A guide to the city of Burgos

The city of Burgos is located in the region of Castilla y León in Spain. The city’s is known for its  ancient cathedral and its cuisine. Visitors will be able to enjoy a stroll in one of the city’s parks. The Espoloncillo and the Parque de la Isla parks are located on the banks of the Arlanzón river, and are known for their views.

Burgos city
Burgos city
Cathedral of Burgos
Cathedral of Burgos

Visit the city’s cathedral.

The Cathedral of Burgos is the city’s symbol. The Gothic Cathedral is one of the most ancient and largest cathedrals in Spain. The first stone was laid by King Ferdinand III. The cathedral has fifteen chapels. Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, the famous El Cid, a Castillian nobleman and military leader, is buried in this cathedral.

Another famous building is the Castle of Burgos, which used to be a fortress. The castle has an observation deck which is known for its views towards the city. There are several ancient arches and defensive walls located nearby, including the Arch of Saint Mary, placed in front of the cathedral.

Enjoy authentic morcilla.

The medieval city of Burgos is a city known for its culinary delicacies. There are many tapas bars and restaurants in the area near the Plaza Mayor, the city’s main square, and the San Lorenzo street.

Visitors will be able to enjoy cordero lechal lamb and chuletillas a la brasa accompanied by one of the region’s wines. The morcilla of Burgos is one of the city’s most popular dishes, a meat based dish of tripe in pig’s intestines. The morcilla is made using pig’s blood, onions, peppers, rice and salt. These ingredients are crushed into the animal’s intestines, creating the morcilla. Most of the city’s restaurants serve this dish.

Burgos is known for its cheeses. There are many types of cheeses, including mature cheeses and oil cheeses. There are cheeses made of cow milk and sheep milk. Many of the hotels in the city center offer culinary tours around the city.

Tour the Monastery.

The Monastery of Miraflores is another ones of the city’s landmarks. Inside the monastery visitors will fins the Royal Pantheon. The tombs in the pantheon were designed in a Gothic style. Many of the Queen Elizabeth’s family members are buried in this pantheon. Another famous monastery is the Monastery of Las Huelgas Reales.

Explore the Cathedral of St Mary.

Another main cathedral is the Cathedral of Saint Mary. This cathedral is located in the outskirts of the city. The Byzantine and Gothic cathedral used to be a royal monastery. The inside of the cathedral is decorated with arches, cloisters and columns, and one of its most famous features is the large statue of St. Bruno, which was carved out of wood.

Spend an afternoon exploring nearby towns.

The town of Aranda de Duero is located south of the city. The town has many historical buildings, including the Church of Saint Mary, known for its carved facade and chapels. The Gothic Church of San Juan has many chapels and inside the museum visitors will find the Museum of Sacred Art. There are several vineyards in the region where visitors will be able to try a selection of local wines, denominated Ribera del Duero wines.

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