The Route of the Spanish language

  • Book on a lectern in the Yuso Monastery library. San Millán de la Cogolla, La Rioja

We invite you to discover the places where the Castilian language was born. You'll have the chance to visit a number of outstanding monuments and relics.

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The Route of the Spanish language


  • San Millán de la Cogolla (La Rioja). The Suso and Yuso Monasteries, found here, are the birthplace of the Castilian language. Within its walls, the first writings in this romance language, known as the 'Glosas Emilianenses', were produced. The Suso Monastery library preserves ancient books of great value. The two monasteries are a World Heritage site.
  • Santo Domingo de Silos Monastery (Burgos, Castile-León). The "Glosas Silenses", another of the first examples of Castilian writing, were written here. On your visit you can listen to Gregorian chants sung by the monks.
  • Valladolid. The city has a historic university and is the birthplace of important writers like José Zorilla and Miguel Delibes. Miguel de Cervantes, the author of Don Quixote, also lived in Valladolid and you can visit several places in the city that appear in his works.
  • Salamanca. Home to Spain's oldest university. Antonio de Nebrija wrote the first Grammar of Castilian Spanish at this university. The city appears in important literary works like "La Celestina" and "El Lazarillo de Tormes". Its old quarter is a World Heritage Site.
  • Ávila. The memory of the mystic poetry of Santa Teresa de Jesús and San Juan de la Cruz is present in its streets and monuments. The old town and the churches outside its walls comprise a World Heritage site.
  • Alcalá de Henares. Miguel de Cervantes was born in this city and there are constant reminders of him in its streets and monuments. Other illustrious figures of Spanish literature, like Quevedo, also lived here. Its university and historic district form a World Heritage site.

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The Route of the Spanish language

Practical information

How to complete the route:
By car

Best time of year:
All year round

Tips and interesting facts:
Alcalá de Henares, Ávila and Salamanca are part of the group of World Heritage Cities.

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