Benavente, Zamora


Plaza del Ayuntamiento in Benavente.

Coat of arms

Location in Spain.

Coordinates: ES 42°0′11″N 5°40′27″W / 42.00306°N 5.67417°W / 42.00306; -5.67417
Country Spain
Autonomous community Castile and León
Province Zamora
Comarca Benavente y Los Valles
  Mayor Luciano Huerga
  Total 45.12 km2 (17.42 sq mi)
Elevation 800 m (2,600 ft)
Population (2009)
  Total 19,119
  Density 420/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Benaventanos
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Climate Csb
Website Official website

Benavente is a municipality in the north of the province of Zamora, in the autonomous community Castile and León of Spain. It has about 20,000 inhabitants.

Located north of the capital on an important communications hub, it was repopulated by King Ferdinand II of León, who also awarded it law-codes (a fuero) in 1167. It was originally known as Malgrat or Malgrado.


Benavente is located in the North of Province of Zamora, in the North-West of Spain. It is 65 km away from Zamora City and 260 km from Madrid and its coordinates are 42° 0' N 5° 41' W.

North-West: Manganeses de la Polvorosa North: Villabrázaro North-East: San Cristóbal de Entreviñas
West: Santa Cristina de la Polvorosa East: San Cristóbal de Entreviñas
South-West:Santa Cristina de la Polvorosa South: Villanueva de Azoague, Santa Colomba de las Monjas and Arcos de la Polvorosa South-East: Castrogonzalo

The adjacent municipalities of Benavente are Villanueva de Azoague, Manganeses de la Polvorosa, Santa Cristina de la Polvorosa, Villabrázaro, San Cristóbal de Entreviñas, Castrogonzalo, Santa Colomba de las Monjas and Arcos de la Polvorosa, all of them belonging to Province of Zamora.


Roads and Highways

Benavente is connected to the national road network through different roads and highways:

Towns Distance (km)
Toro 69
Villalpando 30
Puebla de Sanabria 84
Salamanca 134
Zamora 65
Tordesillas 80
Medina de Rioseco 62
Medina del Campo 105
Valladolid 112
Valencia de Don Juan 33
La Bañeza 37
Astorga 65
Ponferrada 124
León 70
Palencia 90
Segovia 235
Ávila 190
Burgos 210
Oviedo 182
Madrid 266
Ourense 238
Gijón 210
Soria 318
Vitoria 347
Oporto 334
Bilbao 388
Lisboa 600
Barcelona 836

Bus Services

Bus services are provided in the Bus Station by different companies like Alsa, Auto-Res, Empresa Vivas, Linecar or Autocares Julio Fernández. There is a taxi stand in the Bus Station.

National lines

Diary services to: A Coruña, Astorga, Algeciras, Asturias (Oviedo-Gijón), Ávila, Badajoz, Barcelona, Bilbao, Cáceres, Cádiz, Cangas de Narcea, Irún, La Bañeza, León, Lugo, Logroño, Málaga, Madrid, Mérida, Ourense, Monforte, Palencia, Plasencia, Ponferrada, Pontevedra, Salamanca, San Fernando, San Sebastián, Santiago de Compostela, Sevilla, Valladolid, Verín, Vigo, Villablino, Zafra, Zamora and Zaragoza.

International lines

Regional lines

Local Service

Senior citizens have a free urban bus service.


The town has several taxi stands, one of them in the Bus Station.


Main sight

The Tower of the Caracol.
Church of Santa María de Azogue.
Hospital of La Piedad.


An enraged bull (2005).


Parador de Turismo Rey Fernando II.




It is characterized as a Mediterranean climate with continental characteristics as with the altitude of the municipality and its distance to the sea. However, the amount of the winter frosts is lifted, taking place even in spring, with the consequential damage to some of the local agriculture.

Twin towns – sister cities

Dukes of Benavente

Juan Francisco Pimentel y Ponce de León, 7th Duke of Benavente, deceased 1652, by Diego Velázquez, 1648.
Titular Period
Primera creación por Enrique II
I Fadrique de Castilla y Ponce de León 1370–1394
Segunda creación por Enrique IV
I Rodrigo Alonso Pimentel 1473-
II Alonso Pimentel y Pacheco
III Antonio Alonso Pimentel y Herrera de Velasco
IV Luis Alonso Pimentel Herrera y Enríquez de Velasco
V Juan Alonso Pimentel Herrera y Enríquez de Velasco
VI Antonio Alonso Pimentel y Quiñones
VII Juan Francisco Pimentel y Ponce de León
VIII Antonio Alonso Pimentel y Herrera Zúñiga
IX Francisco Casimiro Pimentel de Quiñones y Benavides
X Antonio Francisco Pimentel de Zúñiga y Vigil de Quiñones
XI Francisco Alonso Pimentel Vigil de Quiñones Borja Aragón y Centelles
XII María Josefa Pimentel, Duchess of Osuna
XIII Francisco de Borja Téllez-Girón y Alfonso Pimentel
XIV Pedro de Alcántara Téllez-Girón y Beaufort Spontin
XV Mariano Téllez-Girón y Beaufort Spontin
XVI Pedro de Alcántara Téllez-Girón y Fernández de Santillán
XVII Ángela María Téllez-Girón y Duque de Estrada actual tituar

Notable people


Regional speech is influenced by Leonese language.

Cinemas and theatres

See also

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