El Norte de Castilla

El Norte de Castilla ("The North of Castile") is a daily Spanish newspaper based in Valladolid. After Faro de Vigo, that it was founded in 1853, El Norte de Castilla is one of the oldest daily newspapers in Spain, tracing its origins to 1854. The main edition is published in Valladolid, but editions are published for Palencia, Salamanca, and Segovia.[1][2][3] The paper has a widely accessed Spanish-language website and is considered to be the most reliable and influential periodical in Castile.[4]

El Norte de Castilla
Owner(s)Grupo Vocento
PresidentAlejandro Royo-Villanova
WebsiteEl Norte de Castilla


The newspaper can be traced to 1854, when Mariano Pérez Mínguez and Pascual Pastor created El Avisador ("The Reminder"). In 1856, this paper merged with a local competitor, El Correo de Castilla ("The Castile Courier").[5] El Norte de Castilla was established in April 1856 by the amalgamation of these two papers; the first issue of the newly formed paper was published on 17 October 1856.[5] In 1870, the paper was acquired by Gaviria and Zapatero, and was sold in 1893 to César Silió y Cortés and Santiago Alba y Bonifaz, who would both later become Ministers of the President.[6] They occupied the positions of director and manager, respectively.[7] It was under their leadership that the paper was published daily.[7]

Cortés was replaced in his position by Antonio Royo Villanova, of whom the present chairman of the board, Alejandro Royo-Villanova, is a descendant.[8]

From 1958 to 1963, the director was Miguel Delibes, who later become one of Spain's greatest novelists.[9] Among the young journalists then working for Delibes, Francisco Umbral started here, leaving for Madrid in 1961, where he became a writer, and Manu Leguineche would become a war correspondent. From 1963 to 1967, Delibes's position was filled by Félix Antonio González, a Spanish poet.[10] In 1992, the publication was integrated into the "Grupo Correo", which was later subsumed by Grupo Vocento.[11] The illustrator José Orcajo was a cartoonist at the paper at this time.[12]

As of March 2014 the chairman of the board was Alejandro Royo-Villanova, and the CEO was Angel de las Heras.

El Norte de Castilla launched its digital edition in 1997. Its web page offers three primary services: multimedia service, interactivity with subscribers via blogs, and hypertext interpolation. The website is ranked as the 24,055th most visited website in the world, and the 703rd most visited in Spain.[13]


  1. "ENDC Palenca". El Norte de Castilla. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  2. "ENDC Salamanca". El Norte de Castilla. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  3. "ENDC Segovia". El Norte de Castilla. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  4. Pedro Pascual (1999). El compromiso intelectual del político: Ministros escritores en la restauración canovista. Ediciones de la Torre. p. 25. ISBN 9788479602475.
  5. "Nace el Diario: 1856-1866". El Norte de Castilla.
  6. "Silio and Alba Article". El Norte de Castilla. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  7. "Renacimiento: 1887-1896".
  8. "Antonio Royo Villanova Biography". Filosofia. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  9. "Miguel Delibes Biography". El Norte de Castilla. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  10. "Felix Antonio Gonzalez ENDC". El Norte de Castilla. Archived from the original on 3 March 2014. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  11. "Grupo Vocento E Group". Eprints. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  12. Jose Orcajo ENDC (16 December 2013). "Isabel".
  13. "Ranking". Alexa. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
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