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Alba de Tormes

Alba de Tormes is located less than 20 km from Salamanca. The town centre, which has been declared Historical Artistic Site, is set on a hill that dominates the fertile plain on the banks of the Tormes.

This is a town full of history. Apart from being very well-know thanks to the fact that it houses the relics of Santa Teresa, who died in this town in 1582, it is the cradle of one of the most important nobility houses in Spain: The House of Alba.

Due to the presence of such an important nobility house, the town was visited by the crème de la crème of the Spanish culture: Juan del Encina, Garilaso de la Vega or Lope de Vega went to Alba de Tormes.

The deepest trace that Santa Teresa left in the town can be found in the Convent of the Madres Carmelitas, founded in 1571; it has Renaissance and Neoclassical elements and it is the place where Santa Teresa´s relics are kept. Thousands of pilgrims come here every year to be able to see her tomb and pray in front of her incorrupt heart and arm. The annex building, the Carmelitano Camus Museum is also worth a visit, because it houses a rich artistic spiritual heritage, including Santa Teresa´s relics.

It is advisable to start your visit in the castle of the House of Alba. Then, go down to the centre of the villa. On your way to the centre, you will be able to find some convents – La Anunciacion, where Santa Teresa´s corpse rests -, churches, -San Juan or Santiago – and other places which should be discovered calmly.

Walk towards the Main Square, main axe of the route and witness of the daily routine of the inhabitants of the villa. Then, go to El Espolon park, an amazing vantage point which reveals the origin of the villa and the strategic position it has due to the river Tormes.

This is a walk full of intriguing stories, easy to follow, and the visitor can join it at any point of the itinerary.

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Interesting places

Alba de Tormes Castle

The magnificent Tower Keep, also called Armoury Tower, is an important part of the profile of Alba de Tormes. It is also the most remarkable element in the interesting route through the villa.…

Carmus Carmelite Museum

In the convent founded by Teresa de Jesus itself, there is a 900 square metres exhibition museum, which also includes some of the original rooms of the convent that have been restored

The…

Interpretation Room, “Castles and Walls in the West of Castile and Leon”

The castle houses on the last floor, an interpretation room about the medieval fortifications on the old border between the kingdoms of Leon and Castile.

Castile and Leon is a land of…,

Address: Castillo, s/n

Village: Alba de Tormes

Postal Code: 37800

Phone: 923 370 646 - 618 746 513…

Saint Teresa and Saint Juan de la Cruz Centre

Opposite the convent of Saint Teresa, the visitor can find this small but interesting museum which has three rooms that show different kinds of items.

The first room houses a great number…

Mudejar Route

If you visit the areas of Alba and Peñaranda, you will discover beautiful Mudejar churches. The Mudejar techniques were developed in these areas between the 12th and 13th centuries; this style was…

Patron Saint's festivities of Alba de Tormes

From the 14th to the 22nd October, Alba de Tormes celebrates its fiestas in honour of their patron saint, Saint Teresa. During these days, the inhabitants of the town as well as the visitors…