Writers, libraries, monuments, history, culture, landscapes, traditions and cuisine all intermingle on the Castilian Language Trail, a route which traces the origins and history of Castilian Spanish, Spain's main official language.
The trail sets out from the monasteries of Yuso and Suso in San Millan de la Cogolla (La Rioja), where the earliest words in the language are to be found, and ends in Alcala de Henares (Madrid), birthplace of the universal writer, Miguel de Cervantes, author of Don Quixote. En route you are invited to discover the beauty and history of Santo Domingo de Silos (Burgos), Valladolid, Salamanca and Avila. Of these six steps along this wonderful journey, whose common thread is the Castilian tongue, four have been named World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.
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