THE 8 ESSENTIALS

Here we present you with a range of eight proposals of different activities to cover the tastes and needs of everyone. Sensations and emotions subtly focused on enjoyment and entertainment, within the frame of an urban area where every corner, alley or square are an invitation to discover.

BLETISA

INDIVIDUAL OR GROUP VISITS
TOURIST INFORMATION POINT
LANGUAGES

Ledesma History Interpretation Centre, BLETISA

Located in the church of San Miguel, this is a space devoted to history and heritage, where the visitor can delve into the town’s enigmas, get to know its every nook and cranny, understand the past and sample its present.

Using different media such as audiovisuals, interactive displays, texts, photographs, etc. The centre covers the history of Ledesma from the most distant past to present times. The information displayed includes the cultural, natural and ethnographic heritage of the north-east of the Salamanca province.

The visit to the centre can be done in English and French.

For further information:
www.bletisa.com
C/ San Miguel s/nº 37100 Ledesma (Salamanca).
bletisa@ayuntamientodeledesma.com
(0034) 923 570 156 / (0034) 689 787 876

URBAN ROUTE

HISTORIC SITE
CHILDREN
LANGUAGES

This urban route, with signs both for adults and children – the little ones, with the help of a children’s booklet – will take you to the most significant places in the old town and will allow you to admire the rich heritage of this Historic Site. It helps the visitor to relate to the environment and the social, historic and cultural context. This is a circular route, self-guided and easy to follow due to its signposting, which can be started at any point. The signs – which are in English as well as Spanish and French, by means of QR codes – offer the visitors contents based on the value and interest of the selected heritage spots.

We recommend starting the route in San Miguel street, after visiting the Interpretation Centre.

For further information:

Details and Plans
turismo@ayuntamientodeledesma.com
(0034) 923 570 156 / (0034) 689 787 876

Paseo de Alonso Andrea

PANORAMIC VIEWS
NATURE
LEGEND

Paseo de Alonso Andrea

This promenade is located in the old part, within the city walls, and combines rest areas with vibrant gardens. This is a privileged spot to admire the best panoramic views on the town: at the forefront we can see the cliff, the river, the bridges, the Virgen del Carmen chapel… and a bit further away is the typical Salamancan landscape of the dehesa forest, one of the best preserved and more sustainable ecosystems in inland Spain.

The name of Alonso Andrea comes from a Ledesma man, co-founder of Caracas in Venezuela, about whom the legend goes that he faced – alone, on a skinny old horse and with a rusty suit of armour – the English pirates that were ransacking that city, and which, according to some, may have inspired Cervantes to create his Don Quixote.

Puente Mocho Route

SITE OF CULTURAL INTEREST
NATURE
HIKING - CYCLING

Puente Mocho route

This is a signposted route that goes across the dehesa, the local type of forest where we can find century-old holm oaks along with broom, lavender or thyme, and we may see griffon vultures, black kites, common kestrels, the odd black stork, foxes, rabbits and hares. The route follows one of the historic thoroughfares of the Ledesma area, the Bletisama Ocelo-Duri route, which used to join Coria with Zamora and which, when passing by Ledesma, crosses the Puente Mocho bridge. This bridge, of Roman origin and recently restored, was declared a Site of Cultural Interest in 2000, along with the remains of the Roman road that can still be seen at either end of it.

Characteristics of the route: 4.68 km, there and back. Low difficulty.

For further information:

Map

Hiking, birdwatching, orienteering and bike rental:
www.bletisaventura.com
bletisaventura@gmail.com
(0034) 674 567 433

Ledesma DOUGHNUTS

TRADITION
INDIVIDUAL OR GROUP VISITS
BAKERY SHOP

Ledesma doughnuts

Among the many baked goods that can be tasted in Ledesma, the star productare indeed the doughnuts (rosquillas).

Although their origin is uncertain, the old confectioners that used to make them are still fondly remembered: Regina and Dolores inherited their father’s recipe to make the famous doughnuts in their bakery, not far from the main square. Gabi and Herminia, also followed the family tradition by making them for many years in their shop on San Miguel street Despite both shops making a wide variety of other sweets, it was the doughnuts that made them famous throughout the years.

Both shops are still going strong, and both welcome visitors and run workshops by previous appointment.

For further information:

C/ San Miguel 14. info@rosquillasdeledesma.com
(0034) 923 570 729

C/ Policarpo Cuevas Trilla 5. genaro@rosquillasledesminas.es
(0034) 923 570 008

HANDCRAFT WORKSHOP

LIVE
INDIVIDUAL OR GROUP VISITS
SOUVENIRS

Creative woodwork and restoration

Collectable miniatures – such as thimbles, bookmarks, etc-, illustrated stories, traditional pieces, music boxes, antiques, art and collection objects made with decorative techniques like pyrography and colouring, fretwork, traditional woodwork and inlaid work, are but some of the pieces that the visitor can see here.

In this workshop, located in the historical centre of Ledesma, all these techniques are still being used, because handcrafts can reveal to us the local traditions, customs and tools, the things that our ancestors played with, then worked with, and which now are the inspiration behind these creations. The visitors can watch the artisan working live, giving shape, step by step, to these small works of art, and they can also take part in workshops by previous appointment.

For further information:

C/ San Miguel 1.
www.isisa-duende.es
info@isisa-duende.es
(0034) 625 336 703

CORPUS CHRISTI FESTIVAL

TRADITION
BULLS
CELEBRATION

Corpus Christi festival 

This is Ledesma’s main festival and it takes place over several days, from the eve of Corpus Thursday to the Monday after, and it usually falls between May and June.

The main acts begin the previous Wednesday, with the public announcement and the proclamation of the festival queen and her ladies, followed on the next day by the procession carrying the Holy Sacrament through the streets of the old part. There are, throughout that week, a great many celebrations, but we especially recommend the romería del Prao de la Villa, a large party and fair that takes place on Saturday afternoon, and the famous “Espantos”, carried out on Sunday and Monday mornings, near the bullring.

For further information:

turismo@ayuntamientodeledesma.com
(0034) 923 570 156 / (0034) 689 787 876

TRADITIONAL GASTRONOMY

DOUGHNUTS
MEATS
TRADITIONAL STEWS

Traditional gastronomy

Your visit cannot be complete without trying out some of the traditional local dishes, which are of course part of the province’s food, where meats are famous for their high quality, with local breeds including morucha cattle, and the cold cuts and sausages, made with Iberian pork meat, raised in the unique dehesa forest, such as the pata negra ham, farinato sausages…

The town offers a wide range of possibilities when it comes to food, from the traditional stews, made in the old style, on the hobs of its old eateries, to the innovative cuisine of the new restaurants, where the most demanding palates will find new creations to try.

For pudding, there are always its famed doughnuts. You can’t leave Ledesma without tasting them.

For further information:

Ledesma restaurants

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