Ciudad Rodrigo, Spain
Ciudad Rodrigo is 12 miles east of the Portuguese border and is a small city in the Province of Salamanca and the autonomous community of Castile and Leon in western Spain. Easily accessible by car (55 miles from Salamanca or 240 miles from Madrid) or train, the old part of Ciudad Rodrigo sits on a hill and is self-contained with a 1.2 mile (2 kilometer) fortified wall around the old part of town. If arriving by car from Salamanca, consider taking a beautiful road called the “Pena de Francia” which is a picturesque route through the countryside reminiscent of the back roads of France. The trip may take longer but the views are beautiful. Pack lunch in the morning and stop along the way for a picnic in the countryside.
In planning a trip, consider the following recommendations:
4. Visit the Cathedral
After the castle of Enrique II was built, the king fortified the town by surrounding it with a wall that is 1.2 miles around (2 kilometers) that starts and ends at the castle (parador).My husband who hates to walk except in fortified towns, completely enjoyed exploring the walls and moats..twice. On a clear day the views are spectacular.
Open Sunday 11:45 – 2:00 and 4:00 – 6:00
Ciudad Rodrigo has two tourism offices:
- The city doesn’t fully grasp the tourism industry in that tourism offices have very limited hours.
- Lunch is typically served from 2:00 – 4:00 or (14:00 – 16:00). Dinner hours are typically 9:00 – 11:00 (21:00 – 23:00).
- Nothing ever opens up before 10:00 so sleep in and enjoy your breakfast before venturing out.
- In dialing from outside the country, dial 0 11 followed by the country code (34) and the region code (92) and then the 7 digit phone number. If dialing from within Spain, dial 0 followed by the region code (92) and then the 7 digit number.
- Tipping is not necessary as service is included in the price but most patrons leave the change.