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Top 5 UNESCO World Heritage sites you should visit in a lifetime

Would you like to join JWT Travel on fantastic tours visiting the most outstanding UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world?

From the Volcanic Galapagos Archipelago, considered a wildlife sanctuary, to the fortified city of Valletta in Malta; the historic centre of Florence, Santiago de Compostela Old Town, and Iceland Golden Circle, we share our top 5 UNESCO World Heritage sites you should visit in a lifetime!

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1- THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

Designated by the government of Ecuador as a wildlife sanctuary in 1935, becoming “the Galapagos National Park” in 1959 and a UNESCO World Heritage in 1978, these 19 Islands and the surrounding marine reserve of the eastern Pacific Ocean are sure to be on our top list of World Heritage sites to visit!

The islands became a popular international site after the English naturalist Charles Darwin visited them in 1835, studying the archipelago plants, animals and fossils, following his idea on the theory of evolution and writing the book “On the Origin of Species”.

Not only this volcanic archipelago is famous for its connection with Charles Darwin, but also for its amazing forest habitats, the incredible number of species found here like the marine iguanas or the giant tortoises, and its variety of natural beaches, attracting tourists each year in search of an unforgettable holiday experience.

How do I get there? You can travel to the Galapagos Islands on our 7-night GALAPAGOS ISLAND CRUISE

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2- MALTA

The Mediterranean island of Malta is on our top list of places to visit with its World Heritage sites being: the fortified capital of Malta, Valletta as well as the Megalithic Temples and the Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum.

From the seven megalithic temples, such as the Megalithic Temples of Ggantija located in Gozo, the oldest temple in the world, with its gigantic Bronze Age structures; to the ancient capital Valletta, believed to be founded by the military Order of St John of Jerusalem and famous for its notable building,  St. John’s Co-Cathedral; and The Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum rock-cut underground complex, one of the essential prehistoric monuments in the world; these are some of the unmissable sites of Malta that will keep you longing to visit again!

Some other historical landmarks of Malta you shouldn’t miss are: the fortified city of Mdina, the magnificent Christian Catacombs of St Paul in Rabat, the cliffs at Dingli, San Anton botanical gardens, and Mosta, home to one of Europe’s largest and most impressive domes.

How do I get there? Some of the most beautiful World Heritage Sites of Malta can be seen on our 7 -night  MALTA ESCORTED TOUR

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3- SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA OLD TOWN

Of course we could not forget mentioning the historic city of Santiado de Compostela, capital of Galicia, and main destination on the Camino de Santiago journey!

There is much to see when visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Old Town of Santiago de Compostela: From Praza do Obradoiro and the stunning Hostal dos Reis Catolicos building, founded as a pilgrim hospital and today a luxury Parador hotel; to the atmospheric squares and narrow streets, admiring its quaint arched streets and beautiful buildings.

Santiago de Compostela’s most precious gem is Santiago Cathedral, where after completing the Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage, visitors can see the remains of the Apostle which still lie here today, in a crypt under the Cathedral’s magnificent Main Altar.

How do I get there? Visit Santiago de Compostela on our CAMINO DE SANTIAGO GUIDED TOURS

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4- HISTORIC CENTRE OF FLORENCE

The historic centre of Florence in Italy is without a doubt one of our favourite UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the symbol of the Renaissance and a wonderful ancient city to explore.

This Tuscan city attracts visitors for its art and ancient buildings, like the 13th-century cathedral “Santa Maria del Fiore”, and the magnificent Church of Santa Croce, not to mention the work of great artists like Michelangelo or Botticelli.

The historic centre, composed by the remains of the city’s 14th-century walls, is an unique social and urban achievement with impressive museums, artworks, churches, and buildings, notable for its outstanding and unique historical and aesthetic qualities.

How do I get there? Visit Florence on a 9-night  ITALIAN RIVIERA & FRANCE CRUISE

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5- ICELAND

Iceland is home of many impressive UNESCO World Heritage Sites, most of them also natural wonders. One of the most striking is The Golden Circle, a 190 mile route where visitors can admire and explore breathtaking locations such as the Thingvellir National Park, the Geysir geothermal area and Gullfoss waterfall.

Iceland UNESCO Thingvellir National Park, a rift valley bordered by Iceland’s largest natural lake, “Þingvallavatn”, is probably one of the most precious jewels of this Nordic island, due to its historical and geological significance.

As well as The Golden Circle; the famous Blue Lagoon thermal spa on the Reykjanes Peninsula and the colourful display of the Northern Lights, are some of the unmissable things to see and experience while in Iceland.

How do I get there? Some of the most beautiful World Heritage Sites of Iceland can be seen on our 3-night ICELAND ESCORTED TOUR

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