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.