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Burgos: Excursions

Way of Saint James (Tip! )
The province of Burgos is one of the most important stations on this famous tourist itinerary. The first places to visit are Redecilla del Camino and Belorado, the latter being interesting for its square with arcades and ruins of walls. After crossing the beautiful mountainous landscape of Villafranca the way arrives to San Juan de Ortega, Photo, named after the Saint who together with Santo Domingo de la Calzada was the most important architect of this route and built the town's church in 12th century. The itinerary passes Burgos, Olmillos with its 16th century castle and church, Castrojeriz, having as major attraction the impressive ruins of a medieval fortress, and leaves the province at Itero, where you can see the famous bridge with eleven arcs that was called "Ponteroso" in medieval literature.
La Ruta de los Pueblos del Norte
The peaceful "route of the northern villages" is a quiet tip for the tourist who wants to discover medieval Spain, far away from the rush of mass-tourism, and feel as if times had not passed by.

Among the most interesting places there are Briviesca, with its old stone-bridge and Santa Casilda Sanctuary 10 km from the village; Medina de Pomar, picturesque town with an impressive castle, Alcazar, monastery and hermitage; Frias, Photo a pure medieval village dominated by its castle on a high rock; Puentearenas with its 11th century Romanesque abbey; the palaces of Espinosa de los Monteros and Sedano; the 12th century Romanesque church of Moradillo de Sedano and the 11th century temple of Rebolledo de la Torre.
La Ruta de Los Pueblos del Sur
("Route of the Southern Villages") Quintanilla de las Viņas is of high historical importance for its visigothic church. Covarubias Photo conserves traces of a very old history in its palace, the impressive stone tower of Doņa Urraca and La Colegiata. Salas de los Infantes is famous for its plateresque retable and the nearby Monastery of Silos with an exceptional 11th century cloister. Peņaranda del Duero Photo and Lerma are other important towns in Spanish history. Most interesting to visit are the ducal palace, built over an old fortress, and the 12th century Colegiata.

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