Spain is not the second most visited country in the world for nothing (the first is France). Spain's attractions are matchless. But how you enjoy your trip to Spain will depend very much on where you decide to take it, for Spain is not a single, homogeneous country, but many countries in one. It has 17 regions or communities, the largest being Castilla y León
The Autonomous Community of Castile and León is located to the north west of Madrid, and has no coastline. It is the largest community in Spain, covering over 94,000 square kilometres, and with a 2005 population of two and a half million people. Castilla y Leon consists of 9 provinces, and they are Burgos, Avila, Salamanca, Leon, Zamora, Palencia, Soria, Valladolid, Segovia.BurgosAvila SalamancaLeon ZamoraPalenciaSoria ValladolidSegovia (Benavente, the town in which you will be staying, is in Zamora)
Z A M O R A Zamora (Spanish pronunciation: [θa’mo ɾ a]) It lies on a rocky hill in the northwest, near the frontier with Portugal and crossed by the Duero river, as it reaches the Portuguese frontier. With its 24 Romanesque churches of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries it has been called a "museum of Romanesque art". Zamora is the city with the most Romanesque churches in all of Europe. Zamora has a unique Romanesque monument, with peculiar characteristics which are very difficult to find in other places It is the quintessential city of Old Castile, blending ancient and modern but noted mainly for its Romanesque architecture. It has about 67,164 inhabitants, a number which is decreasing owing to lack of investment in the region. Las Aceñas La Catedral Click on Zamora for ‘gastronomy’
You can explore Zamora's highlights in about 4 hours. Stroll along the main square, dusty Plaza Canovas; cross the arched Romanesque bridge from the 1300s; and take in at least some of the Romanesque churches for which the town is known, many dating from the 12th century. The cathedral is the best example, but others include Iglesia de la Magdalena, on Rua de los Francos, and Parroquia de San Ildefonso, on Calle Ramos Carrión. You might also want to look at Iglesia de Santa María la Nueva, on Plaza de Santa María, and Iglesia de Santiago el Burgo, on Calle Santa Clara. Iglesia de la Magdalena Iglesia de Santa María la Nueva
Streets, bars and typical food in Zamora Zamora is also famous for its ‘tapas’‘tapas CLICK ON PHOTO AND LEARN HOW TO COOK ‘ARROZ A LA ZAMORANA’
BENAVENTE BENAVENTE and its surroundings Benavente is a municipality in the north of the province of Zamora, in the autonomous community of Castile and León of Spain. It has about 20,000 inhabitants. Main Square in Benavente
Going around Benavente The Library Paseo de la Mota Plaza del Grano Iglesia de Santa María Our Theatre
What its people wait for all the year round: ‘El Toro Enmaromado’ “The Roped Bull”‘El Toro Enmaromado Events Fiestas de la Veguilla. The local celebration in honour of the Virgen de la Vega to celebrate the torno al llamado (Monday of Pascuilla). Fiestas del toro enmaromado. Celebrated the day before the corpus (June), where the young men run (Running of the Bulls) in front of a long rope held on the horns of a bull.
Fiestas de la Veguilla Fiestas de la Veguilla (April) If you want to see it ‘live’ click herehere
Beautiful places around Benavente Benavente is surrounded by pretty little villages and scenic spots also worthwhile visiting Valderas ; Villafáfila parque natural de lagunas; Santa Cristina de la Polvorosa; Manganeses de la Polvorosa; San Cristobal de Entreviñas… Villafáfila parque natural de lagunas … and Valderas; Villardeciervos; el Lago de Sanabria; Lagunas de VillafáfilaValderasVillardeciervosel Lago de Sanabria Valderas Sanabria Lake Villardeciervos Villafáfila
Other nearby provinces you will visit on your stay: SALAMANCA Main square in Salamanca LEÓN Cathedral in León VALLADOLID University in Valladolid ENJOY!!!