My visit to and post about Alcalá de Henares and the forty-four UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Spain (Second highest to Italy at forty-nine) made me stop and think about the comparison with the list that I reviewed recently of the “Twelve Treasures of the Kingdom of Spain” which was a contest/poll that was conducted by the Spanish Television Company Antena 3 and the radio broadcaster Cope.
Spain World Heritage Sites…
I have set out the full list of World Heritage Sites below including links to the twenty-two that I have visited. The sites are spread across the entire Iberian Peninsula but of the Autonomous Communities, Catalonia, at a crossroads of European culture, and Castilla y Leon, the largest by area, have the most with six sites each. Aragon, Asturias, Basque Country, La Rioja and Murcia have only one each but of all seventeen regions Navarre in the north of the country is the only one that doesn’t have any at all.
As well as the indignity of having no World Heritage sites poor old Navarre doesn’t have a coastline, no international airport or a direct link to the Spanish high speed rail infrastructure. Maybe the city of Pamplona needs to start working on a bid to UNESCO for the next round of qualifying.
The full list of World Heritage Sites in Spain is…
Like UNESCO, the “Twelve Treasures of the Kingdom of Spain“…
didn’t include any entries from Navarre but had the most (three) from Andalusia. Interestingly it only included four World Heritage Sites in its list, Cordoba, Seville, Altamira Caves and Santiago de Compostela.
In response to the official list of winners I produced my own alternative list, six of which shared a place on the UNESCO list, Salamanca, Avila, Cuenca, Aranjuez, El Escorial and the works of Antoni Gaudi but also like UNESCO and the Spanish TV viewers I didn’t include anywhere in Navarre.
Can I interest anyone else in compiling a list?
Click on an image to scroll through the pictures…
Alas, poor Navarre! And we really enjoyed it there. Perhaps they could give it a consolation site…earliest Ikea store in Spain or something.
What a great idea!
I edited a publication on World Heritage sites about eight years ago and was surprised at the number in the UK (28) Some of them are very hard to visit like st Kilda and one’s in Bermuda. I have visited seven
I have managed 11. The nearest to me now is Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire but I really think that Grimsby fishing dock should be in there! Which one is closest to you?
My list of places to see is getting longer, Andrew!
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I’ve visited 21 worldwide of the total of 962 including only 2 in Europe which was when I was 10. I’m hoping to visit another 4 in the next few months.
This is a very interesting post! I enjoyed reading it and I think it’s very informative and detailed. It will actually help me a lot for the trip I’m planning in Spain! A while back I also made a post about Spanish holidays: http://tripandtravelblog.com/active-holidays-in-spain-yoga-and-hiking-in-the-mountains/ I know it’s nothing like yours but I wanted to know what you think.
Greetings from Athens.
I like it – good idea – I like the reader experiences.
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