Burgos is both a historic city and a crossroads, with a prized cultural heritage. A welcoming and friendly city, ideal for strolling.
Founded in 884, Burgos has previously been capital of Castile —a place of residence and pantheon of kings—, a centre of international trade and a key landmark that welcomes pilgrims as they make their way to Santiago de Compostela on the St James Way. It is a city that fuses tradition with modernity. It offers excellent amenities, green spaces and a range of services, such as universities, a hospital, sports facilities and theatres, revealing high quality of life within the city. In addition, Burgos synergises well with the wider province (of which it is the capital city), which offers a wide range of rural, cultural and nature tourism pursuits.
Burgos has a total area of 108 km2 and a population of 176,000 inhabitants.
The industrial and logistics sectors are its main activities, along with tourism.
Burgos is widely known for its excellent culture, gastronomy and meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) tourism. It boasts three different UNESCO World Heritage Sites: its Gothic cathedral, which celebrated the 8th Centenary of its construction in 2021, St James Way and the Atapuerca archaeological sites. It has also been part of the UNESCO Creative Cities network since 2015 as a Creative City of Gastronomy.
The city of Burgos welcomed 480,000 tourists in 2019, who between them made nearly 650,000 overnight hotel stays.
|Inclusion within the Smart Destinations project||The city of Burgos joined the Smart Destinations project in 2020, and its Diagnosis Report and Action Plan were drawn up in early 2021 for its ultimate transformation into a Smart Destination.|