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Route of El Cid - Walking and cultural route through the provinces of Burgos and Soria, Castile and Leon, Spain

Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar (El Cid), a military and political leader, was born in Vivar around the year 1043, in a town that is known as Vivar del Cid. He was educated in the Castilian royal court, serving the prince Sancho II, who later became the Spanish king. Sancho was assassinated in the year 1072, and El Cid served now the new king Alfonso, brother of Sancho, until the exile of El Cid, likely because of entering Granada with troops and without any authorization of Alfonso.

The influences of El Cid Campeador, the epical and historical mounted knight from Castilla (Castile), have marked traditions, customs and places through which he passed, as he left Burgos in exile towards Valencia. This route allows tourists to discover the legendary past of this universal myth.

In Castilla and Leon the route passes through several villages in the provinces of Burgos and Soria. The route starts out from Vivar del Cid and continues through Burgos on to the Monasterio de Cardeña (Cardeña Monastery), where El Cid Campeador left behind his family to continue his way to Soria, after visiting the towns of Covarrubias and Silos. Covarrubia is a beautiful medieval town, declared of historical artistic interest and with narrow streets and wooden houses with nice façades.

Several other villages and towns in Soria have had the privilege of El Cid's presence. Some of these villages include El Burgo de Osma with its Cathedral, declared a monument of special cultural interest in 1931, and being the most important one in the province of Soria, San Esteban de Gormaz and Berlanga de Duero. Here, the inhabitants still offer the chance to learn about this knight's past and enjoy the wonderful beauty of the surroundings.

From Castile and Leon the route continues through the autonomous regions of Castile La Mancha, Aragon and Valencia.

El Cid, together with his wife, are buried in the Cathedral of Burgos, declared World Heritage by the UNESCO.

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