There is a local piggy who appreciates a tummy rub in the village. She can be found (although she could soon disappear....) around the main square. Alternatively you might like to pat another part of the pig statue which is near the main church. Of course those that pat this stone pig in a particular place are keen to change nappies in the near...more
This local woman and I began talking as I passed through the streets. I stopped and shared a little with her. She really was amazing. She told me she was wearing the mourning outfit, because a year ago she had lost a relative. Before I left she grabbed my hand and kissed it and I had to get a picture of her.more
This statue represents the town pig. Every year the locals select a piglet to be the town's pig. It runs loose in the streets and everyone feeds it when they see it. At the end of the year when it is nice and plump, they slaughter it and share the ham and sausages that it produces.more
La Catedral is located on the main square in La Alberca. Owned by the same family who owns the Templarios and Dona Teresa hotels, it occupies one of the prettiest buildings on the main square. You can't miss it as it is bedecked with flowers and has a mannequin dressed in traditional clothing in front.
Favorite Dish: The food is fresh and very good. I had the beef ragout one day and traditional dishes during a medieval banquet held in the cellar. It is a great place to go with a group, as I did.
Driving to La Alberca, you are better off parking at the main entrance to the town and walking. La Alberca isn't necessarily a vehicle-friendly town as parking spots seem to be scarce. It is very walkable and you'll enjoy strolling the winding narrow streets on your own.
Shops around La Alberca carry local artisanal crafts and goods. These would make very special gifts to bring back from your visit. Look for handmade Salamancan filigree ceramic/pottery work in the form of plates or decanters and containers with the tree of life design. If you are interested in religious pieces, you can also pick up an image of the...more
One of the great things about being someone else is taking the chance to shop like a local. Stop into the Supermercado Rita and peruse the local Salamanca wine selection, not to mention all of the different Spanish foods, beverages, housewares and toiletries. The staff (I think they are family-run) is very nice and friendly. Salamanca wines,...more
Make sure you pay attention to vehicles passing through. The narrow streets really are only wide enough for them and the walkways along the sides are very narrow, so use caution if a vehicle is approaching.