Camino de Santiago pilgrims have been thunderstruck throughout the centuries when walking into the northern Spanish cosmopolitan mecca of Burgos. There they have their first sighting of the magnificent spires of this ‘French style (Gothic)’ cathedral. Burgos is an exception to the provincial nature of the rest of northern Spain, given its ethnic diversity and many culinary delights. Christopher Columbus actually loved hanging out here in the 15th century (with his mistress, whose husband was away at sea).
Burgos is a major stopping and starting point on the Camino, as pilgrims head into the ‘meseta’ from here. By no means should any pilgrim–or tourist for that matter–miss this compelling northern Spanish city.
Bill Walker is the author of ‘The Best Way–El Camino de Santiago (2012)’. He is also the author of Skywalker–Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail (2008), as well as Skywalker–Highs and Lows on the Pacific Crest Trail (2010).