Soria Castle Ruins

Soria, Spain

The city of Soria formed in a valley near the castle that defended the Douro Riverbanks on the border between the Crowns of Aragon and Castile. The city was destroyed towards the end of the 12th century when Sancho of Navarre attacked it, therefore a great defensive wall was built to prevent further destruction. The wall defended a surface of 100 hectares that went from the Douro River up to the pastureland known as “La Dehesa”, and also from the castle up to the hill where you can find the Chapel of El Mirón.

The Sorian wall was destroyed by General Durán at the end of the Spanish Independence War to avoid French troops from entrenching in the castle. This is the reason why there are so few remains of this castle and why we can only see part of the tower and some parts of the defensive walls. From the castle, you can see a 360º view of the city and the bridge that crosses the Douro River, and in the Chapel of San Saturio, you can see frescos depicting the castle as it once was.



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Founded: 12th century
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in Spain

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D GM (2 years ago)
We stayed here overnight on the way to France. Reception staff was efficient at check in and out. Location is at the highest point of the city overlooking the old town, beautiful lights at night. Room is a bit dated however sufficient for the purpose. We'd suggest that they can improve by offering some tea bags in the room considering it's a 4 star hotel. Parking is at the back of the hotel building which is nice and easy. We walked down to the old town for dinner and it took about 12 mins on foot. Very pleasant walk. We didn't choose to have the breakfast. I recommend this hotel.
Diane Baxter (2 years ago)
This is our 11th parador and we thought it was fabulous. Modern, so a change from the norm, but beautifully done.
Juan Angel Sanchez Martínez (2 years ago)
Review about restaurant, Good location in quiet area to 15 minutes walking to city center. Friendly and helpful staff. Good presentation and quality. Excelents views of de city. No problem to pay by credit card. No problem to park free nex to restaurant. Price about 45 € Person. Good option to have lunch in a singular place.
Sarah (2 years ago)
Very comfortable beds, lovely spacious room. Fabulous bath. Great views. Superb food and service. Thank you.
Steeve Nicks (3 years ago)
Only popped in to take in the view and get a hot drink. My friend and I did not have a room there. Staff was friendly, but bar service was very slow. The view was nice, the decor adequate, but the lights were off (we came during siesta hours), so it was a bit dark and lacked a warm, welcoming feeling. The prices were decent, but the food menu was not particularly inspiring.
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