Section 16 - Castile and León

Toro - Zamora - 41Km


Along the way, we cross the fields of Peleagonzalo, where the armies of Isabella I of Castilla fought those of Joan la Beltraneja in the Battle of Toro during the War of the Castilian Succession. This battle was decisive for Isabella I’s accession to the throne.

From Peleagonzalo, the route temporarily moves away from the Douro River. There is a steep uphill stretch with lovely views of Toro. Towards the end of the route, passing through Villaralbo, we’ll take the service road of a little canal that will lead us to Zamora.

During this stage, be sure to visit wineries, taste wines with designations of origin and stay in high-quality lodgings where you can even enjoy vinotherapy, as it crosses part of the Toro Wine Route, through Toro and Peleagonzalo, and the Tierra del Vino de Zamora region through towns like Moraleja del Vino.

Our journey along the fertile banks of the Douro River leads us to Zamora, located on the Silver Trail. From the river, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the walls and the impressive transitional Romanesque cathedral with a beautiful segmented dome. Its medieval importance is noticeable in the old town, surrounded by high walls that converge in a strong castle. In Zamora, you can also discover palaces, traditional houses, monasteries and an important legacy of Romanesque art, with 22 churches. It holds the world record for Romanesque churches in a city, earning its status as a Historic-Artistic Site and fame as the ‘Capital of the Romanesque’ in Spain. In Zamora, you’ll find a great level of services and transportation.


Points of Interest

Heritage: 8
  • Its famous Byzantine cupola, which can be seen from any point of the city, is one of the most original creations of medieval Hispanic art and influenced the style of the Collegiate Church of Toro in the province of Zamora and the Old Cathedral of Salamanca. This dome is built based on scales of stone and is one of the most dazzling constructions of the Spanish and European Romanesque period with its precedent in oriental culture.


  • Built in the mid-12th century together with the Cathedral, it retains from this period the decoration of its gateway. Its interior has been altered in subsequent centuries and styles. It was built on the orders of Doña Sancha, the sister of Alfonso VII.


  • It consists of sixteen pointed arches which cross one of the widest stretches of the Duero in its passage through Zamora. It was built in the 12th century and links the city centre with the outer quarters; it has undergone major repairs owing to flooding.

  • The Zamora Museum consists of two sections: firstly archaeology to help the visitor explore the history of the province from the Palaeolithic to the Modern Era, and secondly Fine Arts which includes paintings and sculptures executed between the 14th and 20th centuries. It also houses important material of the historical evolution of Zamora.


  • Born in Cerecinos de Campos in the province of Zamora on 22nd February 1910, Baltasar Lobo is one of the most prominent 20th-century Spanish sculptors and gained international recognition. The museum contains on two floors a large part of the works which he left to the town.


  • One of the best ethnographical collections in Spain of a wide range of traditional objects and utensils from daily life which reflect the customs of Castilla y León, such as farming implements, carts, looms, furniture, costume, reliquaries, amulets, and many more.


  • Not everything in Zamora is Romanesque art. Together with cities such as Barcelona, Budapest, Paris, and Moscow it is a member of the exclusive group which forms the European Modernist Route. It holds magnificent examples of this style and makes an extraordinary architectural ensemble together with other eclectic historicist buildings.


  • This visit is a must for devotees of Easter. It holds a large proportion of the floats which are paraded through Zamora, with the images produced by the specialists Ramón Álvarez and Mariano Benlliure. It also exhibits robes and habits of the various brotherhoods.


Nature: 1
  • The Duero Route is one of the most important cultural axes of southern Europe and combines the tourist attractions of nature, art, and gastronomy. 80% of the route runs through five provinces of Castilla y León: Soria, Burgos, Valladolid, Zamora, and Salamanca. Its passage through Zamora allows the traveller to discover the art of the capital of the Romanesque and the spectacular biodiversity of the River Duero, together with impressive views of the historical city from the Beach of Los Pelambres with its watermills, bridges, old factories...

Gastronomy and wine: 1
  • The Cheese of Zamora has had a Protected Denomination of Origin (Denominación de Origen Protegida, D.O.P.) since 1993 and is a quality brand recognised by the European Union. It is made of sheep milk from the Churra and Castellana breeds and is matured for at least a hundred days.

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