Castile-Leon

Castile-Leon – True Spain in 1 express circuit and many visits

To see Castile-Leon in general

As we generally opt to go south, the north and center of Spain are our least known areas.

Located in the corridor to Europe, ​Salamanca, Valladolid and Burgos were cities of frequent passages and brief stops, only Salamanca having been object of a longer visit.

Segovia was a final destination several times, and Avila in its way and La Granja de San Ildefonso nearby both becoming natural visits.

Ciudad Rodrigo, Tordesillas, Simancas were no more than a reference in the way…

I recently made two trips expressly to review and expand my visits to this region.
Astorga, Leon, Plasencia, and Zamora were the highlights, passing through Bejar, Coria and Puebla de Sanábria.

Salamanca

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Salamanca

Salamanca is one of the top 10 cities in Spain (as a matter of fact, for me is one of top 3, with Seville and San Sebastian, but that is by subjective reasons, don’t mention to any Spanish, they may be offended – Madrid and Barcelona for them, of course!).

The historic center is a must, especially the university.

​And if you have the chance to assist a student serenade, as I did…

La Granja de San Ildefonso

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Castile-Leon - True Spain in 1 express circuit and many visits

Three times in La Granja de San Ildefonso were more than enough to have a general idea of town, despite the festivities that dominated the city in two of the visits, where we collaborated in the interesting Baroque market that happens each June.

It’s a nice stop, at the edge of Segovia, and not far from Madrid or Avila.

The palace with its gardens and the Glass Museum does deserve a visit. to see some of the fountains working you need to select the day and time that they regularly announce.

Segovia

Segovia
Castile-Leon - True Spain in 1 express circuit and many visits

Segovia is a wonderful town, with plenty on interesting details concentrated in a small area, thus becoming easy to visit.

Aqueduct, Alcazar and the cathedral ar absolute must see monuments, but all the city is attractive, and suckling pig is an additional reason to call the visitors.

In the way to Segovia, Avila was a mandatory stop, visitng more than the always visible walls.

Astorga

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Castile-Leon - True Spain in 1 express circuit and many visits

A great surprise, the beauty of Astorga, one of the main points of an express trip to this province. Puebla de Sanabria was just a quick look in the way.

Ciudad Rodrigo

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Ciudad Rodrigo

Many times, I passed in Ciudad Rodrigo, only twice stopping and visiting it. Nice city didn’t deserve to be skipped so often. Its neighbor, Simancas, keeps being only seen passing by.

Bejar

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Bejar

Returning to Portugal at the end of a trip in this province, Bejar was a nice surprise (I didn’t know that it was a winter resort) and a bad experience – my car was too big to turn behind the church, and I needed to make a small scratch in it. Nothing serious, but I must confess that it reduced my interest in visiting it and made me leave almost immediately.

Zamora

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Zamora

Very nice city, where I had passed without stopping 50 years ago. This time the visit was carefully planned, and we could make a deep visit of Zamora in a reasonably short time.

Leon

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Leon

Another carefully planned visit and another pleasing surprise. The rich history of this province is well documented in its historic area, well preserved and easy to visit.

Burgos

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Burgos

Burgos was a brief stop in a long trip in 1971.

I passed there several more times, never leaving the main road.

So what do I remember from town? 

If I didn’t keep a couple of bad photos of the cathedral not even that beauty I would remember