In the province of Zamora and next to the famous Sanabria Lake is one of the most charming places in the area.
And it is that despite having only 2,000 inhabitants, Puebla de Sanabria is one of the most important tourist destinations in the area thanks to its surroundings, its monuments and the Medieval Market that is held every year in August.
Its streets and its castle are two places to see in Puebla de Sanabria. If you want to visit the lake, you cannot miss this Boat Trip on Lake Sanabria, an unforgettable experience.
A walk to see Puebla de Sanabria
The Castle of the Counts of Benavente
The first thing you see on the horizon as you approach the highway towards Puebla de Sanabria is its imposing castle.
It is an almost impregnable fortress that has been in the highest part of the town since the 15th century by order of Rodrigo Alonso Pimentel, Count of Benavente.
Behind its walls, perfectly preserved, is the enormous homage tower, commonly known as El Macho, which you can climb and have spectacular views of Puebla de Sanabria and its surroundings.
The outer walls consist of several randomly distributed towers, highlighting the beautiful balcony that opens on the side facing the Tera River.
The Castle of Puebla de Sanabria can be visited and in it you will find exhibitions on the history of the castle and the town. It is highly recommended as it is one of the best preserved castles in Spain.
The Plaza Mayor of Puebla de Sanabria
Although it is its main monument, in addition to the Castle there are also several very interesting places to see in Puebla de Sanabria, such as the Plaza Mayor located a few meters from the castle.
In this beautiful square square where we can see a sample of the architecture of the area in its houses is the Church of the Virgen del Azogue, patron saint of Puebla.
Also in the Plaza Mayor we can find the Town Hall building, from the 15th century, and made up of 2 arcaded floors and two towers at its ends.
The Church of the Virgin of Azogue
It is a Romanesque church from the 12th century with some Gothic elements resulting from some reforms.
It is necessary to emphasize its entrance porches where there are several statues and columns as well as the Bell Tower with a clock that chimes every hour.
Inside, the baptismal font, the choir organ and the tombs that are under the ground and that were discovered in 1995 should be highlighted.
Attached to the Church of the Virgen del Azogue is a small church that many people think is part of the first.
It is the Hermitage of San Cayetano, from the 18th century and neoclassical in style, with a notable baroque altarpiece on its main altar.
The streets of Puebla de Sanabria
If you have already visited the Castle you will have already observed the magnificent streets and houses of Puebla de Sanabria.
You may have accessed this area, declared a Historic Artistic Site by the Plaza del Arrabal where there is a fountain known as El Pilón, and from where a steep street starts that will take you to the Plaza Mayor.
Along its streets you can see how its houses are built of stone, with wooden doors and windows and granite roofs.
You should not stop admiring the ornamental elements that are in most of the buildings.
Another element to highlight in Puebla are the Walls that are still preserved and from where you also have good views of the Tera Valley. We can still see their sentry boxes and they stand out for their great height.
In Puebla de Sanabria there is also a Parador de Turismo, located outside the town but considered a starting point to visit Lake Sanabria. Nearby you can also enjoy the river walk built next to the Tera River where you can enjoy and take a bath.
You can find more information about what to see in Puebla de Sanabria on its official tourism page.