Cáceres connected with a small bridge.
    Photo by rayo111 (cc)

  • Burgos Cathedral Burgos Cathedral
    The Burgos Cathedral - one of the most beautiful in Spain - is of majestic proportions and contains splendid collection of religious works of art. In the centre of the transept, we can find the Cid sepulchre.
    Photo by El Coleccionista de Instantes (cc)

  • Carranque Archaeological Park Carranque Archaeological Park
    Carranque Archaeological Park contains a series of Ancient Roman ruins built in the fourth century AD.
    Photo by Isaacus (cc)

  • Casa de Colon Casa de Colon
    Casa de Colon is a museum of the history of the Canary Islands, particularly as relates to Christopher Columbus and the Americas.
    Photo by Ted and Jen (cc)

  • Casa de las Conchas Casa de las Conchas
    The Casa de las Conchas (house of shells) is a historical building from the late 15th century of Gothic facture with Renaissance and Mudejar elements, known as Isabelline art.
    Photo by Jose Luis Cernadas Iglesias (cc)

  • Casa del Rey Moro Casa del Rey Moro
    A mine build at the beginning of the 14th century previously used in Moorish times as the only source of water for the town.
    Photo by Variable (cc)

  • Casa-Museo Federico Garcia Lorca Casa-Museo Federico Garcia Lorca
    The Casa-Museo Federico Garcia Lorca is dedicated to the life of Spanish poet, playwright and writer Federico Garcia Lorca. It is housed in the Huerta de San Vicente, the summer house of the Garcia Lorca family.

  • Castell de Bellver Castell de Bellver
    Castell de Bellver is a striking fourteenth century citadel near Palma in Majorca.
    Photo by Vvillamon (cc)

  • Castillo de San Andres Castillo de San Andres
    Castillo de San Andres is the pretty ruin of an eighteenth, perhaps seventeenth, century fortification in Tenerife.

  • Castillo de San Jose Castillo de San Jose
    Castillo de San Jose is a dramatic cliff-top eighteenth century fort built to protect Lanzarote’s main port from pirate attacks.
    Photo by LANZATE (cc)

  • Catedral de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Catedral de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
    Catedral de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is a pretty sixteenth century cathedral.
    Photo by Ted and Jen (cc)

  • Catedral de San Cristóbal de La Laguna Catedral de San Cristóbal de La Laguna
    Catedral de San Cristobal de La Laguna is an early twentieth century Neoclassical cathedral.

  • Catedral de Toledo Catedral de Toledo
    Catedral de Toledo is a thirteenth century cathedral in Spain.
    Photo by galio (cc)

  • Centre d'Interpretació 115 Dies, Corbera d’Ebre Centre d'Interpretació 115 Dies, Corbera d’Ebre
    The Centre d’Interpretació 115 Dies in Corbera d’Ebre is a museum dedicated to the bloody Battle of the Ebro in the Spanish Civil War.

  • Circo Romano de Toledo Circo Romano de Toledo
    Circo Romano de Toledo is a site which houses the ruins of a Roman circus in Toledo, Spain.
    Photo by amaianos (cc)

  • Ducal Palace, Lerma Ducal Palace, Lerma
    Ducal Palace is a 17th century fortress in Lerma, built in the 17th century by its Duke, a favourite of Phillip III.
    Photo by Daquella manera (cc)

  • El Miguelete El Miguelete
    El Miguelete is an iconic gothic bell tower built in 1381 and joined onto Valencia Cathedral in the 15th century.
    Photo by plusgood (cc)

  • Empuries Empuries
    The ruins of a Roman military camp built on the remains of a bustling Greek city, Empuries is the only archaeological site on the Iberian Peninsula that boasts such an ancient history.
    Photo by tristanf (cc)

  • Fort Conception Fort Conception
    Fort Conception is a seventeenth century Spanish fort which served as a British base during the Peninsular War.

  • Galdar Archaeological Site Galdar Archaeological Site
    The Galdar Archaeological Site houses the best preserved remains of the prehistoric inhabitants of the Canary Islands.

  • Gerona Jewish Quarter Gerona Jewish Quarter
    Located within the Força Vella, the Jewish Quarter consists of a labyrinth of narrow streets and patios that have maintained their medieval atmosphere.
    Photo by Leon G (cc)

  • Girona Arab Baths Girona Arab Baths
    Romanesque structure imitating Medieval Muslim baths. Its existence has been documented from the 12th century.
    Photo by Robert Young (cc)

  • Girona Cathedral Girona Cathedral
    Cathedral built between the 11th and 18th centuries, it includes a series of walls and spaces in different styles, from Romanesque to the baroque façade and steps.
    Photo by SantiMB . (cc)

  • Guadalmina Roman Baths Guadalmina Roman Baths
    The Guadalmina Roman Baths are the ruins of a Roman baths complex in Marbella.

  • Guadiana Bridge Guadiana Bridge
    Guadiana Bridge in Merida was one of the largest bridges built by the Roman Empire.
    Photo by Tomas Fano (cc)

  • Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Concepcion Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Concepcion
    Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Concepcion is an 18th century church with a history dating back to the 16th century.

