The province of Zamora with its capital of same name is a very interesting area of the Castilla y León region. This area is located at the north western region of Spain, towards the frontier with Portugal. The city of Zamora is known throughout the region as well as the entire country as a central spot for agriculture and processing related matters. Besides this, this town is also known by its interesting historical facts which attract tourists to it in a constant basis.
Towards the VIII century, Zamora was invaded and taken by Arabs, which were in control of the town until the XI century when the Christians fight for the town and gained its control. The name Zamora was origin within this period of time and derives from the Arabic word Azemur, later transformed into Semurah, and finally into Zamora.
Around the XII century, Zamora became again a place disputed between the Arabs and the Christians due to the fact that it was seen as a strategic spot in order for each force to conquer the entire Iberian Peninsula. During this century and while these two forces would struggle for Zamora, many of its main constructions were built, some of them showing Arabic style and some other containing many Christian elements.
Due to the different historical events Zamora has gone through and the variety of inhabitants it has had through the pass of centuries it shows many interesting constructions spread throughout its territory. There are several constructions and churches dating from the XII century or earlier which, despite of the great amount of time it has passed since they were built, they still show many of their original structural elements and features.
The city of Zamora is a must for those tourists who visit the region of Castilla y León and enjoy meeting spots rich in history and architecture. The past of this town can be learnt while walking around and meeting many of its antique constructions, museums, and monuments as well as by talking with its local people who are very friendly and most of the time willing to share information about their town.