From Salamanca to the region known as Las Arribes del Duero, in the western provinces of Salamanca and Zamora, the main protagonist of trip is the fanciful nature of a river, the Duero. The site has created deep lands boxing between Spanish and Portuguese. Nearly a hundred kilometers of river course, where the microclimate above characteristics and the inaccessibility of the granite cliffs provide a unique habitat for numerous protected species, among which the vulture, golden eagle and black stork.
The trip should start, barely seven miles Vitigudino, which retains the walled fort of Yeltes Yecla, located less than two miles of the latter population. It still can be seen numerous engravings of anthropomorphic figures and snake, with horses, deer and bowls. In the same square of the town of Yecla, a secluded and little visited museum contains some of the stelae found at this site, which dates in its oldest part of the Iron Age.
Further south, in San Felices de los Gallegos, one should enjoy one of the best preserved urban ensembles of the province of Salamanca. It must allow the steps leading to the traveler, then, into the Corn Exchange (former barn of the Dukes of Alba), the Convent of the Passion of the Religious Canons Regular of St. Augustine, founded during the reign of Emperor Charles I, or House of Lords Ron, former residence of nobles.
Fruit of the defensive importance of San Felices de los Gallegos is his castle, built by the Portuguese King Don Dionis in recent years of the thirteenth century. The tower is in good condition.
Lumbrales, capital of Abadengo allows reach Vega Terron pier, built at one end of the border town of La Fregeneda, although one must not overlook a visit to the fort of The Merchanas. The road ends here, perversely, only an old railway line, now abandoned, and facilitates cross the Agueda, walk, and access to the neighboring Portuguese town of Barca D’Alba.
The journey can be continued by the Portuguese side, where there are villages of great charm Trasmontaña dominated by the imposing Penedo Durão and, a few miles north of Miranda do Douro in Aldeia Nova, is overlooking the Douro River from the Hermitage of San Joao, in Valle del Aguila (Valdaguia).
Meanwhile, from south to north of the Spanish, they contain numerous attractions for travelers, although the large number of routes accessible from different peoples, makes it virtually impossible to know just a small part of them in just one weekend. For example, in Saucelle is essential to admire the view port in the windmill from the Viewpoint of the Janas, although the show was marred by innumerable see land consolidation roads that go deep a few meters from one of the largest colonies of vultures tawny from those.
Vilvestre, Pereña Mieza and are the next three places. In the first, the Bureau of the devil, a cave shrine and rediscovered described by Professor Luis Benito del Rey, brings a new charm to one of the most impressive landscapes of the Douro, admirable, preferably late in the afternoon with terraces covered with almond blossom. In Mieza, begins a special time for the traveler, who must stand to listen to old stories of when the river flowed freely among the granite cliffs and the residents of this town were forced to speak loudly to be understood over the sound of water. Finally, Pereña enjoys with astonishment that causes the Well of the Hood, a beautiful waterfall that falls a few miles from town center and needs to be approached on foot.
From Pereña, the route extends into Aldeadávila de la Ribera, renamed by its neighbors as The Heart of the Arribes. Numerous trails surrounding near the river, emphasizing less frequented by those of Rupitin, Lastrón and leading to the Hospice of the Green, a former monastery, now owned by Iberdrola, which grew up with small gardens with orange groves and cacti the banks of the Duero.
Salamanca, Lazarillo of Tormes:
A good start before beginning the route or the perfect excuse for a complete visit, the bustling city of Salamanca is shown, students and nightlife. Salamanca keep the air of a stately old town was suspended in another swashbuckling century. Built next to a tributary of the Duero, the Tormes is crowned one edge of the Lazarillo and the District of Tanneries, to one side of the cathedrals.
By day, we recommend a course of stone and monuments, visiting the famous frog anecdotal university – the source of numerous complaints to torticollis and opticians and ophthalmologists – the astronaut Villamayor stone carving in one of the entries Cathedral and the cheers that mark the student area. Always, of course, on the axis of every area of Plaza Mayor, real thermometer charra capital vital that people change their decor as pass different times of day.
At night, Salamanca became a bustling mass of youth that occupies the most central streets late into the night. Among the many entertainment options, you can choose from the comfort of old inns, with local gastronomic glories as the stew, or ham farinato Guijuelo up the decibels and the madness of nightclubs and dance halls that close their doors at break of new day.
All this without forgetting an evening stroll through downtown, diving into the artistic illumination of the Roman Bridge or at the corner formed by the clergy and the Casa de las Conchas, before admiring the skill of the many street performers in the near Old Town, pay their little tribute to the magic of the capital of the Tormes.