We recently read in the Spanish press that Salamanca is the third most popular destination for rural tourism in Spain. Well, what can we say? It doesn’t come as much of a surprise to us! Today we thought we’d talk about one of the most popular spots amongst both locals and visitors when it comes to enjoying nature. Actually, not just nature, but culture and religious heritage too.
We are talking about the incredible Peña de Francia, a mountain in the southern part of the province, in the El Cabaco district. Not far from the city of Salamanca itself, it is ideal for getting away from our historic city streets and enjoying a breath of fresh country air in an incomparable setting. From the summit you can enjoy views of the Gabriel and Galán reservoirs, the imposing Sierra de Tamames mountain range and the vast Campo Charro meadowlands.
At its peak sits the Peña de Francia Sanctuary, dedicated to the Virgin of the same name – Our Lady of the Peña de Francia. Set up under the auspices of the Dominican Fathers, it was declared a Site of Cultural Interest in 1956. It is a place of pilgrimage for many believers and of artistic interest to travellers of all kinds. Fascinating fact: it is the highest Marian shrine in the world.
In winter, access is often restricted due to snow, so take advantage and visit it now, when the weather is perfect for hill walking and everything the mountains have to offer.
That’s our recommendation of the week!