Burgos is a monumental myriad of architectural magnificence that houses some of Spain’s most exquisite examples of ecclesiastical buildings. Supreme spires and imposing bell towers rise dramatically above the cityscape, giving Burgos an unmistakable air of coveted consecration. The city’s cathedral, unlike any other in Spain, was individually awarded UNESCO World Heritage status to recognise its awe-inspiring grandeur; although the cathedral overshadows many other structures, Burgos bursts with many other magnificent monuments and culinary gems that beg to be explored by the intrepid traveller.
The striking silhouette of the Burgos Cathedral is an unforgettable vision; richly decorate spires point heavenwards with an authoritative air while dizzying entrance portals and elaborate, filigreed facades give a fantastical air to this extraordinary building. Inside, the visual banquet becomes more impressive and offers encrusted extravagance, golden grandeur and stunning stone carvings depicting the resurrection and ascension of Christ. Stare skywards at the seemingly interminable ceiling, in which vaulted domes and religious scenes take precedence, for a truly religious experience.
Continue the religious theme with a visit to the often and inexplicably overlooked Monasterio de las Huelgas. This 11th century monastery is still home to practicing nuns, who live amongst the beautiful chapels and spectacular altars of this exquisite ecclesiastical structure. After journeying through an ornate Romanesque cloister, pilgrims will reach the Museo de Ricas Telas, a glittering collection of bejewelled robes and royal garments worthy of worship.
Burgos boasts rich cultural traditions inherited from its ancient roots; regional delights include rich meat dishes such as chopped pork, blood pudding and roasted lamb. Occupying a prime location near the Catedral, Casa Ojeda is a firm favourite amongst locals and visitors alike. Traditional dishes are lovingly made and signature specialities include tender and succulent roast lambs and sweet pastry tarts. (Calle Vitoria, 5, 09004 Burgos)