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La Alberca is in the province of Salamanca in the Castile and Leon region of Spain.  It was the first village in Spain to be given National Historic Monument Status.

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La Alberca is one of the most beautiful villages in Spain. Its buildings are lovely half-timber houses and in the summer they are hung with vibrant displays of geraniums and summer flowers. The main square, the Plaza Mayor, is surrounded by these lovely buildings with their columned arcades offering shelter from the bright sunshine.

Cars are not allowed into the centre of the village except for those belonging to residents and so it really is like stepping back in time as you wander around this beautiful village.

The 18th Century Church of the Assumption has a 16th century granite pulpit and a wonderful Gothic Processional cross. La Alberca's Feast of the Assumption on the 15th August is one of the best in Spain. Women of the village dress in fabulous traditional dresses.

The main square offers lots of cafés where you can sit and soak up the atmosphere. It is surrounded by beautiful arcaded buildings.

La Alberca is in the beautiful mountain area of the 'Sierras de Bejar y Francia' which is a UNESCO listed Biosphere reserve. There is a visitor centre in the village with details of hiking routes. In the resort is one of the oldest and largest forests of strawberry trees (Arbutus unedo) in the world. Funny to find this garden classic as part of a large forest! To see it head for Miranda del Castanar.

Do not be suprised if you see a pig wandering the streets. Every year a piglet is selected and blessed in July and released to wander freely in the town where it is fed by all the town's residents. In January on the feast of San Antonio the pig is raffled off for charity.

Places to visit nearby

The beautiful city of Salamanca and the village of Ciudad Rodrigo (one of the most beautiful villages of Spain) are both nearby.

You can find more local travel ideas in the Salamanca guide and the Castile and Leon guide.

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La Alberca places to visit

Ciudad Rodrigo

Ciudad Rodrigo

Ciudad Rodrigo has a beautiful old town with a 14th century castle, now a parador and an attractive cathedral.

Ciudad Rodrigo guide
Plasencia

Plasencia

Plasencia has an attractive old centre with an arcaded main square. It is surrounded by medieval walls.

Plasencia guide
Guadalupe

Guadalupe

The Monastery of Guadalupe is a beautiful Mudejar style monastery and a major pilgrim destination.

Guadalupe guide
Salamanca

Salamanca

Salamanca is one of the most beautiful cities of all of Spain. Packed with fine Renaissance architecture built in golden-coloured stone.

Salamanca guide

...or see all our recommended places to visit in Castile and Leon

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