In the Spanish province of Zamora you will find plenty of wonderful places to discover, picturesque villages and nature havens with amazing landscapes.
Here is our guide of places to visit in the surroundings of Zamora.
Puebla de Sanabria and lake of Sanabria
Puebla de Sanabria, is the heart of the region of Sanabria which belongs to the province of Zamora. In this charming village of around 2000 inhabitants you will find interesting traditional architecture. Don’t miss its castle, the church of Santa Maria, and the town hall.
Visiting the nearby lake of Sanabria is a must. Enjoy the wonderful landscape, take a short trip on a boat in the lake or enjoy a bath in the transparent waters where the surrounding mountains reflect.
The town of Benavente with almost 20.000 inhabitants is located 65 kilometres north of Zamora and has established itself as an important crossroads between the center and north of Spain.
Interesting to see in Benavente are the Tower of the Snail (torre del caracol), remaining from the Castle of la Mota of the 16th century, the house of Cervato and the town hall both from the 19th century, and the churches of San Juan and Santa María.
Arribes del Duero
This part of Zamora is actually a nature park by the river Duero which flows between Portugal and Spain. Beautiful landscapes, rich biodiversity and splendid views over the river with valleys, falls and cliffs are some of the attractives of the Arribes. This is a great visit to do with children and for nature and bird lovers. The cruise along the river is strongly recommended and includes a show with birds such as eagles, falcons and owls. Prices for the cruise rank among 15€ for adults and 9€ for children, check timetables and additional information in this website: https://www.corazondelasarribes.com
On the border with Portugal in the region of Arribes del Duero we find Fermoselle, a medieval village with amazing views over the river Duero.
Plenty of tiny streets cross Fermoselle both above the ground and underneath, with almost 1000 underground caves which are used today as cellars and communicate with each other through tunnels. Don’t miss a visit to some of this cellars and don’t forget to try the delicious wines produced in the region.
The town still keeps part of its ancient defensive wall and a stone arch which was the entrance to the city.
From Fermoselle you can take the boat trip in the river Duero to discover its rich nature. The views of the steep river banks from the boat are astonishing and bird lovers can’t miss this tour.