Traveling from Houston 12 days in July including travel time. We have wedding on 6th/7th day in Zamora, Spain. Must include Belgium before or after. Suggestions on other places to go. To fly or train, Also places to stay.. Would like to see cities and countryside towns
Zamora has more great sights than you would expect from a relatively small city, so plan a full day or a couple of light days just to look around Zamora. I had originally planned to skip Zamora because I didn't think we had time but it was a pleasant surprise.
This area is a the best example of what I consider "classic" or pre-Reconquista Spain. South has the Moorish influence and the North, Northwest and Northeast are essentially different cultures (Gaelic, Basque, Catalon).
A short drive from Zamora are both Valladolid and Salamanca.
Salamanca has what I consider a must-see Cathedral in the old center as well as other sights.
Valladolid is also a really nice town. It has three great castles within a short drive, Coca, La Mota and Penafiel. You need to plan more than a day to see the three and Valladolid's old center.