Spanish Colonial Sites

If you’re looking to explore Spanish Colonial sites and want to find the best places to view Spanish Colonial history then you can explore our interactive map above or navigate further by using the links below.

Once you’ve explored the list of Spanish Colonial sites and selected those you wish to visit you can use our itinerary planner tool to plan your trip and then print off a free pocket guidebook. This indispensible holiday guide will help you make the most of your time exploring Spanish Colonial sites.

Our database of Spanish Colonial historic sites is growing all the time, but we may not cover them all. Remember, if you know of other Spanish Colonial sites, remains or ruins, you can always add them to Trip Historic now by visiting our upload page.

Spanish Colonial: Site Index

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Alhondiga de Granaditas

Alhondiga de Granaditas was the site of a rebel attack against the Spanish in the Mexican War of Independence.

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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.

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Casa de la Emancipacion

Casa de la Emancipacion was the site where Peru planned and declared its independence from Spain.

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Castillo de Chapultepec

Chapultepec Castle was once the home of Emperor Maximilian of Habsburg and now houses Mexico’s National History Museum

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Castillo de San Marcos

The Castillo de San Marcos is a 17th century fortification and the oldest of its type in the continental United States.

Las Bóvedas

Las Bóvedas were colonial fortifications of the old City of Cartagena.

Leon Viejo

Leon Viejo was one of the first Spanish settlements in the Americas and one with a turbulent history.

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Merida Cathedral

Merida Cathedral in Mexico is the oldest one on the continent.

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Museo de los Descalzos

The Museo de los Descalzos is a Franciscan convent and museum with a large collection of religious paintings which was founded in the late 16th century.

Museo Popol Vuh

Museo Popol Vuh in Guateala City has an extensive collection of ancient, particularly Maya, pieces.

Nuestra Senora de Loreto

Nuestra Señora de Loreto was a Jesuit mission, now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Palacio de la Inquisición

Palacio de la Inquisición in Cartagena played a sinister role in the Spanish Inquisition.

San Ignacio Mini

San Ignacio Mini in Argentina is one of the best preserved Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis

San Juan de Ulua

San Juan de Ulua is a sixteenth century Spanish fort which defended the port of Veracruz in Mexico.

Sao Miguel das Missoes

Sao Miguel das Missoes was one of five Jesuit missions of the Guaranis granted UNESCO World Heritage status.


Tenochtitlan was the Aztec capital, established in 1325AD and destroyed by the Spanish in the 16th century.

The National Palace of Mexico

The National Palace of Mexico is an important landmark representing Mexico’s independence.

Torre del Reloj de Cartagena

Torre del Reloj de Cartagena served as the main gateway to the historic city and is now its most famous landmark.