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.

The Alcazar of Segovia (Alcazar de Segovia) is an imposing medieval fortress which embodies much of what one would consider to be the ideal vision of a fairytale castle, complete with picturesque turrets and cliff-top location. It is thought that a fort has existed on this site since Roman times, but... Read More

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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.

The Roman city of Baelo Claudia in Andalusia is one of the best surviving examples of an ancient Roman town in Spain. Sitting directly on the coast, Baelo Claudia is a beautiful site to visit, with both stunning views and ancient ruins. The remains of Baelo Claudia, near the modern town... Read More

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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.

El Escorial, the full name of which is The Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial (Real Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial) is an impressive sixteenth century royal complex built under the orders of King Philip II of Spain. Intended to mark the celebration of Spain’s victory... Read More

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4. Belchite

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

Belchite, near Zaragoza, contains the ruins of a town destroyed in the 1937 Battle of Belchite, during the Spanish Civil War. Left untouched as a symbol of the conflict, Belchite gives a rare glimpse of the intensity and destruction wrought by this terrible war. Today a modern town of the same... Read More

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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.

La Sagrada Familia (Church of the Holy Family) is an iconic yet incomplete church in Barcelona. Works on La Sagrada Familia were begun in 1882 under the architect Francisco de Paula del Villar, then continued under Antoni Gaudi. Gaudi did not live to see the church completed and, since his death... Read More

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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.

The Lugo Roman Walls have been described by UNESCO as "the finest surviving example of late Roman military fortifications", a title they truly deserve. Built in the third and fourth centuries AD to protect the Roman city of Lucus Augusti, the Lugo Roman Walls are incredibly well preserved, rising up... Read More

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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.

The Royal Palace of Madrid (Palacio Real de Madrid) is the official - although not the actual - home of the Spanish royal family. Now used mainly for ceremonial and public functions, the Royal Palace of Madrid is open to the public as a museum of the building’s and the country’s history. Prior... Read More

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8. Alcazar of Toledo

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

The Alcazar of Toledo, or the Toledo Fortress, in Spain is a square fortified building with four imposing towers sitting high atop a hill overlooking the city. Dating back to the third century Roman era, the Alcazar of Toledo was restored under the rule of Alfonso VI and Alfonso X. It... Read More

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9. Merida Roman Theatre

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

The Merida Roman Theatre or “Teatro Romano” is one of the most impressive of the ruins of this former colony of the Roman Empire. Together, these ruins, which include Guadiana Bridge and Merida Amphitheatre, form the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Archaeological Ensemble of Mérida. Constructed in approximately 15-16 BC... Read More

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10. Alhambra

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

Calat Alhambra or the “Red Fortress” in Granada, Spain, is a complex of royal palaces, mosques, baths, shops and other buildings surrounded by an imposing two kilometer fortified wall. Originally established in 1238 by the founder of the Nasrid Dynasty, Muhammad Ibn al Ahmar, it was expanded in the 13th century... Read More

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11. Palma Cathedral

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

Palma Cathedral, known as “La Seu” or the “Cathedral of the Sea”, is a vast and imposing Gothic cathedral in Majorca’s capital. Construction of Palma Cathedral is said to have been ordered by King Jaume I in 1230, just a year after this Christian crusader conquered the island. Built atop a... Read More

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Albuera Battlefield

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

Albuera Battlefield in Spain was the site of a clash between France’s Army of the South or ‘Armée du Midi’ led by Marshal Soult and British, Spanish and Portuguese forces on 16 May 1811 in the Peninsula War. The Battle of Albuera almost resulted in defeat for the allied armies, but... Read More

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Alcazaba Fortress

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

The Alcazaba Fortress of Merida was a stronghold built in approximately 835 AD, during the reign of Abd al-Rahman II. This commanding ninth century structure with its twenty five bastions remains today, albeit with medieval additions and renovations. The Alcazaba Fortress of Merida also has characteristics typical of other civilisations, notably... Read More

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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.

The Alcazaba of Malaga (Alcazaba de Málaga) is a picturesque 11th century Moorish citadel said to be one of the most important of its kind in Spain. Historians have put its construction as having taken place between 1057 and 1063 under the rule of Berber king, Badis ben Habus. Over... Read More

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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.

