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Spain offers numerous interesting cities that are well worth a visit, but 15 of them deserve special mentioning as they were named UNESCO World Heritage Cities. Those cities are: Alcalá de Henares, Ávila, Baeza, Cáceres, Córdoba, Cuenca, Ibiza/Eivissa, Mérida, Salamanca, San Cristóbal de la Laguna, Santiago de Compostela, Segovia, Tarragona, Toledo and Úbeda. The cities were named World Heritage Cities due to their historical centres or important monuments that are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, their archaeological sites or their combination of culture and biodiversity in the city.

Each of the UNESCO World Heritage Cities is unique and will surprise you with its own charm and historic buildings. Some of the most known monuments can be found in these cities and there is a lot to explore: the birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes in Alcala de Henares, the medieval city walls in Avila, the hanging houses in Cuenca or the Roman amphitheatres in Merida and Tarragona. Other visitors’ favourites are the Mosque-Cathedral in Cordoba, the old University in Salamanca, the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela and the Roman aqueduct in Segovia. You can choose your favourite places to discover or just discover them all!

But the World Heritage Cities are more than only some beautiful cities to visit. The Organization of World Heritage Cities in Spain regularly works on projects and special routes for visitors.

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                               UNESCO World Heritage Cities                                                           (source: Ciudades Patrimonio de la Humanidad)

One current project is called “Laberintos liricos” (lyrical labyrinths). It aims to reflect the essence and identity of every of the 15 historic cities. The artist group Boa Mistura is in charge of this project and the intention of the participating cities is to become more attractive for younger visitors. The installation consists of 15 triangular prisms that are adapted to each city’s special characteristics and show a verse or poem of a local artist. Those lines can only be read from specific points and all together the prisms add up to one artwork when visiting all participating destinations. The first project phase has started last month, September, in Cáceres, Toledo, Cuenca, Segovia and Ávila.

Another project the World Heritage Cities have worked on are accessible routes to make it possible for everyone to move around the cities. Every city developed a route of touristic interest where it is possible to visit different monuments without any restrictions in accessibility. They also developed a map and brochure to point out some monuments and give detailed information about accessibility and possible restrictions.

 

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                            accessible route in Córdoba                                                (source: Ciudades Patrimonio de la Humanidad)     

 

 

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