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Top Choice Cathedral in Ciudad Rodrigo

Catedral de Santa María

This elegant, weathered sandstone cathedral, begun in 1165, towers over the historic centre. Of particular interest are the Puerta de las Cadenas, with splendid Gothic reliefs of Old Testament figures; the elegant P…
Top Choice Spanish in Ciudad Rodrigo

Parador Enrique II

Ciudad Rodrigo's most celebrated restaurant, the rather formal Parador serves up some exquisite local cooking, but we recommend ordering one of the set menus to make sure you sample a range of tastes. Roasted meats …
Top Choice Walls in Ciudad Rodrigo

Murallas

There are numerous stairs leading up onto the crumbling ramparts of the city walls that encircle the old town and which were built between the 12th and 15th centuries. You can follow their length for about 2.2km aro…
Top Choice Tapas in Ciudad Rodrigo

Zascandil

A fashionable spot with an art deco look to accompany the pretty-as-a-picture gastro tapas (such as sashimi and gourmet miniburgers). Organic veg come from the owner's huerta (market garden) and eco-wines are served…
Top Choice Square in Ciudad Rodrigo

Plaza Mayor

The long, sloping Plaza Mayor is a fine centrepiece for this beautiful town. At the top of the hill, the double-storey arches of the Casa Consistorial are stunning, but the plaza's prettiest building is the Casa del…
Carnival in Ciudad Rodrigo

Carnaval

Celebrated with great enthusiasm in February. In addition to the outlandish fancy dress, you can witness (or join in) a colourful encierro (running of the bulls) and capeas (amateur bullfights).
Museum in Ciudad Rodrigo

Museo del Orinal

Chamber pots, commodes, bed pans…Ciudad Rodrigo’s Museo del Orinal may be located opposite the cathedral, but its theme is definitely more down to earth than sacred. This city is home to Spain’s (possibly the world’…
Church in Ciudad Rodrigo

Iglesia de San Pedro & San Isidro

The fusion of 12th-century Romanesque-Mudéjar elements with later Gothic modifications makes this church worth seeking out. Don't miss the porticoes in the cloister. Discovered in 1994 during major restoration works…
Tapas in Ciudad Rodrigo

El Sanatorio

Dating from 1937, the interior here doubles as a fascinating social history of the town. The walls are papered floor to ceiling with B&W photos, mainly of the annual Carnaval and bullfights. The tapas and racion…
Historic Building in Ciudad Rodrigo

Palacio de los Ávila y Tiedra

The 16th-century Palacio de los Ávila y Tiedra boasts one of the town’s most engaging plateresque facades – it's the pick of a handful of fine examples that surround the Plaza del Conde. While most of the building i…