UNESCO City, Student City, Golden City, All different features for one of the most beautiful cities in Spain. A bustling city whose center is almost entirely pedestrianized. We admire the main square, walk through streets, alleys, squares and listen to anecdotes. Renaissance city par excellence.

The Plaza Mayor is one of the most beautiful squares in Europe and the world. Furthermore, Salamanca is proud of its university, the oldest university (started in 1218) of Spain. As a curiosity, this city has 2 cathedrals that are still in use. Let yourself be seduced by this beautiful golden city

•Monumental Tour •

• Panoramic Salamanca.
If you want to get a good overview of Salamanca and then explore it all yourself, this tour is made for you. We will see the most important monuments, giving you a good general idea of ​​the city. We will visit the Plaza Mayor, Clerecía, Casa de las Conchas (shell house), the University with its 2 patios, the Sky of Salamanca (15th century painting) to finish with the 2 Cathedrals (old cathedral and new cathedral). Let it surprise you. 

• Highlights Salamanca.
We extend the panoramic tour with a visit to 2 monuments. 

The 2 cathedrals (old cathedral and new cathedral).
– Historical building of the university.

• Your day in Salamanca.
All the monuments mentioned.

For private tour and for groups:

•Evening Tour•

• Duration: 2 hours.
Salamanca. City of 2 faces. From the day to the evening when the lights come on, the city is transformed. As well as the tour we are going to take. Now it’s time to get to know another Salamanca. The city with stories, legends and mysteries, but also important historical facts. Salamanca is known in Latin American countries as the city of black magic. We will hear everything on this evening tour. The main collaborator will be the beautiful illuminated city. 

The route: Plaza Mayor, Palace Salinas, San Estaban Convent, Salamanca Cave, Huerto de Calixto and Melibea (park), Patio Chico, Casa de las Conchas (Shell house). 

For private tour and for groups:

Evening Tour Salamanca

•Tapas Tour•

• Duration: 3 hours.
The panoramic visit described earlier (duration of 2 hours) is extended with a gastronomic tour visiting 3 establishments to taste typical Salamanca tapas. 

•Bike tour•

• Duration: 2 hours.
This is a route for people who want a little more exercise during the tour. This route introduces us to the Tormes River and the Roman Bridge and what they all meant for the city. But not only that, we will also see monuments of the city such as the Palace of Monterrey, the Casa de las Conchas (shell house), Clerecía, the two cathedrals and we will finish in front of the facade of the historic building of the University. During this tour we will not enter the monuments. 

For private tour and for groups:

Excursions in the province

The province of Salamanca offers many possibilities for excursions. About 25 km. from the city we have Alba de Tormes, an important town for Saint Teresa and the house of the duke of Alva. Around the city is the Campo Charro, that is, the Dehesa with its most important inhabitants such as the bull, a magnificent animal and the Iberian pig.

In the south of the province, the Sierra de Bejar with Candelario. A mountainous village with views of the mountains and typical architecture of the area. It is on the list “The most beautiful villages of Spain” Next we have the Sierra de Francia with its beautiful mountainous villages such as Mogarraz, San Martin de Castañar and La Alberca. This region was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2006, along with that of Sierra de Béjar. Towards Portugal next to the main road we find Ciudad Rodrigo, a town with a totally intact city wall, a beautiful cathedral, noble houses and a Parador that was formerly a castle. Not far from this town is the Siega Verde area, an archaeological zone where we can see rock carvings in the open air.

Finally, Las Arribes with beautiful views over the gorge that the Douro River has created between Spain and Portugal, the so-called Raya. Here we can take a boat trip to contemplate its impressive nature. Contact me and I will help you to make a trip to your liking.

Castilla and León

The  homepage of the website says “discover the heart of Spain” because this is precisely what the region of Castilla y León is, the heart of this country. From here Spain began to unite as one country in the fourteenth century under the reign of the Catholic Monarchs. Region with 3 world heritage cities, Salamanca, Ávila and Segovia. It is the largest region in Spain located on the northern plateau. It stands out for its greater historical, cultural, patrimonial, ethnographic and natural wealth in Spain. Come and see for yourself.  


