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The City

A traveller who arrives at a city will always be drawn to the historic centre, its main streets, the monuments pointed out by tourist guides, and novelties sold in shops, hotels, or restaurants. Palencia is, of course, no exception. In addition to the above, the visitors to our city will be amazed by the amount of details that are not included in information leaflets, that is, those which make Palencia far more than just a waypoint in the tourist route. Palencia is a dynamic city that has grown and blossomed with time, just like any other living being. For all of the above, it is chiefly a place for living and enjoying life.

The City

"Secrets hidden behind bay windows and colonnades.

Secrets between trees and along the river.

Secrets under the domes and belfries.

And only one solution: living the secrets."

Our present is made by past dreams of which we are very proud, yet we are not slaves to the past. The best proof is a harmonious coexistence between different periods and styles, always at the service of a pleasanter daily life. So then, the Gothic cathedral (open for worship, visits and concerts) was built on the site of a pre-Romanesque crypt, where Saint Antolin, the patron saint of Palencia, protects a "miracle" well. The Museum of Palencia, the archaeological museum that houses the most important remains found in the province, is situated in a Renaissance palace, the Casa del Cordón, which is the oldest civil building in the city. Due to the construction of a reservoir, the Church of Saint John the Baptist, a Romanesque hermitage in the north of the province, was relocated to Huerta de Guadián, a romantic park where contemporary sculptures are also exhibited. The Roman bridge, known as the "Puentecillas", leads to the city's green areas and leisure centres. The sculptures in the squares and gardens are used by children to play, and the most representative civil buildings that line our main street, the Calle Mayor, harbour the city's commercial life under its porticos.

The City

Palencia's geographical location enables both easy access to the city and provides an ideal starting point for day trips to nearby places with spectacular landscapes (Cerro del Otero, dominated by the statue of Christ by Victorio Macho, outdoor observatory at Autilla del Pino, where on a clear day you can see the mountain ranges to the north, which always amaze us with their ever-changing tapestry of colours, or the Viejo mountain, covered with oaks and home to deer, where you can enjoy a pleasant outing in the countryside or a wide variety of sports and outdoor activities) or longer routes to explore the many wonders the province has to offer.

There are many more highly interesting monuments, churches and museums, but the best option is to stroll through the city with eyes wide open and enjoy every corner, paying attention to the signs and suggestions of the hospitable people of Palencia.

Servicio de Turismo - Diputación de Palencia. Calle Mayor, 31 34001. Palencia. Telf: 979 70 65 23