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Travel – Toro – Spain

Toro is a town and municipality within the province of Zamora.

Overview of Toro

• It is an area of the autonomous community of Castile and Leon in Spain.
• It’s situated on a fertile high plain.
• It is located in the northwest of Madrid.
• It is placed at an elevation of 740 meters.
• Toro is actually a center of Mudejar art and a wine-producing region.
• It is actually along the Duero River and roughly midway between Zamora, the provincial capital and Tordesillas and within the province of Valladolid.
• 4-lane freeway A 11 now connects these two cities.
• It also passes just north of Toro.
• Highway N122 passes all through the town.
• Madrid by highway is about 220 km in distance.

Distances to other cities are:
– 32 km to Zamora
– 62 km to Valladolid
– 72 km to Salamanca

Main Sights in Toro

• Town of Toro is constructed in a fan shape.
• It has at its core standing the Collegiate church of Santa Maria la Mayor.
• This church dates back to the 12th century.
• Externally, is the polychrome western door.
• This is visible in the popular Flemish painting La Virgen de la Mosca, also known as “Virgin in the Fly” in English which is actually an unusual exotic pregnant Virgin.
• Besides the collegiate church is the Espolon viewing point.
• It provides views of your fertile plain the “oasis of Castile.”
• Town boasts of the remains of a wall from 910 AD.
• The gates of Corredera and Santa Catalina dates back from 17th and 18th centuries.

Noteworthy civic buildings include:
– The façade with the Law Palace
– The City Hall
– The palaces in the Counts of Requena
– The Marquis of Alcanices or even the Marquis of Castrillo.
One of several ecclesiastical buildings are classified as the churches of:
– San Lorenzo el Real, in Mudejar style
– San Salvador de los Caballeros, which includes a Museum of Religious Art
– San Sebastian
The monasteries of:
– Sancti Spiritus
– Santa Clara
– Santa Sofía

Toro wine
• Toro is popular because of its wine.
• The Toro wines were very prestigious.
• King Alfonso IX of Leon conceded privileges on its production during 12th Century.
• In 1492, Columbus took Toro wine on his expedition to discover America.
• This is because it could survive long times and due to its structure and the body.
• Friar Diego de Deza, from Zamora is one of Isabel the Catholic’s confessors.
• He collaborated economically inside the expedition.
• He was permitted to name one of the caravels, the Pinta.
• This was half filled with Toro wine.
• The Designation in the Toro Region is recent.
• The attainment of Designated Region was on 29 May 1987.

Main sights of Zamora include:
• Torre del Salvador
• San Juan de Puerta Nueva Church
• San Isidoro Church
• The Transit in the Virgin Church
• Medieval castle
• Calle Balborraz
• Church from the Magdalena
• Church of San Isidoro
• Church of San Claudio de Olivares
• Church of San Juan de Puerta Nueva
• Church of Santa María la Nueva
• Church of Santiago de los Caballeros
• Church of Santiago El Burgo
• City walls
• Museo de Semana Santa de Zamora
• See Holy Week in Zamora

• Arcenillas church: has 15th century panels
• Hiniesta church: has Gothic sculptures and murals
• The Church of San Pedro de la Nave

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 the 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
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Hotels at booking.com

Blogs/Sites about Toro – Spain

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Images and photos about Toro – Spain

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