Ciudad Rodrigo has six antique gates: the washing gate, which carries storm water to the river, that of the sun, that goes directly down from Plaza Mayor, the Santiago, the Conde, the Amayuelas and the Santa Cruz. Some exquisite, others more humble, all give access along thick mile long walls rebuilt in the eighteenth century to the village.
Walking through its cobbled streets, dark and silent, where the sun only enters at midday; others wide, inundated with light and sounds one cannot help but think that Ciudad Rodrigo is a wonderful architectural gem. Brilliantly carved honey-coloured stone, facades and escutcheons, towers and domes, become visible on building fronts of beautiful palaces' like that of Castro, the Águila or the Vazquez.
Undoubtedly the most famous building is the Cathedral, a Romanesque temple with hints of a transition to Gothic with a stunning facade and an interior that is worth visiting. The fifteenth century choir, the two organs and the beautiful cloister, built between the XIV and XVI century are considered consummate art.
Any slow stroll through the town ends in the vibrant and beautiful Plaza Mayor. Presided over by the City Council of the sixteenth century, overseeing a beautiful gallery of arches with columns, it proves irresistible to stop at one of its restaurants to enjoy a good meal or tapas and local delicacies. Farinato a sausage typical of Ciudad Rodrigo with fried eggs; potato 'meneás' (stewed/puree with peppers and garlic) with fried bacon bits; hornazo, a pie with loin, chorizo and ham; the popular chanfaina based on rice and pig meat ... How can one escape?
The cloister of the Cathedral of S. XIV, is square and adjacent to the gospel. Communication between the church and the clergy is done by a simple door inside the temple, although the clergy section is a more ornate gate (twelfth century) with Archivolts aniconic and columns with floral capitals. Each side has five windows with mullioned Windows at the ends and the rest, trefoil. A nice place to walk and meditate. You may also be interested in visiting the Cloister of San Andres de Arroyo.
This boar, located in the Plaza del Castillo, is one of the emblems of Ciudad Rodrigo. It is a distinctive granite sculpture of Celtic origin, from the Vetones era, dating back to none other than IV century BC. I do not understand how a historical piece as old and valuable as this one is here, in the open, exposed to wear and tear and possible vandalism (last year it appeared full of graffiti). It has become the preferred playground for children, they keep climbing on it. It was practically impossible to take a photograph without children on it! This sculpture is included in the "Ruta de Los Castros and boars" in Salamanca. It was discovered near the river Agueda in the XVII century.
This is a place to stop at a wall where you can view the sunset on the river. Here you can go fishing or you can go for a relaxing ride on the river where I have strolled many times, and have great memories of my youth when I learned to swim. It is a nice leisurely stroll, that is relaxing and not too intense.
This beautiful palace is a National Monument located on the central Plaza del Conde. It was built in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth for the mayor Francisco de Avila and Tiedra, but since then, it has had several different owners, for that reason, it is also known as the Castro Palace and Palace of the Count of Montarco. Now owned by a wedding planning company. Its facade combines Gothic and platerescos. The doorway is highlighted by Gothic bases and a rectangular frame, with twisted columns that are topped by lions. And the great central shield is held by tenants, and the windows are in a Gothic style.
The Plaza Mayor of Ciudad Rodrigo is filled with cafes and shops, bring together the atmosphere of being in a larger city. It is Located right in the historic center, and there is a large pedestrianized square, bounded by a set of two or three buildings that are very high and prevail in the balconies. Furthermore, in the Plaza Mayor three important sixteenth century palaces are located: the Town Hall, the Old Court and Jail, and the House of the Marquis of Cerralbo. And in the corner of Rua del Sol, the Chapel of the Third Order (related to the Templars).
This is The decline of the Agueda River (tributary of the Duero). We started in the town of San Juanejo which is called the Ford II, and we found a few rapids which were easy enough to pass through, though one of us had a pretty silly fall. The town of Ciudad Rodrigo has a swimming area, which is situated in front of the wall and the castle, ending in the mill, a hotel and restaurant.
Along the walls of the Herrasti Square, there is a monument to Julian Sanchez where his remains are located. Julian Sanchez, nicknamed "El Charro", was the character of terror during the French Independence War, a leading fighter for the lash of Napoleonic troops.
Asuper recommended this place since, in addition to a restaurant, it is a place to enjoy a wide selection of premium beverages, with special pairings. You can choose from more than 60 different premium gin, combined with the different types of tonic, there are also many varieties of imported rums and vodkas, which combined with modern demand, present innovative cocktails and makes it a place that I feel compelled to share with all fellow travelers that come passing through this small town, called Ciudad Rodrigo. I discovered it not too long ago and have already come back several times.
When you enter into the old walled city of Ciudad Rodrigo by the Puerta del Conde, the first thing you find, on the right, is the Plaza del Conde. It is a large square just for pedestrians, labelled with an "L", and the aesthetic appeal of the historic sites there is incredible. There you will find the Palace of the Count of Alba de Yeltes (eighteenth century), the Palace of the Tiedra and Avila (aka Castro Palace or Palace of the Count of Montarco, sixteenth), and Moctezuma's Palace or House of Cornejo (the XV, which houses the Cultural and Municipal Library). The Plaza del Conde is easily reached via the Plaza Mayor, you just need to get there by following Toro Street or Calle Madrid.
Located in the eponymous square, Amayuelas Gate currently sits as the main access to the center of Ciudad Rodrigo. If you enter through it, you will find the Cathedral and the Tourist Office. Moreover, next to this door there are stairs that take you up to the parapet walk of the wall. This door was opened in the stretch of wall in the sixteenth century, so it is also known as "New Gate". It was a low and narrow wicket, and was designed by the architect García de Ruesga. The way it looks nowadays is thanks to the reconstruction that occured in the year 1953. Right next to the door, there is a small gap for pedestrians that is called Amayuelas.
We took a trip to Ciudad Rodrigo to Portugal, more specifically Peña García. It is the pefect place to go at any time during the year to enjoy the natural pool and the climbing routes for all levels. A monitor accompanied us at all times, which was commissioned to teach all aspects of climbing. We even received a very practical class with material on handling and climbing techniques. Here you have some photos to see the beauty of the site.
One of the first things to see in Ciudad Rodrigo is the castle and the walls. The castle is located in the highest part of the village and dominates the panorama of the city. Other attractions in Ciudad Rodrigo that you must see are the Cathedral of Santa Maria, the Palacio de la Marquesa de Cartago, and the House of the Marquis of Cerralbo, which located in the Plaza Mayor. The city's historical and artistic heritage is broad. Other Ciudad Rodrigo attractions and buildings that you can't are Cerralbo Chapel, the Church of San Pedro, San Isidoro, San Cristobal, the Diocesan Seminary of San Cayetano, and the ruins of the Convent of San Francisco. Visiting the Convent of San Agustin and the Palace of the Tiedra and Avila essential Ciudad Rodrigo.
In addition, the city has several festivals, like San Sebastián in January and San Blas in February, although the most important of the year is "The Carnival of the Bull" in February or March, depending on the dates of Lent. During this time, the city is mostly shut down and filled with people. Watching an "encierro," or running of the bulls, is one of the more unique things to do in Ciudad Rodrigo. More stuff to do in Ciudad Rodrigo includes enjoying the local food, an example of which are the typical fried eggs with farinato, a sausage made with breadcrumbs, pork fat, paprika, and spices and has a special "Designation of Origin" label. Other gastronomic highlights include the meneas potatoes, chanfaina, and hornazo (a type of pie filled with sausage which are usually eaten in the field the "Lunes de Aguas").
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