Burgos is situated at the edge of the central plateau and is the capital of the province of Burgos, in the autonomous community of Castile and León. The city forms the principal crossway of north Spain with the Camino de Santiago, which goes throughout all the city, parallel to the Arlanzón river.It has a good variety of historic landmarks, with the most notable of these being the Cathedral of Burgos, Las Huelgas Reales Monastery and the Cartuja of Miraflores. The Gothic Cathedral of Burgos which was begun in 1221 is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Burgos has many ancient churches and convents and among the other interesting architectural structures, is the famous gateway of Santa María in the walls of the city, which was erected for the first entrance of the Emperor Charles V, and the arch of Fernán González.Burgos province is famous for Queso de Burgos, a white cheese which is soft and buttery (because it is made with whey). Burgos is blessed with a moderate climate and this fresh cheese was possible to conserve there without the need for curing for more than 10 days. Morcilla de Burgos, a pig’s-blood sausage, is a staple country food famous across the Iberian peninsula. Spiced with onions and herbs its most noticeable content is rice (often mistaken for fat) which makes it one of the lightest and healthiest products of its kind. Oral tradition says that it must be “salty, smooth and piquant”. Both products are regularly found all over Spain sliced and skewered on a slice of baguette bread as tapas (small bar-top treats, often served free with drinks).