Are you looking for a relaxed, yet culturally and historically rich destination? If so, look no further than Zamora in Spain’s beautiful region of Castile and Leon. With its spectacular hillside location overlooking the River Douro and many ancient churches as well as Romanesque remains from its medieval past, this enchanting city is sure to charm even the most seasoned traveller. From gastronomic exploration at local tapas bars, to hidden gem shopping in the bustling market streets of Old Town Zamora – there’s plenty to see and do when you visit Zamora in 1 day.
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Visit Zamora in 1 day - what to see and do?
Nicknamed “the city of Romanesque”, Zamora boasts a remarkable collection of Romanesque churches. This stunning architecture offers a glimpse into the city’s medieval past. Walking through the historic centre with its cobblestoned streets and standing on the old city walls transports you back to a time of knights and mighty kingdoms.
Zamora lies close to the border with Portugal, that’s why they build numerous fortifications. Most constructions are well-maintained and lots of efforts are made to keep it that way.
Compared to other major Spanish cities, Zamora is smaller, which helps maintain its authenticity and tranquil atmosphere. And it also makes it possible to explore a lot on foot.
1 Day in Zamora - Summary
How to spend a morning in Zamora
- Puerta del Obispo
- Mirador del Troncoso
- Puente de Piedra
- Casa del Cid
- Episcopal Palace
- Zamora Cathedral
- Zamora Castle
- Museum Baltasar Lobo
- Look for amazing murals in the historic center
Lunch – Where to eat in Zamora
How to spend an afternoon in Zamora
- Plaza Mayor
- Museum Ethnographico de Castilla y León
- Iglesia de San Juan de Puerta Nueva
1 Day in Zamora - Map
How to spend a morning in Zamora?
The historic centre of the city is compact in size, what makes it easy to discover its treasures at your own pace.
Puerta del Obispo
This historical gem is not just any old gateway; it’s a time machine, whisking you back to the Middle Ages. Imagine knights in shining armour and bustling merchants passing through its arches. It’s a living piece of history right in the heart of this beautiful city.
The Puerta del Obispo is part of the city’s medieval fortifications, and it welcomes visitors to the historic old town. The gate, translated as Bishop’s Door, got its name after its proximity to the Episcopal Palace that served as a residence for bishops in the past.
The gate played a significant role in the access and defence of the city, during different periods in time. Today, you can still admire its sturdy stone walls and traditional design. It’s a charming piece of Zamora’s history that is often included in tours of the cities most important sites. So, stroll through this ancient gate, snap some photos, and let your imagination wander. Who knows what tales these old stones could tell? Enjoy your journey through Zamora’s past!
Fun Fact: The Puerta del Obispo has been around since the 12th century – that’s over 800 years of stories and secrets!
Address: Puerta del Obispo, Zamora
Mirador del Troncoso
Crossing the Bishop’s gate to the Douro river, you find the Mirador del Troncoso. Perched on a hill, the Mirador del Troncoso offers panoramic views that will make your heart skip a beat. You’ll find yourself gazing at the tranquil Douro River and the city’s historic rooftops. You can also see the Puente de Piedra from here—a photographer’s dream!
So, take a leisurely stroll to the Mirador del Troncoso, soak in the enchanting views of Zamora, and capture the perfect Instagram-worthy shot. It’s a hidden gem that’s worth the visit!
Fun Fact: Legend has it that this very spot was a favourite of the medieval troubadours, who would seek inspiration in these stunning vistas.
Address: Mirador del Troncoso, 49003 Zamora
Puente de Piedra
From the city walls and the Mirador del Troncoso, you have an elevated view on the Puenta de Piedra. This stone bridge spans the Douro river and it’s an iconic landmark of Zamora. This medieval stone construction dates back to the 13th century and it’s still in use today. The Puente de Piedra has been an essential place to cross the river for centuries. The bridge has historical significance, it’s practical and it looks amazing.
So, take a leisurely stroll across the Puente de Piedra or look at it from the Mirador del Troncoso, soak in the scenic views of the Douro River, and imagine the stories this bridge could tell. It’s a charming spot that connects you to Zamora’s past and present.