The Alcazar of Seville has been described as ‘one of history’s architectural high points’. The word Alcázar comes from the Hispano-Arabic word ‘Alqáşr’ meaning ‘room of the Prince’ or ‘royal house’ and the palace is truly one of the most striking in all of Spain. In fact the Spanish royal... Read More

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Alcudia City Walls

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

The Alcudia City Walls date back to the fourteenth century, following the Spanish conquest of the island of Majorca. Dotted with twenty-six towers and some gates, mainly Xara and Palma, the Alcudia City Walls were further reinforced with the seventeenth century with a second wall.... Read More

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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.

The Arch of La Estrella (Arco de la Estrella) – translated as the Arch of the Star – is an 18th century gate designed by Manuel de Lara y Churriguera and located in the main square or Plaza Mayor of Cáceres in Spain.... Read More

Badajoz Fortress

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

Badajoz Fortress or 'Alcazaba de Badajoz' is a 12th century fortification in the city of Badajoz in Spain which now houses the Provincial Archaeological Museum. During the Peninsular War, the British made three attempts to breach Badajoz Fortress to capture it from the French. The third attempt, known as the Battle... Read More

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Banys Arabs

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

The Banys Arabs or “Arab Baths” in Palma are a small site containing one of the sole surviving examples of Islamic architecture in Majorca. Dating back to the eleventh century, the Banys Arabs would probably have been part of the home of an affluent Moorish resident. Today, visitors to the Banys... Read More

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Barcelona Cathedral

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

Barcelona Cathedral (Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia) is the seat of the Archbishop of Barcelona. The original building on the site on which Barcelona Cathedral sits was destroyed by the Moors in 985 and replaced by a Romanesque church in 1085. It was over the crypt of this... Read More

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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 de la Virgen de los Desamparados (Basilica of Our Lady of the Forsaken) is a 17th century church built in a Baroque style and dedicated to the patron saint of Valencia. Begun in 1652 and completed in 1667, Basi­lica de la Virgen de los Desamparados is considered to be... Read More

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.

Basilica Vega del Mar was a Paleo-Christian basilica in Marbella with a history dating back to the fourth century AD. Now in ruins, only the outline of Basilica Vega del Mar can be seen, surrounded by almost two hundred graves of various periods. It is also sometimes referred to as the... Read More

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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.

Bujaco Tower (Torre de Bujaco) is a 12th century Moorish Tower in the centre of the Spanish city of Cáceres. The namesake of Bujaco Tower was Caliph Abú-Ya’qub, who led his troops to victory in conquering Cáceres in March 1173 after a six month long siege.... Read More

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.

Burgos Cathedral is a majestic, mainly Gothic cathedral, widely considered to be one of the most beautiful in Spain. With its grand proportions as well as a fine collection of religious works of art, Burgos Cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Construction of Burgos Cathedral began in 1221 during the... Read More

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Carranque Archaeological Park

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

Carranque Archaeological Park (Parque Arqueologico de Carranque) contains a series of Ancient Roman ruins built in the fourth century AD. The site is believed to have a connection with Emperor Theodosius I the Great. Carranque Archaeological Park is mainly comprised of a well preserved villa - known as the Materno Villa - as... Read More

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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 Colon (Columbus House) is a museum of the history of the Canary Islands, particularly as relates to Christopher Columbus and the Americas. Whilst the current Casa de Colon dates to the eighteenth century, its predecessor was once the seat of the governors of Gran Canaria and a said... Read More

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.

Casa de las Conchas (The House of Shells) in Salamanca is a distinctive 15th century Gothic building best known for the approximately 300 shells which adorn its façade. Today, Casa de las Conchas is a public building housing, amongst other things, the public library.... Read More

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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 del Rey Moro (House of the Moorish King) in Ronda was – contrary to its name – actually built in the 18th century on the site of a former Moorish castle and is home to both hanging gardens and a Moorish water mine. The mine was built in the... Read More

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.

The Casa-Museo Federico García Lorca, located in the Huerta de San Vicente, is a museum in Granada which is dedicated to the life, writings and cultural activities of the Spanish poet, playwright and prose writer Federico García Lorca. The Huerta de San Vicente, which was the summer house of Lorca’s family between... Read More

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Castell de Bellver

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

Castell de Bellver or “Bellver Castle” is a striking completely round fourteenth century citadel near Palma in Majorca. Set high atop the bay of Palma, it comes as little surprise that the Catalan name “Castell de Bellver” translates as “The castle with a lovely view”. Construction of Castell de Bellver began... Read More

Castillo de San Andres

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

Castillo de San Andres is the pretty ruin of an eighteenth - perhaps seventeenth - century fortification built to deter pirates from the island of Tenerife. All that remains today are parts of its main tower, the ruins of which are on display in a public plaza.... Read More

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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.

