Historic sites in Spain

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There’s a fantastic selection of historic sites in Spain and you can plan some great things to see on your trips by browsing our selection. Once you’ve explored the historic sites of Spain you can use our itinerary planner tool to plan out your trip and then print off a free pocket guidebook.

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1. Alcazar of Segovia

The Alcazar of Segovia is an imposing medieval fortress turned royal palace.

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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.

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3. El Escorial

El Escorial is an impressive sixteenth century royal complex built under the orders of King Philip II of Spain. UNESCO listed.

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4. Belchite

Belchite contains the ghostly remains of a town destroyed during the Spanish Civil War.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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8. Alcazar of Toledo

The Alcazar of Toledo in Spain is a fortress dating back to the third century AD.

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9. Merida Roman Theatre

The Merida Roman Theatre is a well-preserved first century BC structure and a UNESCO site.

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10. Alhambra

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

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11. Palma Cathedral

Palma Cathedral is a vast and imposing Gothic cathedral in the capital of Majorca.

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Albuera Battlefield

Albuera Battlefield was the site of one of the battles of the Peninsula War in 1811.

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Alcazaba Fortress

The Alcazaba Fortress in Merida was a defensive structure built in the middle of the ninth century.

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Alcazaba of Málaga

The Alcazaba (from the Arabic al-qasbah, meaning "citadel") is a palatial fortification built by the Hammudid dynasty in the early 11th C in Málaga, Spain.

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Alcazar of Seville

Predominantly built in Europe's Dark Ages of the 1300s, the Alcázar of Seville is one of Europe’s most intricately beautiful palaces and is the perfect setting for the Water Gardens of Dorne in Game of Thrones.

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Alcudia City Walls

The Alcudia City Walls were built following the Spanish conquest of Majorca in the fourteenth century.

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Arch of La Estrella

The Arch of the star is the main wall gate of the old town of Caceres in Spain.

Badajoz Fortress

Badajoz Fortress is a 12th century fortification captured by the British during the Peninsula War.

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Banys Arabs

The Banys Arabs in Palma are one of the sole surviving examples of Islamic architecture in Majorca.

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Barcelona Cathedral

Barcelona Cathedral is a gothic cathedral dating back over five hundred years.

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Basilica de la Virgen de los Desamparados

Basi­lica de la Virgen de los Desamparados is a 17th century church built in a Baroque style.

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.

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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.

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.

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Carranque Archaeological Park

Carranque Archaeological Park contains a series of Ancient Roman ruins built in the fourth century AD.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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Castell de Bellver

Castell de Bellver is a striking fourteenth century citadel near Palma in Majorca.

Castillo de San Andres

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

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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.

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Catedral de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Catedral de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is a pretty sixteenth century cathedral.

Catedral de San Cristóbal de La Laguna

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

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Catedral de Toledo

Catedral de Toledo is a thirteenth century cathedral in Spain.

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.

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Circo Romano de Toledo

Circo Romano de Toledo is a site which houses the ruins of a Roman circus in Toledo, Spain.

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Complutum

Complutum is an Ancient Roman site in Spain which was once an important city.

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Cordoba Roman Bridge

The stunning Roman Bridge in the Spanish city of Córdoba was built in the first century BC and straddles the 657km Guadalquivir River. In season five of Game of Thrones, it doubled as The Long Bridge of Volantis spanning the mouth of the Rhoyne River.

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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.

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El Miguelete

El Miguelete is an iconic gothic bell tower built in 1381 and joined onto Valencia Cathedral in the 15th century.

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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.

Fort Conception

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

Galdar Archaeological Site

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

General Archive of the Spanish Civil War

The General Archive of the Spanish Civil War (Archivo General de la Guerra Civil Española) is a specialist archive related to the Spanish Civil War located in Salamanca.

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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.

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Girona Arab Baths

Romanesque structure imitating Medieval Muslim baths. Its existence has been documented from the 12th century.

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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.

Guadalmina Roman Baths

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

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Guadiana Bridge

Guadiana Bridge in Merida was one of the largest bridges built by the Roman Empire.

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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.

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Iglesia de Santo Domingo de Guzman

Iglesia de Santo Domingo de Guzman is a church dating mostly to the seventeenth century.

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Itálica

Itálica was the birthplace of more than one Roman emperor and includes some impressive ruins.

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La Almudaina Royal Palace

The La Almudaina Royal Palace in Palma was a Muslim citadel turned into a Majorcan palace.

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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

La Olmeda Roman Villa

La Olmeda Roman Villa is a well-preserved fourth century AD Roman home in Palencia in Spain.

Las Dueñas Convent

The Convento de las Dueñas is a Dominican convent located in the city of Salamanca.

