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Zamora

Travel Guide Europe Spain Castile and León Zamora

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Introduction

Zamora Cathedral

Zamora Cathedral

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Zamora could well be regarded as one of the great cities of Castile and León along with Segovia, Ávila and Salamanca. The fact that it gets fewer visitors than any of these three is not only due to the slightly (at least in the case of Salamanca) distance from Madrid but to the fact that it is not noted for any single great feature like Salamanca's Plaza Mayor, Ávila's magnificent walls or Segovia's Roman Aqueduct.

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Sights and Activities

Above all Zamora rejoices in its Romanesque architecture, reckoned to be some of the best in Spain. Much of the cathedral is Romanesque though there are later additions and some of the smaller churches are virtually unaltered.

  • Cathedral
  • La Horta Church - 12th century Romanesque.
  • Magdalena Church - 12th century Romanesque.
  • San Claudio de Olivares Church - one of the oldest Romanesque.
  • Santa María la Nueva Church - 11th century Romanesque.
  • Santiago del Burgo Church - 12th century Romanesque - basilica style.
  • Los Momos Palace - 15th century.
  • City Walls - Zamora was known as La cerada (the closed one} because of its three layers of wall.
  • Semana Santa museum - statues and robes from former processions.

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Events and Festivals

La Semana Santa (Easter Week) is marked here as much by music as by processions in Zamora.

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Getting There

By Train

RENFE has regular services from Madrid, Salamanca and Viga.

By Bus

Regular buses make the short journey from Salamanca.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet is widely available within Spain. Most airports have wifi-zones and in most towns there are internet cafés or shops where you can use internet for a fixed price. Wi-Fi points in bars and cafeterias are available after ordering, and most hotels offer Wi-Fi connection in common areas for their guests.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The international access code for Spain is +34. The emergency number for police, ambulance and the fire brigade is 112.

In cities you can find plenty of public phones, and 'locutorios'. The latter are small shops where you can use the phone and use internet. Most of them also sell prepaid cards for mobile telephones. These shops are used a lot by foreigners to call to their mother country.

The main mobile network operators in Spain are Yoigo, Vodafone, Movistar and Orange, as in most of Europe voice and data coverage is generally good in urban areas however it can be patchy in rural locations. Cheap mobile phones (less than €50) with some pre-paid minutes are sold at FNAC or any phone operator's shop (Vodafone, Movistar, Orange). Topping-up is then done by buying scratch cards from the small stores, supermarkets, vending points (often found in tobacco shops) or kiosks.

Post

If you want to post a card, you can head to the post office (Correos). The Spanish post is not yet as efficient as colleagues in other countries so receiving a card can take a bit longer than the number of days that it should take. On the website of Correos, you can find the locations of nearby post offices.
Post offices are generally open from 8:30am to 2:00pm, although times will vary according to the size of the city/town and the main post offices might be open until the early evening. Most will also open again on Saturday mornings, but in the smaller towns will close as early as 12 noon. When posting a letter, look for a yellow box and, if possible, post at the post office itself where there will also be divisions for local, national and international mail. Be prepared for long queues at the post office. This is why tobacco shops sell stamps and many will also have the facility to weigh packages. Standard letters/postcards of up to 20 grams sent within Spain are €0.34. However, non-standard letters/postcards of up to 20g are €0.39. Letters/postcards of 20 to 50 grams are €0.45. In the case of international shipping, the price is €0.64 to most countries within Europe for standard envelopes (letters/postcards) up to 20g, for a few European countries and outside Europe it is €0.78. If you want to send a package you are probably better off with a private courier company like TNT, DHL or UPS, as they offer quick and reliable services against competitive prices.

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