Soria at night

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Soria at night offered several delights on this visit. We had a busy start to our travels in Lerma and I was looking forward to the time in this lovely town. Santa Domingo The Church of Santa Domingo dates from … Continued


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Last year we visited the Museum of Numancia in Soria and so this year it was time to visit the actual site of Numancia. It was a cold, wet day but wearing several layers of clothes and armed with umbrellas … Continued

Alameda de Cervantes in Soria

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The Alameda de Cervantes in Soria is a beautiful park in the centre of the town and well-used by people of all ages. We arrived in Soria the previous evening and got a few essentials in the LeClerq supermarket on … Continued

The road from Lerma to Soria

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It was a long day on the road from Lerma to Soria! The weather was good, the road was smooth and it was only a half-hour drive through farmland and gently undulating countryside to our first stop. And there were … Continued

San Pedro de Arlanza

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In its time The Monastery of San Pedro de Arlanza was one of the most important monasteries in Castile. The oldest remains date from the 11th century, but there was already a hermitage on this site in the 11th century. … Continued


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Covarrubias is about 20 minutes away from Lerma, and lies between Burgos and Santa Domingo de Silos in the valley of the Arlanza River. It is thought El Cid passed this way.

Lerma near Burgos

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Lerma near Burgos was our first stop in Spain this time and we treated ourselves to three nights in the Paradore, a spectacular Ducal palace on top of a small hill overlooking the Arlanza River. I had loved the week … Continued

Paradore of Lerma

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The heyday of Lerma was in the 16th and 17th centuries when the Duke of Lerma built his somewhat ostentatious Ducal Palace, today’s Paradore of Lerma. Francisco Gomez de Sandoval (1553-1635) was the 4th Duke of Lerma and a favourite … Continued

Off to Spain!

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We packed the car, double-checked the ‘to-do’ list and set off at the end of another challenging week to Spain. It is going to be a big adventure of c.1100kms and we are both slightly anxious and very excited. The … Continued

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