Burgos Spain Travel Guide

Burgos Travel Guide
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 Burgos Spain Travel Guide

The Burgos Spain Travel Guide explores the lovely northern Spanish including things to see and do, how to get there and more.

Burgos is the capital of the Spanish autonomous community of Castile and Leon in the North West of the country. First established in 884 Burgos became a powerful and important trade and political city before it slipped into decline in the late 16th century. The city was revitalized in the 18th century by Charles III before falling to the French in 1808 and the British in 1813. In July 1936 Burgos became the official seat of Franco’s Nationalist government during the Spanish civil war and was a base for campaigns against Madrid and the Basque states.

Today Burgos is a lively agricultural centre with a beautifully restored old town. It is definitely worth spending time in this lovely city.

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Cathedral of Saint Mary - Burgos Spain Travel Guide

Burgos Cathedral
Cathedral of Saint Mary of Burgos (Santa Iglesia Catedral Basílica Metropolitana de Santa María de Burgos) – Burgos Spain Travel Guide
The Cathedral of Saint Mary is a stunning gothic church that takes pride of place in the city of Burgos. Construction began on the Cathedral of Burgos in 1222 with further grand additions being added to it in the 15th and 16th centuries. Built in the French gothic style the cathedral holds works of art from many artists, architects and sculptors.
The cathedral was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site on 1984 and is the only Spanish cathedral that has this distinction independently, without being joined to the historic center of a city.
 
The cathedral is in the lively and bustling Plaza de Santa Maria in the old medieval town of Burgos.

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Burgos Arch

Arco de Santa María Burgos – Burgos Spain Travel Guide

The Arco de Santa Maria, Burgos is one of the twelve medieval gates that allowed access to the city in medieval times. The arch was rebuilt by the Roman Emperor Charles V in the 16th century during the revolt of Comuneros. The facade of the arch shows figures of people who were important to Burgos.

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Burgos Street Scape

Explore the Old Centre – Burgos Spain Travel Guide

Burgos has a wonderful old town centre with cobbled streets and lively plazas which are the perfect place for an evening tipple. The old town centre has a plethora of bars and restaurants serving delicious tapa and larger raciones along with local wines. Dotted throughout the old town are statues and sculptures making it an interesting place to wander. Head to the busy Plaza Major to experience a Spainish town in all its glory.

Camino de Santiago

Camino de Santiago

The Camino di Santiago is a number of pilgrim routes that all lead to the shrine of the apostle Saint James the Great in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

Burgos is on the most popular route of Camino Frances  and is an excellent place to stop and spend a day or so before continuing on the route. Burgos is well set up for pilgrims and offers accommodation and food deals.

The Camino has become incredibly popular in the past decade attracting pilgrims from all over the world.

 

Eat Tapa

Eat Tapa

Tapa are tasty treats usually served as a snack with a drink and can be found across Spain. The Tapa in Burgos does not disappoint with every type of tapa being available from very simple through to elaborate and decedent. Head to Calle San Lorenzo of Plaza Major to and eat at Casa Pancho which feels like it has been there forever, or the more up market Los Herrenos.

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