Soria to Calahorra

On the map today looked like it would be a relatively short drive with not much to see. But it turned out to be a beautiful drive. We saw everything from cave dwellings to dinosaurs! We made six stops on the 68 mile drive.

1. We had barely left Soria when we saw a sign for Numancia archaeological site. Numancia was a Celtiberian hillfort town. Just as we pulled up a school bus of kids pulled up. We took a few pictures but it was cold and windy so we decided not to go in.

School field trip

2. We headed north and went over a pass The temperature dropped to about 38 Fahrenheit and we were in the clouds. I took a picture of the view.

The view from Oncala Pass

3. A bit further down the road we saw a sign “Fuentesalvo”. We stopped and discovered dinosaur footprints!

Dinosaur footprints
Sign explaining the footprints

4. Next we came around a corner and spotted this dinosaur on a hill across the valley! Duke said he was friendly.

Duke’s new friend.

5. In the village of Yanquas we stopped to look at this wonderful bridge, apparently built in the Middle Ages.

Santa Maria Bridge
Santa Maria Bridge

6. Last but certainly not least we started seeing caves in the cliffs along the road. When we saw a Cuevas (caves) sign we stopped and hiked up to investigate. They weren’t open but it was a fun walk.

Caves in the cliffs
Hiking to check out the caves
Duke investigated this cave.

In Calahorra we checked into the Parador and had our welcome drinks. We raised our glasses and made a toast to Paradors. Calahorra is the last Parador we will stay in on his trip. It is the 81st Parador we have stayed in over the last 6 years. On this trip we have stayed in 17.

Welcome drinks