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Camino de la Lengua

Castilla y León, known as the birthplace of the Castellano language, offers one of the most historical and cultural routes of today.

The purpose of the Camino de la Lengua, the name given to this route, is to show tourists how and where one of the most important languages in the world developed. In other words, to find out the origin and evolution of what is known today as the Spanish language.

This 700km route takes in the three regions of La Rioja, Castilla y León and Madrid. In the year 2000, these 3 governments, the Ayuntamiento in Salamanca, Ávila, Valladolid and Álcala de Henares and the Diputación in Valladolid, set up the Fundación de la Lengua Castellana as a means of promoting the route in an effort to have it declared a European Cultural Route.

The extraordinary beauty of some areas, the wild landscape and rich vegetation combined with a wide variety of gastronomy and the liveliness and universality of the cities, all make up this route which has proven to be an interesting attraction for tourists.

Illustrious writers as Elio Antonio de Nebrija, Miguel de Cervantes, Calderón de la Barca, Miguel de Unamuno, Santa Teresa de Jesús or the contemporary author, Miguel Delibes will enrich the tourists' visit with their work.

The Camino de la Lengua takes tourists back to the 11th century to the Glosas Emilianenses which is considered the oldest book written in the Castellano language. Gradually tourists will be taken to the 14th century when the first grammar book, Gramática de la Lengua Castellana, was written by Nebrija, playing an important part in the writings of Spanish literature's most universally known figure, Miguel de Cervantes.

All of these features along with the cities' monuments, palaces, convents, and theatres are a good reason to follow this route which has only just begun.

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