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Travel – Zamora – Spain

Zamora is a city that is positioned in Castile and Leon in Spain.

Overview of Zamora

• This is the main town of the province of Zamora.
• It lies on a rocky hill within the northwest.
• It is near to the frontier with Portugal and crossed through the Duero River.
• This is some 50 km downstream as it reaches the Portuguese frontier.
• It has 24 characteristic Romanesque style churches.
• These churches were constructed during the 12th and 13th centuries.
• It’s been known as a “museum of Romanesque art”.
• Zamora is a city with most of the Romanesque churches of Europe.
• The most important celebration in Zamora would be the Holy Week in Zamora.

Main sights of Zamora include:
– Torre del Salvador
– San Juan de Puerta Nueva Church
– San Isidoro Church

The Transit in the Virgin Church
• It is a Cathedral.
• It is constructed in Romanesque style.
• It dates back to the 12th century.
• It took about 23 years to develop.

Medieval Castle
• Palacio de los Condes de Alba y Aliste was constructed in 1459.
• It was constructed by the first Count of Alva y Aliste.
• It has a patio and staircase.
• They are decorated with carvings that were carved by the artists from Lombardy.

Calle Balborraz
• It is a church of San Pedro y San Ildefonso.
• It was built during the 1200’s, probably on the Visigothic temple.
• It was reformed in Romanesque style during the 12th–13th centuries.
• It was much renovated during the 15th and 18th centuries.
• It has an individual nave currently with cross vaults.

Church from the Magdalena
• It is a southern façade constructed in Romanesque style.
• It dates back to the 13th century.

Church of San Isidoro
• This church dates back to 12th century.
• It’s got one nave.
• It has a major square chapel.
• The outside features two ogival arcades with archivolts.

Church of San Claudio de Olivares
• It is a church dating back to the 12th century.
• Due to its small size, it possesses a great single nave that has a presbytery and a semicircular apse.
• The columns from the nave have carvings.

Church of San Juan de Puerta Nueva
• It dates back to the 12th century that has stained glass circular window.
• It is a symbol of Zamora.

Church of Santa Maria la Nueva
• It dates back to the 12th century.
• The baptistery dating back for the 13th century.

Church of Santiago de los Caballeros
• It dates back to the 11th century.
• It is situated beyond the city walls.
• El Cid was made a knight here.

Church of Santiago El Burgo
• It is a Southern facade.
• It dates back to the 12th century.
• It is of Romanesque style.

City walls
• It is a three walled enclosure.
• It dates back to the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries.

Museo de Semana Santa de Zamora
• It is located opposite to the Church of Santa Maria la Nueva.
• It is specialized in Semana Santa de Zamora.
• The processions are celebrated in a particular ceremony in Zamora.
• The museum holds a large variety of pasos.
• These are the figures that are carried in procession throughout the streets by various ‘cofradías’ or brotherhoods.

Village of El Campillo
• It is about 12 km distant to Zamora.
• It was founded in the 7th century.
• It was rebuilt during the 12th century.
• It is among the three best-preserved Visigothic churches of the Spain.
• It was moved stone by stone after which it was re-erected.
• This is because of there was construction of a reservoir in its original site.

Best time to visit/climate

• Zamora has a semi-arid climate, with cold winters and hot summers.
• Precipitation is mainly recorded by 2 seasons, spring and autumn.
• Summer is seen with droughts.
• The greatest temperature ever recorded is 41.0 °C on 24 July 1995 even though the minimum stood at ?13.4 °C on 16 January 1945.
• Fog occurring frequently above the winter period, often lasting for the days, has tended to reduce the normal temperature.

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How to get there?

By Plane
• The nearest commercial airport is Villanubla.
• It actually is situated just a couple kilometres beyond Valladolid.
• It is the capital of the Castile-Leon region.
• Valladolid lies some 90 kilometres from Zamora.
This small airport is served by flights run by:
– Iberia
– Air France
– Ryanair
The low-cost carrier which travel back and forth from:
– London-Stansted airport
– Brussels-Charleroi airport
– Milan-Malpensa

By Road
• No highways are connected to other capitals to Zamora until recently.
• It is now possible to get to or from Valladolid.
• Other highways which became underway were built that link the town with Benavente and Salamanca.

Go around
• Town is not too big to go on foot, particularly the main attractions, that are fairly all around each other.
• For slightly longer journeys there’s 2 taxi companies and some bus routes.
• Tickets are cheap.
• You should purchase them from the driver directly.
• For longer stays get yourself a travel card from any of the branches of the bank Caja Duero.
There’s also a good bus service to:
– Salamanca
– Valladolid
– Madrid

Some Travel Books on Spain

Rick Steves’ Spain 2013 DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Spain Spain…A Culinary Road Trip

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at tripadvisor.com
Hotels at hotelscombined.com
Hotels at hotels.com
Hotels at booking.com

Blogs/Sites about Zamora-Spain

blogs at euroresidentes.com
blogs at spain.info
blogs at wikipedia.org
blogs and reviews at tripadvisor.com

Images and photos about Zamora-Spain

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images at wikipedia.org
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