Spain has 39 Cultural World Heritage Sites—2nd most in the world

 The old town of Segovia—including the Cathedral, aqueduct and Alcazar—is a World Heritage Site.

The old town of Segovia—including the Cathedral, aqueduct and Alcazar—is a World Heritage Site.

No wonder visitors flock to Spain. After Italy, it has the most cultural heritage sites in the world recognized by UNESCO. It is the 3rd in Heritage sites overall (cultural and natural combined) only behind Italy and China.

 The Escorial, an impressive palace built between 1563-1584, is the most important architectural monument of the Spanish Renaissance.

The Escorial, an impressive palace built between 1563-1584, is the most important architectural monument of the Spanish Renaissance.

There are six criteria for cultural sites which are, to represent a masterpiece of human creative genius, to exhibit an important interchange of human values, to bear a unique testimony to a cultural tradition of a civilization, an outstanding example of a architectural or technological ensemble throughout history, an outstanding example of traditional human settlement or interaction with the environment and to be tangibly associated with traditions, ideas, beliefs and works of universal significance.


Spain has so many World Heritage Sites due to being a part of the Roman Empire in the first centuries as well as its own rich culture.

 Guadalupe has played a leading role in the history of medieval and modern Spain

Guadalupe has played a leading role in the history of medieval and modern Spain

Which of these impressive places is on your wish list to see when you come to Spain?

UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites in Spain

Have a look at the complete list as provided by UNESCO: