5 Best Archeological Wonders In Spain

 green01   October 4, 2012
Europe

Spain is a fascinating country and has been at the center of some of the most important movements and culture in European history.  From the Moors, to the Romans, many civilizations have traveled through the country, put down roots there and left behind some awe inspiring sights. Here are the 5 best archeological wonders in Spain.

Cadiz

Cadiz

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The city now known as Cadiz was originally a Phoenician colony of Tyre and was founded around the 9th century BC.  It is one of the most ancient city, and it still stands in Western Europe and has been the site for everything from the jumping off point for several of Christopher Columbus’ voyages, to British blockades during the Napoleonic wars, and the final resting place of the Geyron, which is a monster type looking warrior-titan that includes three heads instead of one, and three torsos, that is added to a his normal pair of legs, that was defeated by Hercules as part of his tenth labor.

The Alcazar – Segovia

The Alcazar – Segovia

The Alcazar – Segovia – Source

The Alcazar is a stone carved fortress positioned on a rocky outcrop above the popular rivers Eresma and Clamores near the famous Guadarrama mountains.  The fortress type castle was originally built in the 12th century over and above the remains of a Roman fortress and is one of the most distinctive and valuable castle-palaces in Spain.  The Alc¡zar was devastated by a deadly fire in 1862 and after that, it was reconstructed, the General Military Archives of Spain were moved there and it remains there now.  Entrance to the Alcazar fees is €4 and it is open during the following times: October-March: From 10:00 am to 18:00 pm; April-September: From 10:00 am to 19:00 pm (alcazardesegovia.com).

Chufín Caves – Riclones in Cantabria

Cantabria

Cantabria – Source

The cave of Chufín located in the town of Riclones in Cantabria is an important part of prehistoric Iberia.  Some of the earliest signs of human occupation have been found here at various levels.  The oldest are thought to be around 20,000 years old.  A large number of cave drawings and ‘rock art’ have been found here, including paintings of animals, such as red deer, goats and cattle, and “stick” type drawings. The caves were made a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2008 because of their archeological importance.

León

León

León – Source

León is located in northwestern Spain and is the capital of the province of León in the autonomous community of Castile and León.  It was founded in the first century BC by the Roman legion Legio VI Victrix and became a permanent Roman military camp – the name ‘León’ comes from the Latin name ‘Lego’ which derives from the Roman Legions in the area.  Among other things, the city was the site of the first democratic European parliament in 1188 , was sacked by Almanzor in about 987, and is one of the most important Christian cities in Iberia because of the residence of Christian kings like Ordoño I in the city, so it is an archeological goldmine.

Puig de sa Morisca Archaeological Park – Majorca

Majorca

Majorca – Source

Puig de sa Morisca Archaeological Park in Santa Ponsa Majorca is an archeological park that is open to the public and contains more than 15 sites and nine architectural elements that are considered to be ethnologically interesting.  The name of the park means ‘Moorish Peak’ and it is 35 hectares in size and set into the side of a mountain.  Among the archeological sites in the park is the Son Ferrer tomb, which has been excavated to reveal a Bronze Age and Late Talaiótico necropolis where the remains of over a hundred people, including infants, were found.

Amy is a guest blogger from Easyjet. Easyjet offer cheap flights to Barcelona and Malaga flights to help you enjoy Spain for less!

One Response to “5 Best Archeological Wonders In Spain”

  1. homepage Says:

    Recently I’ve been in Warsaw for 2 weeks and I have to say this beautiful place made a huge impression on me. You have to visit it 😉

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