Castile and Leon Travel Guide

Extending north from Madrid, Castile and Leon is called ‘the land of frontier fortresses’. Surrounded by autonomous communities of Asturias, Cantabria, Basque Country, La Rioja, Aragon, Castile–La Mancha, Madrid, Extremadura and Galicia, the plains of Castile and León fetches an average height of about 2500 feet. This plateau steeps up into the Cantabrian Mountains on the north, Sierra de la Demanda in the east and Sierra de Guadarrama on the south. Dating back to the eleventh century, Castille merged with Leon, thus creating a huge peninsula, and from this amalgamation, three cities emerged as great epitomes of art and architecture, namely Salamanca, León and Burgos. Gothic cathedrals and well-designed houses dominate the narrow alleyways. Besides, Valladolid, Zamora, Palencia and Soria are also spectacular reminders of old golden periods of Old Castile.

This is one of the best destinations in Europe for natural landscapes, spectacular monuments and varied gastronomy. This region in Spain is a delight for all! There are innumerable places which are worth visiting, and towns to highlight would include Avila, Salamanca and Segovia. Not to forget, all of them are listed under World Heritage Cities and have something unique to contrast one from another. Some highlights within them are Burgos Cathedral and archaeological site of Atapuerca. The famous route of the Way of Saint James run through this region, and is very sacred path for the Spanish.

If you want to go through the spectacular scenery, tour through the natural spaces of the Atlantic Forests in Spain. There are 40 natural reserves and are perfect for climbing or cycling. If you don’t want to opt for adventurous tours, you can simply opt for relaxing walks. Get to Las Médulas, the biggest open-air golden mine which was excavated during the Roman Empire.

The food at Castile-León specializes on the traditional recipes. Try the roasted milk-fed lamb, roasted suckling pig, black sausage or botillo, etc. Also try some wines obtained from Ribera de Duero region.

Events & Festivals in Valladolid

Every place has local festivals, carnivals, and events that add a unique flair to the culture. The locals all enjoy these festivities, and tourists will truly be rewarded if they visit during the time of festivals, and carnival times. Valladolid...

Valladolid in One Day Itinerary

If you are taking a one day trip to visit the city then you want to arrive in the morning before ten so you will be there when the museums begin to open. If you start in Madrid I suggest...

Top Spanish Foods to Try in Valladolid

Local Cuisine Whenever you travel you simply have to try the local cuisine in order to say that you got the full experience of the destination you visited. Many people are afraid to try new foods, but you have to...

Top things to do in Valladolid

Valladolid, only 200km from Madrid is the capital of the Castilla y Leon region, has many important historic, artistic and architectural points of interest to discover such as the National Sculpture museum and the House of the author of Don...

How to get to Valladolid

Travelling to Valladolid There are several travel options for the tourist wishing to visit this amazing city. Your travel choices will depend on a lot of where you are travelling from, but you have the options of driving, taking a...

The Best Time to Visit Valladolid

The Best Time to Visit Valladolid The very best time to visit this lovely city would be Easter so you could see what happens during Holy Week, but other than that this is a great vacation spot almost all year...

Top Spanish Foods to Try in Salamanca

The sea decides the gastronomy along Spain's coasts while the landscape of Salamanca decides their local foods! Salamanca is situated in the interior and has a vast variety of countryside dishes of Spain. From the pastures to the mountainous highlands...

Events & Festivals in Salamanca

The calendar events of this city are quite packed up for throughout the year. They also include the nearby villages and towns which perform the festivities together. Some carnivals in Ciudad Rodrigo don’t have any specific date to occur and...