Behind history tracks
Castilla and Leon has every single ingredient to make us enjoy the silence, give a break of spirit, breath fresh air and eat great food. This community has been a meeting point for people and varied culture. And that’s why today it is crossed by lots of paths and millennial tracks, just as the “Camino de Santiago” (Saint James Way), declared European Cultural Itinerary and undoubtedly the most famous and busy of them all. It is also remarkable the “Ruta del Duero”, that follows the river course. Duero River is a main artery of Castilla and Leon, and highly visited not only because of the beauty of the landscapes but also because of its rich and varied gastronomy and their great wine offer under the protection of the Denominacion de Origen (PDO) Ribera del Duero. Those paths will show the visitor nature spots, lots of ecosystems, lakes, lush valleys, fountains and medicinal water. Also remarkable are Picos de Europa, Sierra de Gredos and the mountain range of Sierra de la Demanda and Sierra de Ancares.
Visitors shouldn’t miss the opportunity as well to know by first-hand the solemn Burgos Cathedral, and later visit the Archaelogical Site of Atapuerca.
To fortresses lovers, there are as well the millennial Alcázar de Segovia, La Mota Castle in Medina del Campo (Valladolid), and Ampudia Castle in Palencia. They are the finest examples of those glorious signs left during the historic past of this Community.
The Castilla and Leon villages have the well-deserved reputation of being the area of all Spain where Spanish is best spoken, which is probably true. In addition, they are serious and very respectful people.
We should not miss tasting the Segovian cochinillo (suckling pig), the botillo from
El Bierzo, the morcilla from Burgos, the chuletón from Ávila, the Soria torreznos, the ham from Salamanca, and of course, its wines from Ribera del Duero or Rueda.
Holy Week and its processions are celebrated with fervour in any of its towns, and we mustn’t forget their traditional bulls runs.