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Introduction

Soria is a city that lies on the river Duero, about 230 kilometres northeast of Madrid. Soria is the capital of the province of Soria, which lies in the region of Castile and León.

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Sights and Activities

  • Romanesque convent church of Santo Domingo, with its impressively ornamented façade (12th century)
  • Romanesque church of San Juan de Rabanera(12th century)
  • Plateresque Concatedral de San Pedro, (12th-13th centuries, reformed on the 16th) and its cloister.
  • San Juan de Duero and its 12th century ruined cloisters (only remaining cloisters from a military order in the world).
  • Remains of the medieval castle and of the walls
  • Renaissance Palacio de los condes de Gomara
  • The path along the river Duero, from the medieval bridge to San Saturio Hermitage, passing through San Polo (a former monastery of the Knights Templar).
  • The neighbouring (7 kilometres) ramains of the preroman city of Numancia

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Getting There

By Train

Soria is directly connected to Madrid and Guadalajara by the rail network of Renfe. For information check the website of Renfe.

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Getting Around

By Car

Transportation by private car in Soria is not difficult.

By Public Transport

Soria has an extensive system of city buses, which you can ride for just 90 cents (65 cents if you buy a card). You can buy the ticket on board.

By Foot

Soria is a small city, and walking is the best option to visit the main attractions of the city.

By Bike

Bicycle is a good option for visiting the immediate surroundings of the city. Easy rides include the municipal park of Valonsadero (4 km from the city center), and following the river north to the preroman city of Numancia (7.5 kilometres)

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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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