Top things to do in Palencia

Top Choice Cathedral in Palencia


The sober exterior of this vast house of worship (one of the largest in Castilla) belies the extraordinary riches within – it's widely known as 'La Bella Desconocida' (Unknown Beauty). The Puerta del Obispo (Bishop'…
Top Choice Castilian in Palencia

Lucio Asador Gastrobar

This Palencia institution recently combined an asador (restaurant specialising in roasted meats) with a slick new gastrobar. Gone is the air of tradition, replaced by creativity bursting out of the kitchen. It still…
Castilian in Palencia

Gloria Bendita

Ignore the drab surroundings of modern apartment blocks and seek out this, one of Palencia's new breed of elegant restaurants serving sophisticated Castilian cuisine with a modern twist. Meat and fish dishes are the…
Museum in Palencia

Museo Diocesano

Within the 18th-century Palacio Episcopal, this museum showcases art from the Middle Ages through to the Renaissance. Pride of place goes to works by Pedro de Berruguete and an altarpiece starring the Virgin (attrib…
Church in Palencia

Iglesia de San Miguel

This church stands out for its tall Gothic tower with a castle-like turret. San Miguel's interior is unadorned and austerely beautiful. According to legend, El Cid was betrothed to his Doña Jimena here.
Church in Palencia

Iglesia de San Pablo

Across the park from the train station, this church has a Renaissance facade and an enormous plateresque altarpiece in the main chapel.