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Lugo Cathedral

Lugo Cathedral was mainly built from 1129 to 1273 and added to over the centuries.

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Lugo Roman Baths

The Lugo Roman Baths were built in approximately 15BC, around the time when the city was founded and remain well-preserved.

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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.

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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.

Marbella Castle Walls

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

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Merida Amphitheatre

Merida Amphitheatre is an Ancient Roman ruin and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Merida Roman Circus

The Merida Roman Circus was an Ancient Roman chariot racing arena which remains well preserved.

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Mithraeum House - Merida

Mithraeum House is a Roman villa which is part of the Roman archaeological ensemble of Mérida, Spain.

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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.

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Monestir de Pedralbes

Monestir de Pedralbes is a fourteenth century church and a museum.

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Montserrat Monastery

Santa Maria de Montserrat is a Benedictine abbey located on the mountain of Montserrat, in Monistrol de Montserrat, in Catalonia, Spain. It is notable for enshrining the image of the Virgin of Montserrat.

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Murcia Cathedral

Murcia Cathedral is a picturesque Roman Catholic cathedral in Spain dating back to the 14th century.

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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.

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.

Palacio del Infantado

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

Picasso Birthplace Museum

The Pablo Picasso Foundation Museum showcases original works by Pablo Picasso in its permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. The museum occupies the first floor of the building where the painter was born.

Pollentia

Pollentia is an Ancient Roman site in Alcudia in Majorca.

Puente de Alcantara

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

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Puerta del Sol Toledo

Gate built in the 13th century by the Knights Hospitaller as an entry point into the city of Toledo.

Refugi 307

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

Rio Verde Roman Villa

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

Roman Necropolis of Barcelona

The Roman Necropolis of Barcelona contains 95 Ancient Roman tombs.

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Royal Palace of Aranjuez

The Royal Palace of Aranjuez is a magnificent Spanish palace built between the 16th and 18th centuries.

Sagunto Castle

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

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

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

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Salamanca Roman Bridge

Roman bridge part of the Roman paved road of the Plata. Several hypothesis date it at Augustus, Vespasian or Trajan ages.

San Andres Gate

San Andres Gate is one of the gates of Segovia’s historic city walls.

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San Juan de la Peña Monastery

A fascinating and visually striking medieval monastery complex, the San Juan de la Peña monastery in Aragón once ranked among the most important religious complexes in what is now Spain.

Santa Eulalia Basilica - Merida

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

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Santa Florentina Castle

Built in the 11th century 47km north of Barcelona, Santa Florentina Castle served as a fortification to fend off attacks from the pirates of the Mediterranean. In season six of Game of Thrones, it features as House Tarly of Horn Hill.

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Santa María la Blanca Synagogue

Santa María la Blanca ("Saint Mary the White") originally known as the Ibn Shushan Synagogue is a museum and former synagogue in Toledo, Spain. It is disputably considered the oldest synagogue building in Europe still standing.

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 in Spain is home to the relics of Saint James and a place of pilgrimage for centuries.

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Santiago del Arrabal Church

Santiago del Arrabal is a church in Toledo, Spain, built in 1245-48, at the orders of Sancho II, on the site of an older church and a mosque that is known to been used since 1125.

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Segovia Aqueduct

The Segovia Aqueduct is one of the best preserved Roman structures in Spain. UNESCO listed.

Segovia Cathedral

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

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

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

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

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Seville Cathedral

Seville Cathedral is the third largest cathedral in the world, a World Heritage site and the resting place of Christopher Columbus.

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

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

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Tarragona Amphitheatre

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

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Tarragona Aqueduct

The Pont de les Ferreres, also known as Pont del Diable is a Roman bridge, part of the Roman aqueduct built to supply water to the ancient city of Tárraco, today Tarragona. The aqueduct bridge is located 4 kilometers north of the city.

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

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

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

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

Tenerife Archaeological Museum

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

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

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 in Mallorca is a small museum dedicated to the life of this famous author and poet.

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The Los Milagros Aqueduct

The Los Milagros Aqueduct in Merida supplied water to the Ancient Roman city of Augusta Emerita.

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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.

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Toledo Sephardic Museum

The Toledo Sephardic Museum is dedicated to the history, culture and legacy of the city’s Jewish population.

Tordesillas

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

Trajan Arch of Merida

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

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

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Zafra Castle

Built in the 12th century by the Moors, Zafra Castle is a remote, virtually impregnable castle in the northeastern corner of the Guadalajara province in the Sierra de Caldereros. In Game of Thrones it appears as the Tower of Joy where Ned Stark clashes with Ser Arthur Dayne.