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San Martín Del Castañar, bullring and castle.

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San Martín del Castañar is a little village south from Salamanca, in western Spain. It's located inside "Las Batuecas - Sierra de Francia" natural park, a beautiful green space with wonderful views and several typical villages, where you can walk among charming narrow streets and traditionally built houses, as well as enjoy traditional craft and taste typical cuisine. A must see if you are in or near Salamanca.

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