When I got word that I was moving to Burgos, Castilla y Leon I was so nervous. I have been obsessed with Spain for the past 14 years and I’ve seen just about every single travel video about almost every city here but for some reason I skipped over this one. When I first looked up Burgos online I saw the cathedral, those weird looking trees, and morcilla and thought “ohhhh no.”
I had no idea what to expect coming to Burgos from spending a full month in the bustling city of Madrid but when I got here I was blown away. Burgos is surprisingly beautiful for being such an old city and the food is incredible. Now even though those are two major pluses the Madrileños that I told about my future move told me not so great news about Burgos. They said things like “Burgos es el mas frio en Espana” and “la gente alla son frias como el tiempo.” Basically to summarize people here are pretty closed and cold. They blame it on the weather but I call bs on that. I’m from Minnesota where temperatures drop so much lower than here and we are still “Minnesota nice” The citizens of B-town don’t know cold. They don’t know my pain….
With all that aside I just want to say that I do actually love this city so much. Like I said earlier it’s B-E-A-utiful, the food is incredible (2013 champs of the Gastronomic Capital of Spain), and it’s flooded (literally the river is flooded right now) with rich history. Let’s take a look at a few of the major things to do and see here in the capital of the province.
1. Visit the Cathedral
This cathedral was built in the 13th century and took about 300 years to complete! It’s easily the city’s highlight attraction since it’s UNESCO World Heritage Site and everyday dozens of tourists and locals alike are stopping by to snap a photo or just to marvel at this amazing structure. According to my flatmate’s father, who has so much pride in his city he should be the mayor, Christopher Columbus walked through the gates in the back of the cathedral. Don’t quote me on that but he looked pretty serious. You can find the prices for admission here but it’s free from 4:30-6:30pm on Tuesdays. Fun fact: El Cid (the military leader who drove the moors out of the kingdom of Castille) is buried inside next to his wife.