Roman Amphitheatre, Tarragona.

Façade of the Royal Palace of Aranjuez. Photo credits: EFE/Manuel Hernández de León.

Aranjuez and Tarragona, UNESCO World Heritage Journeys featured sites

World Heritage Journeys Europe is a website launched by UNESCO to promote sustainable travel destinations and the values associated with World Heritage Sites.

The Spanish cities of Aranjuez (Region of Madrid) and Tarragona (Catalonia) have been added to World Heritage Journeys Europe, a new website launched by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to promote sustainable travel and World Heritage Sites.

World Heritage Journeys is a European Union-supported website, developed in collaboration with National Geographic. It features 34 World Heritage Sites in Europe, including the Aranjuez Cultural Landscape and the Archaeological Ensemble of Tarraco.

World Heritage Journeys is aimed at promoting travel destinations other than big tourist hubs, encouraging travellers to experience local culture, and raising awareness of World Heritage values.

The sites are grouped into four different categories: Ancient Europe (places that embody Europe’s ancient history), Romantic Europe (romantic moments and legends in Europe’s history), Royal Europe (castles, gardens and palaces of Europe’s heritage) and Underground Europe (life and culture in the hidden depths of Europe).

The website, available in English, French and Chinese, is expected to draw high numbers of Chinese tourists, coinciding with the 2018 EU-China Tourism Year.