Take a tour of the pedestrianized center of the autonomous community of Castile and León or admire the beauty of the many historic landmarks, particularly the Cathedral of Burgos, the architectural gem of the city, the Spanish city of Burgos seems to have beautifully preserved its Old-World charm. Burgos is a pleasant city to explore on foot where the quaint cobbled streets blend in harmony with the shaded promenades and the exquisite monuments. Also on the checklist are the various ancient monasteries and churches that are worth a look.
1. Visit the Remarkable Burgos Cathedral
A former modest Romanesque church is now the only UNESCO World Heritage-listed cathedral in Spain. The Cathedral of Burgos is one of the finest examples of Spanish Gothic art, the beauty of which cannot be described in words. The Cathedral itself is an architectural gem, a masterpiece with a perfect profusion of sculptural decorations and grandiose spires. The interior is beautifully adorned with Renaissance and Baroque elements.
- Name: Burgos Cathedral
- Address: Plaza de Santa María, s/n, 09003 Burgos, Spain
- Phone: +34947204712
- Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 09:00 to 19:00
2. Walk the Historic Monasterio de las Huelgas
Source: Lourdes Cardenal
Among the most prominent historic landmark in Spain, the Monasterio de las Huelgas is a medieval monastery of the Cistercian nuns and the Royal Pantheon of the monarch of the Castile. A must-see historic attraction, this monastery contains the tombs of many kings and queens, as well as a magnificent Renaissance altar. It also displays a fine collection of remarkable medieval tapestries.
- Name: Monastery of Santa Maria
- Address: Plaza Compás, s/n, 09001 Burgos, Spain
- Phone: +34947201630
3. Witness the Human Evolution
Source: El Coleccionista de Instantes
The Museum of Human Evolution is an exceptional museum that concentrates on the marvelous subject of human evolution and which presents evolutionary discoveries of the very existence of human. Among the highlights are the exhibit of Europe’s oldest human fossil, El Bifaz Excalibur; the wonderful displays on Charles Darwin; and the extraordinary wax models of the prehistoric human species.
- Name: Museo de la Evolucion Humana
- Address: Paseo Sierra de Atapuerca, 09002 Burgos, Spain
- Phone: +34902024246
- Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 10:00 to 14:30 & 16:30 to 20:00, Sat-Sun 10:00 to 20:00
- Website: http://www.museoevolucionhumana.com/
4. The Quiet Woodlands of Cartuja de Miraflores
Sits conveniently in the peaceful woodlands to the east of the city center is the Cartuja de Miraflores, one of the most impressive Gothic buildings in Spain. This Carthusian monastery was a former summer residence of the Spanish monarchs and a recreational palace of Henry III of Spain. This is a beautifully restored gem of the 15th-century Gothic architecture and definitely a must-see.
- Name: Cartuja de Miraflores
- Address: Carretera de Fuentes Blancas, Km 3.5, 09002 Burgos, Spain
- Phone: +34947252586
- Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 10:15 to 15:00 & 16:00 to 18:00, Sun 11:00 to 15:00 & 16:00 to 18:00
5. A Look at the Splendid Arco de Santa Maria
The guarded entrance to the city’s Old Town, the splendid Arco de Santa Maria stands tall at the end of Paseo del Espolon, the most representative garden of Burgos. Once a part of the 14th-century walls, it now hosts temporary art exhibitions. The gate is as fascinating as the structure itself, featuring statues of Castilian heroes and kings.
- Name: Arco de Santa Maria
- Address: Plaza del Rey San Fernando, s/n, 09003 Burgos, Spain
- Phone: +34947288868
- Opening Hours: Tue-Sat 11:00 to 14:00 & 17:00 to 21:00, Sun 11:00 to 14:00
6. Admire the Castilian Renaissance Art
Take a few steps along the Plaza de Santa Maria and you’ll see the beautiful Church of San Nicolás which features the scenes of the life of St Nicolas. The church was originally built in 1408 and was restored back to its former glory during a renovation work in 1911. It contains notable examples of the Castilian Renaissance art by Simon de Colonia and his son Francisco de Colonia.
- Name: Iglesia de San Nicolas
- Address: Calle de Caballeros, 35, 46001 Burgos, Spain
- Phone: +34947260539
7. Stroll Along the Paseo del Espolon
Splendidly covered by plane trees and beautifully lined with cafes and shops, the Paseo del Espolon is the people’s favorite walkway in Burgos which connects the Gate of Santa Maria with the Principal Theatre. Just opposite the promenade along the riverbanks, is a quiet pastoral scene which is just perfect for an evening stroll.
- Name: Paseo del Espolon
- Address: Paseo del Espolon s/n, Burgos, Spain
8. The Gothic Cloister of the Iglesia de San Esteban
Source: Carlos Delgado
This 14th-century Gothic structure boasts of an impressive façade with a richly sculptured doorway, and a Museo del Retablo which displays a wonderful selection of around 18 altars dating back to the 15th-century. Also among the notable features is an early Gothic cloister.
- Name: Iglesia de San Esteban
- Address: Calle San Esteban, s/n, 09071 Burgos, Spain
9. Tour the Astonishing Castle of Burgos
Crowning the hilltop of San Miguel are the fortified walls of the rebuilt Castle of Burgos. The castle has gone through a rough history, witnessing a fire in 1736 and being destroyed by Napoleon’s troops during the French occupation in 1813. The explosion destroyed almost all of the castle grounds, the ruins of which can be still seen on the grounds.
- Name: Castle of Burgos
- Address: Cerro de San Miguel, s/n, 09004 Burgos, Spain
- Phone: +34947288874
- Opening Hours: Sat-Sun 11:00 to 18:30
10. Have Fun at the International Folk Festival
Burgos hosts the renowned “City of Burgos” International Folk Festival in the third week of July where hundreds of folk groups from all over the world meet together for an outstanding cultural event. Splendid performances adorn the public squares and the historic venues such as the Plaza de San Juan Square, the Principal Theatre, and the Paseo del Espolon Pavilion.
Have a good trip and travel!