La Alberca Travel Guide

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La Alberca Things to Do

  • Admire the architecture

    The ancient town isn't big take a time to stroll around. It is pedestrianized area and it make your walk much easierAdmire the ancient houses walking through to the cobbles street ,and is the easiest way to see the localsMany of the small street where sells local product and souvenirAnd it's very interesting if you want to know their own product....

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  • Walk through the end of main street

    Is the square you meet when you enter the village if you came from the othersideHere stands arches and cross in the middle of the squareThe story says, it protects the village from evilThis square looks like the plaza mayor with cross. Here is not too busy as the main square where most of the people hang around to the placeIs just another...

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  • Church of La Asuncion

    Very special church the building is very simple. Built in the 1300's, the town church may look unassuming from the outside but inside it tells a different and historically rich storyThe Church of the Asuncion, houses many revered wonders such as a 16th-century pulpit sculpted in granite, a splendid Gothic copper processional cross and a figure of...

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  • Main square

    The Plaza Mayor (Main Square) where narrow streets converge is the center of the town and boasts granite cross as their symbol and is composed of buildings with balconies filled with flowers in the springThe square is surrounded by these lovely buildings with their columned arcades offering shelter from the bright sunshine And is a center of social...

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  • The narrow streets

    The little villages are famed for their attractive old stone houses with typical wide overhanging wooden eaves and balconies and narrow winding cobbled streetsIn some streets, the eaves almost touch. Some old buildings have been converted into workshops and craft shops offering a wide range of local products Walking through the stone paved streets...

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  • Pat the piggy ( the live one not the...

    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...

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  • Check Out El Cerdo de San Anton

    In front of the Church of the Assumption, there is a statue of "El Cerdo de San Anton" (St. Anthony's Pig). A local tradition is that the pig would be let loose and all of the townspeople would feed and care for it--fattening it up.

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  • Local in Mourning

    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.

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  • Local Making Lace

    I happened along this woman while wondering the town of Miranda del Castanar. She was sitting in her doorframe making lace.

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  • The mark of the Spanish Inquisition

    This was tucked away in a little alley, but it is very clearly a sign of the former Spanish Inquisition.

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  • The Town Jail, Courthouse, and Town Hall

    This small building houses so many things. The top floor is a very modest courtroom. The middle floor is the town hall and the bottom level is the dark and dank town jail.

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  • The town pig

    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.

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  • The Streets of La Alberca

    You do not need a map or guidebook to explore this town. Just don't blink or you will miss amazing bits of history that are tucked away in the most obvious, but unexpected places.

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  • Place for Remembering the Dead

    There are 2 real skulls built into this wall, where locals come to light the solitary candle in remembrance of the dead. On the anniversary of the death of a loved one, they walk a specific route around the town that both starts and ends here.

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  • Lovely Archways

    Their are several archways that span little walkways and alleys, which are just another endearing feature of the town.

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  • The homes in La Alberca

    The homes are modestly built and they consist of a wooden frame and the walls are made from a mixture containing mud.

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  • The Town Cathedral

    You will be pleasantly surprised if you find the doors open to the town Cathedral. The inside is rather ornate, for such an unassuming little village.

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  • The Town Plaza

    The town plaza in La Alberca is small, but is full of charm. Often you will find women selling turron, which is a food similar to brittle, that consists of honey and egg whites over almonds, which is a specialty here. It is a very common Christmas food. Don't miss out on seeing the town jail, courthouse, and town hall, which are all housed in one...

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La Alberca Restaurants

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    The cellar of La Catedral restaurant

    by fmaven Written Oct 22, 2005

    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.

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La Alberca Transportation

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    by fmaven Written Dec 9, 2005

    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.

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La Alberca Shopping

  • Unique Artisanal Gifts

    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...

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  • Local Goods in Local Grocer

    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,...

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La Alberca Local Customs

  • Local products

    One of the highlights of La Alberca is the abundance of vendors selling local products such as jamon (ham), turron (nougat), castaoas (chestnuts), and miel (honey)Seems these products are from here. Walking around the village you'll see many local stood with a stall selling their own productsAfter the ham, I see many Nougat. As I always curious of...

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  • Dried Ham

    La Alberca is known as pig town. And it's specialty is the dried ham For the best jamones it will take them 3-4 years of hanging here in the dry Sierra climate to age to perfectionThis dry cured Spanish ham is hand selected from large hogs. The drying process that is used to cure this ham replicates all four seasons Wandering around the village,...

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  • Pay Attention to the Cars

    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.

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