Castilla y Leon information
Route of El Cid
The famous personage of El Cid Campeador, has
left his mark on the traditions, customs and places through which
he passed, as he left Burgos in exile towards Valencia. This route
allows tourists to discover the legendary past of this universal
In Castilla y León, the route passes through several villages in the province of Burgos and Soria. The Cantar del Mio Cid has been the source for this route as it does not cut short any of the details of his legend.
The route starts out from Vivar del Cid and continues through Burgos to the Monasterio de Cardeña where the Campeador left behind his family to go to Soria, after passing through Covarrubias and Silos.
Several other villages and towns in Soria have been given the privilege of El Cid's presence. These villages include El Burgo de Osma, San Esteban de Gormaz and Berlanga de Duero. Here, the people of the village offer tourists the chance to learn about this knight's past and enjoy the wonderful beauty of the surroundings.
From Castilla y León, the route continues through the regions of Castilla-la-Mancha, Aragón and Valencia. This route which combines the history and culture of regions, retraces the tracks of El Cid in the mid 11th century and informs tourists of his personage and his involvement in the future history of Spain.
The memory of Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar lives on 900 years after his death. The legendary past, the minstrel's songs and this epic, blend with the incomparable beauty of the landscape around Burgos and Soria where El Cid Campeador left his mark.
Source: Web server of Instituto de Turismo de España, TURESPAÑA.