- 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 very safe, very walkable city. Most attractions, hotels, and restaurants are within a 20-minute walk from the city center, where the Colloquium venue, the Centro Cultural Palacio de la Audiencia, 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, giving sorianos and visitors plenty of hours to enjoy the city and its surroundings.
- City attractions include:
- The 12th century Romanesque churches of Santo Domingo, with its spectacular facade and rose window, and San Juan de Rabanera, with its unique apse.
- San Pedro Co-Cathedral and Cloister
- The San Juan de Duero Monastery and Cloister. Founded by the Templars in the 12th century, the cloister 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 on the banks of the river.
- The Museo Numantino on Paseo del Espolón.
- The Casa de los Poetas at the local Casino, housing 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 and routes just a few miles away from Soria:
- The ruins of the 2nd century BC Celtiberian city of Numancia in the village of Garray
- The spectacular Laguna Negra, the charming village of Vinuesa, and Salduero, the latter awarded the most beautiful under-1,000 inhabitants village in Castile and Leon
- The medieval village of Calatañazor, one of the locations of Orson Wells' "Chimes at Midnight", the historical municipality of El Burgo de Osma and the breathtaking Cañón del Río Lobos
- The fortified village of Almazán and Medinaceli, awarded 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, viewing sites of hundreds of dinosaur prints
- The monumental heritage of Berlanga de Duero
- The impressive Roman village and mosaics of La Dehesa in Cuevas de Soria
- 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 information on historic sites, from lodging to audio guides, the best way to know the city. The website allows to create your own customized routes.
- Soria Vacaciones: Activities in Soria by category.
- Soria ni te la imaginas: A wealth of information on Soria and its province, containing 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.