- Soria, a city of approximately 40,000 inhabitants, lies at around 140 miles to the northeast of Madrid, in the Autonomous Community of Castile and Leon. It is a safe, walkable city. Most attractions, hotels, and restaurants are within a 20-minute walk from the city center, where the Centro Cultural Palacio de la Audiencia, the Colloquium venue, is located.
- Summer temperatures may reach the 80's and 90's during the day, yet drop significantly in the evenings. This often makes it necessary to wear a sweater in the evening (the sorianos' omnipresent "rebeca"). On the plus side, the sun sets past 10pm during summertime. This gives sorianos and visitors plenty of hours to enjoy the city and its surroundings.
- City attractions include:
- The Romanesque churches of Santo Domingo, with its spectacular facade and rose window, and San Juan de Rabanera, with its beautiful apse. Both sites date back to the 12th century.
- San Pedro Co-Cathedral and Cloister
- The San Juan de Duero Monastery and Cloister. Founded by the Templars in the 12th century, it sports four different arch types.
- San Saturio Hermitage on the banks of the Duero River.
- The Dehesa Park. The pride of the city.
- The Duero Riverwalk. More than 8 miles of walking/running pathways alongside the river.
- The Museo Numantino on Paseo del Espolón.
- The Casa de los Poetas at the local Casino houses exhibits of the lives and works of renowned poets Antonio Machado, Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer and Gerardo Diego.
Scenic Routes / Side Trips
- Why not stay for the weekend? Here are some great outings just a few miles away:
- The ruins of the Celtiberian city of Numancia, just five miles from Soria, in the village of Garray
- The spectacular Laguna Negra, the charming village of Vinuesa, and Salduero, the most beautiful under-1,000 inhabitants village in Castile and Leon
- The medieval village of Calatañazor, one of Orson Wells' locations for "Chimes at Midnight", El Burgo de Osma, and the breathtaking Cañón del Río Lobos
- The fortified village of Almazán and Medinaceli, one of the most beautiful villages in Spain
- Agreda, the village of the three cultures: Arabic, Jewish and Christian
- The historic village of Yanguas and the Ruta de las Icnitas with its hundreds of dinosaur prints
- The monumental heritage of Berlanga de Duero
- The impressive Roman village and mosaics of La Dehesa in Cuevas de Soria
Useful Informational Websites:
- Turismo Soria: The official website of the Soria Office of Tourism. Everything Soria has to offer, from historical facts to cultural events, from typical products to self-generated routes, from lodging to audio guides, the best way to get to know the city.
- Soria Vacaciones: Activities in Soria by category.
- Soria ni te la imaginas: A wealth of information on Soria and its province, with downloadable maps and documents.
- Camino Soria: Tourist guide to Soria and its province.
- Casas Rurales Soria: Accommodations in different locations of the province.
- Soriaventura: Outdoor activities.