The town of Toro, Spain
Toro - the monumental, medieval town!
Toro is a very old but lively small town in the province of Zamora, 60 km from Salamanca away. It is renowned for being the cradle of the Spanish kings and lies on a natural plateau at an altitude of 739 metres (2425 feet) above the valley of the Duero.
This fertile region grows cereals, fruit and the famous Tinto de Toro, the wine which was relished by Columbus. The explorer always took wine from Toro on his voyages of discovery. Thanks to the special character of the indigenous vine a great future is predicted for the wines of Toro .
Toro with its roughly 10,000 inhabitants is a warm and friendly town, steeped in history and culture but also full of life. The old town centre is home to typically Spanish bars and restaurants
A glorious past
Toro was toward the end of the 14th Century the site of the king’s court. Here at the court of Queen Isabel of Castile many important decisions were taken and laws passed, which were very important for the further expansion of the Kingdom. Thus the well-known "83 laws of Toro" became effective from 1505. They ruled for example that daughters were also entitled to inherit - a sensation for this time. Till then only the oldest son was entitled to benefit from this claim. Some of these laws laid the foundation of the later Spanish state.
Still today you can see and feel this glorious past when you stroll through streets and alleyways and you see the many noble palaces, churches, places, monasteries and the unique bull ring.
Tourism is another important sector: Wine, cuisine, fiestas , monuments and nature are the components. There are above all Spanish tourists from the large cities as well as a growing number of foreign tourists in the resent years.
The touristic landmark is the Collegiate church “Santa María la Mayor”. It stands at a privileged vantage point with wonderful views of the entire landscape of the Duero river.
The real jewel is the Western Entrance “Pórtico de la Majestad”, also referred to as the Royal Entrance which has a richly decorated, polychrome Gothic portico, quite a unique feature. The combination of Romanesque and Gothic styles makes this church especially attractive.
The Vintage festival in October has become the most famous participative touristic event as well as the carnival, one of the oldest in Spain, fist mentioned in 1590.