Burgos…By Kirsty Leggatt

by Susannah Grant

posted on March 16, 2016

Cathedral of Burgos

Cathedral of Burgos

Burgos is approximately two and a half hours by car, north of Madrid. It’s an easy drive and also easily accessible by train, with the train station being quite close to the town centre.

It’s a lovely city with many historical landmarks, the most important of which is the Cathedral of Burgos (also a UNESCO World Heritage Site). The cathedral is Gothic-style and dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It holds many interesting sculptures and artworks and also the tomb of El Cid. Admission price includes a commentary phone, which gives detailed explanations and descriptions of the cathedral history, architecture, interior and artworks.

We stayed at the NH Collection Palacio de Burgos. This hotel is set in a beautifully renovated Gothic building and is very centrally located — only five minutes walk to the cathedral and Burgos central.

Tapas are popular in Burgos but I have to admit, I wasn’t a big fan of the selection. There seemed to be a lot of morcilla (blood sausage) and anchovies, neither of which I eat (but that’s my personal taste). We were given two tapas bar recommendations close to the cathedral: La Favorita and La Boca del Lobo. These were obviously popular local choices as they were VERY busy. We did try the tapas at Del Lobo, they offered a wide variety and were very tasty.

The food in general in Burgos seemed to be a little expensive (hamburgers from approx. 18 € to 26€) but the wine was very reasonable. Unfortunately, due to dire hunger circumstances on Saturday we ended up eating in one of the few restaurants that were not busy. I was served frozen chicken (that appeared to have been pre-cooked/roasted and then frozen but not defrosted properly!) and it was quite frankly, awful! The staff didn’t charge me the 18 € for my “dish”!

The following day saw Burgos redeemed when we ate at Casa Azofra. The house speciality here is Cordero Lechal Asado and it was delicious! Served with a crisp salad and a lovely house red — I highly recommend it!

We only spent two days in Burgos but we plan to return and take more time wandering around this lovely historic town. This is a great weekend place to visit that’s not too far out of Madrid.

 

The gate to the city of Burgos

The gate to the city of Burgos

Tomb of El Cid

Tomb of El Cid