Village Life in Castilla y León: How We Ate and Drank Like Cavemen

Like most people right now, we are stuck inside cooking our own meals while we wait out the COVID-19 pandemic (expect to see some new recipes on the blog soon.) It could be a long time before we are able to get back out there, wining and dining. In the meantime, we can still daydream and reminisce. With that in mind, we’ve decided to revisit some of our adventures from the last few years by sharing a selection of our favorite blog posts.

Let’s begin in Spain, two years ago, where we spent an unforgettable few days at the countryside home of friends in Castilla y León…

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Bodega Caves Castilla y Leon Spain

Not like prehistoric cavemen. We were more like “wine-cavemen,” sitting underground feasting on the wine and food of northern Spain. Northwest of Madrid is the region of Castilla y León. It is the largest autonomous community in Spain, formed in the year 1230 when the kingdom of León and the kingdom of Castile were permanently merged together. This is where Castilian Spanish, the official language of Spain, was born in the 11th century. It’s full of castles, cathedrals, and small medieval villages. When we were invited to visit one of these small villages, we knew we were about to make some very special memories.

Castilla Leon fields of grain and poppies Fields of grain and poppies in Castilla y Leon

We took the train from Valencia to Madrid, and then passed through the Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range into the Duero river basin. The land here is a flat plateau covered with vineyards and fields of cereals. The…

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