Castillo de San Jose is a dramatic cliff-top eighteenth century fort built to protect Lanzarote’s main port from pirate attacks. Commissioned by King Carlos III, Castillo de San Jose was completed in around 1779. At a time of the construction of Castillo de San Jose, the Canary Islands had... Read More

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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 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Las Palmas or Santa Ana Cathedral) is a stunning cathedral begun in the fifteenth century and constructed in several phases, particularly during the sixteenth century. A combination of neoclassical, gothic and other architectural styles, Catedral de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria also houses... Read More

Catedral de San Cristóbal de La Laguna

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

Catedral de San Cristobal de La Laguna (San Cristobal de La Laguna Cathedral) is a Neoclassical building mostly built between 1904 and 1915. However, the site of Catedral de San Cristobal de La Laguna has a history dating to the sixteenth century, when a church was first built there.... Read More

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Catedral de Toledo

Catedral de Toledo is a thirteenth century cathedral in Spain.

Catedral de Toledo (Toledo Cathedral), which bears the full name 'The Cathedral of Saint Mary of Toledo', is a gothic church in Spain and the seat of the Archdiocese of Toledo. Original construction of Catedral de Toledo began in 1226 during the reign of King San Fernando and continued for... Read More

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.

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. The Battle of the Ebro took place between 24th July and 18th November 1938 and was one of the final offensives launched by the Republican forces. Their... Read More

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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.

Circo Romano de Toledo (Roman circus of Toledo) stands just outside the (also Roman) walls of this Spanish city. Toledo was once the Roman city of Toletum and was an important regional centre and capital of the Roman province of Carthaginensis. Very little remains of this site, but it is thought... Read More

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Complutum

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

Complutum is an Ancient Roman site in Spain first conquered by the Romans in the first century BC. Located within the UNESCO-listed Alcalá de Henares, approximately 30km east of Madrid, Complutum offers a number of things to see including its forum and Domus. One of its most famous sites is the... Read More

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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.

Built by the Romans in the first century BC, the Roman Bridge of Cordoba, as described in around 1140 by Arab geographer Muhammad al-Idrisi, ‘surpasses all other bridges in beauty and solidity'. Rather than simply an object of beauty which it undoubtedly is, the bridge was a vital player in the... Read More

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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.

Ducal Palace is a 17th century fortress in Lerma, Spain designed by Spanish Renaissance architect Francisco de Mora. A small hilltop town, Lerma is a little off the tourist track, but has a variety of interesting sites to see, especially at its summit. Here stands the Ducal Palace (now a Parador... Read More

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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.

El Miguelete (The Micalet Tower) is an iconic gothic bell tower built in 1381 and joined onto Valencia Cathedral in the 15th century.... Read More

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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.

The site of Empuries in Catalonia contains the remains of an ancient Greco-Roman city and military camp and is one of the oldest of its kind found on the Iberian Peninsula. The history of Empuries dates back to the early Iron Age, but the remains that can be seen today at... Read More

Fort Conception

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

Fort Conception (Fort Concepcion) is a seventeenth century Spanish fort near the border with Portugal which was used as a base by the British Light Division in the Peninsular War. In 1810, the Light Division blew up Fort Conception as enemy forces approached, but it is still incredibly well preserved.... Read More

Galdar Archaeological Site

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

The Galdar Archaeological Site houses the best preserved remains of the prehistoric inhabitants of the Canary Islands. Known as the Guanches, these were the indigenous people of the islands and are believed to have originated from North Africa sometime in the first millennium BC. The Galdar Archaeological Site is... Read More

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.

The General Archive on the Spanish Civil War in Salamanca holds vital records from this period of Spanish history and about the regime of General Franco. Today, visitors to the General Archive on the Spanish Civil War can also see a display of various photographs, posters and documents. Although it... Read More

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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.

