The historic capital of the Kingdom of Castile, Burgos is picture book city packed with Gothic and renaissance architecture. These lovely 15th and 16th-century buildings are built with local white limestone, which gives the Burgos cityscape its own regal character.
You can visit the resting place of several kings and queens and see where Christopher Columbus was granted a royal audience in the 15th century. There’s history of a different kind just outside the city, where Europe’s earliest human fossils have been discovered and date back 350,000 years.
Let’s explore the best things to do in Burgos:
Burgos’ 13th-century Cathedral of St. Mary is UNESCO-listed, and stands out as the only cathedral in Spain to earn this status without being grouped with other buildings.
The best way to approach the building is from the west, where you’ll be greeted by impossibly ornate twin spires, modelled on the gothic cathedrals in Paris and Reims.
But from any direction there’s something beautiful to catch your gaze, whether it’s the medieval carvings on the Door of the Coronería or the stunning octagonal tower on the east side.
All this, and you haven’t even entered yet! Of the many must-sees inside is the tomb of the fabled 11th-centiury commander, El Cid.