Divided into nine provinces of Ávila, Burgos, León, Palencia, Salamanca, Segovia, Soria, Valladolid, and Zamora, with Valladolid as its capital, Castile and León is the largest autonomous community or region within the northwest of Spain. Climate within Castile and León is continentalised Mediterranean. To be understood within Castile and León, Spanish is the main language within the region. Some languages used also include Castilian Spanish, Leonese, and Galician, to name a few.
What to see & do
Destinations within Castile and León include Basilica of San Isidoro, León Cathedral, and Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León. Basilica of San Isidro in León, Spain was built in the pre-Arab period, over the ruins of the temple of the Roman god Mercury. Mostly in the Romanesque style, the basilica also features Gothic and Islamic influences. Also within the site include the Royal Pantheon, and a museum. León Cathedral, or Santa María de León Cathedral, also referred to as the House of Light or the Pulchra Leonina, was built in a previous Roman baths site in the second century, with King Ordoño II converting the site into a palace, 800 years after. The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, or also referred to as the MUSAC, is a contemporary art museum that has been inaugurated in April of 2005, by Felipe, Prince of Asturias. The MUSAC building has been awarded for its avant-garde architecture. Burgos Cathedral, Aqueduct of Segovia, Casa de los Botines, Museum of Human Evolution are also other points of interest in Castile and León, in addition to many.
How to get around within Castile and León
When travelling throughout parts of Castile and León, the region has an extensive rail network that includes principal lines from Madrid to Cantabria and Galicia. The community’s railway line has Astorga, Burgos, León, Miranda de Ebro, Palencia, Ponferrada, Medina del Campo, and Valladolid as its important railway junctions. When travelling by land, routes for merchandise and transport are Autovía A-1 and Autovía A-6, running from Madrid to the Basque port of Irun, on the French border; and running from Madrid to Arteixo, A Coruña, respectively. Additionally, the Autovía A-62 coming out of Portugal goes through the cities of Salamanca, Valladolid, Palencia, and Burgos and continues towards the east as part of European route E-80.
How to get there
Among the airports that operate domestic and international flights to and from Castile and León and its surrounding areas include the León Airport, Salamanca Airport, Burgos Airport, and Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport. León Airport has flights to and from Barcelona via Iberia and Leon Airlines; Salamanca Airport or Salamanca-Matacán Airport has flights to and from Palma de Mallorca and Barcelona, via Air Europa and Iberia operated by Air Nostrum; Burgos Airport has flights to and from Barcelona via Iberia operated by Air Nostrum; and Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport has flights to and from Athens, Dublin, Moscow, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Algiers, Berlin, Beijing, New York, London, Copenhagen, Lisbon, Paris, Bucharest, Cairo, Tel Aviv, Helsinki, Milan, Amsterdam, Düsseldorf, Rome, and Barcelona, via Aegean Airlines, Aer Lingus, Aeroflot, Aerolíneas Argentinas, Air Europa, Air Europa operated by Privilege Style, Air France, Blue Air, EgyptAir, Finnair, Iberia, Iberia Express, Iberia Regional operated by Air Nostrum, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Ryanair, and Vueling, to name a few.