Back to top
You are in: HOME · SORIA (SORIA)

Did you know that... Soria

 

It is located on the banks of a very young river Duero between the hill of Mirón and the hill of the Castle. Its municipal district is made up of the city of Soria, the Barrio Las Casas and the towns of Oteruelos, Pedrajas and Toledillo. Around Soria, remains of Iron Age settlements have been found, and very close to the site of present-day Soria is the archaeological site of Numancia, whose history tells of the wars of the Celtiberian people, who lived here, against their besiegers the Romans. But of these and of those who arrived later, the Visigoths, few traces remain, as well as of the period of Muslim domination. During the Reconquest, the area of Soria had a high strategic value as a border between the Christian and Muslim kingdoms. It is believed that Soria, as a population nucleus, was born at the beginning of the 12th century when King Alfonso I el Batallador granted it the Fuero Breve (Short Charter) that made people from different places settle in it.

Tree of Music in Soria

A little more history

 

The following years, with the struggles for territory between Castilians, Navarrese and Aragonese, made Soria maintain its privileged strategic location. The city prospered rapidly during the reign of Alfonso VIII who, in 1134, incorporated it definitively into Castilla and granted it the Fuero Extenso. Alfonso X the Wise established his court in Soria for a short period of time and granted it the Royal Charter and constituted the Honourable Council of the Mesta, the driving force behind Soria's economy in the following centuries. The walled enclosure of Soria is the work of his successor, Sancho IV. Infante Don Juan granted it the title of city in the 14th century, a century in which Soria experienced important events and revolts such as the surrender of the city to Beltrán Du Guesclin by Enrique II, in payment for his support in the first Castilian war against his half-brother Pedro I of Castilla, the Cruel or the Justiciero, a surrender that the residents opposed, causing the assault on the city by the troops of the French mercenary.

Church of San Juan de Rabanera in Soria

The history continues

 

In this century the 12 Soria Lineages are also created and national courts are held. The following 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th centuries bring for Soria the loss of political importance, recovering some of its strategic-military role in the history of Spain with the War of Succession, in which Castilla supported Felipe V and the old crown of Aragon as Valencia, the Balearic Islands, Aragon and Catalonia, no. The first half of the 19th century was not favourable for Soria, which was impoverished in terms of wealth and population, as it suffered significant damage in the War of Independence against the French, part of its walls were demolished, and the Mesta and the Cabaña Real de Carreteros were put to an end. The 20th century and its historical events marked and structurally changed the city, which in recent decades has seen its population grow to the detriment of the smaller centres of the province.

San Pedro Cathedral in Soria

What to see in Soria?

 

The charming city of Soria bewitches the visitor, who wanders through its streets and is enthralled by its squares, with magical corners where its history and culture also emerge through a real architectural museum how are your buildings. Saving the waters of the Duero River and in an emblematic setting, between San Polo and San Saturio, is the medieval bridge, also called the Major or Stone Bridge, whose existence is already referenced in documents in the year 1,157. It was restored in the 17th and 18th centuries. It was restored in the 17th and 18th centuries. The wall and the castle, which were demolished during the War of Independence, date from the same period and only a few small paintings can be seen. On the banks of the Duero, on its left bank, the Monastery of San Polo dates back to the beginning of the 13th century and its origin is linked to the Templars. The interior of the square head of the church has been restored from the old monastery. The Templars, together with the military order of the Hospitallers of San Juan de Duero, defended the main entrance to the city. The Monastery of San Juan de Duero, also known as the Arches of San Juan de Duero, forms a Romanesque architectural complex whose construction dates back to between the 12th and 13th centuries and of which only the cloister and the church remain. Also on the banks of the Duero and hanging over it, built on a rocky outcrop at the end of the 17th century, is the hermitage of San Saturio.

