Towns and Cities in Castilla y León
Castilla y León has three cities that have been declared UNESCO World heritage sites - Avila, Salamanca and Segovia. Furthermore, you will find that Burgos, León, Palencia, Valladolid, Toro, Tordesillas and Zamora all have a fascinating historic past and are well woth a visit, especially if Spain's culture in history is of interest to you. Follow the links below to find out more about each town/city.
Ávila, a UNESCO world heritage site is located about 1100 metres above sea level. A beautiful wall (12th cent.) with 90 stone towers, surrounds the city. Inside the old town you'll find a beautiful old church dating back to the 11th century. Avila is surrounded by lovely towns and a beautiful landscape. Learn more
Once the capital of the kingdom of Castilla and more recently the HQ for General Franco during the Spanish Civil War, Burgos is situated on the pilgrim way to Santiago de Compostella. It has a beautiful cathedral and a visit to its park 'Castillo Park' rewards you with wonderful views across the city. Learn more
León is known for its magnificent cathedral, which dates back to the 13th century. It took about 200 years to complete and is now seen as one of the finest cathedrals in Europe, not surprising when you see the 250 stained glass windows! Casa de Binies by Gaudi is nearby and a visit to the tower of San Isidro, which forms part o fh the town walls should not be missed.
Situated by the banks of the river Carrión, Palencia is dominated by the imposing statue of the Cristo del Otero. In Palencia you will find many magnificent monuments – an imposing cathedral and important provincial museums containing archaeological remains and religious objects. Two beautiful regions surround Palencia - El Cerrato, with smooth rolling hills and traditional villages and Tierra de Campos, the vast Castilian plain, crossed by the Camino de Santiago and the Canal de Castilla. Learn more
The UNESCO World heritage site Salamanca is a delight! A lively university city whose buildings and monuments are built with a certain stone that gives the city its unique character. Highlights of Salamanca are the cosmopolitan Plaza Mayor, the old and new cathedral and both its universities. Learn more
A definite must for every visitor to Castilla y León is a visit to Segovia. Its old town and aqueduct (built ~ 50. A.D.) are an UNESCO World Heritage site. Walk through the pedestrianised streets, visit the Alcazar castle (11th century), where Queen Isabella promised Columbus the financial backing for the American voyage, and the magnificent Gothic cathedral (16th century).Learn more
The capital of Castilla y León, Valladolid is situated on the River Pisuerga. The old part offers superb examples of Renaissance buildings such as houses, palaces, churches and its cathedral. Being a university city it also offers a fantastic cultural and culinary life. Valladolid is surrounded by vineyards (Rigales, Rueda, Toro and Ribera del Duero), cereal fields, pigeon lofts and castles as well as monumental churches. Learn more
This charming town with a city wall (11th-13th century) is situated on the banks of the River Duero and on the Ruta de la Plata. It is famous for its Romanesque monuments. Surrounded by vineyards it is one of the most impressive medieval towns in Castilla y León.