A walk through Burgos and its places of interest

To discover the environment and surrounding area of the Hotel Azofra in Burgos this small guide of the city and its vicinity will be extremely useful.

There are fascinating places of interest which you mustn’t miss during your stay in the Castilian capital.

Burgos Cathedral

Burgos Cathedral

This is one of the most beautiful monuments of Gothic art and has boasted Heritage Site status since 1984. King Fernando III, the Saint and Bishop Don Mauricio began building it in 1221 and the temple was consecrated in 1260.
Inside, shines the splendid dome of the cross, built in the 16th century. Inside, stand two chapels: that of the Condestables (15th century) and that of Santa Tecla (18th cenutry).

  • Telephone: (+34) 947 204 712
  • Opening hours: Summer from 9.30 am to 7.30 pm (doors close at 6.30 pm); Winter from 10.00 am to 7.00 pm (doors close at 6.00 pm).

Las Huelgas Monastery

Las Huelgas Monastery

Santa María la Real de las Huelgas, founded by Alfonso VIII and Leonor de Aquitania, is of special artistic interest as the temple is in excellent Gothic style, with three naves and five apses.
The two cloisters, one Gothic and the other Romanesque, the Chapel of the Assumption, the magnificent church and the chapter house reveal notable wealth and French influences.

  • Address: Calle de Compases de Huelgas
  • Telephone: (+34) 947 20 16 30

Museum of Human Evolution (MEH in Spanish)

Museum of Human Evolution

Designed by the prestigious Cantabrian architect Juan Navarro Baldeweg, the building has received over 40 national and international awards.
In its rooms, archaeological remains from the sites of the Atapuerca Mountains are to be found, which reflect the process of human evolution in biological, cultural and ecological aspects in a chronological way.

  • Address: Paseo Sierra de Atapuerca, s/n
  • Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday: from 10.00 am to 2.30 pm and from 4.30 pm to 8.00 pm; weekends, bank holidays and the months of July and August: open all day from 10.00 am to 8.00 pm. Closed Mondays.
  • Entrada gratuita: every Wednesday afternoon.

Archaeological Site of Atapuerca

Archaeological Site of Atapuerca

The archaeological site which has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO is situated in the north of Ibeas de Juarros, just 15 km. from Burgos.
It is famous for its discoveries.  In 2007 the discovery of the Homo antecessor took place, the first European human from which the Homo heidelbergensis (and from this the neanderthalensis) and the Homo sapiens sapiens would derive.
The Park recreates a prehistoric town giving us an insight into the daily life of its people and their beliefs: their cabins and their funereal monuments.
The Permanent Exhibition, Atapuerca un millón de años (Atapuerca a million years), is next to the visitor reception area, and displays objects, reproductions, scale models, etc. which are historical relics from the site.

  • Visiting times:
  • Telephone: Information and booking on (+34) 902 024 246 (operating from 9.00 am to 2.00 pm and from 4.00 pm to 7.00 pm every day).