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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)

Paradores 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
Parador de Úbeda
Monument
Parador de Cazorla Modern
Parador de Málaga-Gibralfaro
Modern
Parador de Ronda
Modern
Parador de Nerja Modern
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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With its lush valleys, vine-clad hillsides, historical towns and a National Park, it is easy to understand what Cristiana is so passionate about northern Portugal, her ancestral home. Fluent in Portuguese and conversant in Spanish, she has been able to scratch under the surface of these countries on her travels and loves nothing more than sharing her findings with our guests. Recently Cristiana has returned from Swedish Lapland, a destination which was on her own bucket list and which did not fail to impress.

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