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Cheap flights to Castile and León

Castile and León is an autonomous community in northwestern Spain, formed by the union of the two kingdoms of Old Castile and the Kingdom of León. With an area of 94,223 square kilometres, it is the country’s largest region and the third largest of the European Union. The region includes the provinces of León, Valladolid, Burgos, Salamanca, Zamora, Ávila, Soria, and Segovia. The areas nearby include autonomous communities of Asturias, Cantabria, the Bast Country. The de facto capital is Valladolid.

 

What to see & do

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y Leó - The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y Leó, abbreviated to MUSAC, is a contemporary art museum located in León. The unique building is easily recognizable for its avant-garde architecture, which also allowed it to heap several awards. 

 

Basilica of San Isidoro – The church in León is situated on the site of an ancient Roman temple. Formerly a monastery for Saint John the Baptist in the early 10th century, the basilica was rededicated to Saint Isidore of Seville in 1063. The basilica reflects a mostly Romanesque style, with several major additions in the styles of the succeeding centuries. The museum of the basilica also contains over 300 medieval works, manuscripts, and a Mozarabic bible from 960. 

 

Museum of Human Evolution – Opened in 2010, the most visited museum in Burgos is devoted to the subject of human evolution. It is located about 10 miles west of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Sierre de Atapuerca, the site that contained some of the world’s most significant human fossil finds. The first floor is dedicated to the first discovered and most significant fossils in Atapuerca. The second floor contains the exhibits on biological evolution. The third floor focuses on the cultural evolution of mankind, while the top floor provides a wonderful view of the museum’s architecture and the diverse ecosystems of Sierra de Atapuerca.

 

Barrio Húmedo – The old part of León within the well-preserved Roman city walls is called the Barrio Húmedo, or the ‘wet district’. The relatively small area contains numerous bars and clubs. There are so many establishments inside that it is common practice to pub crawl, which entails having one drink and then moving on to the next bar.  

 

How to get around within Castile and León

Many of the city centres can be navigated on foot. The capital is served by a bus service that goes around the city and the surrounding areas. The extensive rail network can get you to Madrid, Cantabria, and even to Paris and Lisbon. Renting a vehicle from Valladolid is a great way to explore the region and to discover the lesser-known but charming attractions in the smaller towns and villages. Taxi service is also available.

 

How to get there

Valladolid Airport is the airport situated 10 kilometres northwest of the city centre. Ryanair, Vueling, and Iberia operate flights from Barcelona. Iberia also handles flights from Menorca and Tenerife. There are smaller airports all over Castile and León, such as León Airport and Burgos Airport, both of which also receive flights from Barcelona. The latter is also served by Easyjet, which links Burgos to Birmingham.

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