Burgos is hitting the headlines as one of the top travel destinations for 2013. At the end of 2012 it was crowned gastronomic capital of Spain 2013, and more recently the New York Times referred to it “an ancient city with a fresh face and culinary buzz” in its 11th of January article, The 46 Places to Go in 2013.
I first learned of Burgos a couple of years ago through my half-Spanish, half-English friend in whose apartment we’re staying whilst here. And, as my only prior experience of Spanish culture was a 3-day trip to Barcelona in 2007, during which we spent much of our time exploring all things Gaudí, I’m now appreciating life and culture in a very different city.
In this ancient capital of Castilla, the Gothic Cathedral dominates the city with its many spires visible from much of the city. Being on the Camino de Santiago, it already attracts many thousands of pilgrims every year as they trek through the streets en route to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia. They’re easily spotted with their hiking boots, backpacks and walking sticks. Plus the scallop shells that most sport on their carried belongings.
As the gastronomic capital for 2013, Burgos has some unique dishes and excellent regional wines to offer the food connoisseur. Not to mention a plethora of good restaurants and tapas bars.
Burgos culinary specialities include the famous Morcilla de Burgos (black pudding), Queso de Burgos (a soft white whey cheese) and Cillar de Silos, one of the many fine wines from the Ribera del Duero. Having tasted all of these, I can highly recommend them. And, of course, visiting the city of Burgos to sample their delights — as well as the delights of Burgos generally.