The Gerona Jewish Quarter (El Call) is said to be one of the world’s best preserved Jewish quarters, although it no longer has a Jewish population. Whilst Jews first arrived in Gerona in the 9th century, it was between the 13th and 15th century that the community thrived. At this... Read More

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Girona Arab Baths

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

The Girona Arab Baths (Banys Arabs Girona) are a Romanesque 12th century creation built for King Alfons I. Destroyed at the latter end of the 13th century by French invasion, the Girona Arab Baths were rebuilt between 1294 and 1296 and later incorporated into the convent built on the site in... Read More

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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.

Girona Cathedral (Catedral De Girona) is best known for its vast nave, being the widest Gothic nave in the world. In fact, Girona Cathedral’s nave was the cause of much controversy. Inititially intended to have three naves, the change in plans to just one caused much discord. Having... Read More

Guadalmina Roman Baths

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

The Guadalmina Roman Baths, known locally as Las Bovedos, meaning “The Domes”, are the ruins of a small Roman baths complex in Marbella. Located near the beach, the Guadalmina Roman Baths are comprised of seven stone rooms built in an octagonal shape and probably date to the second or third century... Read More

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Guadiana Bridge

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

Guadiana Bridge in Merida, known locally as Puente Romano, is a large Ancient Roman construct which crosses the Guadiana River. In fact, at a length of almost 800 metres, Guadiana Bridge was one of the biggest bridges known to have been built by the Romans. The origins of Guadiana Bridge date... Read More

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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.

Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Concepcion (Church of the Immaculate Conception) in La Orotava in Tenerife was built in the 18th century but its history dates back to the 16th century, when a chapel was founded there.... Read More

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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.

Iglesia de Santo Domingo de Guzman is a church dating mostly to the seventeenth century, but with an eclectic range of art and architecture including a sixteenth century doorway and twentieth century murals.... Read More

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Itálica

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

Itálica near Seville was an impressive city and the hometown of Roman emperors Trajan and Hadrian. It would have been a vital hub in its time, both politically and in terms of military strategy. Today it is a fascinating archaeological site. Established in 206 BC, Itálica was initially founded under... Read More

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La Almudaina Royal Palace

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

La Almudaina Royal Palace, also known as Palau de l'Almudaina, in Palma was a Muslim citadel turned into a Majorcan palace. This transformation occurred from 1281, after which it was used by monarchs of Majorca. Even today, the king of Spain uses La Almudaina Royal Palace as a summer residence. Inside... Read More

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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 Giralda of Seville has the honour of being both one of the world’s most famous bell towers and minarets, earning it UNESCO World Heritage status. Originally built between 1172 and 1198 as part of a magnificent mosque under Emir Yaqub al-Mansur, it is considered to be a brilliant example... Read More

La Olmeda Roman Villa

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

La Olmeda Roman Villa (Villa Romana de La Olmeda) is a well-preserved fourth century AD Roman home in Palencia in Spain. Spanning 3,000 square metres and comprised of 27 rooms, La Olmeda Roman Villa is best known for its mosaics, the most important of which depict great mythological scenes and can... Read More

Las Dueñas Convent

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

Las Duenas Convent (Convento de las Duenas) is a Dominican convent in Salamanca best known for its beautiful cloister. Founded in 1419, Las Duenas Convent is housed in a grand Moorish style building and remains home to the Dominican nuns whose life of prayer and work is reflected in their... Read More

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Lugo Cathedral

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

Lugo Cathedral (Catedral de Lugo) was mainly built from 1129 to 1273 and added to over the centuries, thus explaining its mixture of styles. In particular, some of its chapels date to the fourteenth century and were built in a Gothic style, while the cloisters were constructed in 1710 and... Read More

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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.

The Lugo Roman Baths were built in approximately 15BC, around the time when the city was founded and remain well-preserved. As with all such bathing complexes, the Lugo Roman Baths attracted Romans by virtue of their believed healing powers, in particular the properties of the water which they drew from the... Read More

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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.

Malaga Cathedral is a stunning example of Spanish ecclesiastical architecture blending Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles. Begun in the 1530’s on the former site of an Almohad mosque, construction continued through to the 17th century. Yet, even today Malaga Cathedral is unfinished. Indeed the fact that it is lacking its... Read More

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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.