  • Iglesia de Santo Domingo de Guzman Iglesia de Santo Domingo de Guzman
    Iglesia de Santo Domingo de Guzman is a church dating mostly to the seventeenth century.
    Photo by tm-tm (cc)

  • La Almudaina Royal Palace La Almudaina Royal Palace
    The La Almudaina Royal Palace in Palma was a Muslim citadel turned into a Majorcan palace.
    Photo by Jaume Meneses (cc)

  • La Giralda La Giralda
    The Giralda is a former minaret that was converted to a bell tower for the Cathedral of Seville which was registered in 1987 as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO
    Photo by MARIA ROSA FERRE (cc)

  • La Olmeda Roman Villa La Olmeda Roman Villa
    La Olmeda Roman Villa is a well-preserved fourth century AD Roman home in Palencia in Spain.
    Photo by Jon Gonzalo Torróntegui (cc)

  • Lugo Cathedral Lugo Cathedral
    Lugo Cathedral was mainly built from 1129 to 1273 and added to over the centuries.
    Photo by IES-MGB (cc)

  • Lugo Roman Baths Lugo Roman Baths
    The Lugo Roman Baths were built in approximately 15BC, around the time when the city was founded and remain well-preserved.
    Photo by FreeCat (cc)

  • Malaga Cathedral Malaga Cathedral
    Known as La Manquita (the One-Armed One), the cathedral of the Encarnación of Málaga erected in the first half of the 16th C. is one of the town's most important monuments and landmark.
    Photo by Alf Melin (cc)

  • Malaga Roman Theatre Malaga Roman Theatre
    Málaga's Roman Theatre - dating to the 1st century BC - lies at the foot of the Alcazaba fortress in the historical center of Malaga, Spain.
    Photo by Fernando Vivar (cc)

  • Marbella Castle Walls Marbella Castle Walls
    The Marbella Castle Walls were once part of an impressive Moorish citadel built in the tenth century.

  • Merida Amphitheatre Merida Amphitheatre
    Merida Amphitheatre is an Ancient Roman ruin and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
    Photo by Tomas Fano (cc)

  • Merida Roman Circus Merida Roman Circus
    The Merida Roman Circus was an Ancient Roman chariot racing arena which remains well preserved.
    Photo by fernand0 (cc)

  • Mithraeum House - Merida Mithraeum House - Merida
    Mithraeum House is a Roman villa which is part of the Roman archaeological ensemble of Mérida, Spain.
    Photo by VIATOR IMPERI (cc)

  • Monasterio de Piedra Monasterio de Piedra
    The Monasterio de Piedra is a monastery located in Zaragoza, Spain. The building was constructed between 1195 and 1218, and is surrounded by acres of spectacular parkland.

  • Monestir de Pedralbes Monestir de Pedralbes
    Monestir de Pedralbes is a fourteenth century church and a museum.
    Photo by Jaume Meneses (cc)

  • Murcia Cathedral Murcia Cathedral
    Murcia Cathedral is a picturesque Roman Catholic cathedral in Spain dating back to the 14th century.
    Photo by Keith Williamson (cc)

  • Old Town of Caceres Old Town of Caceres
    UNESCO cultural site, the fortified old town of Caceres - also known as the city of storks and scene of conquest and reconquest between the Muslims and the Christians (12th century) - is still almost entirely surrounded by the walls and towers built by the Muslims around 1184.
    Photo by Martin Stone (cc)

  • Palacio de los Golfines de Abajo Palacio de los Golfines de Abajo
    A palace built by the Golfín family after the Spanish Reconquest located in Cáceres, and was used as the residence of the Catholic Monarchs on their visits to this historic city.
    Photo by Marie Thérèse Hébert and Jean Robert Thibault (cc)

  • Palacio del Infantado Palacio del Infantado
    Palacio del Infantado is a fifteenth century palace in Guadalajara built by the Mendoza family.

  • Pollentia Pollentia
    Pollentia is an Ancient Roman site in Alcudia in Majorca.

  • Puente de Alcantara Puente de Alcantara
    Puente de Alcantara is a Roman bridge crossing the Tagus River in Spain.

  • Refugi 307 Refugi 307
    Refugi 307 was one of thousands of bomb shelters built in Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War.

  • Rio Verde Roman Villa Rio Verde Roman Villa
    The Rio Verde Roman Villa was a first to second century Roman home in Marbella.

  • Roman Necropolis of Barcelona Roman Necropolis of Barcelona
    The Roman Necropolis of Barcelona contains 95 Ancient Roman tombs.

  • Sagunto Castle Sagunto Castle
    Sagunto Castle was a large Moorish citadel, the impressive remains of which overlook the modern town.

  • Sagunto Roman Theatre Sagunto Roman Theatre
    The Sagunto Roman Theatre dates back to the first century, when it was built into the side of a mountain.

  • Salamanca Battlefield Salamanca Battlefield
    The Salamanca Battlefield was the site of a major victory by the Duke of Wellington in 1812 during the Peninsular Wars.

