Fellow Spain blogger Kaley of Y Mucho Más has talked a lot about this quality but affordable variety on her blog a lot; I’ll hand the reins over to her so she can discuss the denominación de origen, recommended wineries, the town’s grape harvest festival, and the town’s wine festival. As she’s married to a local zamorano she’s had an amazing opportunity to get to know this underrated corner of Spain over the years.
The village itself is small, warm, and inviting, filled with charming parish churches. Although busy in the morning, Toro closes up shop for lunch and siesta before re-emerging in the streets for the afternoon paseo in true small-town fashion.
Collegiate Church of Santa María la Mayor
|Pórtico de la Majestad|
Sculpted and put together near the end of the church’s construction, it’s actually Gothic in style and is a dizzying collection of statues, saints, angels, and biblical scenes that still retain their original, 700-year-old polychrome paint. The faithful float ethereally one on top of each other in the archivolts, and the carvings closer to the floor reminded me a lot of Celtic knotwork. Very impressive.
Exploring this lively little village
|Church of San Lorenzo el Real, exterior|
|Church of San Lorenzo el Real, interior|
|Church of El Santo Sepulcro, interior|
|New and old houses|
Yes, this town’s name means “Bull”
|Granite bull megalith on the edge of town|
|City of Toro bumper sticker|
Ever been to a bullfight in Toro or tasted Toro wine? What other significant but underappreciated Spanish villages do you know of? Tell me below in the comments!
For more pictures, check out my album on Flickr.