Malaga Roman Theatre (Teatro Romano de Málaga) is a picturesque surviving vestige of ancient Malaga. Constructed in the first century AD, during Augustus’ reign, this picturesque theatre rose approximately 16 metres in high and spanned 31 metres in diameter. In use until the third century, Malaga Roman Theatre was used... Read More

Marbella Castle Walls

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

The Marbella Castle Walls (Murallas del Castillo) were once part of an impressive Moorish citadel built in the tenth century. Relatively little remains of this once great site. Today, tourists are confined to viewing this fortification from the outside as it is not open to the public.... Read More

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Merida Amphitheatre

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

Merida Amphitheatre is a reasonably well preserved Ancient Roman amphitheatre in the Spanish city of Merida. The Emperor Augustus (63 BC - AD 14) established the Roman colony known as Augusta Emerita - later to become modern Merida - in 25 BC. Soon after its founding, Augusta Emerita became the capital... Read More

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Merida Roman Circus

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

The Merida Roman Circus or “Circo Romano de Merida” was built in the time that the city, then known as Augusta Emerita, was part of one of the colonies of the Roman Empire. A vast sports arena able to accommodate up to 30,000 people, Merida’s Roman Circus would have been the... Read More

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Mithraeum House - Merida

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

Mithraeum House (Casa del Mitreo) in Merida was an impressive Roman home built sometime in the late first, early second century. Centred on three main courtyards and with some of its intricate decoration still evident, it is clear that Mithraeum House would have been a grand residence. The current name of... Read More

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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.

Nestled amid acres of dramatic parkland crisscrossed by waterfalls, streams and idyllic natural pools, Monasterio de Piedra is a picturesque medieval monastery in the municipality of Nuévalos, in the province of Zaragoza in Northeast Spain. The Monastery, whose name translates literally as 'The Stone Monastery', was founded in 1194 when Alfonso... Read More

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Monestir de Pedralbes

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

Monestir de Pedralbes is a gothic church and monastery in Barcelona. Established by Queen Elisenda, the wife of James II of Aragon, in 1326, Monestir de Pedralbes is the oldest building in the wealthy Pedralbes quarter and an architectural gem. Having once housed the nuns of Order of Saint Clare and... Read More

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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.

Officially titled Santa Maria de Montserrat, Montserrat Monastery is an important medieval abbey and one of the most important religious sites in Catalonia. Sitting high among the mountains of the Catalan countryside, it offers visitors stunning views of the surrounding area as well as eye-catching architecture and history. It is believed the... Read More

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Murcia Cathedral

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

Murcia Cathedral (Iglesia Catedral de Santa Maria en Murcia) is a picturesque Roman Catholic cathedral in Spain dating back to the 14th century. Known as the Cathedral Church of Saint Mary, Murcia Cathedral was constructed from 1394 on what had been the site of a mosque. Elements of a prayer... Read More

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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.

The Old Town of Caceres in Spain is an embodiment of centuries of conflict, with its winding streets, palaces and general style telling the stories of those who fought for its conquest. Founded by the Romans under the name Norbensis Caesarina in the 1st century BC, medieval Caceres was the... Read More

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.

The Palacio de los Golfines de Abajo is an impressive, mostly Gothic, stately home in the historic Old Town of Cáceres, said to be the lodgings of royalty whenever they visited. It is not open to the public, but its rustic façade is one of the most notable in the... Read More

Palacio del Infantado

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

Palacio del Infantado (Infantado Palace) is a renaissance style palace designed by Juan Guas under the orders of don Íñigo López de Mendoza, the second Duque del Infantado. Palacio del Infantado is interesting both in terms of its stunning architecture and its status as a museum of fine art and archaeology.... Read More

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.

The Picasso Birthplace Museum (Casa Natal Picasso) in Malaga, Spain, is dedicated not just to the artist’s work, but to giving an insight into his family life. It was on 25 October 1881 that Pablo Picasso was born on the first floor of the building which now houses the Picasso... Read More

Pollentia

Pollentia is an Ancient Roman site in Alcudia in Majorca.

Pollentia is an archaeological site in Alcudia, Majorca housing the remains of an Ancient Roman city. It is thought that the Romans established Pollentia in either the first or second century BC and that the city was thriving by the second century AD. Sadly, Pollentia has been the subject of significant... Read More

Puente de Alcantara

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

Puente de Alcantara (Alcantara Bridge) in Spain is an impressive stone arch structure crossing the Tajo River and acting as the entrance to Alcantara. Puente de Alcantara was originally built by the Romans, but much of it has since been the subject of reconstruction, mostly due to damage caused during... Read More

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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.