  • Santa Eulalia Basilica - Merida Santa Eulalia Basilica - Merida
    Santa Eulalia Basilica was an Ancient Roman church, the remains of which are located in Merida.

  • Santa Maria del Mar Santa Maria del Mar
    Eglesia de Santa Maria del Mar is a fourteenth century church in Barcelona and an excellent example of Catalan-Gothic architecture.

  • Santiago de Compostela Cathedral Santiago de Compostela Cathedral
    Santiago de Compostela Cathedral in Spain is home to the relics of Saint James and a place of pilgrimage for centuries.

  • Segovia Aqueduct Segovia Aqueduct
    The Segovia Aqueduct is one of the best preserved Roman structures in Spain. UNESCO listed.
    Photo by Alaskan Dude (cc)

  • Segovia Cathedral Segovia Cathedral
    Segovia Cathedral is an impressive gothic structure in the Old Town of Segovia.

  • Segovia Jewish Cemetery Segovia Jewish Cemetery
    Graveyard of the Jewish Quarter of Segovia located all over a hill known as “el Pinarilloâ€. Human-shaped graves and funerary mounds carved in stones have been preserved until the present day.

  • Segovia Old Main Synagogue Segovia Old Main Synagogue
    The old main synagogue is a religious building in Segovia, Spain, dating back to the 14th century and converted into a church in 1410.

  • Serranos Towers Serranos Towers
    The Serranos Towers are a duo of medieval defensive towers which once formed part of Valencia’s fortifications.

  • Seville Cathedral Seville Cathedral
    Seville Cathedral is the third largest cathedral in the world, a World Heritage site and the resting place of Christopher Columbus.
    Photo by Herry Lawford (cc)

  • Spanish National Museum of Archaeology Spanish National Museum of Archaeology
    The Spanish National Museum of Archaeology displays historical artefacts from throughout the country’s history as well as from around the world.

  • Talavera Battlefield Monument Talavera Battlefield Monument
    The Talavera Battlefield Monument commemorates the first major victory won by the Duke of Wellington in the Peninsular War.

  • Tarragona Amphitheatre Tarragona Amphitheatre
    Tarragona Amphitheatre is a second century AD construction would once have played host to gladiatorial battles.

  • Tarragona Roman Circus Tarragona Roman Circus
    Tarragona Roman Circus was built in the first century AD and is one of the best preserved Roman sites in this Spanish city.

  • Tarragona Roman Forum Tarragona Roman Forum
    The Tarragona Roman Forum houses the ruins of what was the central square of the Ancient Roman city of Tarraco.

  • Temple of Augustus - Barcelona Temple of Augustus - Barcelona
    The Temple of Augustus is a first century Ancient Roman ruin hidden in Barcelona’s back streets.

  • Temple of Diana - Merida Temple of Diana - Merida
    The Temple of Diana is a very well-preserved UNESCO-listed Ancient Roman temple in Merida.

  • Tenerife Archaeological Museum Tenerife Archaeological Museum
    The Tenerife Archaeological Museum contains archaeological finds from around the Canary Islands.

  • The Alcala Gate The Alcala Gate
    The Alcala Gate is an iconic eighteenth century triumphal arch in Madrid constructed under King Charles III of Spain.

  • The Cibeles Fountain The Cibeles Fountain
    The Cibeles Fountain is an iconic monument in Madrid which was built under the orders of King Charles III.

  • The Debod Temple The Debod Temple
    The Debod Temple is an Ancient Egyptian temple in Madrid gifted to Spain in the 1960s.

  • The House of Robert Graves The House of Robert Graves
    The House of Robert Graves in Mallorca is a small museum dedicated to the life of this famous author and poet.

  • The Los Milagros Aqueduct The Los Milagros Aqueduct
    The Los Milagros Aqueduct in Merida supplied water to the Ancient Roman city of Augusta Emerita.
    Photo by Susonauta (cc)

  • The Ronda Bullring The Ronda Bullring
    The Plaza de toros de Ronda is the oldest bullfighting ring in Spain. It was built in 1784 in the Neoclassical style by José Martin de Aldehuela, who also designed the Puente Nuevo.
    Photo by Keith Roper (cc)

  • Toledo Sephardic Museum Toledo Sephardic Museum
    The Toledo Sephardic Museum is dedicated to the history, culture and legacy of the city’s Jewish population.
    Photo by Harshil.Shah (cc)

  • Tordesillas Tordesillas
    Tordesillas was the location of the imprisonment of Juana of Castil (Juana la Loca)

  • Trajan Arch of Merida Trajan Arch of Merida
    The Trajan Arch of Merida is a UNESCO listed Ancient Roman granite gateway.

  • University of Salamanca University of Salamanca
    The University of Salamanca is the oldest university in Spain and the third oldest European university in continuous operations. Its library holds about 906,000 volumes. The most notable students are Miguel de Cervantes and Aristides Royo, President of Panama.

  • Valencia Cathedral Valencia Cathedral
    Valencia Cathedral was begun in the 13th century and boasts an eclectic range of styles including Gothic, Romanesque and Baroque.

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