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.
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 ;)
Very close to Arenales Beach, this is more looked after. It has bathrooms and, although there's sand, they are not as refined others. The descent to the water is tidier, the trees go down close to the shore. There's also a green area between the shade from the trees and, being along the same road as before, its also got very spacious parking. Annex to the beach, with direct descent to it, is the bar-restaurant, "El Pato".
If you are looking for a reason to visit Sanabria, the old town is it. Throughout its steep streets you can admire wonderfully preserved medieval buildings which are normally two-storey houses with stone and flower-filled balconies. They are simply beautiful and certainly an example of conservation. The historic medieval castle dates back to the fifteenth century and is at the top of the city and from there you can see great views of the city and its surroundings.
Puebla de Sanabria's City Hall is in the upper part of the town, in Plaza Mayor, right in front of the Nuestra Señora del Azogue Church. Their City Hall is constructed of ashlar at the time of the Catholic Monarchs and it has 2 stories. The ground floor is a porch that's formed by 3 arches, and on the upper floor there are 4 arches. The facade is framed by 2 interesting looking pointed turrets. The City of Puebla de Sanabria also manages three districts: Castellanos de Sanabria, Ungilde and Robledo.
The Plaza Mayor of Puebla de Sanabria is located in the old area of the town, just behind the castle. The Plaza contains two important buildings: The Town Hall and the parish Church of Azoge, which annexed the Ermita de San Cayetano. The other buildings surrounding the square are two stone houses with differing heights. They are characterized by balconies with flowers and wooden runners (some are holiday cottages). The square is small and its a shame that it is not a pedestrian zone, because it is always full of parked cars that interrupts viewers from the beautiful sight.
Of all the "beaches" that can be found in Lake Sanabria, this is perhaps the simplest, but my favorite.. It has more open space and not so far away and close to the mountains as the other ones know. There is sand at the water's edge, like "real" beaches, and vegetation further back. It has ample parking, as the driveway is very wide. In front, there is a snack bar to drink.
The Church of Our Lady of Azogue is a Romanesque church, situated at the top of Puebla de Sanabria, next to the castle. It has managed to retain its Romanesque walls from the nave and two covers that are placed on them, all the result of the second half of the 12th Century. The southern gate is situated under a porch located between the tower and the south transept. It is made up of three semicircular archivolts. The other door, to the West, is formed by four pointed archivolts. The hand columns and statues attached to them are also worth mentioning. They are made out of stone slate, while the rest is made of granite. On the key there is a head of a bearded gentleman. Without a doubt an interesting place to visit in Puebla de Sanabria.
Because everyone has the right to spend a beach day in the countryside, this is the only beach that can be found in Lake Sanabria. It is equipped for people with disabilities. Easy accessibility, both in the car park and the beach itself, this is definitely the one with more amenities that meets all needs. Within walking distance of the Arenales and Folgoso there is a children's playground, tables to eat, water slides, toilets and changing rooms. Even during the high season, they have seats in the water for people who want to swim and can not do it on their own.
Out of all the amenities, this is the most popular, both for those carrying small children and older people.