The Sun Gate of Toledo (Puerta del Sol) was built by the Knights Hospitaller in the 14th century, although it is said that the original gate may date back to the Taifa kingdom of the 11th century. Today, the impressive Moorish style Sun Gate of Toledo is a popular monument... Read More

Refugi 307

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

Refugi 307 (Shelter 307) was one of thousands of bomb shelters built in Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War. Intended to defend the citizens from the raids instigated by Franco and his army from 13 February 1937 onwards, these were built under houses, in metro stations and throughout the city,... Read More

Rio Verde Roman Villa

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

The Rio Verde Roman Villa (Villa Romana de Rio Verde) was a first to second century AD Roman home and villa complex in Marbella, Spain. Today, the highlight of a visit to the Rio Verde Roman Villa are the impressive Roman mosaics, which depict mostly culinary and religious imagery. These mosaics... Read More

Roman Necropolis of Barcelona

The Roman Necropolis of Barcelona contains 95 Ancient Roman tombs.

The Roman Necropolis of Barcelona (Necrópolis Romana) is a realtively obscure site which contains 95 second and third century Roman tombs. As with most Roman cities, Barcino (Barcelona) required all burials to take place outside of its city walls. Today, the Roman Necropolis can be seen in a small park within... Read More

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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.

The Royal Palace of Aranjuez (Palacio Real de Aranjuez) is a magnificent Spanish royal palace south of Madrid and made up of a blend of styles. It was King Philip II who commissioned the building of Aranjuez Palace in the 16th century, with plans drawn up by Juan Herrera, also... Read More

Sagunto Castle

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

Sagunto Castle (Castillo de Sagunto) is a vast ruin spread over a kilometre and overlooking the town. The most impressive parts of Sagunto Castle date back to around the eighth century and were built by the Moors as an imposing fortress. However, the site also shows signs of previous inhabitants... Read More

Sagunto Roman Theatre

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

The Sagunto Roman Theatre (Teatro Romano de Sagunto) dates back to the first century, when it was built into the side of a mountain. The site has the honour of being the first ever to be declared a Spanish National Monument, an accolade it achieved in 1896. However, while the... Read More

Salamanca Battlefield

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

The Salamanca Battlefield was the site of the Battle of Salamanca, a major clash in the Peninsular Wars, part of the Napoleonic Wars. On 22 July 1812, the Duke of Wellington led the combined British, Spanish and Portuguese army to victory over the French forces led by Marshal Auguste Marmont. There is a... Read More

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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.

The Salamanca Roman Bridge (Puente Romano de Salamanca) is a picturesque stone arched bridge said to date back to the first century AD. This would place it in the reign of Marcus Ulpius Traianus, when the bridge was part of the 'Plata' or ‘silver’ route between Merida and Astorga. Much of... Read More

San Andres Gate

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

San Andres Gate (Puerta de San Andres) is one of the gates of Segovia’s historic city walls. Whilst evidence of the existence of San Andres Gate can be traced as far back as 1120, today’s gate was renovated sometime between the end of the 15th and beginning of the 16th... Read More

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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.

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. An utterly unique historical site, the medieval Romanesque cloister sits directly underneath a huge rocky outcrop which looms ominously overhead and... Read More

Santa Eulalia Basilica - Merida

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

Santa Eulalia Basilica in Merida, known locally as Basílica de Santa Eulalia, is an Ancient Roman church the remains of which lie under the present eighteenth century church. The namesake of Santa Eulalia Basilica was a girl who was martyred upon being burnt at the stake during the Christian persecutions under... Read More

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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.

At Canet del Mar on Spain’s northeastern Balearic coast, 47km north of Barcelona sits the 11th century Santa Florentina Castle. It was built on the site of a Roman villa complex (the remains of which were incorporated into the castle) by Guadimir de Canet and it served as a private residence... Read More

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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 María la Blanca Synagogue in Toledo, Spain, has the unique disposition of originally being a Moorish construction built for a Jewish synagogue which was converted into a Christian church in the 15th century. Santa María la Blanca Synagogue was first constructed in 1180, completed in the early 13th century,... Read More

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.

Eglesia de Santa Maria del Mar (St Mary of the Sea Church) is a fourteenth century Catalan-Gothic church in Barcelona’s Born District. Originally built to celebrate the Catalan conquest of Sardinia, Santa Maria del Mar is now one of Barcelona’s most famous churches and its best example of Catalan-Gothic architecture, designed... Read More

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.

