Soria Travel Guide

  • Off The Beaten Path
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  • Off The Beaten Path
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  • Off The Beaten Path
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Soria Things to Do

  • Plaza Mayor

    At Plaza Mayor we see a series of remarkable buildings: Casa del Común. For centuries it was seat of the Commons of Good Men of the city of Soria. The Charters that gave citizenship rights to the people of Soria are preserved in this building.This building also hosted the Public Library from 1935 to 1968. In 1957 the Casa de Cultura de Soria was...

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  • Alameda de Cervantes

    The Dehesa de San Andrés was a space for cattle grazing. In the XVII century it became a municipal property; then only one parte remained as an area for cattle, whereas the lower part was used as a recreational area.In the first decade of the XXth century the City tried to convert the Dehesa in a recreational area, to the delight the inhabitants....

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  • The castle and the walls

    There are few remains of the castle but it was once a huge fortress. During the Muslim occupation, there was a simple watchtower. After Alfonso I of Aragon (married to Urraca, Queen of Castile) reconquered the city, his son Alfonso VII built the inner barrier and Sancho IV built the exterior wall.The city extended between Mirón hill and the Castle...

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  • Other palaces

    Near Santo Domingo church there is a series of palaces which are good examples of civil architecture. They are on Calle de la Aduana Vieja.Starting from Plaza de San Clemente we see:Palacio Viejo de los Ríos y Salcedo (pics 1 & 2), a Renaissance palace, Plateresque style from the XVI century. The palace is a three-story building built in masonry....

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  • Palacio de los Condes de Gómara

    This palace is the best sample of civil architecture in Soria. Now it is the Hall of Justice.The Palace of Condes de Gómara was built in the S. XVI in Herreran Renaissance style. The facade, which in its original design was much larger, consists of windows crowned with pediments Herrera, plus the cover, with the shield of the owner. The right side...

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  • San Juan de Duero

    In the XII century the order of Saint John of Jerusalem settled in Soria, beyond the Duero, and reformed a Romanesque church, building around their monastery. The cloister, dated back to the early XIII century, is the only part left. This cloister is one of the most original of Spanish Romanesque architecture due to the variety of its features:...

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  • San Juan de Rabanera

    This church was built in the XII century in late Romanesque style and excellent workmanship. The church has Latin cross shape. It was declared National Monument in 1924. The apse is remarkable (pic 2). It has only two openings and is considered by some scholars the one with the finest layout of the peninsula. The church has a byzantine dome. In...

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  • Santo Domingo

    Santo Domingo church is a late Romanesque church built in the XII century when the early church of Santo Tomé was partially demolished. In the XVI century it was reformed and a Dominican convent was founded annexed to the church. Now it is the Convent of Poor Clares. The temple has a Latin cross with three naves, the central being larger and...

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  • The Cloisters of San Juan de Duero

    A cloistered monastery was built on this site on the banks of the Duero by the Hospitallers of St John of Jerusalem. Now only the remains of the graceful arcading built the 12th -13th century remain. It is not only one of the most original Romanesque National Monuments in Spain but also one of the most visited monuments in the whole of Castilla y...

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  • Visit the old Town

    We seemed to be the only people about as we wandered about the old city streets - a living museum of history and architecture. The trees were mostly pollarded and provided interesting shapes through which the elegance of the buildings could be seen clearly.

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  • LAGUNA NEGRA

    Laguna Negra is a beautiful lake one hour by car from Soria. His iced black waters and his green stones has inspired writers like Federico Garcia Lorca.Take N234 road to the west, you'll cross Toledillo, Ocenilla, Cidones, Villaverde del Monte and Herreros, until you arrive to Abejar. In Abejar turn right and take CL177 road to Vinuesa. Once in...

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  • SAN SATURIO HERMITAGE

    Beautiful hermitage in the outskirts of the city in perfect armony with the nature.Built in the banks of Duero river is a mixture between a cave and a human construction.Probably the most beautiful monument in Soria.Take San Agustin street and go to Duero river. You'll find a bridge to cross the river, but you don't have to cross it, just turn...

