Soria

Located in north-central Spain, along the banks of the Duero River, lays the town of Soria.  As capital of the province of the same name, the city of Soria has a population of roughly 39,500, or 40% of the province’s population.

Soria’s climate is cooler than the majority of the other holiday hotspots in Spain, due mostly to its location in the north of the country and its elevation of 1,063 meters above sea level.  Daytime highs in July and August reach a comfortable 28 degrees Celsius.  During the cold winters, high temperatures in January rarely exceed seven degrees Celsius.  Night-time  low temperatures in summer get to 12 degrees Celsius, and at coldest (January), the low can get to -2 degrees Celsius.

While the weather may not be as inviting as other Spanish destinations, the history of Soria comes alive with the fascinating architecture and sites to see.  Attractions in Soria include:

Church of Santo Domingo:  Built in the late 12th century, Santo Domingo was constructed from a prior church dedicated to San Tome.  In later centuries, additions and improvements were made, including a Dominican convent.  Elaborate depictions from the Bible are found throughout the church as well as the exterior.

Nuestra Senora de la Mayor:  Built in the 16th century, the Romanesque detailing is a must see.

Ayuntamiento:  The town hall of Soria, the Ayuntamiento was built in the 16th century and is still in use today.

The Ruins of Numantia:  An old town located just north of present-day Soria, the Celtic-Iberian residents chose to destroy their town to prevent a takeover by invaders. Remains from Numantia are housed in the Museo Numantino, another sight to see in Soria.

The city of Soria is served by Burgos Airport, which is just over 115 kilometres from the city centre.  Consider car hire at Burgos Airport to drive to and around Soria.

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