Nature is also an attraction in many Heritage Cities. Indeed, Ibiza’s biodiversity has been declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. In addition, the surrounding areas of Cuenca are a highlight with the gorges of the Júcar and Cabriel rivers, the source of the Cuervo River and the mysterious Enchanted City. In turn, enjoy the little known beaches and leafy laurisilva forests near San Cristóbal de La Laguna. Mérida is another fine example, surrounded by the Cornalvo Nature Reserve, Lácara Meadow and several wetlands.
Cuenca The surrounding areas of the city of Cuenca are home to attractive nature spots. There is, for example, the source of the Cuervo River which forms a spectacular landscape where the unique rainfalls are a highlight. Another standout spot is the Enchanted City, where nature has capriciously sculpted human and animal figures, and objects out of the rocks, making this spot a mysterious place. The Hosquillo Valley, Las Hoces de Cabriel Nature Reserve or the picturesque cave paintings of Villar del Humo are further highlights for discovering nature in the area. Ibiza The island’s landscape is the end result of centuries of symbiosis between man and nature. Indeed, it is the only mixed Spanish site (nature-culture) to be awarded World Heritage status by the UNESCO. One of the most surprising settings in the Balearic Islands is the Ses Salines Nature Reserve of Ibiza and Formentera. It perfectly fulfils the definition of balance between the cultural value of the millenary city of Dalt Vila and the natural value of the reserve, with its exceptional ecosystems and posidonia meadows. Mérida Mérida is home to an attractive selection of nature, farming, forest and urban landscapes. It is surrounded by a set of very important environmental biotopes: the pastures of Cornalvo y Prado de Lácara Nature Reserve, the San Serván, Grajera and Peñas Blancas mountains (with their rocky places and Mediterranean plant life) and the Guadiana, Aljucén, Albarregas, Canchales and Matachel-Alange Reservoir wetlands. All sit alongside large farmland expanses growing mostly cereals and olives, vineyards, as well as intensive crops grown on irrigated land. San Cristóbal de La Laguna The surrounding areas of San Cristóbal de La Laguna offer up extraordinary landscapes, little known beaches, lava pools, spectacular cliffs and leafy laurisilva forests in the Anaga Country Nature Reserve. Another major attraction in this protected natural setting is the survival of many farmhouses, harmoniously adapted to the landscape and lived in by a small population mainly working the land. This is also a perfect spot for hiking and bird watching.