World Heritage In Catalonia (2023)

Do you want to visit the World Heritage in Catalonia (in Spanish, Cataluña; and in Catalan, Catalunya)? Search no further, as I’ve rounded up a complete list of the World Heritage in Catalonia. From Barcelona to Vimbodí i Poblet, get ready to discover unique, beautiful, and jaw-dropping sites!

Catalonia is an autonomous community located in northeastern Spain and its capital is the city of Barcelona. In addition, it’s the second most populous region in the country and the sixth largest, encompassing the Barcelona, Girona, Lleida, and Tarragona provinces!

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World Heritage in Catalonia
World Heritage in Catalonia

World Heritage in Spain

These are the 49 sites currently listed as World Heritage in Spain:

  1. Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín, Granada (Andalusia)
  2. Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe (Castile and León, Castilla-La Mancha, and Navarre)
  3. Antequera Dolmens Site (Andalusia)
  4. Aranjuez Cultural Landscape (Community of Madrid)
  5. Archaeological Ensemble of Mérida (Extremadura)
  6. Archaeological Ensemble of Tarraco (Catalonia)
  7. Archaeological Site of Atapuerca (Castile and León)
  8. Burgos Cathedral (Castile and León)
  9. Caliphate City of Medina Azahara (Andalusia)
  10. Catalan Romanesque Churches of the Vall de Boí (Catalonia)
  11. Cathedral, Alcázar and Archivo de Indias in Seville (Andalusia)
  12. Cave of Altamira and Paleolithic Cave Art of Northern Spain (Cantabria)
  13. Cultural Landscape of the Serra de Tramuntana (Balearic Islands)
  14. Doñana National Park (Andalusia)
  15. Garajonay National Park (Canary Islands)
  16. Heritage of Mercury. Almadén and Idrija (Castilla-La Mancha)
  17. Historic Centre of Cordoba (Andalusia)
  18. Historic City of Toledo (Castilla-La Mancha)
  19. Historic Walled Town of Cuenca (Castilla-La Mancha)
  20. Ibiza, Biodiversity and Culture (Balearic Islands)
  21. La Lonja de la Seda de Valencia (Valencian Community)
  22. Las Médulas (Castile and León)
  23. Monastery and Site of the Escurial, Madrid (Community of Madrid)
  24. Monuments of Oviedo and the Kingdom of the Asturias (Asturias)
  25. Mudejar Architecture of Aragon (Aragon)
  26. Old City of Salamanca (Castile and León)
  27. Old Town of Ávila with its Extra-Muros Churches (Castile and León)
  28. Old Town of Cáceres (Estremadura)
  29. Old Town of Segovia and its Aqueduct (Castile and León)
  30. Palau de la Música Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau, Barcelona (Catalonia)
  31. Palmeral of Elche (Valencian Community)
  32. Paseo del Prado and Buen Retiro, a landscape of Arts and Sciences (Community of Madrid)
  33. Poblet Monastery (Catalonia)
  34. Prehistoric Rock Art Sites in the Côa Valley and Siega Verde (Castile and León)
  35. Pyrénées – Mont Perdu (Aragon)
  36. Renaissance Monumental Ensembles of Úbeda and Baeza (Andalusia)
  37. Risco Caido and the Sacred Mountains of Gran Canaria Cultural Landscape (Canary Islands)
  38. Rock Art of the Mediterranean Basin on the Iberian Peninsula (Andaluzia, Aragon, Castilla-La Mancha, Catalonia, Region of Murcia, and Valencian Community)
  39. Roman Walls of Lugo (Galicia)
  40. Routes of Santiago de Compostela: Camino Francés and Routes of Northern Spain (Aragon, Castile and León, Galicia, La Rioja, and Navarre)
  41. Royal Monastery of Santa María de Guadalupe (Estremadura)
  42. San Cristóbal de La Laguna (Canary Islands)
  43. San Millán Yuso and Suso Monasteries (La Rioja)
  44. Santiago de Compostela (Old Town) (Galicia)
  45. Teide National Park (Canary Islands)
  46. Tower of Hercules (Galicia)
  47. University and Historic Precinct of Alcalá de Henares (Community of Madrid)
  48. Vizcaya Bridge (Basque Country)
  49. Works of Antoni Gaudí – Casa BatllóCasa MilàCasa VicensCrypt of Colònia GüellNativity Façade and Crypt of the Basilica of the Sagrada FamiliaPalau Güell, and Park Güell (Catalonia)

