Castilla y León is the biggest autonomous region in Spain and because of this has great variations of landscape and climate. It’s made up of nine provinces (with their capital cities taking the same name) León, Palencia, Burgos, Zamora, Valladolid, Soria, Segovia, Salamanca and Ávila. To the north of the region there are higher areas bordering Asturias and Cantabria before it drops down to the flat plains that cover the majority of the region. Because of very high summer temperatures a visit to Castilla and León is best taken outside the months of July and August when some of its gems, including the historical cities of Salamanca, Segovia and León, can be discovered without breaking too much of a sweat.
Burgos is located to the north east of the Castilla y Leon region of Spain and lies on the River Arlanzón a few kilometers from the prehistoric World Heritage site of Atapuerca. [Read more…]
Salamanca is most famous for its architecture and academia – the University has been part of the city since it was founded by Alfonso IX of Leon in 1218. It’s a relatively small and compact city with fewer than 200,000 inhabitants making it easy to explore in its entirety on foot. Although the University may not have the world standing it once did the city still has a big student population including a large number of foreign students in the city to learn Spanish. Because of this Salamanca is not only an attraction for its stunning architecture but also for its great nightlife during term time.
This stylish 4 star hotel was a former convent and is situated in the heart of the old town of Salamanca close to all the city’s historical attractions. The hotels facilities include a restaurant and fitness centre including sauna and Turkish bath.
The old town of Segovia, together with its Roman aqueduct, are World Heritage Sites, and contain numerous historical sites of interest including Romanesque churches, the Cathedral and Fortress. The Roman aqueduct, which carried water to the city from 15 Km away, dates back to the 1st century and serves as the main entrance to the historic walled centre of Segovia.
This former monastery, now a four star luxury hotel, is located in the heart of the city and offers well appointed, contemporary accommodation within a spectacular historical setting. The hotels facilities include a restaurant and fitness centre.
The outskirts of Leon serve as a poor introduction to the beautiful old own centre where you’ll find historical treasures such as the Cathedral, which dates back to the 13th century, Plaza Mayor and the city’s old Roman walls including the San Isidro Tower.
As the name suggests the NH Plaza Mayor is perfectly located in the main square in the centre of León’s old town and close to all the city’s attractions. The hotel has 51 rooms and combines the beautiful historical setting of Plaza Mayor with contemporary, 4 star accommodation.