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Villa Romana La Olmeda

Villa Romana La Olmeda contains some of the most beautiful remnants of a Roman villa anywhere on the Iberian Peninsula. The villa was built around the 1st or 2nd century AD, but was completely overhauled in the midd…
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Mesón Añejo

In an attractive brick-and-wood-beam setting, Mesón Añejo is our pick of the restaurants in town with specialities including carpaccio de solomillo relleno de foie (sirloin carpaccio filled with foie gras) or chulet…
Monastery in Aguilar de Campóo

Monasterio de Santa María la Real

Just outside town, on the highway to Cervera de Pisuerga, is the restored Romanesque Monasterio de Santa María la Real. Its 13th-century Gothic cloister with delicate capitals is glorious. You can visit the church w…
Church in Aguilar de Campóo

Ermita de Santa Cecilia

Overlooking the town and providing its picturesque backdrop is a 12th-century castillo (castle) and the graceful Romanesque Ermita de Santa Cecilia, a pretty and humble little hermitage that acts as a prelude to the…
Monastery in Montaña Palentina

Monasterio de San Andrés de Arroyo

The Monasterio de San Andrés de Arroyo is an outstanding Romanesque gem, especially its cloister, which dates from the 13th century. Guided tours (in Spanish) run hourly if there are enough people.
Church in Aguilar de Campóo

Colegiata de San Miguel

In the centre of Aguilar de Campóo, the elongated Plaza de España is capped at its eastern end by the Colegiata de San Miguel, a 14th-century Gothic church with a fine Romanesque entrance. It remains closed for the …
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Monasterio de Santa María de Mave

This Benedictine monastery has an interesting 13th-century Romanesque church, the only part of the complex that's open to visitors. Ask at the cafe next door for the key, or ring Alfredo on one of the numbers listed…