• Located on the Ruta de la Plata.
Located on the Ruta de la Plata, is also called the Eyes of Durius. A paradise for lovers of Romanesque and Modernism architecture. Located on the banks of the Duero, this town is a little gem. Known for its Holy week, intimate and rigorous. Its Cathedral can boast of having one of the most important tapestry collections in Europe. This little gem called Zamora, will surprise you. 

• Visit Monumental:
Duration: 2.5 hours with entrance to the Cathedral.
During this tour, we visit the Castle and also to the Cathedral. We will be amazed at the places where the processions pass, narrow and steep streets. Enjoying the view over the Douro River, then we take a look at the church of San Ildefonso and the church of Santa María Magdalena. Beautiful Romanesque examples in a city with 23 churches of this style of architecture. We continue to the Plaza de Viriato and walk towards the church of Santa María la nueva passing by the museum of Holy Week towards the Plaza Mayor where the tour ends.

• Excursion in the province. Toro:
Visiting Toro is a pleasant surprise. Small town also located on the banks of the Duero River, upstream from Zamora, with a magnificent view over the river. Toro known for its wine, has its own denomination of origin, Vino de Toro. The wine of this region had a reputation for full bodied wine, but in recent years several types have been created, which have resulted in the production of more refined wines. If you wish, we can visit one of its many wineries. 

The great attraction of Toro is its Collegiate Church. A late 12th century church. Beautifully restored in 2011, it has managed to restore its entrance with the original colors. In addition, in Toro we see a large amount of Mudejar-style architecture.

We often combine a visit to Zamora with a visit to Toro. 


• UNESCO city.
With a magnificent city wall with a length of 2.5 km. It is also known as the city of knights. An important person for Ávila was Santa Teresa, who started the monastic order of the Discalced Carmelites. It is also the hometown of Adolfo Suárez. A Political person who has played an important role in the modern history of Spain.

But not only the city wall is Avila’s only attraction. It is a city with many convents, each one with its charm and importance in the history of Spain. City with the oldest Gothic Cathedral of Spain (1170) which is embedded in its city wall. Ávila has maintained its character with its small streets and imposing buildings. This town is located at an altitude of 1,132 meters, which makes it the highest provincial capital in Spain. 

• Visit. Duration: 2 horas.
We start from the Basilica of San Vicente, a 12th century Romanesque temple. Following the city walls we head to the Cathedral, the first Gothic cathedral in Spain. We walk towards the large market square and continue route to the convent of San José to enter the city through the gate of the Rastro. Once inside the city walls we will visit the birth house of Santa Teresa that has been converted into a church and we will end up in the small market square. 

During this route we do not visit any monuments from the inside. We can extend this tour with a visit to the Basilica of San Vicente, the Cathedral and/or the city walls. Total time then will be 3.5 hours.

Outside the city walls there are two monasteries that are worth visiting. 

  • Reincarnation Monastery. Santa Teresa lived in this place for 39 years. From here she prepared the reform of Carmel. 
  • Royal Monastery of Santo Tomás It was built by the treasurer of the Catholic Monarchs, Hernán Núñez de Arnalte. Fray Tomás de Torquemada, the infamous inquisitor, lived here. One of the largest monasteries in Spain with a magnificent church and beautiful cloisters, This monastery was used as a university. 


• UNESCO city.
Known for its Aqueduct and the Alcázar. City with 3 cultures, Jewish, Arab and Catholic. We go through alleys, squares and palaces to learn about the history and curiosities of this city. As an anecdote, it is said that Walt Disney was inspired by the Alcazar to design his castle, which we always see at the beginning of his movies. 

For puppet lovers, Segovia is definitely a city to visit in the month of May. During this month, the annual Titirimundi, one of the most important puppet festivals in Europe, takes place here. This happens largely in the open air, the city is full of life and theater these days. 

• Duration: 2.5 hours with entrance to the Alcazar.
Starting point at the Aqueduct. Through the commercial street we arrive at the Casa de los Picos, in the past there was one of the gateways to the city was next to this house. We continue to the Plaza de Medina del Campo, where we can admire a series of noble houses and the church of San Martín. We continue our way through the Jewish quarter and arrive at the Plaza Mayor where the 16th century Cathedral is located until the Corral del Mudo (Arab influence in the architecture). We will pass by the monastery of San José and the church of San Andrés and thus we arrive at the viewpoint over the valley of the Eresma river, located at the entrance to the Alcázar garden. The tour ends with a visit to the Alcazar. 

