Tony's EPIC Road Trips Across Europe Central Spain
Avila – San Lorenzo - Segovia – Palencia – Burgos – Fromista - Leon –
Zamora – Salamanca – Caceres – Merida – Trujillo – Toledo – Aranjuez – Cuenca –
Alarcon – Alcala del Jucar – Elda – Elche – Denia – Valencia
Text and Photos: Tony Steurer
Three Weeks. 2900 km
Castilla is Spain’s - and in fact Europe’s - biggest province, thinly populated by only 2,5 million people. The landscape consists of high plains, numerous mountain chains and plateaus, forests, and canyons. The economy is mostly agricultural, hardly any industrial production. Not many people speak English. After landing at Madrid-Barajas, we pick up a rental for the next 3+ weeks and drive north to Avila, whose old town has a complete 2.5 km long city wall (*) with lots of towers. Spending the night in an old palace converted into a hotel. Very atmospheric start.
Ancient Roman bridge on the way to Burgos, still in use today. Atop the town sits a ruined fortress providing sweeping views. Tourist focal point is the cathedral*. As in other Spanish cathedrals it houses a large stone-built block in the middle. Surrounding the block and in the numerous side wings one finds an astonishing variety of architectural features that will stun even nonbelievers. The choir stalls are some of the best and most intricate you will ever see. Above them organ pipes are jutting out. Being along the Camino Santiago, Burgos hosts a fair number of pilgrims. Very lively old city.