Our Favourite World Heritage Sites in Europe
Our Earth is covered in cultural and natural treasures, from the incredible depths of the Great Barrier Reef, to the floating mountains of Wulingyuan in China. Every year, around 25 global sites deemed to have "outstanding universal value" are added to UNESCO's World Heritage list, and there are now more than 1,000 to visit all over the world - some of which are much closer than you think! Whether they are ancient ruins created by man, or stunning natural landmarks, we guarantee they will enthuse your passion to travel. Here are our favourite World Heritage Sites from all over Europe.
Turkey’s Pumukkale, one of the worlds most beautiful heritage sites, is a gorgeous collection of natural hot springs. Prepare yourself for the sensation of striding into these surprisingly warm waters, some of which can have temperatures as scorching as 200°F! If you fancy a visit, check out our villas in Turkey.
Cinque Terre, Italy
The name refers to five small towns strung along the cliffs of the Ligurian Coast. The beautiful little villages are all connected by a hiking trail and local train line, with this particular one being a favourite of ours. Here are our villas in Liguria, Italy if you want to take gorgeous photos of Cinque Terre like this one!
Loire Valley, France
This river valley was listed by UNESCO in 2000. It is an outstanding cultural landscape, with breath-taking splendour, containing historic towns and villages, great architectural monuments, including the famous Châteaux. See our villas in Loire Valley.
Córdoba is a metropolitan city in Andalusia, Spain, conquered by invading Islamic armies in the 8th century. The heritage site is known for its incredible castles, architecture and most importantly, its historical significance. Córdoba remains a living expression of the different cultures that have existed there. Andalusia, Spain is one of our most popular destinations and with views like this, who's surprised! Click to see our villas in Andalusia.
The Palace of Versailles, France
The Palace of Versailles held residency to the Kings of France in the 1600s and 1700s Its exquisitely manicured gardens, and gorgeous structure and surroundings have led to it becoming a world heritage site. Fancy a trip? Book one of our villas in France.
Vattican City, Italy
Vatican city is truly a sight to behold, and walking into the wonderful grounds and basking in the glory of the unbelievable church is something you will always remember. The site is one of the most sacred places in Christendom and holds a unique collection of artistic and architectural masterpieces. The famous city is surrounded by Rome, which in itself is full of historical landmarks such as the Coliseum and the Pantheon. Want to stay near the city? We have apartments in Vatican and apartments in Rome available!
Lake Plitvice National Park, Croatia
Lake Plitvice is a must do when visiting Croatia. Many of those who have the pleasure of basking in it's natural beauty have openly proclaimed it as one of Europe's most beautiful national parks. The site is home to sixteen huge turquoise lakes that are all inter-connected by gorgeous waterfalls. Granted UNESCO heritage status in 1979, the national park has since become one of Croatia's most popular landmarks. You can organise tours to the Lake from a variety of cities, such as Dubrovnik, Split and even Zagreb. See our villas in Croatia.
The Works Of Gaudi, Barcelona
Antoni Gaudí's work is admired by architects around the world and many proclaim it as one of the most unique and distinctive architectural styles. His work can be found all over Barcelona, dating back to the 1800s. Want to experience it for yourself? See our apartments in Barcelona.
Giants Causeway, Northern Ireland
Earning it's title from an old folks tale that claims the unique columns were carved by a giant named Finn, Giant's Causeway is one of Northern Irelands most visited landmarks. The incredible studded beach is, in fact, the after effects of a volcanic eruption that occurred 60 million years ago! We have some very quintessential cottages in Ireland.
Overwhelming natural beauty, incredible man-made structures. Sintra is a stunning landmark of Portugal, full of 19th Century romantic architectural monuments. It remains one of the most visited sites in Portugal, with the Sintra castle standing tall as a gorgeous, colourful centrepiece. You can easily organise a trip from the eclectic city of Lisbon, for a trip that combines the best of traditional and modern Portugal! Fancy seeing it for yourself? Check out our villas in Portugal.