The extraordinary Gothic cathedral of Burgos is one of Spain's glittering jewels of religious architecture and it looms large over the city and skyline. On the surface, conservative Burgos seems to embody all the stereotypes of a north-central Spanish town, with sombre grey-stone architecture, the fortifying cuisine of the high meseta (plateau) and a climate of extremes. But this is a city that rewards deeper exploration: below the surface lie good restaurants and, when the sun's shining, pretty streetscapes that extend far beyond the landmark cathedral. There's even a whiff of legend about the place: beneath the majestic spires of the cathedral lies Burgos' favourite and most roguish son, El Cid.
Burgos destination guides
Compostela Trail - Burgos to Leon
An inspirational walk along the mid section of the Camino across the vast Meseta to Leon
Food Lover's Pilgrimage Santiago de Compostela
Sample the culinary and walking highlights of the Camino de Santiago