As you can see, three of these forty-nine sites listed as World Heritage in Spain are part of more than one autonomous community. The remaining forty-six are distributed as follows:

  • 7 in Andalusia
  • 7 in Castile and León
  • 5 in Catalonia
  • 4 in the Canary Islands
  • 4 in the Community of Madrid
  • 3 in Castilla-La Mancha
  • 3 in Estremadura
  • 3 in Galicia
  • 2 in Aragon
  • 2 in the Balearic Islands
  • 2 in the Valencian Community
  • 1 in La Rioja
  • 1 in Cantabria
  • 1 in Asturias
  • 1 in the Basque Country

World Heritage in Catalonia

1. Works of Antoni Gaudí (1984, 2005)

The Works of Antoni Gaudí were inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1984, the first year in which the country had nominations approved. Of the six sites listed as World Heritage in Catalonia, this is the only one situated in the Barcelonès and Baix Llobregat comarcas, in the Barcelona province.

The best things to do in Barcelona include:

2. Poblet Monastery (1991)

The Poblet Monastery was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1991, the sixth year in which the country had nominations approved. Of the six sites listed as World Heritage in Catalonia, this is one of several situated in the Conca de Barberà comarca, in the Tarragona province.

The best things to do in Vimbodí i Poblet include:

  • Bosc Pintat de Poblet
  • Castell de Milmanda – Familia Torres
  • Celler Rendé Masdeu
  • Creu de Terme de Torrents
  • Destilería Balanyà de la Espluga de Francolí
  • Ermita de la Santíssima Trinitat
  • Mirador de la Pena
  • Museu del Vidre de Vimbodí i Poblet
  • Paratge Natural de Poblet
  • Reial Monestir de Santa Maria de Poblet

3. Palau de la Música Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau, Barcelona (1997)

The Palau de la Música Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau, Barcelona were inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1997, the tenth year in which the country had nominations approved. Of the six sites listed as World Heritage in Catalonia, this is one of the two situated in the Barcelonès comarca, in the Barcelona province.

The best things to do in Barcelona include:

4. Rock Art of the Mediterranean Basin on the Iberian Peninsula (1998)

The Rock Art of the Mediterranean Basin on the Iberian Peninsula was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1998, the eleventh year in which the country had nominations approved. Of the six sites listed as World Heritage in Catalonia, this is the only one situated in six different autonomous communities:

  1. Andalusia
  2. Aragon
  3. Castilla-La Mancha
  4. Catalonia
  5. Region of Murcia
  6. Valencian Community

These are the 50 examples of rock art listed as World Heritage in Catalonia:

