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Introduction

For the majority, the mention of Spain conjures thoughts of crowded beaches, high rise hotels and apartment blocks, cheap holidays and a retirement home for thousands of UK citizens.

Sunvil used to feature Spain many years ago and has chosen to return simply because the country deserves to be featured in the Sunvil manner.  It is an enormous country, the largest in Southern Europe and the second largest in Western Europe and the European Union.  It is a country of contrasts and of extreme beauty, much of which the casual traveller has not explored.

In the northern provinces of Asturias, Galicia and the Basque Country the weather is oceanic without a well-defined summer with rainy days representing almost half the annual total with maximum temperatures between 25°C and 26°C and minimum 6°C to 7°C. In Andalucia in the south, summer temperatures can reach 40°C in Seville, although the average in July is 28°C with winter average temperatures at around 11°C.

Culturally Spain is as diverse as its weather, with the south, having been under Moorish occupation for 500 years until 1492 still showing visible signs of that period in all the Andalucian cities.

Beginning with Andalucia and then travelling north to Extremadura we have researched a series of itineraries, some of which feature two centre suggestions with Portugal, which explore the lesser known areas of these regions.  You will be surprised at the beauty of the landscapes, and of the many national parks and the picture postcard towns, villages and cities which are still generally unknown to many.

Over a period of time more regions will be added but we intend to take one step at a time - it’s a big place.

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Spain  – UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Andalucia has 7 World Heritage Sites inscribed on the list - six cultural and one natural. Most of the cultural sites are located in cities or towns: the three great Muslim centres of power, Granada, Seville and Cordoba; and Ubeda and Baeza.

Highlighted in Blue are all located in Andalucia


Cultural (40)
1.    Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín, Granada (1984)
2.    Antequera Dolmens Site, Malaga (2016)
3.    Aranjuez Cultural Landscape (2001)
4.    Archaeological Ensemble of Mérida (1993)
5.    Archaeological Ensemble of Tárraco (2000)
6.    Archaeological Site of Atapuerca (2000)
7.    Burgos Cathedral (1984)
8.    Catalan Romanesque Churches of the Vall de Boí (2000)
9.    Cathedral, Alcázar and Archivo de Indias in Seville (1987)
10.    Cave of Altamira and Paleolithic Cave Art of Northern Spain (1985)
11.    Cultural Landscape of the Serra de Tramuntana (2011)
12.    Heritage of Mercury. Almadén and Idrija (2012)
13.    Historic Centre of Cordoba (1984)
14.    Historic City of Toledo (1986)
15.    Historic Walled Town of Cuenca (1996)
16.    La Lonja de la Seda de Valencia (1996)
17.    Las Médulas (1997)
18.    Monastery and Site of the Escurial, Madrid (1984)
19.    Monuments of Oviedo and the Kingdom of the Asturias (1985)
20.    Mudejar Architecture of Aragon (1986)
21.    Old City of Salamanca (1988)
22.    Old Town of Ávila with its Extra-Muros Churches (1985)
23.    Old Town of Cáceres (1986)
24.    Old Town of Segovia and its Aqueduct (1985)
25.    Palau de la Música Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau, Barcelona (1997)
26.    Palmeral of Elche (2000)
27.    Poblet Monastery (1991)
28.    Prehistoric Rock Art Sites in the Côa Valley and Siega Verde (1998)
29.    Renaissance Monumental Ensembles of Úbeda and Baeza (2003)
30.    Rock Art of the Mediterranean Basin on the Iberian Peninsula (1998)
31.    Roman Walls of Lugo (2000)
32.    Routes of Santiago de Compostela: Camino Francés and Routes of Northern Spain (1993)
33.    Royal Monastery of Santa María de Guadalupe (1993)
34.    San Cristóbal de La Laguna (1999)
35.    San Millán Yuso and Suso Monasteries (1997)
36.    Santiago de Compostela (Old Town) (1985)
37.    Tower of Hercules (2009)
38.    University and Historic Precinct of Alcalá de Henares (1998)
39.    Vizcaya Bridge (2006)
40.    Works of Antoni Gaudí (1984)

Natural (3)
41.    Doñana National Park (1994)
42.    Garajonay National Park (1986)
43.    Teide National Park (2007)

Mixed (2)
44.    Ibiza, Biodiversity and Culture (1999)
45.    Pyrénées - Mont Perdu (1997)

Paradors of Spain

Paradores of Spain


The Parador chain was conceived in 1928. Paradores are located in extraordinary natural settings or in the most beautiful, picturesque artistic and historical towns and cities. They are set in former palaces, ancient convents and monasteries, medieval castles and buildings that have played a part in the illustrious history and culture of Spain


Andalucía 

Parador Name                                        Style

Parador de Arcos                                    Regional

Parador de Cádiz                                    Modern

Parador de Carmona                              Fortress

Parador de Córdoba                               Modern

Parador de Granada                               Monastery

Parador de Jaén Castle                         Page

Parador de Úbeda  Monument             Page

Parador de Cazorla Modern                  Page

Parador de Málaga-Gibralfaro              Modern

Parador de Ronda  Modern                  Website

Parador de Nerja Modern                     Website

Parador de Antequera                           Modern

Parador de Málaga Golf                        Regional

Parador de Mazagón                             Modern 

Parador de Ayamonte                           Modern 

Parador de Mójacar                               Modern

 

Extremadura 

Parador Name                                       Style 

Parador de Cáceres                             Monument

Parador de Guadalupe                        Convent 

Parador de Mérida                                Convent 

Parador de Plasencia                          Convent

Parador de Trujillo                                Convent

Parador de Zafra                                   Monument

Parador de Jarandilla de la Vera       Castle

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