Castile-León abounds in artistic and archaeological sites of great interest. The famous Way of Saint James will lead you straight to the heart of the region, allowing you to discover an infinity of enchanting sites. To aficionados of archaeology, Castile-León is probably one of the regions with the most relics. 'Pallozas' are another particularity of the region: they are buildings that you will not find in any other region of Spain.
Surface area : 94222.0 km2
Population : 2546000 inhabitants
In Castile-León you can find various handcrafted materials and objects: pottery, shoes, wooden furniture, objects made out of marble, stone and plaster, fabrics, leather, leather goods, skins, and glassware.
Castile-León's 8 most characteristic dishes are: garlic soup, cod with Bierzo chili peppers, botillo (cured pork), Segovian suckling pig, lamb roast, goat roast, apple tart, and fried milk...
General informationGeneral information, Spain, Castile-León, Area: The total area of Castile-León is 36,379 mi˛. Capital city: Valladolid Population: The population of Castile-León is 2,553,301 inhabitants. Flying time: London - Valladolid: 4h30 with a stopover Time difference, Spain, Canary Islands None Language, Spain: Spanish is the official language, as are Leonese and Galician, two historic languages. Formalities, Spain None Religion 97 % of the population is Catholic. Currency Euro Climate and seasons, Spain, Castile-León The climate of Castile-León is continental Mediterranean, with long and cold winters. Temperatures vary between 2 and 4°C in January. Summers are short and hot (19 to 22°C), with 3 or 4 months of drought in summer, typical of the Mediterranean climate. Useful addresses - Castile-León Tourist Information TOURIST OFFICE TELEPHONE NUMBER: +34 902 20 30 30 - Avila Tourist Information Address: 4, Pza. de Pedro Dávila Province: Ávila Post Code: 05001 Telephone: +34 920 211 387 - Burgos Tourist Information Address: Pza. 7, Alonso Martínez Province: Burgos Locality: BURGOS Post Code: 09003 Telephone: +34 947 203 125 Telephone: +34 947 201 846 - Salamanca Tourist Information Address: Rua Mayor (Casa de las Conchas) Province: Salamanca Locality: SALAMANCA Post Code: 37008 Telephone: +34 923 268 571 ? - Segovia Tourist Information Address: 10, P/ Mayor Province: Segovia Locality: SEGOVIA Post Code: 40001 Telephone: +34 921 460 334 Area codes Segovia: 921 Valladolid: 983 Burgos: 947 Salamanca: 923 Notable dates, Spain, Castile-León 1st January: New Year's Day 6th January: Epiphany 1st April: Maundy Thursday 2nd April: Good Friday 23rd April: Regional holiday 1st May: Labour Day 25th July: Regional holiday 15th August: Assumption 12th October: Spanish National Day 1st November: All Saint's Day 6th December: Constitution Day 8th December: Day of the Immaculate Conception 25th December: Christmas Day Information about the airports of Castile-León The airports of Castile-León are: Villanubla in Valladolid, with regular national and international flights; Virgen del Camino airport in León, with national flights and, soon to come, international flights; and Matacán in Salamanca, with recently started charter-only flights as well as regular national flights. In July 2008, the airport of Villafría (Burgos) became a new addition to the regional network. Electric power, Spain, Balearic Islands 220 V. The wall sockets are of the European type. Safety, Spain, Balearic Islands As is the case for all tourist areas, it is recommended that you keep an eye on your personal belongings (money and valuables). Don't leave anything of value visible in your car. ? ? ? Traditions and customs The 3 most remarkable traditions in this region are: the Quema de Judas in the village of Trespaderne (Burgos), the Bajada del Ángel in Peńafiel (Valladolid), and the Pendones de León, one of the most deeply-rooted traditions in the autonomous community of Castile-León. Travelling around the area If you want to know which are the best hiking trails, we recommend that you check the Castile-León Mountain Climbing and Hiking Federation website (only available in Spanish): http://fclm.com/ Gastronomy Castile-León's 8 most characteristic dishes are: garlic soup, cod with Bierzo chili peppers, botillo (cured pork), Segovian suckling pig, lamb roast, goat roast, apple tart, and fried milk... TAXES AND TIPPING SERVICE IS INCLUDED IN THE BILL IN MOST HOTELS, RESTAURANTS, BARS, AND TAXIS. IT GENERALLY AMOUNTS TO 5 TO 10 % OF THE PRICE.