Just as the territories of the province of Zamora are extensive and rich in contrast, its broad artistic-cultural heritage is also rich, ranging from the capital’s Romanesque, Modernist and contemporary architecture to the Conjuntos Artísticos (Artistic Complexes) of Toro, Puebla de Sanabria, Fermoselle; Villardeciervos and Muelas de los Caballeros and the charming village of Santa Cruz de los Cuérragos, declared a Conjunto Etnográfico (Ethnographic Complex).
Experiencing the artistic heritage of the region of Benavente y los Valles is like taking a tour in times gone by that will leave the traveller in awe. Near Sierra de Carpurias is one of the province’s most varied and striking archaeological complexes, with a considerable concentration of sites that allows the traveller to experience the history of these places progressively from the Neolithic era, to the Iron Age, to pre-Roman times and the end of the Roman Empire.
The tradition and popular architecture of these lands provides us with endless examples of windmills, watermills, fountains, corrals, chiviteras*, and Roman bridges and roads scattered throughout Zamora.
Adding to this wealth of artistic legends that Zamora offers the traveller are handicrafts that have often been adapted to new techniques while remaining faithful to their origins: clay for pots, wine jugs and ovens, ceramic for plates and dishes, fabrics for clothing and blankets, and wood for farming tools and decorative pieces.
*Small huts where goat herders kept newborn goats to protect them from wolves