WORLD HERITAGE CITIES OF SPAIN (14 days / 13 nights) globalwp
WORLD HERITAGE CITIES OF SPAIN (14 days / 13 nights)
Day 1 – ARRIVAL IN MADRID
Upon arrival to the airport you pick up de car at the rental company and you head to the hotel. Time to relax and to refresh up. Overnight.
Day 2 – MADRID – City tour
Madrid is the capital of Spain and the political and financial centre. Drive through the streets, squares and most important avenues, seeing at the same time from the outside different monuments such as the Recoletos Promenade, Plaza Colon, the Cibeles Square, the Cortes or Parliament, the Paseo del Prado (where the Prado Museum is located), the Gran Via, the Plaza de España and the Plaza de Oriente where the Royal Palace and its gardens are located. Then you stroll through the “Old Madrid”, the Habsburg Quarter, walking along the Main Street and seeing the City Hall Square, the Main Square and some old back streets.
Please don’t forget to visit some of the important museums of the city like the Museum Thyssen-Bornemisza, Museum National Centre of Art Queen Sofia, the Prado Museum and some of the other places or monuments in Madrid. Overnight.
Day 3 – MADRID – CUENCA – 200 Km
You leave to Cuenca. The historical fortified town has been awarded the World Heritage designation by the UNESCO. The “upper city” – the medieval streets that give the city its character with the Cathedral, the wooden balconies of the Hanging Houses and cobbled streets charm the most hardened traveller. For the best view of the Hanging House you must cross the river. Returning to the Cuenca urban layout, here you will find corners full of charm where there are fountains, little arches and narrow streets.
Driving through the surroundings you can observe a scenic landscape. Overnight.
Day 4 – CUENCA – TOLEDO – 200 Km
Depart towards Toledo. Going along the ring road, the magnificent location of this city can be appreciated, full of history where several cultures converged. The way that Christians, Arabs and Jewish lived side by side for centuries, has been reflected in the form of a great artistic and cultural legacy; it was designated World Heritage Sites.
One of the most outstanding buildings in the city is the Cathedral, considered one of the high points of Gothic art and some other nice churches including the church of Santo Tome, famous for housing El Greco’s relevant picture entitled The burial of Count Orgaz. Remains of the Jewish community are still preserved in the city in the synagogues of Santa Maria la Blanca and El Transito since medieval times. Stay in Toledo is not completed without a visit to the craft shops of the Toledo Gold, a unique way of engraving gold in other metals. Overnight.
Day 5 – TOLEDO – CORDOBA – 400 Km
You head to Cordoba. This city highlight is the Mosque – Cathedral, monument designated a World Heritage Site; besides we must to remark the Old Jewish Quarter with its Synagogue built during the medieval times. It is worthy to visit the Palacio de Viana with its patios and gardens as well as some other places such as Corredera Square and Potro Square. Overnight.
Day 6 – CORDOBA – GRANADA – 200 Km
Drive to Granada. The Palace of the Alhambra and the Gardens of the Generalife are the highlights of Granada that were designated World Heritage Sites; to stroll in the Old Quarter is like going back to medieval times, having the chance to admire the Cathedral, the Royal Chapel, the Carthusian Monastery and some other monuments.
We suggest to attend to a Flamenco show in an old gipsy cave at Quarter of Sacromonte. Overnight.
Day 7 – GRANADA – SEVILLE – 300 Km
On the way to Seville, stop in the town of Antequera which has some relevant monuments. The megalithic dolmen burial tombs of Menga, Viera and El Romeral are some of Europe’s largest ones and dated from 2500 to 1800 B.C.
Then cross the Andalusian plains from east to west.
The Romans named it Antikaria, and from their period we have important remains inside the Collegiate Church of Santa Maria. The monumental heritage of Antequera increased with the construction of churches, like those of Juan Bautista, San Sebastian, San Pedro and Santa Maria de la Esperanza. Civil buildings were also constructed, like the Municipal Building, the pavilion in Papabellotas Castle, from whose towers some amazing views can be seen, and the City Hall. Buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries are marked by the Mannerist and Baroque styles. The nobility commissioned palaces, like the palace of the Marquis of Villadarias, the palace of the Count of Colchado, and so on.
