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6 Best things to see & do in Burgos

  • Burgos, Castile and Leon, Spain

Museum of Human Evolution

  • Burgos, Castile and Leon, Spain

Museum of Human Evolution

Experience

Dedicated to human origins and the latest theories on evolution, this contemporary museum displays many original fossils – including the oldest humanoid bones discovered in Europe discovered in the nearby Atapuerca mountains.

Adult price: 5

Good for age: 8+

Church of San Esteban

  • Burgos, Castile and Leon, Spain

Church of San Esteban

Experience

A striking Gothic church with a magnificent portal, rose window in its massive tower, a flamboyant choir and a 14th-century cloister; it also houses a museum of elaborate retablos (painted wooden altarpieces).

Good for age: 18+

Burgos Cathedral

  • Burgos, Castile and Leon, Spain

Burgos Cathedral

Experience

A World Heritage site, the Gothic cathedral of Burgos was first built in 1221, then embellished in the 15th, 16th and 18th centuries. Today, it is one of the great art-filled treasure houses of Spain, preserving many extraordinary works.

Adult price: 6

Good for age: 18+

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Arch of Santa Maria

  • Burgos, Castile and Leon, Spain

Arch of Santa Maria, Burgos, Castilla y Leon, Spain

Experience

This extraordinarily ornate castle-towered gate was rebuilt in the 16th century by Emperor Charles V to thank the city for its support against a revolt. It houses a museum of antique pharmaceutical equipment and special exhibitions.

Good for age: 18+

Abbey of Santa Maria la Real de Las Huelgas

  • Burgos, Castile and Leon, Spain

Medieval buildings of the Abbey of Santa Maria la Real de Las Huelgas, a historical monastery of Cistercian nuns, Burgos, Castille and Leon, Spain

Experience

Just outside the city, this working monastery of Cistercian nuns has striking Mudejar (Moorish Christian) features, royal tombs, a museum of medieval textiles and a 13th-century tapestry. It’s also been the site of several royal weddings.

Adult price: 5

Good for age: 18+

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Miraflores Charterhouse

  • Burgos, Castile and Leon, Spain

Interior of Gothic monastery Cartuja de Miraflores in Burgos, Castilla y Leon, Spain.

Experience

This former Carthusian monastery, dating back to 1442, was built on a hill just outside the city of Burgos. The structure was completed by Queen Isabella in 1484, and now contains the extraordinary intricate tombs of her parents sculpted by Gil de Siloe.

Good for age: 18+

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