The town is the capital of the attractive, natural, enigmatic, and relatively unknown region of Sanabria (Zamora). Land of legends and of magical stories. First of all, Miguel de Cervantes was born here and you can find references to the town in the Quijote.
The town is one of the best conserved I’ve ever seen. It fully respects its architectural ancestry, making use of stones, wood, and black slate. You can find noble palaces with family coat of arms and cute craftwork stores along the main street.
I recommend the medieval festival they celebrate in the middle of August each month. The celebration of that age works perfectly in a town like this. If you can, stop in the city to eat some of their great cuisine. The octopus they serve in this town is up there with the famous Galician octopus. As my dad said, who is a true “Sanabres”: “The people from Sanabria and Galacia are like first cousins.”
It’s true that this town is filled with passion and beauty – the magnificent Sanabria lake is a great example of that.
A good week's holiday in Zamora in my town. On one of my visits to the castle I took this picture. The place itself is just to the left. Well kept with large benches that are perfect to relax on after eating, while your food goes down. Even better if the sun is shining. Around that time there is hardly anyone in there until around 17:30 when the cathedral and castle open.
As a lover of my city, I love to get close to the area of the Cathedral, stroll through the beautiful gardens of the castle sit on a bench to enjoy the sensations that can be experienced in that environment so privileged. I love the smell of the wet soil after raining on an autumn afternoon, the sound of the wind through the trees, and the beautiful view of the Cathedral, with its dome of Byzantine origin, a delight to behold. It is a great experience, and definetely a reason to stop by Zamora.
It is a lively town with a long history, which still preserves the remains of the castle and walls, houses, palaces, old hospitals and Elizabethan theater. The importance of their religious buildings like the Monastery of Santa Clara, with its murals and Sancti Espiritus, with a beautiful Moorish dome need to be especially emphasized. But above it all, do not leave without visiting the church of Santa Maria, which houses a wealth as disconcerting picture of Our Lady of the Fly, and also some surprise like the mysterious and beauty old cover polychrome which is now included inside the building. For cottages in Toro go to: Http :/ / www.Toprural.Com/castilla-y-leon/zamora/casas-rurales-toro_rm-es-49219.htm
Terror Viriato Romanorum. . . Shepherd to bandit and brigand general of armies. . . specialist in guerrilla warfare continuously harassed the Roman armies, defeated consuls and praetors, until a treacherous hand ended his life. . . With this altar ego, I couldn't help but dream of running through the mountains.
"The Merlú". The interesting name comes from an urban sculpture in front of the Church of San Juan de Puerta Nueva, Plaza Mayor Zamora. It was made in bronze by sculptor Antonio Pedrero Yeboles Zamora in 1966. It is for the most important event in Zamora, which is Easter. It Represents two brothers of the Brotherhood of the Nazarene, and it has an interesting meaning which is as follows: the night of Good Friday, six couples of brothers of this fraternity out in the streets of the city, they were responsible for waking up and gathering in the square to the other members of the brotherhood (almost 5,000) for the procession. These pairs are called "Merlú" and awaken others by bugle and drum. The sculptures are an exact depiction of these events.
Each of the three watermills has two heights and in its lower part showing the operation of the water with the force of a hammer, a fulling mill and a flour mill, while the upper floor presents videos and information panels. It is over one thousand years old, but throughout the centuries there have been many restorations until the 19th century when it lost its use and began a process of degradation, which continued until 1994 when the City Council of Zamora decided to continue with restoring it.
The castle-fortress of the Counts of Benanvente, best known as the Puebla de Sanabria Castle stands over 900 meters high on a rocky elevation looking over the Tera River Valley. Elegant, majestic and very well maintained. Although from the bottom it seems inaccessible, it can be easily reached from the old town of Puebla. For me, it is the most beautiful site in the province of Zamora. It also offers the possibility to enjoy breathtaking views of the valley, once you've managed to reach its highest point. Whenever I need to disconnect, I come to this area. Do not hesitate to discover it, or perhaps, Sanabria will discover you ;)
True to its geographical location, the Plaza Mayor in Zamora is a traditional Spanish square, paved, and surrounded by low-rise buildings with arcades. It is located in the historical center and is pedestrianized. Three important buildings sit in the square - The Town Hall (or House of Panaderas), the Old Town Hall (police headquarters), and the Church of San Juan Bautista (or New Gate). Under the square, part of the city walls have been buried. Also in the square are a couple of sculptures, one of them near the front of the church, called "The Merlú" and the other in front of the side wall of the church, and is dedicated the sculptor Zamora Ramon Alvarez.
This monument of Romanesque in the heart of Zamora´s main square is an extraordinary sight. Merlú monument is a tribute to the couple of congregants of the Brotherhood of Jesus of Nazareth whose work involves gathering the other brothers to start the procession. Announcements are made through the touch of a drum and a muted bugle. There are a total of 6 pairs that, hours before 5 am on Friday, walk around the different neighborhoods of the city in order to gather in the main square the more than 4,900 brothers that make up the fraternity.
Fermoselle is considered the capital of Arribas of the Douro, a beautiful natural park with impressive canyons up to 800 feet high through which the River Douro runs. The river is the natural border between Spain and Portugal. It extends along 100 km, through the lands of the region of Zamora, and the province of Salamanca. Throughout its course you can see several dams, which have been built for hydropower production. On its way through Fermoselle, the Douro passes between rocky hills, vineyards and olive trees, as a Mediterranean microclimate allows cultivation on its terraces. The town is also known as "The balcony of the Duero" for the breathtaking views of the river that its elevated position provides, in the historic center there are several viewpoints (the Torojón, the Rocks, the ravines, or Rampart Street), and inside the old Convent of San Francisco you can find the Interpretation Centre of Arribas.
From this viewpoint, located just above the rocks of Santa Marta, you get exceptional panoramic views across the Douro river. It is Entrepuentes street, named to be among the stone bridge (XII century Romanesque) and other modern bridge built in modern times. Opposite the viewpoint are the remains of an old bridge that doesn't exist anymore. Now there are only stone pillars there. You reach this point from the Puerta del Obispo or Olivares, located next to Bishop's Palace and the Casa del Cid.