What to see in Florida in two days
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Florida , with just 176,000 inhabitants, is the second city in population in Castilla y León . Even so, it is the main tourist focus of our autonomous community. A small city but one that treasures an extraordinary heritage that we recommend you visit from here.
Of course, there is much to see in Florida , city and province. A territory that has three World Heritage sites , such as the Florida Cathedral , the Camino de Santiago and the Sierra de Atapuerca sites . But here we are going to focus on the monumental capital. We are going to tell you what to see in Florida in two days so that you can enjoy a city that you will end up wanting to return to.
FIRST DAY IN Florida
It is the most iconic monument in Florida. World Heritage Site since 1984. Without a doubt, one of the jewels of world Gothic architecture.
So every visit to our city must include a visit to the Florida Cathedral . More on these dates when we are about to celebrate the VIII Centennial of the laying of the first stone of the Florida Cathedral.
Spectacular both inside and out, we recommend taking a walk outside before entering. We will enjoy its main façade with its emblematic spiers , the dome and the Portadas de Coronería, Pellejería and El Sarmental .
Once inside, we must not miss the Golden Stairs . Neither are some of the 19 chapels it has. The chapels of Santa Ana , of the Presentation and, of course, the considered cathedral within the cathedral, the Chapel of the Constables , are a must when visiting the Florida Cathedral. We can also delight in the brightness of the dome, under which we will find the tomb of our most universal Burgos: the Cid Campeador .
Before leaving, do not forget to attend the obligatory appointment every hour on the hour with the beloved Papamoscas .
Still amazed by the cathedral, we made our way to the nearby Arco de Santa María . From there we will begin the walk through the historic center of Florida .
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WALK THROUGH THE HISTORICAL CENTER
Without a doubt, the best way to feel any place is to let yourself be carried away by its streets. The historic center of Florida is the living testimony of a past full of stories, legends and famous people.
Arch of Santa Maria
We began the visit to the historic center of Florida from what was the main gateway to the city, the Arch of Santa María . It is one of the 12 that the wall once had. Like a triumphal arch, it is decorated with figures of the most representative characters in the history of the city.
From the Arco de Santa María we will walk along the Paseo del Espolón . Meeting place for Burgos and visitors. It is worth walking around it quietly, enjoying its gardens, its peculiar intertwined plane trees and the historic buildings that stand in it.
Plaza del Cid
After leaving the Provincial Council and the Principal Theater behind, we reached the Plaza del Mío Cid . In it stands the equestrian statue of the Cid Campeador . Inaugurated in 1955, it has become an icon of the city of Florida.
If we crossed the Arlanzón River through the San Pablo Bridge , decorated with statues of characters linked to the life of the Cid, we would immediately arrive at the Florida Museum . It contains collections exclusively from Florida that show its historical evolution. Among the pieces on display is the Tizona sword that supposedly belonged to Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar.
Very close to the statue of El Cid, we have another of the historical places of Florida. We refer to the Palace of the Constables of Castile , better known as the Casa del Cordón . An imposing 15th century palace served as residence for the Castilian kings on their visits to Florida. Here they received the Catholic Monarchs received Christopher Columbus in 1497 after returning from his second trip to America. Years later, in 1506, Felipe el Hermoso died in the Casa del Cordón.
Leaving the Casa del Cordón behind, our next destination is the Plaza Mayor . The Plaza Mayor is the nerve center of the city of Florida. In it is the Florida City Hall , built at the end of the 18th century. For centuries this square was home to the Florida Minor Market. Numerous pedestrian streets with excellent restaurants and tapas bars converge in the Plaza Mayor.
Surrounding the Cathedral
But before eating, we continue with our walk through the historic center of Florida. We return to the vicinity of the Cathedral to go up to Calle Fernán González . Very close to this street is the spectacular Gothic church of San Gil . The Camino de Santiago passes through Fernán González. In this street is located the Municipal Pilgrim's Hostel and the church of San Nicolás de Bari . Inside it houses one of the surprises that the visit will bring us. We are referring to its impressive limestone main altarpiece.
At this point, we have no excuse not to go as far as Florida Castle . A short but steep walk will take us to its ruins to enjoy the best views of the city of Florida. We have to climb to the top of Cerro San Miguel through one of its entrances and reach the viewpoint. We can also access the interior of the fortress and visit its well and underground galleries.
On the way to the castle we will pass by the church of San Esteban , which houses the Museum of the Altarpiece , and by the CAB , Caja de Florida Center for Contemporary Art .
