Puebla de Sanabria's Castle

c/ Muralla del Mariquillo s/n, Puebla de Sanabria, 49300, (Zamora).

Cultural Visit

The current castle of Puebla de Sanabria was built on the same site as the XIII century castle. Of this previous site, few data are available, since its scarce remains have only allowed to influence its plant. Some historians have wanted to see as the only fortification before the current one a strong tower, known as "Losada", however, the majority tend to think that the Plenomedieval construction was a castle on the same site and similar in size to the current one.

It belongs to the group of castles with a clear relationship with the power for the benefit of noble families that in certain circumstances supported the monarchs in their companies. Arrived at the hands of the III Count of Benavente, Alonso Pimentel, it is possible to assume that the new castle began towards the middle of the XV century, as can be deduced from his testament, dated in 1455.

This could be undertaken by the IV Count, Rodrigo Alonso de Pimentel with his wife María Pacheco, who between 1477 and 1482 will build most of the work. Although to these corresponds most of the works of first building, it must have been his successors, Alonso de Pimentel and Ana de Velasco, who would finish the works definitively.

Nowdays the castle is one of the most visited monuments in the province of Zamora, with more than 60.000 visitors in 2019.


Schedule of Puebla de Sanabria's Castle:

From September 10 to June 30:

  • From Monday to Sunday from 11:00 to 14:00 and from 16:00 to 20:00h.

From July 01 to September 06:

  • From Monday to Sunday from 11:00 to 14:00 and from 17:00 to 22:00h.

Schedule of Museum of Giangts and Big-heads:

From September 10 to June 30:

  • Guided visits from the tourist office (inside the castle) during Saturdays and Sundays at 12:30h.
  • Afternoon open from 18:00 to 20:00h.

From Juy 01 to September 06:

  • Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 to 14:00 and from 17:30 to 21:00h.

Schedule of the Mycological School of Ungilde, Sanabria:

From September 10 to June 30:

  • Open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 to 14:00 and from 16:00 to 18:00.

From July 01 to September 06:

  • Open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 to 14:00 and from 17:00 to 19:00h.

Theese three museums will be closed on:

  • Januray 01 and 06
  • September 07, 08 and 09.
  • December 24, 25 and 31.



Muralla del Mariquillo St., no number, Puebla de Sanabria, 49300, (Zamora).

How to get there:

On the highway A-52 (Benavente - Vigo) take the exit 79; N-525, direction Puebla de Sanabria.

Via high speed train (AVE, Madrid – Vigo), in Otero de Sanabria, 6 km far from Puebla.

Bragança, northeastern Portuguese town, located 40km distance from Puebla de Sanabria. It is a small town with an important tourist and cultural offer, its medieval walls and its castle stand out. The town hall maintains a very important cooperation agenda with Puebla de Sanabria in different areas, both tourist and cultural. We are connected, through the Natural Park of Montesihno and the Sierra de la Culebra, by the regional roads, ZA-921 and ZA-925.