Fun Fact: You might be surprised to learn that this bridge has had quite the makeover! Over the centuries, it has undergone several reconstructions, ensuring it’s still standing tall and proud today.
Address: Puente de Piedra, 49001 Zamora
Casa del Cid
On the left of the Puerta del Obispo, you find Casa del Cid.
El Cid, whose real name was Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar, was a nobleman from Castile and a Spanish knight. He’s a legendary military leader from the 11th century. He took part in the Reconquista, to recapture the Iberian Peninsula from Muslim rule. One of his famous accomplishments is the capture of Valencia from the Moors, in 1094. He then ruled that city as an independent leader and as a Christian alley.
El Cid is a Spanish national hero and the embodiment of chivalry and virtue. The house is believed to serve as the residence of El Cid and his wife Jimena at some point in time, but nowadays, it’s private property. So you can only visit it from the outside.
Fun Fact: Did you know that El Cid wasn’t just a hero in Spain? He’s celebrated as a national hero in Spain and a warrior of incredible valour, inspiring countless legends and stories.
Address: Casa del Cid, Plaza del Maestro Haedo, 49003 Zamora
On the other side of the Puerta de Obispo, away from the river, you’ll find more architectural pearls. One of them is the Episcopal Palace. Originally built in the 16th century, it exudes a timeless charm that captivates all who visit. This beautiful building with its Romanesque architecture served various functions throughout time, including a residence for bishops, a seminary and a cultural center. Nowadays, the palace showcases art exhibitions and it often serves as a setting for cultural events.
Fun Fact: Legend has it that a mischievous ghost, “El Palaciero,” is said to roam these halls. Whether you believe the tales or not, the palace’s history is intriguing enough!
Address: Episcopal Palace, Plaza de la Catedral, 49004 Zamora
The Zamora Cathedral is an architectural masterpiece from the 12th century. Its intricate facades, soaring spires, and awe-inspiring interiors make it a must-see.
Fun Fact: Legend has it that the cathedral was built in just one night, thanks to the help of some mythical creatures.
Address: Zamora Cathedral, Plaza de la Catedral, 49004 Zamora
This medieval fortress is a must-visit for history buffs and dreamers alike. It’s restored over time. The original castle dates back to the 11th century and was build to defend the city and its people. That’s why you can find it on top of a hill, overlooking the city and the Douro River. You have some really impressive views from upon the city walls. Next to the castle is the castle park where you can stroll around freely. You can even bring your dog with you on the city walls and for strolls in the garden.
In 1931, the Castle of Zamora was declared Spanish Historical Heritage. Go take a look inside, it’s free, explore its towers and courtyards and enjoy some of the best views from the tower of the castle.
Address: Zamora Castle, Plaza Viriato, 49003 Zamora, Spain
Museum Baltasar Lobo
Step into the world of sculptor Baltasar. This little gem, tucked away in the heart of the city, is a delightful tribute to a talented artist and a chance to experience the art of sculpture up close. The museum houses a remarkable collection of sculptures and drawings by Baltasar Lobo, a renowned Spanish artist of the 20th century. With graceful forms and powerful expressions, his works are a captivating blend of modernism and classical influences. The female body is often represented in his works.
Fun Fact: Did you know that Jacqueline Roque, who was married to Baltasar Lobo, became the personal assistant of Pablo Picasso? She also became his second wife and muse until Pablo’s death in 1973.
Address: Museum Baltasar Lobo, Plaza San Agustín, 1, 49002 Zamora, Spain
Look for amazing murals in the historic center
Wander through the old historic centre and go on a hunt for the most amazing murals. You can find them all over town, and the colourful murals tell stories of the city’s rich heritage
Lunch - Where to eat in Zamora
Zamora’s city center is dotted with charming cafés and tapas bars where you can enjoy light meals and local tapas along with a drink. Here are some of the best tapas places in town:
- Bar Chillón >> Very good tortilla – Good, as always
- Café Viriato >> Out of the ordinary tapas – Great tapas, nice terrace
- Bar El Lobo – King of Pinchitos >> Tapas bar atmosphere at its best – Best pinchos in Zamora
- La Casa de los Pinchitos >> Fabulous food
- Patanegra >> Tasty tapas – great stop for lunch
Fancy something different from tapas? Have a look in one of these nice restaurants in Zamora.
