Forum Evolucion (€55) in Burgos was a very contemporary petit hotel that runs now for over 2 years. It locates very close to the bus terminal as well as supermarkets conveniently in the other side of Cathedral across the river. The room was designed nice and clean, and in the bathroom the toilet can be shut by a sliding glass door. I was fully content with the quality for the price for two. I was curious about its name and soon learned that it was another huge event facility of the city across the street, and its modern architecture was attractive.
We had a light lunch at the hotel café and went out for sightseeing. We saw more pilgrims here, and we walked to the municipal albergue for issuing our own credentials. It was a modern renovation of building with the capacity of some 150 pilgrims, but around 16 or 17 o’clock in the afternoon, they were telling to the visiting pilgrims that the facility was already full the night.
There are 2 spots you shouldn't missin Burgos: the Cathedral and Monasterio de Santa María la Real de Las Huelgas. No need to add a word for the Cathedral as everybody visits there, but it was indeed the first class in terms of gorgeousness among many churches I visited this time. Each surrounding chapel and its ceiling showed breath-taking artistic effort.
Monasterio Las Huelgas has been maintained by the Spanish kingdom. It locates a little away for the center, and you walk through an upper-class town of nice flats. We arrived at Monasterio before 13:00 assuming sufficient before Siesta closing at 14:00, but they said to us the ticket gate closed 1 hour in advance already. Here the visitors have to be guided and they said English-speaking guides cannot be arranged immediately either. We begged them asking how they could help miserable visitors all the way from Japan, and in the end they somewhat reluctantly replied that we could catch up and join a Spanish tour already in process. So a staff took us inside the monastery and let us merge with the tour. We thought it would be a group of Spanish people but actually there was a single only lady visitor there. The guide actually spoke English, and she started explaining in 2 languages. This tour was impressive. Both architectural variety and quality, although photos were not allowed. We thought more visitors should see this.
One another spot: Castillo on a hilltop behind the Cathedral. We walked up via San Esteban, but the facility was close somehow. Another female visitor was seen coming up, a Croatian diplomat's wife this lady introduced herself, and we regretted our misfortune. There was a vista point downward, so we could at least have a panoramic view of the city.