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Visiting this Spanish region is a synonym of traveling back in time to enjoy the utmost essence of the culture and nature of this country, and coming to this place will present you with a much more accurate image of the character and history of this area.
It is divided into a total of nine provinces which, in terms of its extension, means it is the largest Autonomous Community or region of Spain, consisting of León, Zamora, Salamanca, Valladolid, Palencia, Burgos, Soria, Segovia and Ávila, mostly located in Spain’s plateau..
It is one of the most visited regions during the whole year, and most of those visitors come looking to enjoy of a very complete tourist experience since the options here are very varied and can be done any time of the year.
Being the largest region of Spain means that its heritage is also very vast and great in number, perfectly conserved in some the most important towns and places of the history of Spain, and a result of the influence of the different communities that have settled in this area.
You will encounter in this region the very impressive number of eight different UNESCO World Heritage sites, that we strongly recommend you visit.
There are only a few of them, so be prepared to enjoy discovering a place where some of the most important sites of Spain’s historical heritage are found.
The gastronomy of Castilla y León is a feast for the palate, since here you will be able to try some the best meat and wines in Spain.
The star dish of its cuisine? It is, without question, roasted suckling pig, which is usually cooked in the traditional wood-fired ovens, as it has been done so since the old days.
And without leaving meat just yet, the cured ham from Guijuelo, ‘morcilla’ from Burgos, and roasted suckling lamb are other options that you will find all over this region. Other traditional dishes are garlic soup, and ‘judiones de La Granja’.
To add a sweet touch to this impressive menu, ‘Yemas de Santa Teresa’ are a perfect choice.
There are 44 protected natural spaces in this region, which have given shape to the many contrasts that you will be able to enjoy in the more than 725,000 ha of its landscape.
In most of the provinces of this region you will find an ideal place to lose yourself, and connect with its nature.
Some of the most important natural spaces to be discovered in this region - and this is just a flavor of it - are the ones in Las Médulas, in the province of León, which offer some spectacular views that will make you feel as you had landed on Mars. On the other hand, Cañón del río Lobos combines nature in this paradise full of natural caves, with culture, embodied on the chapel of San Bartolomé..
You can't miss either visiting Laguna Negra, or lake Sanabria.
Each of the different provinces that configure this region has its own personality, and they differ one from the other because all of them have a special something.
In this area, the focus of the local festivities is put on the folklore and tradition hiding in each of the secret spots and corners of this destination, filled with so many of them, that you can rest assured of being able to enjoy of your experience, to the maximum.
The feast held in honor of Nuestra Señora y San Roque is a local celebration of Regional Tourist Interest, as well as one of the most popular ones, celebrated in Peñafiel, a town that belongs to the province of Valladolid.
In the province of Segovia, takes place a very popular festival known as the Noche de las Velas de Pedraza, a unique occasion that we strongly recommend you experience live, if you can.
The Pringada de Mayo, in the town of Vinuesa, and the fiestas of San Agustín in Toro, are also some of the best representations of the culture and tradition of this region.
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