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    The Main Square - Plaza Mayor
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Guijuelo Things to Do

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    by spanishguy Written Jan 13, 2009

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    Each village as its main square, and Guijuelo is not an exception in this. It's true that it has some peculiarities, because normaly there is the town hall or the main church, but none of them is present here. It's a four sides square with some nice building with archades and nice balconies. It's also the place where you can park your car if you're searching for some ham and cured meat.

    Cada ciudad tiene su plaza principal, y Guijuelo no es una excepción en esto. Es cierto que hay una importante peculiaridad, como que en su mayoría el ayuntamiento o la iglesia principal se encuentran aquí, pero ninguno de ellos está en la Plaza Mayor de Guijuelo. Es una plaza cuadrada con algunos edificios bonitos con soportales y artísticos balcones. Es también el lugar donde se puede aparcar el coche si estás buscando algún lugar donde comprar jamón y lomo.

    The Main Square - La Plaza Mayor
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    This is a lonely clock placed in a small tower, next to the town hall. Currently it's alone, without any other significance, but once upon a time it was part of an important local meeting place and a theatre. I really like to imagine the past active live of small villages in its main spots, like this one.

    Este es un solitario reloj situado en una pequeña torre, junto al ayuntamiento. Actualmente está sólo, sin otra significación, pero anteriormente era parte de un importante lugar de reunión social del pueblo, el casino, y de un teatro. Me gusta mucho imaginar la activa vida que había en el pasado en los pueblos pequeños alrededor de sus puntos principales, como este.

    The clock - El reloj
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    The town hall is a simple but nice building in the main street. It's really easy to see its thanks to the three flags (Spain, Castile and Leon, and Salamanca). In the balcony there is a pre-constitutional Spanish Coat of Arms.

    El ayuntamiento es un edificio simple, pero bonitom en la calle principal. Es muy facil verlo gracias a las tres banderas (España, Castilla y León, y Salamanca). En el balcón hay un escudo español pre-constitucional.

    Town hall - Ayuntamiento
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Guijuelo Shopping

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    by spanishguy Updated Jan 14, 2009

    I stopped in this big and modern shop to buy some Iberic products. They have a wide variety of cured and fresh meat with competitive prices, in comparison with another shops in any Spanish city or abroad.

    Paré en esta tienda moderna y grande para comprar algunos productos ibéricos. Tienen una gran variedad de carnes curadas y frescas con precios muy competitivos, en comparación con otras tiendas de cualquier ciudad española o extranjera.

    What to buy: Iberic Ham, loin, etc. The Iberian pig is dark in colour, ranging from black to grey, with little or no hair and a lean body, thus giving rise to the familiar name "pata negra", or "black hoof". Because the animals live freely, they are constantly moving around and therefore burn more calories than other species of pig. This in turn produces the fine bones typical of this kind of Jamón ibérico. At least a hectare of healthy dehesa is needed to raise a single pig, and since the trees may be several hundred years old, the prospects for reforesting lost oak forest (dehesa) are slim at best. True dehesa is a richly diverse habitat with four different types of oak that are crucial in the production of prime-quality ham. The bulk of the acorn harvest comes from the holm oak (from November to February), but the season would be too short without the earlier harvests of Spanish oak and gall oak and the late cork oak season, which, between them, stretch the acorn-chomping period from September almost to April. During the season each pig gobbles up acorns fallen from the trees at the astonishing rate of over twenty thousand acorns a day.

    Jamón ibérico, lomo, etc.

    The shop
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Guijuelo Off The Beaten Path

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    One of the main spot are the remainings of a former church, called "El Torreón" (the tower). It's a the entrance of the village and you can see it as part of the local coat-of-arms. There are projects to rebuilt it.

    Uno de los principales puntos son los restos de una antigua iglesia, llamados "El Torreón". Está a la entrada del pueblo y lo puedes ver como parte del escudo local. Hay proyectos para rehabilitarla.

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Guijuelo Favorites

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    by spanishguy Updated Jan 14, 2009

    Favorite thing: There is a small tourist information office in the Main Square. If it's not open you can still have some information from a tactil screen placed next to the door.

    Hay una pequeña oficina de información turística en la Plaza Mayor. Si no está abierta puedes informarte en una pantalla táctil que se encuentra en el exterior, junto a la puerta.

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