A fleeting visit
We chose Logroño for its tapas and Rioja wine, but not to feel left out on our way to Santander we visited Burgos.
In the brief time that we were in Burgos we felt that more time should certainly be dedicated to this place, particularly it’s amazing cathedral.
Just to give you a taster, here are a few shots we took whilst strolling around.
A helpful guide
I love nothing more than planning a trip and so often I use the DK Eyewitness books. I find them extremely informative, easy to follow and the pictures and maps tempt you into discovering more.
We used this version of the book to plan the northern part of our Spanish road trips.
Our Lady of Burgos
The Cathedral at Burgos was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984.
The construction of this magnificent Gothic cathedral started in the 13th century, but was not completed until the 15th and 16th centuries.
Halt who goes there?
The elegant 14th-century city gate Arco de Santa María, was once the main gate of the old city. It looks down upon the lovely pedestrianised Puente de Santa María which spans River Arlanzón.
Along the banks of the River Arlanzón is Paseo del Espolón, which is a charming tree-lined promenade.
The Spanish certainly know how to create delightful parks to shade themselves from the warm summer months.
Slowly meandering through the Medieval lanes its lovely when you turn a corner and stumble across another traditional plaza or courtyard.
A little bit of history
The early 14th century former Catholic Church of San Esteban, is now the Museo del Retablo which is located in a tranquil courtyard, just adjacent to Burgos castle.
Like other Spanish towns and cities, we have seen some wonderful sculptures & street art. Burgos was no different, with some lovely bronzes rubbed for luck by passersby.
The amazing door of Salon de Recreo was originally made in 1904 and continually gets restored to keep it look as striking as it does today.
Whilst strolling the streets and lanes of Burgos we came across an outdoor escalator, right in the middle of town - Yes an escalator.
How bizarre, I was just so surprised and didn’t expect it in a Medieval town.