Burgos attractions

Top Choice Cathedral in Burgos


This Unesco World Heritage–listed cathedral, once a former modest Romanesque church, is a masterpiece. Work began on a grander scale in 1221; remarkably, within 40 years most of the French Gothic structure had been …
Top Choice Museum in Burgos

Museo de la Evolución Humana

This exceptional museum just across the river from the old quarter is a marvellously told story of human evolution. The basement exhibitions on Atapuerca, an archaeological site north of Burgos where a 2007 discover…
Monastery in Burgos

Monasterio de las Huelgas

A 30-minute walk west of the city centre on the southern river bank, this monastery was once among the most prominent in Spain. Founded in 1187 by Eleanor of Aquitaine, daughter of Henry II of England and wife of Al…
Monastery in Burgos

Cartuja de Miraflores

Located in peaceful woodlands 4km east of the city centre, this monastery contains a trio of 15th-century masterworks by Gil de Siloé, the man responsible for so many of the more beautiful features in the Burgos cat…
Gate in Burgos

Arco de Santa María

The splendid Arco de Santa María was once the main gate to the old city and part of the 14th-century walls. It now hosts temporary exhibitions, but its real charm lies as a backdrop to the Puente de Santa María or P…
Church in Burgos

Iglesia de San Esteban

Located just west of the cathedral, this is a solid 14th-century Gothic structure with an unusual porch and a Museo del Retablo with a display of some 18 altars dating from the 15th to 18th centuries.
Museum in Burgos

Museo del Retablo

Just west of the cathedral, in the Iglesia de San Esteban, the Museo del Retablo has a display of some 18 altars dating from the 15th to 18th centuries.
Viewpoint in Burgos


Just south of the car park in Burgos's Parque de Castillo is a mirador (lookout) offering great views of the cathedral and across the city.
Castle in Burgos

Castillo de Burgos

Crowning the leafy hilltop Parque de Castillo are the massive fortifications of the rebuilt Castillo de Burgos. Dating from the 9th century, the castle has witnessed a turbulent history, suffering a fire in 1736 and…
Historic Building in Burgos

Casa del Cordón

Built in the 15th century in a harmonious Gothic style, this fine structure is notable especially for the fact that it was here, on 23 April 1497, that los reyes católicos, Isabel and Fernando, received Cristobal Co…