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The definitive guide to the cities of Castile and Leon

Castilla y Leon

A place where art, history, cuisine and wine meet in inland Spain: this is Castile and Leon. A land with nine towns and cities waiting for you to discover, set in stunning scenery. Prepare your palate, open your eyes, and hone all your senses to get the most out of your trip.

  • Ávila city walls and cathedral


    Ávila is easily recognisable, thanks to its city walls, among the best-conserved in the world. In fact, the walls, the old town centre and the churches on the outskirts have earned Ávila UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Some of the places you really should visit are the cathedral, the Mercado Grande and Mercado Chico squares, the Castle of Don Álvaro Luna (declared a Historic Monument), the Convent of Santa Teresa and the Basilica of San Vicente. And you could round off your visit by enjoying the local sweets, Yemas de Ávila. 

  • View of Burgos


    Spain has just one World Heritage Site cathedral, in Burgos. It’s a beautiful building in an impressive Gothic style. To enjoy some magnificent views, you’ll need to climb up to the castle. The city is also home to one of Spain’s most popular museums, the Museum of Human Evolution (MEH). Burgos is also well known for its naturally healthy fresh cheese, and other culinary delights. 

  • Basilica of San Isidoro, Leon, by night


    Did you know that Gaudí left his mark on León over 120 years ago? This is his Casa Botines, which has been declared a Historic Monument. Even so, the monumental cathedral, a brilliant example of Spanish Gothic, is still the symbol of the city. Close by is the Basilica of San Isidoro, one of the most important Romanesque buildings in Spain. But best of all is a taste of the local cured meats. 

  • Palencia


    Like other cities in the region, Palencia is notable for its Romanesque art, but its beautiful cathedral is an example of Flamboyant Gothic architecture. It’s also a stop on the Camino de Santiago.  

  • Views of Salamanca


    To discover the delights of Salamanca, all you need to do is stroll around the old quarter to see why a large part of the city is a World Heritage Site. You can sense the learned tradition of its famous university, or admire the architecture of buildings such as La Clerecía

  • Alcázar of Segovia


    Segovia is a World Heritage City, well known for its Roman aqueduct, built in the 1st to 2nd centuries CE. And there are more essential sights in the city: the Alcázar, the church of La Vera Cruz, the main square and the monastery of Santa María del Parral

  • Monastery of San Juan de Duero, Soria


    Soria is known as the birthplace of Spanish Romanesque. You can visit the town in an afternoon, taking in the church of Santo Domingo, but the surrounding area has marvels such as the cathedral of Burgo de Osma, a town that has been declared a Historic-Artistic Site, and the Numancia archaeological site. And you can’t leave until you’ve tried the town’s star tapa, torreznos (pork crackling). 

  • Plaza Mayor square in Valladolid


    Any visit to this city with its medieval past absolutely must include a stop at the following places: The church of Santa María de la Antigua, the cathedral, the Colegio de San Gregorio and the National Sculpture Museum. It’s also well known for its Easter celebrations. 

  • Calle Balborraz, Zamora


    Although the province is well known for its natural wonders, the city of Zamora itself has plenty to offer. The first sights to visit are the city walls and the castle. Next, you can enjoy the view of the river Duero from the Piedra bridge.It’s also an important craftwork centre, and you’ll find lovely souvenirs. here. 

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