The Top 10 Things to See and Do in Soria, Spain

Monasterio de San Juan de Duero, Soria, Spain | ©Diego Delso / Wikimedia Commons
Monasterio de San Juan de Duero, Soria, Spain | ©Diego Delso / Wikimedia Commons
The Spanish province of Soria sits within the autonomous region of Castile y León, just northwest of Madrid and just south of La Rioja. It’s characterised by beautiful nature reserves, mountains, rivers and lakes, and is also famed for its architectural heritage and religious monuments. Here are our top 10 things to do and see in Soria.

Numancia Archaeological Site

Eight kilometres (5 miles) from the city of Soria, you’ll find the Numancia Archaeological Site, where three ancient towns once stood – one prehistoric, one Celtiberian and a Celtiberian-Roman one. The site remained hidden until the 19th century, but it was founded around 2000 years before it belonged to the Romans in 133 B.C.

Castillo de Gormaz

The Castillo de Gormaz is around an hour’s drive southwest of the city of Soria, and dates all the way back to the 10th century. Said to be the longest castle in Europe, its tall fortress-like walls run along the ridge of the hillside, protected by 28 towers. Visitors can head inside the castle to see the Alcázar, as well as walk around its perimeter.

Camino al Castillo, Gormaz, Soria, Spain

San Juan de Duero Monastery

San Juan de Duero, Soria
San Juan de Duero, Soria | ©GFreihalter / Wikimedia Commons
The Monastery of San Juan de Duero is one of the finest examples of Medieval Christian, as well as Romanesque, architecture in the region. Built in the 12th century, it once belonged to the Knights Hospitaller of Jerusalem, and contains elements from Jewish, Islamic and Christian cultures. Look inside to see beautiful examples of Gothic and Mudéjar arches and intricate detailing.
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Ermita de San Saturio

Built in the 18th century, the Ermita de San Saturio clings to the banks of the River Duero and makes quite a dramatic statement. It was erected on the site of the hermit cave of San Saturio, who is believed to have lived around the 5th century. Inside, visitors can see beautiful frescoes telling the life story of San Saturio, as well as his sepulchre.

Ermita de San Saturio, Camino San Saturio, Soria, Spain +34 975 18 07 03

Burgo de Osma Cathedral

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Catedral de la Asunción de El Burgo de Osma, Soria
Catedral de la Asunción de El Burgo de Osma, Soria | ©PMRMaeyaert / Wikimedia Commons
Located in the small town of Burgo de Osma, the Burgo de Osma Cathedral is one of the most famous and most spectacular in the province. Gothic in style, it was constructed in the 13th century, on the site of an older Romanesque one. Inside, visitors will find an elegant cloister and the ornate tomb of San Pedro de Osma.
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Lobos River Canyon Nature Reserve

The Lobos River winds its way between the provinces of Soria and Burgos, and part of it has become a dedicated nature reserve, dotted with limestone canyons, soaring rock faces and dense forests. The reserve has become known for its birds of prey species, of which you can spot Egyptian vultures, griffon vultures, eagle owls and even golden eagles.

Parque Natural del Cañón del Río Lobos ©Natik natik / Wikimedia Commons

El Palacio de los Condes de Gómara

Located in the city of Soria itself, the Palacio de los Condes de Gómara is a gem of Renaissance architecture and is a main city monument. It was built between 1577 and 1592, and commissioned by Francisco López de Ríos y Salcedo, Alférez Mayor of Castilla. Today, it is the seat of the provincial court.

El Palacio de los Condes de Gomara, Calle Aguirre, Soria, Spain

Iglesia Santo Domingo

Also situated in Soria city, the Church of Santo Domingo is a great example of Romanesque architecture. It was originally built in the 12th century, however much of it was added to later on in the 16th century. The facade of the church is framed by stunning arched stone columns and carvings, showing scenes from the Old Testament.

Iglesia Santo Domingo, Plaza Condes de Lérida, 2, Soria, Spain +34 975 21 20 52

Museo Numantino de Soria

The Numantine Museum of Soria looks at the history of the province of Soria through both art and archaeology, and particularly focuses on artefacts found at the ancient Roman site of Numancia. You can see a variety of historical objects here from ceramics and jewellery to mammoth bones.

Museo Numantino de Soria, Paseo el Espolón, 8, Soria, Spain +34 975 22 13 97

Co-Cathedral of San Pedro

The Co-Cathedral of San Pedro is a Gothic church that was built on the site of a 12th-century Romanesque temple. Among other things to see here are the beautiful Plateresque entranceway, the graceful cloisters and altarpieces.

Co-Cathedral de San Pedro, Calle Obispo Agustín, Soria, Spain +34 975 21 20 52