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What to Do on a Rainy Day in Burgos

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Updated: 27 March 2018
The historic city of Burgos is located in the region of Castilla y León and is one of the most important stops on the Camino de Santiago. If you get caught in the city in the rain, however, you’ll still find there are plenty of things to keep you entertained. Here’s what to do on a rainy day in the Spanish city of Burgos.

Burgos Cathedral

Cathedral
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Burgos Cathedral, Spain
Burgos Cathedral, Spain | © Sergey Dzyuba/Shutterstock

Shelter from the rain in the city’s most famous site – the grand Burgos Cathedral. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it began life as a simple Romanesque cathedral and now is one of the most famous cathedrals in Spain. While you’re sheltering, head in to look at the main altar with its brilliant gold plating and ornate carvings. Also inside you’ll find a magnificent star-vaulted dome, under which lies the tomb of El Cid.

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Mon - Sun:
10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Accessible (Wheelchair), Accessible (Blind), Accessible (Deaf)

Services & Activities:

Worship services, Guided Tours

Atmosphere:

Quiet, Peaceful

Monasterio de las Huelgas

Monastery
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Monasterio de las Huelgas, Burgos, Spain
Visit the Monasterio de las Huelgas in Burgos | ©Rafaelji / WikiCommons

Another religious site in the city where you can escape the rain is the Monasterio de las Huelgas. One of the most noteworthy monasteries in the whole of Spain, it was founded in 1187 by Eleanor of Aquitaine, daughter of Henry II of England and wife of Alfonso VIII of Castilla. Shelter underneath the beautiful Romanesque cloister and look around at the tombs of former kings and queens. The monastery is still home to around 30 nuns, but you can still explore the site on a guided tour. Inside you’ll also find the Museo de Ricas Telas (Museum of Rich Fabrics), which displays many jewelled robes and embellished royal garments.

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Family Friendly

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Entrance Fee

Atmosphere:

Quiet, Historical Landmark, Peaceful

Museo De La Evolución Humana De Burgos

Natural History Museum
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Museo de la Evolucion Humana, Burgos, Spain
Visit the Museum of Human Evolution in Burgos | ©JUAN RAMON RODRIGUEZ SOSA / WikiCommons

Why not spend your rainy afternoon expanding your mind and learning about the evolution of life? This excellent modern museum details the evolution of humans, looking at everything from fossils to the discoveries and theories of Charles Darwin. One of the highlights are the exhibits on Atapuerca, the archaeological site north of Burgos where Europe’s oldest human fossil remains were discovered in 2007.

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Tue - Fri:
10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Tue - Fri:
4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Sat - Sun:
10:00 am - 8:00 pm

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Family Friendly

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Entrance Fee

Atmosphere:

Indoors, Touristy

Museo de Burgos

History Museum
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Museo de Burgos, Spain
Visit the Museo de Burgos to learn about the history of the city | © Zackds / WikiCommons

Make the most of your rainy day in city by discovering all about it at the Burgos city museum. Housed in an old 16th-century mansion, it displays exhibits on prehistory and archeology. Some of the most important displays are the human fossils of the Trinchera, the Gothic tombs, and the archaeological remains of the Roman city of Clunia. There are also nine rooms displaying works of pre-Romanesque art.

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Tue - Sun:
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tue - Sat:
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Family Friendly

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Entrance Fee

Atmosphere:

Indoors

El Huerto de Roque

Restaurant, Spanish, $$$
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El Huerto de Roque, Burgos
El Huerto de Roque, Burgos, Spain | © El Huerto de Roque
If you been to the museums and it’s still raining, there’s nothing that can cheer you up better than some good food. Head to El Huerto de Roque, a stylish restaurant, serving ecological and organic seasonal produce. Dishes are presented like works of art, and the menu features traditional Castillian cuisine with a modern twist. Why not order the baked hake fish with green sauce, the rocket and asparagus cake or candied artichokes with anchovies and almond praline?
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1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Thu - Sat:
8:00 pm - 2:00 am

Meal service:

Dinner, Lunch

Atmosphere:

Gourmet

Café España

Cafe, Pastries, $$$
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Café España, Burgos
Visit the historic Café España in Burgos | © Café España, Burgos
Of course, coffee and a slice of cake is always a good idea on a rainy day, and Café España is always a good idea in Burgos. It’s the oldest café in the city, first opening back in 1921. Decorated with old-fashioned lamps, mirrors, artwork and statues, it has an artistic and bohemian feel of the 1920s. As well as coffees and cakes, there’s also tapas and savoury snacks. If you’re lucky, you may arrive during one of the cafe’s cultural afternoons with live jazz, blues and flamenco.
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9:00 am - 1:00 am
Fri - Sat:
9:00 am - 2:30 am
Sun - None:
11:00 am - 1:00 am

Museo del Libro Fadrique de Basilea

Curiosity Museum
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Museo del Libro Fadrique de Basilea, Burgos, Spain
Visit the Museo del Libro Fadrique de Basilea in Burgos | © Eltitomac / WikiCommons
For something a little different on your rainy day, visit the Museo del Libro Fadrique de Basilea – a book museum located in the centre of Burgos. Inaugurated in 2010, it was founded by Juan José García and Pablo Molinero and takes visitors on a journey through the written word, displaying a history of mankind through some of our most famous books. The museum was named after Fadrique de Basilea, one of the most renowned printers in the city of Burgos during the 15th and 16th centuries.
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10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Mon - Sat:
4:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly

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Entrance Fee

Atmosphere:

Indoors