Caracena, jewel of Soria Romanesque

This time we are going to propose a small destination, but full of heritage and history. We are going to visit the beautiful village of Caracena. A humble village in the south of the province with many things to discover.

Castle of Caracena

The village of Caracena

It is located just over 40 kilometers from the site of our campsite. Caracena was already a populated area since Prehistory. It served as a base for later Celtiberian, Roman and Muslim settlements. Upon our arrival we will be surprised by the intense medieval aroma that the place collects.And it is that the paving of its streets and its magnificent baroque roll of justice will attract our attention.

Streets of Caracena
Through the streets of the village

In this same square, we will also find a peculiar fortified house very well preserved that was the prison centuries ago. If we climb a small hill, we will find the beautiful Romanesque church of San Pedro from the first half of the twelfth century.


Rural Houses el Paraiso
Rural Houses el Paraiso


Church of Caracena

The arcaded gallery of seven arches is another example of the tendency of the area to build in ancient times this type of architecture very typical of the southern half of Soria especially, as we can also see in numerous villages in the area of which the best known reference is San Esteban de Gormaz.

The castle

But let's not stop, just in front of this building we will see that there is a dirt road rather suitable for off-road vehicles, which will take us to its majestic castle located on the edge of an imposing canyon carved by the river that bears the same name as the town.

The wonders of the village
The wonders of the village

This imposing bastion that has a double masonry enclosure and numerous cubes, with an artificial moat, a zigzag access to make access to the enemy difficult and with a rectangular keep tower, was a very important enclave during the Reconquest and the subsequent battles within the kingdom of Castile.

Surroundings of Caracena

Once you have visited all the nooks and crannies of the fortress, you can complete your tour of the municipality, discovering another Romanesque church that is that of Santa María, the Cantos Bridge and the remains of the wall that still surround the town today. We also leave you some ideas to visit in the environment such as the Castle of Gormaz.

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