Arco de Santa Maria- Built in the 14th century and remodeled in the 1500's this historic arch is situated along an avenue dotted with these unique, magical looking trees. You can go inside the arch and see many paintings, a beautiful Mudejar ceiling, and other interesting artifacts. It's free!
Museo de Burgos- Housed in a Renaissance palace this museum displays art from ancient times up to modern times. Unique paintings by artists I've never heard of before. It was a great treat! It's free!
Museo Militar- A fun little museum with flags, uniforms, photos etc. from times served in the military. It's free!
Museum of Evolution- This is an impressive museum that houses the oldest European human remains found at Atapuerca, and starting from there on the first floor the museum takes you on a journey of human evolution with exhibits on Darwin, the human brain, different tribes, and ending with scientists.
La Favorita- I came here for the Morcilla (blood sausage), and it was actually some of the best I've had. I also got some local Burgos cheese that was delicious, and just the house wine, which was great. Another really wonderful thing about this tapas restaurant is that they were completely packed, and the service was still fantastic. I started by standing at the bar, but then a high-top table opened up and I grabbed it. The bartender was so friendly, and the food was great. I actually wish I had room to eat more. I highly recommend eating here when in Burgos.
La Parrilla- If you like meat this is a great place for you. They grill many different types of meat to perfection. The start was a little rocky at first with not a very warm welcome, but then we got an excellent server that really turned it around. We were also there at a busy lunch time.
Viva La Pepa- A good cafe to start your day off with a light breakfast, cafe con leche, and a view of the cathedral.
Cafe España- I loved this cafe so much I wish I could bring it home to Madrid with me. It is a perfect cafe. It was started in 1921, and it feels like it could still be that time when you walk in. The atmosphere is perfect for a cafe/bar, the staff is friendly, the music is good and the prices are fair. But what makes it the best cafe is that it has a certain magic in the air. I really loved it here.
Taberna Patillas- From the perfect cafe I moved on to the perfect bar. Bar Patillas is a dive bar in the best way. Every inch of the place is covered with some type of vintage item, not because they are trying to make it look that way, but because the stuff has been there forever. While I was there a small table of men borrowed some guitars from the bar, and began performing traditional songs. They were good and it just added to the amazing spirit of the place. The beers are cheap, and cold. The bartender is great. I also wish I could bring this place home with me.
Vara Cafe- A calm and pretty cafe that is great for a mid-day drink/snack. It's right by the Military Museum so a perfect stop after you visit the museum. It has a French vibe, and it works.
NH Collection Palacio de Burgos- The wifi works good, the shower is hot, and the location is great to see the sites. I would recommend that you DO NOT pay extra for the view. It's basically the street below, which can be loud. Other than that, it's clean and comfortable, and located in an palace.
Watch- El Cid a 1960's Hollywood interpretation of the Spanish hero. It's long so give yourself a few days, but it's worth a watch just to see Sophia Loren, and understand a little bit (filtered through Hollywood) about the conflict between the Christians and the Moors during that time in Spain's history. Then you can really appreciate the town where is a hero, and where he is buried.