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: Ruins in Spain

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Steeve Nicks (5 months 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.
Josh Mendoza (11 months ago)
The hotel is wonderful, the WiFi is superb (each room has a dedicated hotspot). I stayed in a valley facing standard twin room. The balcony can get very warm in the mornings (at least during my mid July stay), so I would suggest lowering the blinds the night before so it keeps it cool. Overall the room was very clean and well kept. The road up to the hotel can be difficult to drive up if your car has low power (14% grade on one side, with rough conditions) but that is well worth the view once you arrive. COVID procedures: The hotel has ample amount of hand sanitizer available, and seals on different items in the room to validate they were cleaned. The TV remote was stored in a sealed pouch so you feel extra comfortable using it during your stay.
Joanna Mendoza (11 months ago)
We booked our rooms here (one double superior and one single) as they were having special pricing after reopening due to Covid-19. We noticed it was not in an historic building as many Paradores, but as we discovered it is located on the top of a hill filled with history and ruins that date back to the Bronze Age. The hotel itself is very nice with large, beautifully appointed rooms. One side has a wonderful view of the Duoro River valley and the other side is a peaceful and quiet view of the park. There are a lot of Covid-19 protocols put into place, several of which are included in my photos. The staff have all been very friendly and helpful. Would highly recommend staying here if you are planning a visit to Soria. You won't be disappointed!
Haari N M (17 months ago)
The hotel is on a mountain and the view is breathtaking. It's also very calm and peaceful. Nice breakfast and good food at the bar. Very nice and friendly staff as well.
Susan Cadwallader (2 years ago)
An amazing hotel, a beautiful location with panoramic views. Our room was very spacious with a lovely terrace overlooking the river. Wonderful breakfast and very friendly staff, we will return.
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