Soria

Soria is a small (35,178 inhabitants) but very active capital thanks to its thriving tourist industry. The city has preserved much of its historic and medieval character and many of the magical places that have seduced travellers of all times. Soria, one of the Spanish cities that are most strongly linked to the Duero River, preserves the qualities of a charming small provincial city. Located in the central-northern part of the Iberian Peninsula, it has become - and is considered to be - one of the most romantic cities in the country.

Location, map, useful information

The province of Soria is located in the centre of Spain, in the eastern part of the Autonomous Region of Castilla y León. It borders with the provinces of La Rioja, Zaragoza, Guadalajara, Segovia and Burgos and covers a total surface area of 10,286 km².

History, Art and Heritage

Soria has been praised by the writers Antonio Machado, Gerardo Diego and Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer. Their words are still today living proof of the city's unique beauty. The cloisters of San Juan de Duero, the Monastery of San Polo and the Hermitage of San Saturio have served as an inspiration to recreate different parts of their literary works. The Celtiberian origins of these places remind us of the presence of ancient human settlements on the castle hills between the cities of Numancia and Uxama (Osma), and of the fact that Soria was once dominated by the Muslims. A city of monuments par excellence, with a rich wealth of churches, palaces, convents and hermitages scattered throughout the city. Soria is a modern city with a unique historical-artistic heritage of inestimable value. But apart from that, Soria is also a green oasis. La Alameda de Cervantes, which extends over an area of nine hectares, is the city's little green lung, home to more than 80 different species of trees and bushes.

Leisure and gastronomy

The gastronomy of Soria is a tribute to the pleasures of eating meat. Kid, lamb and pork are popular ingredients in many of its typical dishes, which present certain peculiarities compared to the other provinces of Castilla y León.

Typical dishes from Soria:
  • Caldereta de cordero (lamb stew)
  • Cardo (cardoon)
  • Migas del pastor (fried bread crumbs)
  • Sopas canas (creamy garlic soup)
  • Cangrejos de río (river crab)
  • Lechazo asado (roast baby lamb)
  • Níscalos (wild mushrooms)
  • Sopas de ajo (garlic soup)

Near the city

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One of the places worth visiting is the original monastery of San Juan de Duero, an ancient monastery of the Knights Hospitaller of Saint John of Jerusalem, located along the banks of the Duero River. The monastery's cloister has an open courtyard with a large number of intertwined horseshoe arches, which further enhances its charm. The Duero River is accompanied by another monastery in its passage through the city: the ruins of San Polo, an old Templar monastery that preserves one of its ancient chapels, with a slightly pointed door that is certainly worth seeing. From there, a long and romantic walk along an avenue of trees, many of which have been carved by loving couples with little hearts and arrows, takes us to the Hermitage of San Saturio. The avenue, which follows the natural flow of the Duero River, was one of the favourite routes of the famous poet Antonio Machado. The flight of steps located at the end of the avenue leads up to the Hermitage of San Saturio, patron saint of the city.The Convent of Santa Domingo has an interesting oblong façade decorated with blind arcade; and the Co-cathedral of San Pedro, of Romanesque origin, has been declared National Monument. The artistic-religious heritage of Soria is completed with numerous hermitages, of which the most beautiful examples are those of the Virgen del Mirón, from the 18th century, Nuestra Señora de la Soledad, built in the 16th century, or Nuestra Señora del Espino, also from the 16th century. The Romanesque Church of San Juan de Rabaneda, declared National Monument, the Palace of the Counts of Gómara, a jewel of Soria's civil architecture, the Church of Nuestra Señora del Espino, the hermitage of the Virgen del Mirón and the Palace of Los Ríos y Salcedo are some very fine examples of the immense wealth of art and monuments that can be found in the capital. But the cultural offer does not stop here: the Numantino Museum, which was created to store the objects found at the nearby archaeological site of Numancia, has dedicated a significant portion of its space to exhibiting the remains discovered in the Celtiberian-Roman cities of Uxama and Tiermes.

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