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Ciudad Rodrigo

Ciudad Rodrigo

Ciudad Rodrigo would be overrun with tourists if it weren’t for its lonesome placement near the border with Portugal, the Sierra de Francía and little else but the shepherds. This walled city is in a remarkable state of preservation. Its walls, with the help of restorations along the way, encircle the entire medieval city without interruption or noticeable ruin. You can even walk along the top of them and gaze out over the river Agueda and the Puente Romano that crosses it. The town, with just over 15,000 inhabitants, has a number of impressive Renaissance palaces and a 12th-century Catedral that stills bears cannon scars from a 19th-century battle during the War of Independence, when Napoleon’s goons were finally run out of town. The 14th-century Castillo de Enrique II stands watch over the town and doubles as a tourist parador. Ciudad Rodrigo is 90 km (56 miles) southwest of Salamanca on the N-620. Ten or more buses per day run between Salamanca and Ciudad Rodrigo. The bus station is outside the walls in the west, just off Avda Yurramendi.

Last updated January 12, 2012
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