- Restaurants Capitol Zamora >> Lovely restaurant, great atmosphere – pleasant surprise
- Restaurante El Mesón del Zorro >> Pleasant staff, lovely food – Good and inexpensive
- Restaurante Pinocchio >> Great Italian food in Zamor
How to spend an afternoon in Zamora?
In the afternoon, visit the Plaza Mayor and its surroundings, where lively cafés, historic buildings, and a vibrant atmosphere await.
This lively square is more than just a central hub, it’s a delightful fusion of history, culture, and local charm.
Plaza Mayor is a historic gem, surrounded by beautifully preserved buildings that showcase a variety of architectural styles. It’s a place where locals and visitors gather for a multitude of activities, from sipping coffee at a café to enjoying cultural events.
Fun Fact: Plaza Mayor has been at the center of Zamora’s social life for centuries, and it’s known for its annual Easter Week processions, which are a UNESCO-recognized Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Address: Plaza Mayor, 49004 Zamora
Museum Ethnographico de Castilla y León
The museum is a treasure trove of regional heritage, showcasing the traditional crafts, clothing, and daily life of the people of Castilla y León. Its well-curated exhibits offer a fascinating glimpse into the past.
Fun Fact: The museum often hosts workshops and events where you can try your hand at traditional crafts or even learn to dance to the rhythms of regional music.
Address: Museum Ethnográfico de Castilla y León, Plaza del Mercado, 3, 49001 Zamora
Iglesia de San Juan de Puerta Nueva
Discover the charming Iglesia de San Juan de Puerta Nueva, a lesser-known but no less enchanting church that’s steeped in history. This hidden gem beckons travelers to explore its quiet beauty.
San Juan de Puerta Nueva, dating back to the 12th century, is a splendid example of Romanesque architecture. Its unassuming facade hides a wealth of artistic and historical treasures inside.
Fun Fact: The church’s name, “Puerta Nueva,” translates to “New Door,” and it was named so due to its location, facing a newer part of the city in medieval times.
Address: Iglesia de San Juan de Puerta Nueva, Calle de Ramos Carrión, 6, 49004 Zamora
Practical information about your trip to Zamora
To make the most of your trip, we’ve gathered some practical information that will help you navigate this charming city with ease. From transportation options, to where to stay and where to eat. These details help you enjoy your visit even more.
Where to stay in Zamora?
Hotels in Zamora blend historical charm with modern comfort. You’ll find a range of options, from boutique hotels in well-preserved medieval buildings to contemporary establishments. Many hotels offer stunning views of the city. Whether you’re seeking a cosy stay in the heart of the historic centre or a more luxurious experience, the hotels in Zamora cater to a variety of tastes and budgets.
>> Comfort option
Fabulous guest happiness and views of Zamora’s old town city walls.
>> Comfort option
Rated ‘Very Good’ and a location on a 2-minute walk from Zamora’s Plaza Mayor.
>> Budget option
Experience a Casa rural in a renaissance building with an original Jewish bath.
Where to park your van or motorhome in Zamora?
We arrived in the evening right before sunset and parked our beloved Clara, our motorhome, on a very nice camper spot in the city.
The camper place is free, gets good reviews and is very close to the historic sights. You can find the spot on Park4night.
Getting there and getting around
Getting there by car or with a home on wheels: We drove to Zamora with our motorhome and just followed our GPS. The navigation was easy, and even with a motorhome, ours is 6 meters long, easy doable.
Getting there by train: The city is well-connected by train, with regular services from major cities like Madrid, Salamanca and Valladolid.
Getting there by bus: Intercity buses provide another affordable and convenient option to reach the city.
Getting around in the city is easy on foot, most attractions in the historic centre or within walking distance. For longer journeys, local buses and taxi services are available.
That was our 1 day in Zamora itinerary. We hope you enjoy your day in Zamora as much as we did. In just 24 hours, you explore a city that wears its history proudly and opens its heart to visitors.