  1. Abric de Can Castellví (Alt Penedès, Barcelona)
  2. Abric de Can Ximet (Alt Penedès, Barcelona)
  3. Abric de Gallicant (Priorat, Tarragona)
  4. Abric de la Baridana I (Conca de Barberà, Tarragona)
  5. Abric de la Baridana II (Conca de Barberà, Tarragona)
  6. Abric de la Serra de la Mussara (Baix Camp, Tarragona)
  7. Abric de la Vall d’Ingla (Baixa Cerdanya, Lleida)
  8. Abric del Barranc del Canà (Abric de la Mina Federica) (Segrià, Lleida)
  9. Abric del Barranc de Sant Jaume (Segrià, Lleida)
  10. Abric de les Llibreres (Montsià, Tarragona)
  11. Abric de Masets (Montsià, Tarragona)
  12. Abric d’Ermites de la Serra de la Pietat I-IX (Montsià, Tarragona)
  13. Abric d’Esquarterades I (Montsià, Tarragona)
  14. Abric d’Esquarterades II (Montsià, Tarragona)
  15. Abrics de l’Apotecari (Tarragonès, Tarragona)
  16. Antona I, II, III (Noguera, Lleida)
  17. Balma de les Ovelles (Pallars Jussà, Lleida)
  18. Balma del Pantà (Noguera, Lleida)
  19. Balma dels Punts (Garrigues, Lleida)
  20. Balma d’en Roc (Baix Camp, Tarragona)
  21. Britus I (Conca de Barberà, Tarragona)
  22. Britus II (Conca de Barberà, Tarragona)
  23. Cabra Feixet (Baix Ebre, Tarragona)
  24. Cova del Cingle (Ribera d’Ebre, Tarragona)
  25. Cova del Cogulló (Noguera, Lleida)
  26. Cova de les Calobres (Baix Ebre, Tarragona)
  27. Cova de les Creus (Conca de Barberà, Tarragona)
  28. Cova de l’Escoda (Baix Camp, Tarragona)
  29. Cova del Pi (Ribera d’Ebre, Tarragona)
  30. Cova del Racó d’en Perdigó (Baix Camp, Tarragona)
  31. Cova del Ramat (Ribera d’Ebre, Tarragona)
  32. Cova dels Segarulls (Baix Penedès, Tarragona)
  33. Cova dels Vilasos (Cova dels Vilars) (Noguera, Lleida)
  34. Cova del Tabac (Noguera, Lleida)
  35. Cova del Taller (Ribera d’Ebre, Tarragona)
  36. Cova de Vallmajor (Baix Penedès, Tarragona)
  37. El Portell de les Lletres (Conca de Barberà, Tarragona)
  38. La Pedra de les Orenetes (Vallès Oriental, Barcelona)
  39. Les Aparets I, II, III, IV (Noguera, Lleida)
  40. Mas del Gran (Conca de Barberà, Tarragona)
  41. Mas d’en Carles (Conca de Barberà, Tarragona)
  42. Mas d’en Llort (Conca de Barberà, Tarragona)
  43. Mas d’en Ramon d’en Besso (Conca de Barberà, Tarragona)
  44. Pintures Rupestres d’Alfés (Segrià, Lleida)
  45. Prop de la Cova Pintada (Baix Ebre, Tarragona)
  46. Roca Roja (Anoia, Barcelona)
  47. Roca del Rumbau (Roca dels Moros) (Alt Urgell, Lleida)
  48. Roca dels Moros (Garrigues, Lleida)
  49. Roques Guàrdies II (Garrigues, Lleida)
  50. Vall de la Coma (Garrigues, Lleida)

5. Archaeological Ensemble of Tarraco (2000)

The Archaeological Ensemble of Tarraco was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2000, the thirteenth year in which the country had nominations approved. Of the six sites listed as World Heritage in Catalonia, this is the only one situated in the Tarragonès comarca, in the Tarragona province.

The best things to do in Tarragona include:

  • Amfiteatre Romà
  • Aqüeducte de les Ferreres (‘Pont del Diable’)
  • Balcó del Mediterrani
  • Casa Museu Castellarnau
  • Catedral Basílica Metropolitana i Primada de Tarragona
  • Circ Romà
  • Fòrum de la Colònia (Fòrum Romà)
  • Mercat Central
  • Monumento a los Castellers
  • Museu d’Art Modern de Tarragona
  • Museu del Port
  • Museu Nacional Arqueològic de Tarragona
  • Museo y Necrópolis Paleocristianos
  • Passeig Arqueològic
  • Platja Arrabassada
  • Platja El Miracle
  • Platja Gorda
  • Platja La Savinosa
  • Rambla Nova
  • Teatre Romà

6. Catalan Romanesque Churches of the Vall de Boí (2000)

The Catalan Romanesque Churches of the Vall de Boí were inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2000, the thirteenth year in which the country had nominations approved. Of the six sites listed as World Heritage in Catalonia, this is the only one situated in the Alta Ribagorça comarca, in the Lleida province.

The best things to do in the Vall de Boí include:

  • Casa del Parc de Boí
  • Centre del Romànic de la Vall de Boí
  • Ermita de Sant Quirc de Durro
  • Església de la Nativitat de la Mare de Déu de Durro
  • Església de Santa Eulàlia d’Erill la Vall
  • Església de Santa Maria de Cardet
  • Església de Santa Maria de l’Assumpció de Cóll
  • Església de Santa Maria de Taüll
  • Església de Sant Climent de Taüll
  • Església de Sant Feliu de Barruera
  • Església de Sant Joan de Boí
  • Estany Gémena de Dalt
  • Gran Tuc de Colomèrs
  • Pantà de Cavallers (Pantà dels Estanys de Tor)
  • Parc Nacional d’Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici

Map of the World Heritage in Catalonia

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