Hermitage of San Saturio in Soria

To discover

 

The hermitage of Nuestra Señora del Mirón, built in the 18th century on the Romanesque ruins of a previous temple, is located on the Mirón hill, next to the wall and the castle. A walk starts from it, the Paseo del Mirón that leads to the viewpoint of Los Cuatro Vientos. Churches, such as San Nicolás, today in ruins, Santa María la Mayor, built on top of another Romanesque church dedicated to San Gil, Nuestra Señora del Espino, in the Plateresque style although its origin dates back to the 12th century, El Carmen, a Renaissance church although the neighbouring convent of Nuestra Señora del Carmen was founded in 1.581 by Santa Teresa de Jesús, that of San Juan de Rabanera, Romanesque from the end of the 12th century, that of Santo Domingo, the co-cathedral of San Pedro, built in the 16th century on the site of the previous Romanesque collegiate church; palaces like the one of the Castejones, the palace of Don Diego Solier, the one of the Viscount of Eza or of Los San Clemente, the Renaissance palace of the 16th century of the Rio and Salcedo, the palace of La Audiencia, the house of the Twelve Lineages, the house of the Common, the palace of Doña Urraca.... mark and sprinkle the urbanism of Soria while the green of its parks and gardens puts the note of color and perfume and even musicality, as in the Alameda de Cervantes where the Tree Gordo or Tree of Music, elm several times a hundred years and before the plague of graphography ended with him saw how, as a tree house, was installed a wooden platform where the musicians filled the air with chords. Poetry, music, gastronomy and spectacular natural landscapes make Soria an attractive destination to visit.

Arches of San Juan de Duero in Soria

Festivities

 

Soria celebrates fiestas, which begin on the Thursday after the festival of San Juan, 24 June, in honour of San Juan or the Mother of God, which have been declared a Festival of Regional Tourist Interest in Castilla and Leon. The patron saint of the city, San Saturio, is honoured on the 2nd of October.

 

Advertisement

 

Traditions

 

The homage that Soria pays to Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer and his legend "El Monte de las Ánimas" on the Night of the Dead has become a traditional and long-awaited event in which tales of mystery and terror are guaranteed. Music, torches, skeletons and souls of knights in full battle, monks giving voice to the legend and to finish and after a concert of medieval and renaissance music, the bonfire where the most "daring and brave" pass barefoot puts the colophon to this terrifying magic night.

 

Curiosities

 

The city of Soria has been sung to and given prominence by writers of the stature of Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, Gerardo Diego or Antonio Machado and has led to literary events such as the Street Theatre Festival, held in August, the Festival of Souls, or the Campos de Castilla Train.

Hermitage of El Mirón in Soria

The Legend

 

Once upon a time there was a farmer who, like so many other days, had gone out to prepare his land for sowing, and while he was ploughing with his animals, they came to a point where they stopped and stood still, and no matter how hard man tried to beat them, they would not move. The farmer was walking along in these conditions when he heard a sweet voice, like a whisper of the wind, saying "Look, Mirón. But he was alone. Where did that voice come from? I'd better leave the work for another day, he thought, and saying this he released the mules that he borrowed back to their stables. The man was telling the people what had happened to him, and the authorities decided to go and dig in the place to see if the mysterious event would be solved. Soon they find a chest and inside it the carving of a Virgin. Everyone fell to their knees praying, all except the peasant who in a kind of trance repeated "Look, Mirón,..." It was then that those present understood that the Virgin so miraculously found wanted to receive the name of Nuestra Señora la Virgen del Mirón.

 

 

OTHER PLANS AND EXCURSIONS IN SORIA

 


Ico_senderosIco rutas flora y faunaIco rutas senderismo con niños en familia

 

 

SOME ROUTES BY SORIA AND SURROUNDINGS

 


Ico rutas patrimonio culturalIco rutas turismoIco rutas patrimonio natural

 

 

MORE PLACES TO VISIT IN SORIA

 


Ico monumentoIco lugar de interés turísticoIco pueblo con encanto

 

 

OTHER CHARMING VILLAGES OF SORIA

 


Ico actividadesIco restauranteIco alojamientos

 

 

MAYBE YOU'RE LOOKING FOR...

 

 

Advertisement

Get to Soria by car

 

The N-111 passes through Soria, which connects it with Logroño on the one hand, and on the other, which has now become the A-15, linking it with Medinaceli and the A-2. The national roads N-234 and N-122 also cross Soria and communicate it with Burgos and Calatayud, the first one, and with Valladolid, Aranda del Duero and Tarazona the second one.

 

By bus

 

The Soria bus station, located at Avenida de Valladolid, 40, is served by regular public transport buses from the main cities and capitals.

 

By train

 

Soria has a train station, El Cañuelo, whose service covers the Torralba-Soria line and connects the city of Soria with the Madrid-Barcelona line.

