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Castilla y Leon is one of Europe's largest regions. It is made up of nine provinces - Avila, Burgos, Leon, Palencia, Salamanca, Segovia, Soria, Valladolid and Zamora - and boasts a greater cultural, ethnological and natural heritage than practically any other region in Spain. In addition, it is here that the first traces of the Spanish language can be seen.
Castilla y León is home to eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Pilgrims' Route to Santiago, Burgos Cathedral, the Sierra de Atapuerca Archaeological Sites, Las Medulas Natural Monument in Leon, the cities of Avila, Salamanca, Segovia and the Siega Verde Archaeological Sites (Salamanca).
Castilla y Leon also possesses much of Spain's cultural heritage, with more than 300 castles, almost 400 museums housing the artistic, cultural and ethnographic wealth of our region as well as 23,000 archaeological sites. It also has around festivals of international, national and regional tourist interest. Particularly worthy of mention are the Holy Week celebrations, undoubtedly one of the most attractive tourist attractions due to their deeply religious, cultural and traditional nature: Castilla y Leon is the site of no fewer than 8 of the 22 celebrations declared to be of international tourist interest in Spain.
Gastronomy is another of Castilla y Leon's major attractions, with a wide range of dishes made using ingredients that hold designations of quality, including fresh and cured meats, cheeses, pulses, fruits and vegetables that make the cuisine of Castilla y Leon one of the finest and most admired in all Spain. And when it comes to wine making, Castilla y Leon is famous for its thirteen quality Designations of Origin, namely Ribera del Duero, Rueda, Toro, Cigales, Bierzo, Arlanza, Arribes, Tierras de Leon, Tierra del Vino de Zamora and Rioja, as well as the Protected Designation of Origins (PDO) of Valtiendas, Valles de Benavente and Sierra de Salamanca, some of which are widely-acclaimed around the world.
Castilla y Leon's slogan for the tourist and cultural promotion of the region, 'Castilla y Leon, the world’s largest museum is alive', symbolises all of the above, reflecting the cultural, natural and gastronomic wealth and heritage of our region. However, it also transmits the idea the Castilla y Leon is indeed a living museum whose inhabitants form part ofa modern, forward-thinking society that is open to the rest of the world.
Castilla y Leon is the ideal place in which to actively enjoy and take part in its rich culture, gastronomy and heritage thanks to the countless cultural and culinary events and celebrations that are held here 365 days a year, turning Castilla y Leon into a cultural event.