Burgos: The Gastronomic Capital of Spain is Featured in the New York Times as one of “The 46 Places to Go in 2013”

Burgos Cityscape

Burgos Cityscape © 2013 Mufidah Kassalias

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.


Mufidah Kassalias

Mufidah Kassalias is a writer, photographer and slow traveller. A digital nomad, she’s also co-founder of Creative Thunder, helping creative individuals and small businesses to fire up their online presence and prowess. To get a free copy of the inspiring Creative Thunder Manifesto, click here

12 responses

    • That’s funny that you know about boquerones and Ribera del Duero! But I guess it’s all those years living in Spain :-) Yes, it’s cold here, but so far not much worse than England. Although it looks like it’s going to snow again this weekend.

  1. I came here to post a comment about this past weekend’s article in the New York Times but I see you’ve already found out and turned that information into this blog entry. By the way, did you know that the name Burgos is of Germanic origin? It’s the same as the burg we have in English. The original seane was ‘fortified high place’, and later the word came to mean ‘town’ and ‘city’, as we see in names like Pittsburgh, Johannesburg, Luxembourg, Nuremberg, etc.

  2. We live near Philadelphia, but my husband was born in Burgos, well in a small town near Burgos. We visit Spain very year or twice a year. Burgos is a very nice city and the food is excellent, but they are many other places around Burgos that people need to visit. Briviesca is the Capital de la Bureba, El Pastor de Ameyugo, and Atapuerca should visit too. Las chuletillas de lechazo or cordero al horno are excellent food.