Castile y Leon - world heritage
The old frontier land of Castilla y Leon has perhaps done more than any other region to shape the course of modern Spain. Following the Christian reconquest it emerged as the most powerful Kingdom in the country, its domination being underpinned by a combination of military prowess and series of marriage alliances.
The very idiom of Castilla evolved to become the unifying language of Spain, whilst its political, historical and cultural importance left behind a fabulous legacy of great cities and monuments - not least the historic towns of Salamanca and Léon.
The pilgrims’ route to Santiago de Compostela, which passes through Burgos, Palencia and Léon, further bequeathed a rich harvest of Romanesque churches, Gothic cathedrals and monasteries, many of which remain in a perfect state. This land of soldiers, heroes and castles offers rich pickings for those interested in culture, history and architecture.
In short, the birthplace of El Cid is very much alive.