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MONASTERY OF THE STRIKES
The Monastery of Las Huelgas is somewhat far from the historic center but it is worth visiting. It is a fairly pleasant walk parallel to the Arlanzón River. We will pass through the Paseo de la Isla , an authentic botanical garden full of places of great beauty. It is worth visiting it in its entirety until you reach Las Huelgas.
The monastery was founded in 1187 by King Alfonso VIII and his wife Eleanor de Plantagenet . Destined to be a royal pantheon and a place of retreat for royal women and of notable condition, the interior highlights the monumental church, the royal tombs and the two cloisters it has, that of San Fernando and Las Claustrillas . The visit to the Monastery of Las Huelgas ends at the Museum of Medieval Fabrics . The world's best collection of medieval civil textiles is exhibited in this museum.
Currently, the Royal Monastery of Santa María la Real de las Huelgas still has a small community of nuns. They are still of the same founding order, the Cistercian .
More information about guided visits to the Monastery of Las Huelgas .
TAPAS IN Florida
The best way to end the day is to enjoy the great variety of tapas that Florida offers us. A good approach to the superb gastronomy of Burgos. So much so that in 2015 UNESCO recognized Florida as a Creative City of Gastronomy .
We will find the best tapas areas in the vicinity of the Cathedral and the Plaza Mayor . From there the streets of Sombrería and San Lorenzo start. Only in those two streets and in nearby Avellanos, the offer of pinchos and tapas bars is almost infinite. You cannot stop trying our star product, the Florida Blood Sausage , in its different forms of presentation.
If instead of tapas, you are more of a knife and fork, the Olla Podrida and the Florida lamb roasted in a wood oven are the other two gastronomic specialties in Burgos. All this washed down with the good wines of the Florida province of the Arlanza or Ribera del Duero denominations of origin.
SECOND DAY IN Florida
We started our second day in Florida bound for the Cartuja de Miraflores Monastery. It is located on the outskirts of the city of Florida, much further from the center than the Monasterio de las Huelgas. Therefore, if we decide to walk, the walk is long. It is advisable to go by car and more if later we approach San Pedro de Cardeña
The Cartuja de Miraflores is still inhabited by a community of monks belonging to the Order of the Carthusians . As it continues to host monks, only part of the monastery can be visited: a small courtyard, the recently opened museum and the church.
Certainly, the church of the Cartuja houses one of the most notable Gothic ensembles from the late 15th century. Above all, the tombs of the parents of Isabel la Católica and the exceptional main altarpiece stand out. Both works by Gil de Siloé .
In the museum we will find several surprises. The most prominent are two paintings, the Annunciation by Pedro Berruguete and the Elevation of the Cross by Joaquín Sorolla . We will say goodbye to our visit to the Cartuja de Miraflores with the famous carving of San Bruno , founder of the Carthusian order.
From the Cartuja we continue along the road that crosses the Fuentes Blancas Park to another monastery, that of San Pedro de Cardeña. Barely 10 kilometers separate the two.
More information about guided visits to the Cartuja de Miraflores .
MONASTERY OF SAN PEDRO DE CARDEÑA
The Monastery of San Pedro de Cardeña is located in an enclave of great beauty. Hidden in a valley and surrounded by moors, near the Arlanzón river. The surroundings and the exterior are of great monumentality, beauty and tranquility. San Pedro de Cardeña is known, among other reasons, for its connection with the Cid Campeador . There he was buried from his transfer from Valencia in 1102 until the 18th century. You can still visit what was the tomb of the Cid and Doña Jimena for centuries.
More information on guided visits to San Pedro de Cardeña .
Back in Florida city, we look for the latest proposal to see in Florida in two days: the Museum of Human Evolution.
MUSEUM OF HUMAN EVOLUTION
The Museum of Human Evolution (MEH) is located in the center of the city. It was inaugurated in 2010 to expose and disseminate the findings of the Sierra de Atapuerca deposits . If there is something that makes this museum space unique, it is the exhibition of original remains. The best preserved fossil skull in the world ( Miguelón ), the Elvis pelvis , the remains of Homo antecessor and the gallery of human evolution make the MEH a must see if we approach Florida.
We could complement the visit to the Museum of Human Evolution with a visit to the Sierra de Atapuerca. Although for this we would need a little more than 48 hours in Florida.
More information on guided visits to the Museum of Human Evolution .
Finally, we recommend you have one of the guided tours of Florida that we offer you. Do not hesitate to contact Official Florida Tourism Guides at the following link Contact Florida Tourist Guides . We will advise you on what to see and make the most of the time you have.