The city of Zamora in Spain’s Castile-Leon province is known as a “Romanesque Museum” due to the abundance of Romanesque historic structures that dot the landscape. These architectural marvels have been so well-preserved that Zamora has become an important stop on the Romanesque route through Spain and Portugal. We recommend a trip that is especially worthwhile. You’re certain to agree.
This is a journey of discovery in which you will learn everything there is to know about the province of Zamora in the Castile-León region of Spain’s interior. Although it appears to be a small area, there are so many things to do here that a week will not be long enough. Prepare to hear wolves howling, see your reflection in the waters of a massive glacial lake and a river enclosed between walls 200 meters high, and photograph the world’s biggest concentration of Romanesque art.
Zamora combines sacred silence with everyday noises in his deepest religious celebration of the bull skin. The city, open to the river and protected by it, proudly displays the great wealth of architecture that has revolutionized the world. Allow me to be your tour guide through this charming medieval walled city surrounded by the famous Duero river.
✓ Local Guide
✘ Food and drinks, unless specified
Departure Point: C. Somorrostro, s/n, 39002 Santander, Cantabria, Spain
Return Details: C. Somorrostro, s/n, 39002 Santander, Cantabria, Spain
Zamora is a small village in northwest Spain on a steep hillside near the border with Portugal and traversed by the Douro river (río Duero). Because of its small size, Zamora is easily explored on foot.
Zamora is notable for having the highest concentration of Romanesque art and architecture in Europe. It’s no surprise that it’s known as “The City of Romanesque,” and it was a stop on our Romanesque road trip with Transromanica.
This Original Zamora Free Walking Tour takes you through all the highlights! We will enter the city through the City Gate and begin our day by walking through the Puerta del Obispo (Bishop’s Gate), which was built in the 11th century and provides access to the area surrounding the city’s main cathedral.
Zamora has a strong medieval feel to it, with many historic buildings, including many Romanesque churches, a cathedral, and a castle. On one side of the arch, there is the Troncoso Viewpoint, from which you can see the Duero River and the stone bridge, and on the other, we will visit the square with the Episcopal Palace and the Casa Del Cid. We’ll make sure you notice the door leading to Casa del Cid (also known as Palacio de Arias Gonzalo), a Romanesque civil property integrated into the first walled enclosure, after we pass through the gate. It was designated a historical artistic monument in 1931 and is now a private residence.
This experience requires good weather. If the tour is canceled because of poor weather, you’ll be offered or you can also choose a different date.
This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If the tour is canceled because the minimum numbers of participants aren’t met, you’ll be offered or you can also choose a different date.