· Castile and Leon ·

With a name that pays tribute to the two kingdoms that formed it, Castile and León is also known as “the greatest living museum in the world”.

This identity is due to the historical and cultural importance of its cities and the natural and scenic allure of its different regions.

More than half of the architectural, artistic and cultural heritage of Spain is found in Castile and León, and it is also the part of the world with the most cultural World Heritage Sites, currently with 8.

It makes up more than 400 kilometres of the Camino de Santiago and has some of the oldest universities in Spain, such as Salamanca, which is the third oldest university in Europe.

Eight Holy Weeks of International Tourist Interest are celebrated in Castile and León, such as those in Valladolid and León, which attract huge numbers of travellers.

The region is also home to the largest concentration of Romanesque art on the planet, as well as more than 23,000 archaeological sites, including Atapuerca, one of the most important in the world for being the place that has led scientists to re-evaluate the evolution of mankind.

This immense heritage, together with its more than 40 protected areas, such as the Cañón del Río Lobos Natural Park, make it a paradise for rural tourism lovers and outdoor sports enthusiasts.

In terms of landscapes, there is Las Médulas which is considered the largest open-cast gold mine in the entire Roman Empire and nowadays one of the most impressive natural corners of Spain.

As you would expect, gastronomy has a prominent place in Castile and León. It has a traditional cuisine based on roasting meats such as lamb, goat and pork, paired with some of the region’s magnificent wines, many of which are world renowned, such as the famous Pingus and Vega Sicilia, both with Ribera del Duero Designation of Origin.