 

 

 


SENDITUR is not responsible for any variation in the information described, as well as for the misuse of its guides and recommends that everyone be responsible and prudent in carrying out the activity. Likewise, we invite you to document yourself with books and specialized guides to complement the information described. From the commitment of SENDITUR with Nature and the respect to the balance of the environment, SENDITUR urges you to travel in a responsible way, with low environmental impact and respecting at all times the Natural, Cultural and Social environment wherever you go. For any suggestion, SENDITUR invites you to send an email to .

Share your experience

Maximum size 2MB

*.gpx, *.kmz, *.kml, *.plt

List of Routes
  • Closeness
  • First name
  • Difficulty
  • Distance
  • Duration
  • Assessment
TOURISM
0
Difficulty-Low

96:00 h.424 km.

Route of the castles and fortresses of Soria
Difficulty-LowGreen difficulty category, level 2. Short walks, with little unevenness and without difficulties.
TOURISM
0
Difficulty-Low

72:00 h.431 km.

Route through the charming villages of Soria
Difficulty-LowGreen difficulty category, level 2. Short walks, with little unevenness and without difficulties.
TOURISM
0
Difficulty-Medium

2:55 h.9.2 km.

A walk through the history of Soria
Difficulty-MediumCategory of difficulty green, level 3. Excursions of moderate distance and unevenness, not even over great distances or unevenness.
FLORA AND FAUNA PATHS IN FAMILY
1
Difficulty-Low

2:10 h.8.2 km.

Trail of the Duero from Garray to Soria
Difficulty-LowGreen difficulty category, level 2. Short walks, with little unevenness and without difficulties.
PATHS IN FAMILY
0
Difficulty-Low

1:30 h.5.8 km.

House of the City Paths of Valonsadero
Difficulty-LowGreen difficulty category, level 2. Short walks, with little unevenness and without difficulties.
PATHS IN FAMILY
0
Difficulty-Low

2:20 h.8 km.

Raso of the Vega of Baturio Paths of Valonsadero
Difficulty-LowGreen difficulty category, level 2. Short walks, with little unevenness and without difficulties.
PATHS IN FAMILY NATURAL HERITAGE
1
Difficulty-Adapted

1:00 h.3.2 km.

Natural Monument of La Fuentona
Difficulty-AdaptedGreen difficulty category, level 1. Itineraries conditioned and prepared for the use and enjoyment of people with reduced mobility.
MOUNTAIN IN FAMILY
1
Difficulty-Moderate

4:40 h.14 km.

Ascent to Urbión from Black Lagoon
Difficulty-ModerateDifficult red category, level 1. More demanding routes, either because they are longer, with greater unevenness or present some specific difficulty.
IN FAMILY NATURAL HERITAGE
1
Difficulty-Low

0:30 h.2 km.

Castroviejo and Cave Serena
Difficulty-LowGreen difficulty category, level 2. Short walks, with little unevenness and without difficulties.
PATHS CULTURAL HERITAGE
1
Difficulty-Medium

2:50 h.10.2 km.

Path of the Gullurias
Difficulty-MediumCategory of difficulty green, level 3. Excursions of moderate distance and unevenness, not even over great distances or unevenness.
Arches of San Juan de Duero
Soria, Soria
Arches of San Juan de Duero

At the foot of a mountain of legend, the Mount of Animas

Hermitage of San Saturio
Soria, Soria
Hermitage of San Saturio

Place of burial of a holy body, Saint of the River, Saint of the Duero

Numantia Archaeological Site
Garray, Soria
Numantia Archaeological Site

City protagonist of a true epic tragedy

Roman Villa La Dehesa
Las Cuevas de Soria, Soria
Roman Villa La Dehesa

One of the first villas, from the late Roman period, excavated in the Peninsula

Sabinar of Calatañazor
Calatañazor, Soria
Sabinar of Calatañazor

Grandparents from another era

Castle of Cornago
Cornago, La Rioja
Castle of Cornago

The Castle of the Four Towers or Castle of the Moon

Hermitage of San Baudelio
Casillas de Berlanga, Soria
Hermitage of San Baudelio
Contrebia Leucade
Aguilar del Río Alhama, La Rioja
Contrebia Leucade
Lobos River Canyon Natural Park
Ucero, Soria
Lobos River Canyon Natural Park

Rocks polished by natural elements that hold the memory of millions of years

See restaurants in Soria
Soria, Soria
See restaurants in Soria

Soria, Soria

See accommodation in Soria
Soria, Soria
See accommodation in Soria

Soria, Soria

Copyright © 2020 SENDITUR