This tour can be extended with a visit to the Cathedral. 

Royal Palace La Granja San Ildefonso This place was always popular with the royal family for its fondness for hunting. Great fans were, among others, Charles V and Felipe II. The palace was built by Philip V thinking about his retirment and to live peacfully here, but his wish did not come true. The palace has beautiful gardens that convey a strong atmosphere to the gardens of Versailles. In these gardens we can see 26 fountains of which 8 are large fountains. Not always in operation. The gardens are free to visit. 

La Real fabrica de cristal. This factory started in 1727. Felipe V wanted Spain to be less dependent on imports. He was the promoter of the glass factory and the carpet factory in Madrid. We can visit this factory and its exhibition. It is located in the same village as the palace.


• City which was the capital of Spain for 5 years.
Where Felipe II was born, Miguel de Cervantes lived and Christopher Columbus died. With this list we understand that we are in a city with a great history. For lovers of passion we can highlight the Holy Week with the statues in procession. Valladolid is also known for its cuisine. Come to Valladolid with all 5 senses on alert.

• Visit. Duration: 2 horas.
Monastery of San Benito el Real and the Val market that we will visit if it is open. Let’s continue to the Plaza Mayor, we will pass by the golden fountain to the Church of the Holy Savior. We pass through the curious Gutiérrez Gallery on our way to the Cathedral. Further on we find the Church of Santa María la Antigua, a Romanesque church and then towards the Pimentel Palace used today by the Provincial Council. When it is open we will enter as the hall of this palace is worth a visit. Here Philip II was born. We finish in front of the Monastery of San Pablo. Here is the sculpture museum. Truly a wonderful museum, not only for the statues but also for the building itself, the beautiful courtyard and many rooms with beautiful coffered ceilings. 

• Excursions:
The province of Valladolid is a benchmark in the world of wine, from here it is the Denomination of Origin of Ribera del Duero and Rueda white. There are large well-known wineries such as Protos, Pesquera, Yllera and Rueda. But there are also family wine cellars, which are located under their houses and use them to rest their wine. 

• Tordesillas:
Known for the treaty that Spain and Portugal signed in 1494 to divide the world between these 2 countries. Here Juana “la loca” was imprisoned. In 1509 she arrived with the body of her late husband Felipe el Hermoso. 46 years later, in 1555, she died in this town since her father and her son (Charles V),kept her here ever since. Furthermore, in this village there is the Royal Monastery of Santa Clara, a beautiful monastery with Mudejar influence. Really worth a visit.

In this town there are family wineries which we can visit. 

• Medina del Campo:
Town where numerous historical events took place, including the death of Queen Isabella I of Castile. This town was an important economic center in the 15th and 16th centuries. Today its main attraction is La Mota Castle, a formidable defensive fortress. This fortress is from the 11th century, but the Catholic Monarchs (grandparents of Charles V) made great improvements. As a result, it was known as one of the fortresses with the best defenses in Europe. Not in vain are we in the region called Castilla y León. 



• Located on the Camino de Santiago (pilgrim route).
Still retains much of its medieval splendor. It has been the capital of the Kingdom of Castilla. Take the time to wander the streets and admire the beautiful French Gothic cathedral a World Heritage Site since 1984 Going up the hill we see the remains of the castle. Among the remains of this castle we can find samples from the Neolithic, Chalcolithic, Bronze Age and First Iron Age.

In the city of Burgos, you can visit the museum of human evolution. Here, among other things, the history of Atapuerca is explained. Here, among other things, the history of Atapuerca is explained. Atapuerca is about 15 km from Burgos and one of the most important archeological sites in the world and a UNESCO world heritage site.

It is also the city where El Cid el campeador lived. We take our time to walk through the streets that will take us to get to know this beautiful city called Burgos.

• Visit. Duration: 2 hours with entrance to the Cathedral.
As soon as we cross the Arlanzón river we see the Arch of Santa María, one of the most emblematic and visited monuments of Burgos, we walk along the Paseo de Espolón passing by the Teatro Principal to the statue of El Cid, then to the Casa del Cordón cross the Plaza Mayor to the Cathedral. We conclude with a visit to the Cathedral. 

