The old part of the city has been classified as a historical-artistic complex since 1973. The main nucleus of it, with a very long layout and largely surrounded by walls, is made up of a notable catalog of buildings from various periods, civil, military and religious, many of which, due to their uniqueness, have also been the subject of individual recognition and declaration, for a total of 31 declarations to date.

Zamora has, above all, a remarkable catalog of Romanesque art buildings, which make it the main urban complex of urban Romanesque architecture on the Iberian Peninsula and one of the most prominent in Europe in this type of artistic manifestations, with more than about twenty Romanesque temples. Convents, hospitals and hermitages and, above all, the bridges over the Douro, of medieval origin, are also joined. And over the Douro, the bridges, the stone and the iron. Palaces and large houses from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries complete the picture of an episcopal city.

The 19th and 20th centuries were times of intense urban activity, of which perhaps the most significant legacy is the set of modernist houses. The 19 buildings of this style have led Zamora to join the European Network of Modernist Cities.

Among its festivities, the celebration of Holy Week, declared of International Tourist Interest, and of Cultural Interest stands out.