The UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Region of Valencia give visibility to and provide protection for a selection of landscapes, monuments and intangible heritage that make up the destination’s great legacy. In this post we’re going to take a look at these sites so that you can start planning a getaway that is full of culture and history.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the province of Castellón
The province of Castellón is home to an impressive selection of cave art that is known as the Rock Art of the Iberian Mediterranean Basin. This group of rock art sites has been listed a UNESCO World Heritage Site, affording it both protection and visibility.
There are a large number of destinations where you can see cave art, namely Pobla de Benifassà, Ares del Maestrat, Benassal, Culla, Tírig, Sant Mateu, La Vall d’Uixó, Xert, Chodos, Albocàsser, Morella, Forcall, Sierra Engarcerán and Coves de Vinromà. In all these places and beyond you will find rock shelters and caves with cave art that has survived the passing of many centuries. The provinces of Alicante and Valencia are also home to some interesting sites.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the province of Valencia
The UNESCO sites in the province of Valencia range from intangible cultural heritage to architectural monuments. Held every year in March, Las Fallas de València is a spectacle of gunpowder and fire while Tribunal de las Aguas (the water tribunal) regulates disputes concerning irrigation water in the local agricultural land every Thursday at Puerta de los Apóstoles in Catedral de València . Both speak of the city’s age-old customs and traditions.
Algemesí also holds its very own Intangible Culture event. Fiestas de la Mare de Déu de la Salut takes place in September and will blow you away with its dance, music and other performances. In terms of monuments, València’s Lonja de la Seda (the silk market) is home to a beautiful room defined by helical columns. Well worth a visit during your time in the city.
Last on the list of UNESCO sites in the Region of Valencia is the Mediterranean Diet. There’s nothing quite as compelling as the prospect of exploring a new destination through its local dishes. So come and explore - dish by dish - the beaches, mountains and vibrant towns and cities in the Region of Valencia.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the province of Alicante
The province of Alicante has received the honour of not one but three World Heritage Site designations. The pretty town of Elche holds all of these, namelyEl Palmeral, Museo Escolar de Pusol, a centre of traditional culture, and Misteri d’Elx.
El Palmeral is an extensive woodland comprising no fewer than 200,000 palm trees. Dating back to Muslim times, and with prehistoric origins, the forest is a magical place to take a stroll. If you can, try to coincide your visit to the palms with the 14 and 15 August so you can also see the incredible Misteri d’Elx, a sacred drama that tells the story of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. On the 11 and 13 you can see rehearsals for the play and on even years there are extra performances on the 29 and 30 October and the 1 November.