Santiago de Compostela Cathedral (Catedral de Santiago de Compostela), or simply “Santiago Cathedral”, in Spain is believed to house the tomb of one of the Twelve Apostles, Saint James the Greater, making it one of the most important places of pilgrimage within Catholicism. In fact, since the Middle Ages, millions... Read More

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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.

Santiago del Arrabal Church (Iglesia de Santiago del Arrabal) is a 13th century structure widely considered to be one of Toledo’s most impressive Mudejar style buildings and built under the auspices of Sancho II.... Read More

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Segovia Aqueduct

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

Segovia Aqueduct is one of the best preserved Roman structures in the world and represents a brilliant feat of engineering. Built at around the end of the first / beginning of the second century AD, the Segovia Aqueduct still stands tall and includes two levels of granite arches to a total... Read More

Segovia Cathedral

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

Segovia Cathedral (Catedral de Segovia) is an impressive gothic cathedral which looms over the town of Segovia. Begun under Carlos V in 1525, Segovia Cathedral was only consecrated in 1768. Today, Segovia Cathedral is part of the Old Town of Segovia and its Aqueduct UNESCO World Heritage site.... Read More

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 Jewish Cemetery, also known as “El Pinarillo”, was the cemetery of the city’s Jewish community. Whilst there are no official dates associated with the cemetery, it would have served the community before the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492. Today, visitors to Segovia Jewish Cemetery can... Read More

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.

Segovia Old Main Synagogue (Antigua Sinagoga Mayor), now known as the Convent of Corpus Christi or Iglesia del Corpus Christi, was used as a synagogue from the 14th century until 1410, when it was seized and converted into a church. It remained as such until 1889 when it was destroyed... Read More

Serranos Towers

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

The Serranos Towers (Torres de Serranos) are a duo of medieval defensive towers which once formed part of Valencia’s fortifications. Begun in 1392, the purpose of the Serranos Towers was to help defend what was then the city’s most active gates. From 1586, the Serranos Towers took on an entirely... Read More

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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.

Seville Cathedral (Catedral de Sevilla) is an impressive gothic structure and, with a total area of 11,520 square metres, is only beaten in size by London’s St Paul’s Cathedral and Rome’s St. Peter’s, making it the third largest cathedral in the world. Some even argue that it is actually the... Read More

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.

The Spanish National Museum of Archaeology (Museo Nacional de Arqueologia) in Madrid displays historical artefacts from throughout the country’s history as well as from around the world. The periods covered by the Spanish National Archaeological Museum range from prehistory to the nineteenth century and include Ancient Roman and Greek works, Egyptian... Read More

Talavera Battlefield Monument

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

The Talavera Battlefield Monument near Talavera in Spain, commemorates the Battle of Talavera, which took place on 27 and 28 July 1809 and was the Duke of Wellington’s - then Sir Arthur Wellesley’s - first major victory of the Peninsular War, part of the Napoleonic Wars. The Talavera Battlefield Monument is... Read More

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Tarragona Amphitheatre

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

Tarragona Amphitheatre (Anfiteatro Romano de Tarragona) is a second century AD sports arena in Spain which would once have played host to the pastimes of the Ancient Romans, particularly to gladiatorial battles. It was probably built during the reign of Trajan or Hadrian. At the time, Tarragona Amphitheatre was part... Read More

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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.

The stunning Tarragona Aqueduct is the last remaining section of the ancient aqueduct which served the Roman city of Tarraco. Also known as Pont de les Ferreres or Pont del Diable, it is believed to have been built in the first century AD during the reign of the Emperor Augustus. The... Read More

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 Circus (Circo Romano de Tarragona) is an ancient racing arena, probably built under the Emperor Domitian in the first century AD, which still contains some astonishing subterranean Roman tunnels. When Tarragona Roman Circus was constructed it would have been able to accommodate up to 30,000 spectators and was just... Read More

Tarragona Roman Forum

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

The Tarragona Roman Forum houses the ruins of what was the central square of the Ancient Roman city of Tarraco. The site is UNESCO listed. A major Roman city, Terraco was the capital of the province of Nearer Spain. Operating at the very heart of this ancient city, the Forum was... Read More