The monuments worth a visit, but which are outside the walking route are: 

The Monastery of Las Huelgas Reales. It belongs to the list of royal monuments since this monastery was a royal pantheon. The abbess of this monastery always belonged to the royal family and she only had to reply to the Pope. This monastery also houses the textile museum, with costumes from the 12th, 13th and 14th centuries, all of them belonging to the royal families. 

The Cartuja de Miraflores. This is where the parents and brother of Isabel the Catholic Queen are buried. Architecture style of Elizabethan Gothic, the main altar and the tombs are really very impressive. 


National Heritage

The term ‘national heritage’ refers to the cultural assets that are considered important for the entire country. These can be monuments, historic buildings, archaeological sites, works of art, documents and other objects that have special significance in the history and cultural identity of Spain.

In this context, I give guided tours of 3 monuments that belong to this list.
These are, in historical order:

Royal Monastery of Santa Clara de Tordesillas

In this place on the banks of the Duero River lies this monastery, which is one of the best examples of Mudejar art in Castilla y León. During our visit we take a journey through time from the 12th century to the 18th century.

King Alfonso XI won the Battle of Salado in 1340. A very important historical moment because this meant a stop to the attempts of the Muslims to reconquer Al Andalus. To celebrate this fact the king ordered the construction of the palace in Tordesillas.

The building we see today stands on the ruins of an old palace from the 12th century. Initially designed as a royal palace (build in 1340), this building had a short life in that role. In 1363 the palace was converted to house the newly founded Monastery of the Poor Clares, and has since become a monastery. That is, it was a palace for about twenty years.

In this building we will appreciate the clear Mudejar influence. During your visit you will notice similarities in design with the Alhambra in Granada, indicating a possible collaboration of groups of Nasrid artists in both constructions.

Monastery of San Jerónimo de Yuste

The Monastery of San Jerónimo de Yuste was the place that King Charles V chose for his retirement. Currently, this sacred enclave is the headquarters of the Charles V European Prize ceremony, organized by the Yuste Foundation. an event celebrated every year in this monastery. Some people and/or institutions who have won this prize are: Mikhail Gorbachev, Angela Merkel, Jacques Delors and the European Disability Forum.

The palace was built next to the monastery in a natural environment of great beauty. During our visit we will be able to immerse ourselves in the atmosphere that surrounded the king during his retirement, with rooms designed to meet his needs given his reduced mobility due to the gout he suffered from. From his rooms we can see the garden with the pond where Charles V used to enjoy one of his favorite passions: fishing.

Notable areas during the visit are the Gothic and Renaissance cloisters, the room or bedroom of Charles V, the gardens and the natural environment of the Yuste Monastery.

Royal site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

Discover the majesty of the royal site. It was promoted by King Philip II and the architects were Juan Bautista de Toledo and Juan de Herrera.

The monastery has a unique combination of functions and serves as a monastery, royal palace, royal pantheon, library and college. It represents the Spanish Golden Age in all its architectural, cultural and religious grandeur

Two fundamental reasons drove the construction of this colossal monument. First, it was built as the final resting place for Philip II’s father, Charles V. The second reason is a commemorative one, marked by Philip II’s victory in the battle of San Quintín on August 10, 1557, the day of San Lorenzo. The battle was important for the Spanish Empire and its allies and helped consolidate the Spanish monarch’s position in Europe and weaken the position of France. The battle had important political and strategic consequences in the context of the wars of religion in France and in the general struggle for dominance in Europe between the Catholic and Protestant powers.

The Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial stands out for its many facets. The architectural structure, the Basilica, the Courtyard of the Kings, the Royal Palace, the Library, Royal Pantheons and Gardens.

In summary, the Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial is an architectural masterpiece that combines religious and royal functions. Its impressive design and rich history make it one of the most emblematic places in Spain. Allow yourself to admire the grandeur of this imposing building, which remains a landmark in Spanish history.

As a bonus, I can tell you that I also visit the Royal Monastery of Guadalupe, a World Heritage Site.

Royal Monastery of Guadalupe

Monastery built by King Alfonso XI, dedicated to the Virgin of Guadalupe. According to legend, near this holy place the image of the Virgin was found, creating a small church in her honor. The king, grateful for his victory at the Battle of Salado in 1340 (we also invite you to discover the charm of the Monastery of Tordesillas!), decided to erect a more imposing sanctuary as a token of gratitude.

The place has an exceptional interest. You will see four centuries of Spanish religious architecture. The central cloister


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