World Heritage Cities Route (7 nts)
WORLD HERITAGE CITIES ROUTE (RUTA CIUDADES PATRIMONIO DE LA HUMANIDAD)
A route full of history and culture, encompassing Madrid’s surrounding provinces and four of Spain’s emblematic cities.
Suggested access airport: Madrid
7 NIGHT ITINERARY
First night: Parador de CUENCA
The magical city of Cuenca awaits you, with its Hanging Houses (Casas Colgadas), cathedral, San Miguel Church, San Pedro Church, Descalzas Convent and San Nicolás, among other monuments. Discover the beauty of the nearby Enchanted City (Ciudad Encantada), where stone comes to life. The Museum of Abstract Art opens its doors to art lovers. And for the curious of mind, what better spots than the Castile-La Mancha Museum of Sciences and the provincial archeological museum?
Second Night: Parador de ALCALA DE HENARES
The birthplace of Cervantes, a town of lovely streets, palaces, convents and monasteries, and civil architecture. Alcalá invites you to discover its university (founded in 1499 by Cardinal Cisneros), Cervantes Square, the ruins of Santa María de la Mayor, the college streets of Sta. Ursula and Escritorios, the masterful Stos. Justo y Pastor Cathedral, and more. Nor should you miss a walk along bustling Mayor Street, where you will find the house in which Cervantes was born.
Third Night: Parador de SEGOVIA
Every corner and street of Segovia will surprise you. Its buildings speak of times long past, as remote as its aqueduct, which recalls the power of Rome. The cathedral and Alcázar, or fortress/palace, evoke a magnificent past, while churches such as San Esteban, San Justo, San Martín and San Millán transport us to the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the Baroque period. Nearby must-sees include the Royal Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso (18th-century palace and gardens), and Riofrío Palace.
Fourth and Fifth Nights: PARADOR de AVILA
Its walls shelter an incredible wealth of heritage. The Alcázar and San Vicente gates are lovely. Of special note are the fortified San Salvador Cathedral (begun in the 11th century) and its museum, Santa Teresa Convent (17th-century), the palaces of the Nuñez Vela, Almarzara, and Ochoa Aguirre families, and the Archbishop’s Palace, among others. Ávila is a city filled with history, on every street, in every square, in every corner, every moment you explore it.
Sixth and Seventh Nights: PARADOR de SALAMANCA
Walk towards the center of the baroque 18th-century Main Square (Plaza Mayor) and open yours eyes. Allow yourself to be seduced by its beauty and harmony. This is the heart of the city. From here you can start your journey through Salamanca and discover its many monuments, including the 15th-century House of Shells (Casa de las Conchas), Old Cathedral (13th-century), New Cathedral (16th to 18th-century) and the university (16th-century).