Castilla y León is situated in the north-west of Spain, closely Madrid, and the countryside consists of miles of flat arable land. The region is known as the Europe´s granary as well as for the quality and tradition of its crops, extensive livestock and their famous wines, due to another striking feature of the region’s geography is its location by the River Duero, providing perfect conditions for vineyards.
Castilla y León has a very important place in Spanish history and the formation of modern Spain. It is in this region that the language we now call Spanish originated. Castilla y León history can be seen in the wealth of medieval castles, cities, churches and cathedrals that can be found here. It is also here that Spain’s most renowned university can be found, in Salamanca.
The climate of the region may not be what one typically thinks of when one thinks of Spain. The winters are quite long and cold, and the summers can be hot. However, with its inland position a visit to the beach involves at least a day trip. That said, many enjoy this climate for winter sports and the mild summer temperatures.
The colder climate is reflected in the region’s food, typically quite hearty fare. The gastronomy of Castilla y Leon boasts a cultural and ethnographic heritage of immense value. The region’s nine provinces share countless dishes and recipes, yet also retain their own unique touches. Every province, area and municipality jealously guards its ancient recipes and uniquely creative culinary style that makes each product special. Many of them are still prepared using traditional methods.