Temple of Augustus - Barcelona

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

The Temple of Augustus is a poorly preserved first century AD Roman ruin hidden in Barcelona’s back streets. Built in honour of the Emperor Augustus in the first century AD, all that remains of this temple are four main columns, hidden away within the medieval quarter in the courtyard of the... Read More

Temple of Diana - Merida

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

The Temple of Diana (Templo de Diana) in Merida was a sacred site constructed by the Romans in the early first century AD, after the conquest of the area by the Emperor Augustus. Roman Merida, known as Emerita Augusta, became an important centre of Roman power in the region. Originally formed... Read More

Tenerife Archaeological Museum

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

The Tenerife Archaeological Museum (Museo Arqueologico de Tenerife) contains archaeological finds from around the Canary Islands. In particular, the Tenerife Archaeological Museum houses a comprehensive exhibition on the Guanches, the prehistoric to ancient inhabitants of these islands. From pottery to utensils and even mummies, the Tenerife Archaeological Museum has... Read More

The Alcala Gate

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

The Alcala Gate (Puerta de Alcala) is an iconic eighteenth century triumphal arch in Madrid constructed under King Charles III of Spain (Carlos III). Completed in 1778, the Alcala Gate was built in celebration of the king’s arrival in the city.... Read More

The Cibeles Fountain

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

The Cibeles Fountain (Fuente de Cibeles) is an iconic monument in Madrid which was built under the orders of King Charles III (Carlos III) in the late eighteenth century. Today it is often the site where football victories are celebrated.... Read More

The Debod Temple

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

The Debod Temple (Templo de Debod) is an Ancient Egyptian temple in Madrid gifted to Spain in the 1960s. Originally built in Aswan by Kushite King Adikhalamani, the Debod Temple dates back to the second century BC and was added to over the centuries, including by some of the rulers... Read More

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 House of Robert Graves in Mallorca is a small museum dedicated to the life of author Robert Graves and is located in the home in which he lived. Sometimes called Ca n'Alluny, the villa has been returned to very much as it was when Graves returned to his home in... Read More

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The Los Milagros Aqueduct

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

The Los Milagros Aqueduct (Acueducto de Los Milagros) is an incredibly well-preserved Roman water supply system in Merida, Spain. Comprised of a trio of levels of looming brick arches, the remains of the Los Milagros Aqueduct are a fantastic example of Roman engineering. In ancient Roman times, the Los Milagros Aqueduct... Read More

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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.

The Ronda Bullring, also known as La Ronda or Plaza de toros de Ronda has attained iconic status and is one of the oldest in Spain. Opened in 1785, the Ronda Bullring can hold some 6,000 spectators and, with its Neoclassical architecture, is popular for its style as well as... Read More

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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.

The Toledo Sephardic Museum (Museo Sefardi) is a museum dedicated to the history, culture and legacy of the city’s Jewish population. From Roman times to the 15th century expulsion of the Jewish community, the Toledo Sephardic Museum covers a wide range of periods. The building in which the Toledo... Read More

Tordesillas

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

Tordesillas is an interesting small town off the E80 in Northern Spain. It has a number of historic sights, including the convent of Santa Clara, which was originally built as a castle by King Alphonso XI in 1344. The significance of Tordesillas in Spanish history lies in two events: the signing... Read More

Trajan Arch of Merida

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

The Trajan Arch of Merida is part of UNESCO’s Archaeological Ensemble of Mérida and has in the past been said to have been a triumphal arch to the Emperor Trajan. However, this has been cast into doubt and historians now think it may have been the entry gate to the... Read More

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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.

Salamanca University (Universidad de Salamanca) is the oldest university in Spain and one of the oldest in Europe. Dating back to 1218, it was founded under the orders of King León Alfonso IX. Today, highlights of a visit to the University of Salamanca include its Fray Luis de León lecture... Read More

Valencia Cathedral

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

Valencia Cathedral (Catedral de Valencia) was begun in the 13th century and boasts an eclectic range of styles. Whilst mostly completed by the end of the 15th century Valencia Cathedral was constructed over the course of several centuries, imbuing this mostly Gothic building with Romanesque, Baroque and other influences. All... Read More

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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.

Located fourteen hundred metres high up the Sierra de Caldereros, Zafra Castle has stood on its own on a sandstone outcrop for a thousand years. Originally built in the 11th century by the Moors, it sits 5km from the village of Campillo de Dueñas although the castle you see today is mostly from... Read More