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  • CLAUSTRO DE SAN JUAN DE DUERO

    It isn't anything especial, by is by the way to San Saturio hermitage, so you can stop and have a look. Interesting arcs, nothing else.

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  • San Juan de Rabaneda Church

    Romanesque church with crucifix floor plan with oriental and classic influences.The apse is decorated with plants motives and there are two pointed spaces.Its main front belongs to the other church, that of San Nicolas.Closed at siesta time (2pm - 5pm) and on Mondays.

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  • Santo Domingo Church

    Romanesque in style.Built in the XII century with a rich facade.There is a door with four archivolts, tympanum, and large rose window.On both sides of the facade there are two sets of blind arches.Its sculptures are very interesting.There is a strong influence in the building of Santa Mar?a of Poitiers (France). Now a convent of Poor Clare nuns.

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Soria Hotels

  • Meson Leonor

    I had spotted a poster advertising this hotel as we drove into the modern part of Soria and so when...

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Soria Restaurants

  • A different menu

    This restaurant offers set menu for € 17. A bit more expensive than average (for a set menu, I mean), but also the kind of dishes outstands, so the price is ok in my opinion. I just remember the dishes we tried:First: thistles with béchamel; pork mouth with clams.Second: roast lamb; grilled roe deer.The dessert was a typical cake; I think the...

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  • Mushroom tapas

    Fall brings with it one of the treasures of the forest to the province of Soria: mushrooms of all kinds. In this season Soria celebrates the “Semana de la tapa micológica”, something like “Week of the Fungi-based tapas”: all the bars offer their best snacks or “tapas” based on mushrooms. We visited Soria with a friend of mine born in the city as a...

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  • Old Casino

    The restaurant is the place where gamblers gather playing cards, and other games. It has wonderfut game hall with beautifully decorated ceiling windows.

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Soria Transportation

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    by Aitana Written Feb 27, 2011

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    National road N-111 links Soria and Logroño. The distance between both cities is 107 km. There is a mountain pass, Puerto de Piqueras (1700 m of elevation), in the limit of the two provinces.
    Recently a tunnel has been built and there is no need to cross the pass. The tunnel was open to traffic in October 2008.
    Features:
    Length: 2,444 m
    It avoids 12 km of sharp bends (13 bends as a whole)
    Elevation of the tunnel: 1440 m
    Time reduction: 15 minutes

    Approaching the tunnel from La Rioja In the tunnel

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Soria Off The Beaten Path

  • Calatañazor

    Calatañazor is a small village, built on top of a hill. Visiting Calatañazor is like going back to the year 1000.The village keeps the medieval layout: the wall surrounding the village is well preserved and there are remains of the castle from the XIV century.Calatañazor is known as the place where Almanzor, the arab caudillo, definitely was...

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  • Calatañazor

    Calatañazor is a small medieval town, including the ruins of a castle. In the legend, it is the place where the mighty Moorish leader Al-Mansur was finally defeated by the Christians, after years of continuous victories.The environment of the town is also worth to see. It includes the biggest and perhaps the best conserved forest of Incense...

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  • Sorrow of a poet in Soria.

    The renowned poet Antonio Machado met his young bride when he took up a teaching post in Soria. They left to make a new life in Paris in 1911 but it soon became evident that young Leonor was gravely ill with TB. It was recommended that the purer mountain air of Soria, her home town, would be beneficial so they returned and rented a small house in...

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  • History, Culture, Music and Poetry

    Soria has a rich cultural tradition and is sometimes called the city of poets.The 19th century poet and storyteller Gustave Bécquer was associated with the town and wrote about the folk lore of Castilla y Leon. He had a short and unhappy life and died of TB in 1870.The Cantabrian poet Gerado Diego also spent time here, as did perhaps the best known...

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