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Spain Attractions That Should Be UNESCO World Heritage Sites
From Gaudi's architectural masterpieces in the north to the Alhambra of Granada down south, Spain is abundant with culturally significant and captivating sights coast to coast. Despite holding the honor as one of the countries with the most UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Spanish Kingdom boasts attractions that are less crowded but just as stunning as its most popular sites. Go beyond the usual destinations and unravel the nation's best-kept secrets and natural treasures.
1. Montserrat - With its dramatic rock formations and rich history, it's surprising that Montserrat Mountain and Monastery isn't already a UNESCO World Heritage site. In the meantime, you can enjoy sweeping countryside views, tranquil ambiance, and fresh mountain air on a Montserrat from Barcelona tour.
2. Italica - As the birthplace of emperors and home of ancient ruins, Italica looks like it was plucked from Rome. Unlike its Roman counterparts, it has not been inducted in the UNESCO list, but it's been shortlisted. Meanwhile, you can discover the Game of Thrones filming location on a trip from Seville.
3. Codorniu Wine Cellars - Declared as a national monument by the king, Codorniu Winery is a marvel in architecture and winemaking. Designed by a Modernista master, the wine cellar near Barcelona tells a story of Spanish heritage by its appearance and the quality cava it produces.
4. Sacromonte Gypsy Caves - Located in the countryside above Granada, Sacromonte caves are ingrained in Spanish tradition and culture. As the birthplace of the Zambra flamenco and the home of the Romani people, the caves' history is as rich as any UNESCO site.
5. Girona - With its vast history and vibrant vista, Girona has the makings of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its centuries-old Jewish Quarter and medieval walls have much to offer. Discover Girona from Barcelona and learn why countries have fought over the colorful city.
6. Casa Amatller - With its pastel-hued facade and intricate design, Barcelona's Casa Amatller stands out even among Modernista masterpieces. Not to be missed is the interior where an explosion of colors has resulted in a vibrant and cozy ambiance--accessible with Casa Amatller tickets.
7. San Sebastian - Known for its golden beaches and vibrant food culture, San Sebastian is a treasure trove for travel. The captivating city has it all: classic and modern architectural gems, famous hiking trail, and a storied Old Town.
8. Casa de Les Punxes - With its towering spikes and ruby-colored walls, Casa Terradas is the Modernism movement's version of a castle in modern Barcelona. A visit to its rooms will show you incredible attention to detail and masterful use of colors for the ultimate visual spectacle.
9. Site of the Retiro and the Prado in Madrid - With intricately detailed monuments surrounded by lush greenery, The Site of the Retiro and the Prado doesn't just create a pretty view. It's also a testament to Madrid's vast history and fruitful future which is why the sprawling area has been shortlisted as a UNESCO Heritage site.
10. Cardona Castle - Perched on top of a hill and boasting sprawling fortifications, the Castle of Cardona creates an imposing panorama. Behind its medieval walls lies a history of sieges and love affairs that makes it a compelling site to visit on a quick trip from Barcelona.

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  1. Italica City of Rome Full Day Tour from Seville Seville
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    Explore Italica, the first authentic Roman city in Spain! Explore the archaeological ensemble of Italica including the amphitheater, Roman theater, statues of Diana, Venus, and other important sites.
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    Sun, Tue, Thu, Sat
    3.5 - 4 hour(s) (afternoon)
  2. Visit the old Roman city of Girona, known for its famous Jewish Quarter, Arab Baths and Wall. Head to the coastal region of Costa Brava and find yourself surrounded by scenic cliffs and coves, crystal clear waters and unspoiled beauty.
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    11.5 hour(s) (morning)
  3. Venture to the coastal region of Costa Brava and discover its beautiful beaches and rock formations with an easy trek. Continue onto Girona where you can explore the medieval quarters and the cathedral.
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    10 hour(s) (morning)
  4. Barcelona Casa de les Punxes Skip the Line Ticket Barcelona
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    Reveal the wonders of Casa de les Punxes, a medieval-inspired modernist architecture by Josep Puig i Cadaflach. Access the rooftop and discover the legend of Sant Jordi with an immersive experience.
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    From USD16.53