landscapes make up this territory of Salamanca which converges with
Portugal and Extremadura to the southwest of the capital.
Its outlying, border character has maintained a high environmental,
architectural, ethnological and cultural quality that has hardly been
modified by the hand of man. Las
Arribes del Águeda,
the Valle del Azaba
and the elevations of the Sierra
de Gata are good examples of
This border district, in an historically conflictive region, is full
of walls, castles and fortresses that were intended to scare away invaders.
To a greater or lesser extent, they have provided personality and character
to the district.
Any journey should necessarily leave from Ciudad
Rodrigo because the visit to
this jewel of the west is completely indispensable.
Between its perfectly designed walls (which were given their definitive
shape in the XVIII century), there is a valuable artistic historical
heritage. Don't miss the Plaza
Mayor and the city
council building, the
Cathedral, the Castle
of Enrique II Trastámara
(Parador Nacional), the church
of Cerralbo or the countless
palaces that ennoble their streets. And if you can choose any moment
to visit, do so when the city is celebrating its biggest festivity:
"the Carnival of the Bull".
El Rebollar and Sierra de Gata
Visit the south of the district and enjoy the nature
area of Rebollar and the summits
of the Sierra de Gata.
Along the interesting route you will discover landscapes, forests and
meadows sprinkled with Roman roads and bridges, vestiges of pre-Roman
towns, dolmens, hermitages, humilladeros and numerous towns which contain
the greatest wealth of these lands: their people. Come to them and enjoy
their old traditions, customs and festivities.
From Fuenteguinaldo to Navasfrías
Don't miss the parochial church of Fuenteguinaldo,
with its beautiful altarpiece of the XVI century, made by Lucas Mitata,
and the nearby castro de Irueña.
In El Bodón
you can enjoy another piece of the sculptor's work, in the hermitage
located on the outskirts of the town, and you can buy some beautiful
textile crafts or ceramic. Enjoy the folklore of Rebollar in Robleda
and if your prefer, go toward the southwestern end of Salamanca, to
where you will find attractive offers to spend an unforgettable weekend
in the border lands.