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Top Choice Church in Covarrubias

Colegiata de San Cosme y Damián

This 15th-century Gothic church has the evocative atmosphere of a mini cathedral. Home to Spain's oldest still-functioning church organ, it has a gloriously ostentatious altar, fronted by several Roman stone tombs, …
Top Choice Ruins in Around Burgos

Monasterio de San Pedro de Arlanza

These haunting ruins on a rise above the Río Arlanza show traces of both Gothic and Romanesque elements but the sense of elegant abandonment is what remains with you after a visit. Begun as a hermitage in the 10th c…
Monastery in Santo Domingo de Silos

Abadía de Santo Domingo de Silos

The cloister and museum of this revered monastery is a two-storey treasure chest of some of Spain's most imaginative Romanesque art. The overall effect is spectacular, but the sculpted capitals are especially exquis…
Cultural in Around Burgos

Baby-Jumping Festival

Every year since 1620, the tiny village of Castrillo de Murcia (25km west of Burgos) has marked the feast of Corpus Cristi by lining up the village's babies on mattresses, while grown men leap over up to six supine …
Castilian in Covarrubias

Restaurante de Galo

This fine restaurant in the heart of Covarrubias is recommended for its robust traditional dishes, cooked in a wood-fired oven. You can sample the regional speciality of cordero asado (roast lamb). It also does a fi…
Historic Site in Around Burgos

Ermita de Santa María de Lara

If you take the N234 southeast of Burgos, a worthwhile stop some 35km out is the 7th-century Ermita de Santa María de Lara, close to Quintanilla de las Viñas. This modest Visigothic hermitage has some fine bas-relie…
Castilian in Covarrubias

Reastaurante Tiky

A good choice in the heart of town, Tiky does all the usual Castilian specialities – cured meats, roasted meats, stewed meats – but it also has a creative collection of set menus, as well as an informal bar (racione…
Church in Santo Domingo de Silos

Basílica de San Sebastián

Notable for its pleasingly unadorned Romanesque sanctuary dominated by a multidomed ceiling, this is where you can hear the monks chant vespers six times a day. The church was granted the coveted status of basilica …
Food & Drink in Covarrubias

Mercado de la Cereza

A good time to be in Covarrubias is the second weekend of July, when the village hosts a medieval market and cherry festival.
Castilian in Santo Domingo de Silos

Hotel Tres Coronas

This atmospheric restaurant, which specialises in meats roasted in a wood-fire oven, is the village's best.