In 2017 I traveled to the Castile and Leon region of Spain ( northwestern Spain). Full of history, this area was once home to the Spanish Royal Court, has over 200 fortresses/castles, and 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Spring or Fall is the perfect time to go - our weather was quite pleasant, ranging between mid 30’s in the early morning to 50’s or low 60’s during the day.
This trip also concentrated on gastronomy, and we were fortunate to eat both lunch and dinner at the top places in town. From exquisite soups to the many types of pork, beef, veal, fish, etc., the meals were some of the best I’ve experienced anywhere.
So, why would you travel to this area? Obviously, the most popular destinations in Spain are Barcelona, Madrid, and the Andalucía area (Seville, Granada, etc.). Here are a few points:
• Perfect for the more experienced traveler who has already toured other areas of Europe
• Uncrowded! We all know that countries such as Italy or France are ridiculously packed with tourists, even in late fall.
• Very inexpensive, compared to other places in Europe.
• Food is excellent, and wine tourism is very important here as well.
• Architecture is stunning….I saw more beautiful buildings here than in many other European cities.
• History surrounds you….it's like you’ve stepped back in time. Especially since you’re in smaller towns, where you are easily able to experience the atmosphere.
• Art, both historic and contemporary…over 400 museums
• Festivals – almost 100, and the Holy Week festivities are extremely popular.
I thoroughly enjoyed this Spain adventure - I’ve been to Europe over 15 times, and would definitely recommend this area to anyone!