It may not be one of the most touristic autonomous communities in Spain, but Castilla y León It has a lot to offer the traveler: spectacular monuments, an exquisite and complete gastronomy, a great natural diversity, three UNESCO World Heritage cities (Ávila, Salamanca and Segovia); unique places such as the Atapuerca Archaeological Site or the Burgos Cathedral ... In addition, it is important to note that the famous Camino de Santiago also passes through here.
One of the most unknown corners of Castilla y León is Palencia, a province located in the north of the region, which above all stands out for its concentration of Romanesque art monuments, one of the largest in all of Europe. Of course, if you have the opportunity to visit this place, you will not be able to miss some of its most typical dishes: Cervera meat, suckling lamb, blind women from Saldaña, arms of San Lorenzo… So you can get to know Palencia a little more, today we are going to take a tour of some of its most beautiful towns, although we are aware that we have left beautiful towns in the inkwell. Therefore, we are open to suggestions.
First of all, we want to talk about Ampudia, a town located in the area known as Tierra de Campos. It is a magnificent example of architecture and typically Castilians. Its old town, declared a Site of Cultural Interest, its imposing Castle and the Collegiate Church of San Miguel stand out.
Carrión de los Condes
Carrión de los Condes was a town of great importance in the old routes Jacobean. If you have the opportunity to visit it, you will see that its medieval origin is manifested in its old town and in some monuments. They emphasize the church of Santa María del Camino, the convent of Santa Calara and the monastery of San Zoilo.
Aguilar del Campoo
Aguilar del Campoo, a key town on the itinerary of the Palencia Romanesque, could not miss on this list. Dominated by a 12th century castle, it houses some important monuments, such as the collegiate church of San Miguel or the monastery of Santa María la Real.
The town of Frómista is considered to be the capital of Palencia's Romanesque style. Place of passage of the Camino de Santiago, it houses religious buildings of great heritage value, such as the churches of San Pedro and Santa María, the hermitage of Santiago and, of course, the church of San Martín. In addition, two kilometers from the town center have been found vestiges than this place could have been before the Arab occupation, in Roman times.
Another town that we want to recommend is Gama, a town that had some relevance during medieval times. In fact, its castle, now in ruins, came to rival that of Aguilar de Campoo. The church of San Andrés stands out, a good example of architecture Romanesque from Palencia.
In the Canal de Castilla, one of the most unique routes in Castilla y León, we find Dueñas, a town surrounded by beautiful landscape natural that has an old town declared a Site of Cultural Interest. Among its many monuments we want to highlight the church of Santa María de la Asunción, the convent of San Agustín, the hermitage of Los Remedios, the Hospital de Santiago, the Palacio de los Buendía and the Plaza de España.
Villalcázar de Sirga
We continue our tour of the most beautiful towns of Palencia in Villalcázar de Sirga, which is located on the Camino de Santiago. his monumental Santa María la Blanca church is considered the Sistine Chapel of the Romanesque-pointed.
Finally, we want to talk about Amusco, which especially stands out for the church of San Pedro, also known as the “Pajarón de Campos” for remembering, from afar, a bird lying down. It is also worth discovering the hermitage of Nuestra Señora de las Fuentes.
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Palencia (February 2021)
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