European world heritage sites


European World Heritage Sites To Visit


To be proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site is an illustrious status and Europe is packed with the most awesome sites to visit. With the research already taken care of by the United Nations who have chosen towns, national parks and architectural wonders to visit, why not add one or two to your bucket list for your next holiday?

From the Silver Coast, Portugal

Pena National Palace, Sintra

Set upon a hill, this 19th century palace is within a 90 minute drive of our villas. Canary yellow, burnt red and grey walls showcase the building’s romantic style, with its striking mismatched domes and clock tower. Surrounded by the protected Sintra landscape, the whole area makes for a fantastic day trip.

Also in Portugal…

Convent of Christ in Tomar & the Monastery of Batalha, near the Silver Coast Historic Centre of Guimarães, Northern Portugal

Andalucia, Spain

Antequera Dolmens Site

European world heritage sites - Antequera dolmens site

This collection of three megalithic monuments and two natural mountainous formations are quite a sight. Large stone blocks laid one on top of the other are an architectural marvel of the Neolithic and Bronze Age.

Also in Spain…

Alhambra, Generalife & Albayzín, plus the Historic Centre of Cordoba, near Andalucia Poblet Monastery, near the Costa Dorada

Rhodes, Greece

Medieval City of Rhodes

Known as the Old Town, Rhodes’ medieval city is Europe’s oldest. A bustling hive of activity flourishes behind the city walls, which cocooned the Order of St. John of Jerusalem between 1309 and 1523. Roam through over 200 streets, soaking up the atmosphere and Gothic architecture as you go.

Also in Greece…

Archaeological Site of Mystras, Peloponnese

Old Town of Corfu


Historic City of Valletta

Malta’s walled capital, Valletta, is small but mighty. At 1km by 600m, this elegant city is an open air museum with no less than 320 historical monuments. The backdrop of many movies, Valletta was awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO in 1980 and is now a hub of stylish places to eat and drink.

Also in Malta and Gozo…

The Megalithic Temples of Malta & Gozo Hal Safl ieni Hypogeum, Malta

Provence, France

Historical Centre of Avignon

European world heritage sites - Avignon

The Provençal town of Avignon was the centre of Roman Catholic power in the 1300s. Architecture thrived and the largest Gothic palace ever built, Palais des Papes, is here.

Also nearby…

Romanesque Monuments, Arle

Pont du Gard (Roman Aqueduct)

Dalmatia, Croatia

Historical Complex of Split & Palace of Diocletian

European world heritage sites - pena palace istria

The coastal city of Split is home to some of the world’s most impressive Roman monuments. Remains of Diocletian’s Palace built in early 3rd and 4th centuries A.D. are found across the city.

Also in Croatia and its islands…

Historic City of Trogir, The Cathedral of St. James in Šibenik

Tuscany, Italy

Val d’Orcia

Stretching along the provinces of Siena and Grosseto, the valley of Val d’Orcia is a protected area of Tuscany. Lush, green landscapes interspersed with traditional Italian towns are a dream to discover by car. Between exploring the cathedrals, museums and castles, relax in the natural hot springs of Bagni San Filippo.

Also in Italy and its islands…

Archaeological Areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum & Torre Annunziata, Amalfi Coast Su Nuraxi di Barumini, Sardinia. Archaelogical Area of Agrigento, Sicily

Are you tempted to visit one of the European World Heritage sites? Why not book a villa in the area and have a wonderful holiday too?

European world heritage sites to visit on holiday

Danielle Cheney

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