Palencia offers thousands of ideas for organizing a good trip that includes gastronomy, wine, spanish culture, heritage, art…
The Tourism Organization of Palencia ( Palencia Turismo) has designed eight getaway breaks in Palencia (Castile, Spain), using the platform ‘Inventrip‘, that allows travelers to arrange their tour plan and save it on their phones, without downloading any application, and then share it with friends and family. It’s just necessary to register on the web http://inventrip.com/diputaciondepalencia/
#1 – Route through ‘Ribera of Arlanza’ and ‘Cigales’: wine, food and culture
#2 – Route ‘Land of the Renaissance’
#3 – ‘Camino de Santiago’ (Route to Santiago)
#4 – Route Mountains of Palencia, mines and caves
Dug into the rocks of the northern region of Palencia, this route explores the most interesting cavities of the Mountains of Palencia: natural caves, such as the ‘Cueva de los Franceses’; coal mines of Barruelo de Santullán and the fantastic rock-carved church of Olleros de Pisuerga.
#5 – Route ‘Romanesque Art of Palencia’
This plan proposes a walk through the history of the Middle Ages in Spain, found in many Romanesque temples in Palencia. Our visit starts in Santibáñez de Ecla, in the fabulous Monastery of San Andrés de Arroyo, built in the Twelfth Century; continues visiting the Romanesque churches of Moarves de Ojeda, Olmos de Ojeda and Vallespinoso de Aguilar. After a stop in Aguilar de Campo to see the Monastery of Santa María La Real and ROM Exposition Center, the tour ends in Olleros de Pisuerga and Santa María de Mave.
#6 –Swamp’s Route
If you are looking for landscapes where ‘burn’ your camera taking photos, this route through the Mountains of Palencia swamps is perfect for you. The trip starts in Velilla del Río Carrión, in the Natural Park of Fuentes Carrionas, and runs the reservoirs of Compuerto, Camporredondo de Alba, Ruesga, Requejada and Aguilar de Campo, giving the visitor the opportunity to meet heritage (such as the Romanesque chapel of Santa Cecilia in Aguilar) and beautiful towns like Cervera de Pisuerga.
# 7 – Route ‘Roman Villas and Canal de Castilla’
This trip combines the architectural jewels of the Roman era, such as the Villa La Tejada in Quintanilla de la Cueza and especially the Villa La Olmeda in Pedrosa de La Vega; with the great work of civil architecture of the Eighteenth Century that cross Palencia from North to South: the Canal de Castilla. We will start the route in Alar del Rey and continue in Herrera de Pisuerga, where it is possible to navigate a stretch of the Canal in the boat ‘Marqués de la Ensenada’. The route ends visiting the two Roman Villas and the town of Saldaña, where is the Museum of San Pedro, that shows pieces found in the excavation of La Olmeda.
# 8 – Route ‘Castles and Cathedrals’
The latest proposal is a monumental trip to the past of this place of Castile an Leon (Spain). We will start in Ampudia, a village of delightful streets dominated by its castle, one of the best preserved in Palencia, and its church of San Miguel. Then, we’ll go to Fuentes de Valdepero to visit the newly restored Castle of Sarmiento; and Astudillo, whose monumental town can be admired from the Castle of the Mota. We will make two special stops: Támara de Campos, to visit the church of San Hipólito The Royal, a whole cathedral erected on the plain; and Santoyo, with the exquisite gothic church of San Juan Bautista. A note for music lovers: even in these temples can be admired and listened two of the best baroque organs of our land.