Paseos por la Ciudad

City walks

Burgos and its walls

This route reminds us the ancient fortified history of Burgos. In fact, the name of Burgos comes etymologically from the word “Burg” that means “Castle, fortress enclosure”. At 884, the count Diego Porcelos founded the city and its castle, that was erected on top of the hill “La Blanca”as a little military fortress, became a decisive factor of the shaping of the city that was raising within the walls. The fortress provides the visitor magnificent views from the old fortified town and some of its many gates, in addition to other artistic references that, despite of being constructed afterwards, still maintain their original sketch.

The Espolón, the city and the river

Under the shadow of the Castle hill, on the flat banks of the Arlanzón river lies the lower city of Burgos. The different neighbourhoods and streets that alternate the flavours of the Middle-age, Renaissance and Bourgeois are located in the surroundings of the Plaza Mayor and the Paseo del Espolón. This urban corner of the city, between the bridges of San Pablo and Santa María, is one of the most well-known and beautiful in Spain.

St. James Way

Burgos is one of the most important landmarks to understand St James Way and its route though the iberian peninsula. Being crossed by this pilgrimage route had a crucial impact on the history and the urban development of the city during centuries. Every religious institution, including the Cathedral, were focused on assisting the pilgrims. Besides, its 35 hospitals made Burgos the most hospitable city in Europe.

Burgos and El Cid

The city and its surroundings are filled with memories of El Cid. This route allow us know the main episodes and the conserved places directly linked with the Campeador.

The siege on the castle of Burgos

Since 1808, the ruinous medieval castle becomes, by order of Napoleon, in a defensive point and a logistic center for the french troopes.