1- PLAZA DE SAN JUAN
The best place to start is Plaza San Juan, a large urban space which is home to the Monastery of San Juan, San Juan Hospital, which now is the main public library, and the beautiful church of San Lesmes, the patron saint of Burgos, that represents a notable example of the late 19th century local Gothic architecture.
2- GATE OF SAN JUAN
After crossing the medieval bridge over river Vena, the gate of San Juan enables you to head along the entire length of the street of the same name. Following the Jacobean shells that signpost the correct route, we will pass very close to the Baroque Church of San Lorenzo, which gives its name to one of the gastronomic streets of the historic quarter. The Captaincy Palace which is now the Historic Military Museum is very nearby.
3- CHURCH OF SAN GIL AND LA FLORA
Along Avellanos street, dominated by the traditional white painted, wood glazed balconies, we reach San Gil street, which leads to San Gil Church on the right hand side. On that same street, on the left, there is the Plaza de Huerto del Rey, commonly known as La Flora, due to the presence of a statue of this pagan goddess that dominates, from the top of its fountain, this extended urban space. The unique view of the Cathedral that can be enjoyed from this place is of particular interest.
4- FERNÁN GONZÁLEZ STREET
Leaving behind the Cathedral and the church of San Nicolas, the Camino de Santiago passes near to the arch of Fernán González, the monument to “El Empecinado” a famous guerrilla fighter during the Spanish independence war and the Site of El Cid, to reach the Mudejar arch of San Martin, from where the visitor can leave the old town and the fortified precinct.
5- PUENTE MALATOS AND HOSPITAL DEL REY
Though the streets “Emperador” and “Villalón” the visitor can descend until the bridge of Malatos, that crosses the Arlanzón river. In the leafy park of El Parral it’s easy to find the Chapel of San Amaro and the Hospital del Rey, with its characteristic Renaissance facades, that hosts many departments from the University of Burgos.