Passing by Osuna you head to Seville. Overnight.
Day 8 – SEVILLE – City tour
Seville is the most emblematic city of Andalusia. Please visit the Park of Maria Luisa and its Spain Square, then leave to the old district of the city and stroll through the Santa Cruz Quarter; The Cathedral and the Alcazar or Fortress were both designated World Heritage Sites; walk up to the Guadalquivir River see the Golden Tower and the Maestranza, which probably is the bullring most renamed in Spain.
Your free time can be devoted to visit some museums, palaces and private mansions that allow the access to the public. Overnight.
Day 9 – SEVILLE – MERIDA – CACERES – 275 Km
Driving along the Silver Road you arrive in Merida, town founded by the Romans on 25 B.C. Thus, the Roman legacy is still present in the Roman Theatre being one of the most emblematic constructions. Erected in the first century B.C., the theatre can seat 6,000 people. Next to it, the Amphitheatre is located; a stage where gladiators wrestled with beasts. These buildings were designated World Heritage Sites; besides you can see the Temple of Diana and the Arch of Trajan – one of the gates to the city, rising to a height of 15 metres – are in the city centre. We have also to mention the National Museum of Roman Art.
Continue to Caceres. Overnight.
Day 10 – CACERES – SALAMANCA – 225 Km
Caceres was founded by the Romans in 34 B.C. However, it was not until the arrival of the Moors (12th century) that Caceres enjoyed its era of greatest splendour. The walled part of the city, most which is Almohad, still preserves nowadays its medieval defensive towers, all 12th century constructions.
You stroll inside the Medieval Quarter seeing the Santa Maria Square, a couple of relevant Palaces, although we must remark Goofiness de Abajo Palace with its magnificent façade, Ovando House and House of the Veletas, the Main Square and the Godoy Palace. Some of these monuments were designated World Heritage Sites.
Driving north, you will pass by the nice city of Plasencia arriving later in Salamanca. Overnight
Day 11 – SALAMANCA – LEON – 275 Km
Salamanca under the Romans domination, the city had a period of splendour, today the Roman Bridge still exists; the Old Part of the city whose centre is the Main Square, probably one of the most beautiful squares in Spain, and from that point you start the walking tour, to admire from outside several of its monuments such as the House of Shells, el Patio de las Escuelas (Schools’ Square), with its marvellous façade of the Old University, then you see the Old Cathedral and the New Cathedral. Some these monuments were designated World Heritage Sites.
You will leave Salamanca heading north by the motorway till arrive in Leon. Overnight.
Day 12 – LEON – BURGOS – 200 Km
The jewels of the city are the Cathedral, the Basilica of San Isidoro, which houses the Royal Pantheon. León is also linked to the Pilgrim’s Route to Santiago de Compostela in the Hostal de San Marcos.
Driving through the plains of Castile, you will follow a part of the Way of Saint James passing by some medieval towns and villages you arrive in Burgos.
In this city, you stroll on the Old Quarter seeing the Cathedral, the Arch of Sainte Mary, the Main Square and the Casa del Cordon. It always is a pleasure to walk by the Espolon Promenade where you see the statue of Cid Campeador and Saint Pauls’ Bridge. Overnight.
Day 13 – BURGOS – SEGOVIA – MADRID – 340 Km
Before to leave Burgos, you can admire the Cathedral and the Royal Monasterio of Las Huelgas; then head to Segovia.
Segovia is a World Heritage City. Prolific from Roman times until the 18th century with monuments of different architectural styles. You see the Roman Aqueduct, tire Main Square with its Cathedral, some small charming churches and at the edge of the walled city you find the impressive Alcazar or Fortress.
Then you will continue to Madrid. Overnight.
Day 14 – MADRID DEPARTURE
You leave to the airport to drop off the car at the rental office, then you do all the formalities to board the plane to your next destination.
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