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Introducing Castilla Leon

Salamanca      Avila      Segovia      Valladolid      Leon      Burgos

Guide to Castilla Leon Spain

If there exists a true historical heartland of a unified Spain, then Castilla Leon is just that. From its mountaineous north bordering Asturias, to the plains in the south, Castilla Leon is a vast expanse of land with a myriad of attractions. In a region noted for its conservatism, the cities of Castilla Leon are remarkably easy-going and vibrant. The villages can seem downbeat and grey in comparison to other parts of Spain, but as with all negatives they often create a stunning positive – the harsh winters and dark, emotive interiors create the perfect setting for a feel-good cuisine relying heavily on roasting. To feast on a cochinillo asado (roast suckling pig) accompanied by slow cooked potatoes and a drop of the stunning local Ribera del Duero wine banishes any thoughts of anything but merriment and good times.

Castles abound in the area (hence Castilla) and the cities of Segovia, Salamanca, Avila, Valladolid, Burgos and Leon are all worthy of a couple of days of your time. Whilst Burgos and Leon are more provincial and conservative, Segovia, Salamanca and Valladolid host sizeable student populations which keep the streets buzzing late into the night.

The walking opportunities are a well-guarded secret in this region. From the Sierra de Gredos in east to the Sierra de Francia in the West, Castilla Leon offers hiking opportunities taking in little visited villages and routes. The word to describe the region would be hearty. Hearty food, hearty people and a rich and hearty history of power and conquest. Oh, and hearty winters that’ll leave you cowering indoors – so avoid December to February, if you can.

Highlights of Castilla Leon

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