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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. Travel from Barcelona to the majestic Montserrat mountain and Monastery early in the morning. Avoid the crowds when you visit the famous Basilica of Montserrat, then explore the site on your own or choose the Montserrat guided tour option.
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    From USD29.30

    15%
    OFF
    Early Booking
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
    5.5 hour(s) (morning)
  2. Montserrat Mountain and Basilica Half Day Tour from Barcelona Barcelona
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    Visit Montserrat, a mountain rising over 4000 ft. into the air from Barcelona. See the Royal Basilica and La Moreneta (Black Virgin), then enjoy liquor tasting and the breathtaking views from the mountain.
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    USD63.19

    Daily
    5 - 6 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  3. 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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    Pick-up Provided

    USD59.74

    Sun, Tue, Thu, Sat
    3.5 - 4 hour(s) (afternoon)
  4. Save money on this combo tour and head to the Codorniu wineries and Montserrat! See the worlds largest underground cellars as you learn more about winemaking. Then, drive up to the famous Montserrat and get a chance to see to the famous abbey.
    English Available

    From USD96.51

    10%
    OFF
    Mon, Wed, Fri
    7 - 9.5 hour(s) (morning)
  5. Make the most of your Barcelona stay and explore highlights in and out of the city! Save money on this combo tour as you enjoy a trip to Montserrat, savor cava at Codorniu Winery, and bypass queues with fast track Sagrada Familia tickets.
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    From USD158.55

    10%
    OFF
    Mon, Wed, Fri
    9.5 hour(s) (morning)
  6. 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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    USD102.26

    Daily
    11.5 hour(s) (morning)
  7. 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.
    English Available

    USD96.51

    Daily
    10 hour(s) (morning)
  8. Barcelona Casa Amatller Tour with Live Guide or Video Guide Barcelona
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    With a video guide or a live guide, discover the famous Casa Amatller. Enjoy a comprehensive tour of the rooms in this magnificent villa, built by architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch in 1900. Cap off the tour with a cup of delicious hot chocolate.
    English Available
    Accessible

    From USD21.83

    Daily
    1 - 1.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon, evening)
  9. Set your sights on the highlights of the Modernisme movement with this convenient 7-day pass! Save time and money as you skip long queues and discover architectural marvels like Gaudi's Casa Vicens, Casa Amatller and the Palau de la Musica.

    From USD103.40

    47%
    OFF
    Daily
  10. San Sebastian Camino de Santiago Hiking Experience Northern Spain
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    Hike through the renowned St. James Way. Marvel at the captivating coastline view on the way to the top before rewarding yourself with txakoli, a local white wine, at Santiago Square.
    English Available
    Daily
    5.5 hour(s) (morning)
  11. San Sebastian and Biarritz Day Trip from Bilbao Northern Spain
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    Enjoy this tour to the Bay of Biscay and visit Biarritz and San Sebastian. Feel the gentle ocean breeze as you gaze out to the Atlantic Ocean while witnessing Basque culture and traditions.
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    USD80.43

    Sun
    9.5 hour(s) (morning)
  12. 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 USD15.51

    Daily
  13. Save money and time as you visit two of Madrid's most popular museums in one day! Enjoy a hassle-free visit to the Prado Museum, Spain's main art museum, and the Reina Sofia Museum, which boasts one of the largest contemporary art collections.

    From USD63.19

    26%
    OFF
    Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat
    4.5 hour(s) (morning)
  14. Skip the long lines and enjoy a guided tour of the Royal Palace of Madrid, home to Spain's monarchs. Explore and learn more about the history of its ornate rooms. Then, complete the experience with an optional walking tour around the El Retiro Park.
    English Available
    Accessible

    From USD42.51

    Daily
    2.5 - 4.5 hour(s) (morning)
  15. Embark on a journey to two Catalan gems in one day! Drive to Cardona and visit its medieval castle and salt mines. Then, have a scrumptious brunch paired with wine and cava. Marvel at the majestic Montserrat mountain and savor liquors made by monks.

    USD109.15

    Thu, Sat
    10 hour(s) (morning)