Solo Travel in Burgos

Solo Travel in Burgos

Types of Girl about the Globe – Sightseeing GatG

Stay for – 1/2 nights.

Is it worth a stop?

If you like cathedrals it’s definitely worth a stop. It is a beautiful city with lots to see and do. If you are planning on doing the El Camino de Santiago, you can stop off in Burgos.

Safety in Burgos

There is a friendly and safe vibe about the city even at night. The people are friendly and the city seems to attract lovely tourists.

Meet others:

The main square with its pretty pink, and yellow coloured buildings. This is where locals gather on the benches around the statue of Carlos III and enjoy a natter so it’s a great place to people watch and interact with others in the cafes or bookstores.

Carlos II Monument in Burgos

About Burgos

If you love ancient landmarks, cathedrals and eating cuisine then Burgos is a great stop. In the province of Burgos, this small city is often overlooked by visitors to Spain.

Dominated by its cathedral, the Cathedral of Saint Mary is the main centre point with a lavish interior and the ‘tree of Jesse,’ an unusual feature which is definitely worth seeing. You don’t need to be religious to appreciate the architecture of the magnificent cathedral but allow yourself enough time to tour inside as it’s amazing.

There’s a main square, a riverside promenade and green parks to explore but the old town is the city’s real gem. There are so many architectural stunning buildings here and plenty of street statues including an equestrian statue of El Cid in Plaza del Mio Cid.

Although the cathedral is its main architectural feature, Burgos also has impressive monasteries. Step inside the Cistercian monastery to see royal tombs or a Gothic cloister. Meander through the avenues of the old town, then hike up to the castle for a great view before enjoying some local delicacies in one of the many excellent bars and restaurants.

If you’re looking for a beautiful city with a good atmosphere, pleasant walks and beautiful parks then Burgos is perfect for your itinerary.

Local’s tip“Visit the Carthusian Monastery of Miraflores which is 5.3 kilometers north of Burgos. Founded in the 15th century it contains beautiful tombs made of alabaster.”

Solo’s tip“You have to try the morcillas de Burgos. They are delicious!”

Solo Travel in Burgos

To See

Get a great view:

Castillo de Burgos. Walk up the hill to the castle ruins for lovely views of Burgos. The path takes you on a peaceful walk around the ruins and the turrets. The historical exhibition is worth a look to learn about the past history.

Meander around:

Cathedral of Saint Mary of Burgos – This Baroque Gothic cathedral is magnificent so you’ll want to allow yourself at least half a day to meander around. Take an audio guide to listen to the stories whilst wandering through each little chapel reliving tales of bygone times. Inside are many artefacts and the legendary tomb of El Cid, a Castilian military leader and national hero who died in the late 11th century.

Even the outside has beautiful carvings. The whole cathedral is more like a large art gallery and needs a few hours to take it all in.

Stroll along:

The riverside promenade lined with trees and outdoor cafes. Walk from Plaza Mayor (the main square) past the Town Hall to find the promenade.

Solo Travel in Burgos

Lose yourself: 

The Abbey of Santa Maria la Real de Las Huelgas, a convent which sits 1.5 kms outside of the city. Founded by Alfonso VIII, this monastery of Cistercian nuns was originally founded as a spiritual retreat for ladies from royalty. You need to book a guided tour for this monastic complex (which is mainly in Spanish although they answer questions in English). The abbey can either be reached by taxi or bus or if you feel like walking, take the river bank route which is a 20 minute stroll from Burgos.

Do the touristy thing:

On the tourist train which runs into the night. This little red train leaves from the cathedral and offers a good viewpoint for a photo opportunity of the cathedral as it travels up to the castle. Buy your ticket from the shop near the side entrance of the cathedral. The tour is in 3 languages.

Learn history:

On an audio tour which teaches you not just about the Burgos cathedral but also about Northern Spain.

The Museum of Evolution is really well laid out and shows a holistic vision of the evolution of man. See fossils from the oldest human species from the continent as well as a replica of Charles Darwin’s ship which took the journey to the Galapagos Islands and discovered many species. You need at least 2 hours to see it all. The museum is closed on Mondays.

At Night

Spend some time in the old town amongst the locals and enjoy the buzz of Plaza Mayor as it comes alive in the evening. Enjoy a drink or some tapas and watch the world (and families) go by at night.

Recommended restaurant

Most of the restaurants here offer food at a good price with excellent tapas bars. The local dish is black blood sausage called morcilla.

Cerveceria Morito – This restaurant serves traditional Spanish dishes and is also vegetarian friendly. You’ll find the morcilla, as well as calamari, and shrimps a la plancha in a welcoming, fun atmosphere.

Solo Travel in Burgos

Places To Stay 

Hostel Burgos

This friendly hostel is across the river from the cathedral. If you arrive to Burgos by bus you don’t have to go very far as the building is right near to the bus station. A good breakfast is included in the rate and if you don’t feel like dining out you can order at the hostels’ restaurant instead. They have a female-only dorm room as well as private rooms with their own bathroom if you prefer your own space. Prices start from €17 per night for a bed in an 8 bed dorm. Check availability.

Solo Travel in Burgos

Hostal riMboMbin

This hostel is in the perfect location in Burgos, in the historical heart and near the cathedral. All rooms are modern in a cool interior design and come with their own TV. You can meet others in the bar and order traditional tapas or spend the evening in one of the nearby bars and restaurants. Double rooms come with a private bathroom and a patio. Prices start €54 per night. Check availability.

Solo Travel in Burgos

Travelling Around

Burgos is really easy to get around. It’s a pedestrian-friendly city and everything you need is all close by so you can walk everywhere. If not, you can hire a bike or take one of the very cheap city buses where you buy a ticket on the bus. There are taxi ranks around the city. From here you can take the bus to other northern Spanish cities.

From The Airport

Taking a taxi from Burgos airport takes 15 minutes and costs approx €12. The bus takes twice as long (30 mins) and costs approx €2. Book Go Euro for your bus journey or check other options through Rome2Rio.

If you are travelling from Madrid or other areas of Spain, you can book a bus through either ALSA, (from Madrid it takes 3 hours), or GOEURO.

Sunlit Square

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