My trip to Spain is turning out to be so much different than what I expected. I have been primarily in the Castilla y Leon region where the history is so powerful... you can see it, touch it and even feel it. In the past few days I have stood on a wall that was built 1,000 years before Christ was born; I have seen a tapestry preserved from the 15th century and visited a village built in 1492. These things may not have the notoriety as relics and villages found in other parts of Europe, but if you're one of many Americans who has not visited Spain because you don't think you'll get a "European" experience - I encourage you to rethink your bucket list.
Spain has 17 provinces and most of my time was spent in the one called Castilla y Leon. This region is often overshadowed by Barcelona and Madrid, but it shouldn't be. Within this province there are several UNESCO World Heritage sites as well as a section of the Douro river, amazing gastronomy and fantastic wine.
There is a quaint main square where villagers sell local honey & acorn products and the charming cobblestone streets are lined with small, authentic shops that offer beautiful silver jewelry, leather bags, ceramic dishes, Iberian ham and more.
The local house museum is especially interesting because the curator grew up in the house with his grandparents. After their deaths, he turned the house into a museum to pay homage to their lives. As I walked around the house, I felt more like a guest in a home because the museum paints a perfect picture as to how the curator's grandparents and other residents lived early on.
Keep checking back for more posts on other towns in Castilla y Leon as well as my adventures in Madrid!
Anne-Marie first started in the travel industry nearly 5 years ago. This past January she celebrated her two-year anniversary as a Travel Consultant for Edgewood Travel. She loves working with her clients to make sure they get the very best vacation experiences.