The ruins of the ancient town of Castrotorafe, popularly known as Zamora la Vieja, are in San Cebrian de Castro, emplacement already located in the 12th century.

It was a medieval defensive site which appeared on the banks of Esla River. It keeps the walls built with slate masonry and mortar, and has 4.709 square meters, including the castle, the hermitage and the walls.

The best preserved is the castle, of two enclosures with irregular trapezoid shape. Inside of it, practically ruined, built with different materials and with a floor similar to the outside.



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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Spain

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Borboleta Za (4 months ago)
Nice views. I thought it was just the ruins of the wall that can be seen from the road, but there is more. A pity that it is neglected, without cutting the vegetation even if it is a path to be able to walk.
Angel Vicente (5 months ago)
Very interesting . I come from the area and often go on trips there. Unfortunately, most of the city walls have overturned in recent years.
Rodrigo R.L (5 months ago)
A site worth visiting. The castle is very beautiful, the landscape is beautiful as you can see the river Esla and the remains of a city.
Lidia de Vega (5 months ago)
A place that I have known for more than 30 years ... Ruins of an old town with a castle and church of which there are data from the 12th century. A pity for its lack of conservation. But still a wonderful place to see already sits atop the Esla. Beautiful sunsets.
Naturaliste Ocio y Turismo (8 months ago)
Impressive ruins, very close to the city of Zamora (only 15 or 20 minutes away) and especially to the national highway 630. A good part of the wall and the castle have been preserved, on which recently intervened. There is practically nothing left of the rest of the old town of Castrotorafe. The place is really beautiful, in particular because of the proximity of the Esla River (Ricobayo reservoir), which when its level is low reveals what remains of the old bridge. To understand Zamora's past it is essential to know this place.
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