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15 Best Things to Do in Salamanca (Spain)

Salamanca is a town that is both young and old at the same time: Young, for the many students who go to the city’s university, a centre of higher learning for hundreds of years. And “old” because of the sea of historic buildings that meet the eye when you look out over the cityscape.

These 15th and 16th-century palaces, university buildings and churches are made out of Villamayor stone, a light beige-coloured sandstone that seems to turn golden when the sun is low. This has given Salamanca the nickname of “La Dorada”, the Golden City.

Let’s have a look at the best things to do in Salamanca :

1. Old Cathedral

Old Cathedral

Salamanca’s a city with two cathedrals attached to one another.

The oldest of the two was erected between the 1100s and 1200s, and has an enchanting combination of romanesque and gothic styles, each reflecting the change in fashion as the cathedral was being built.

There’s lots to attract your gaze inside, but nothing quite as beautiful as the 15th-century altarpiece with 53 painted panels depicting the life cycle of the Virgin Mary and Jesus.

The chapels within the cathedral contain the solemn tombs of medieval bishops and nobility.

2. New Cathedral

New Cathedral

The old cathedral’s newer partner was completed in the 1700s and also has a mixture of styles.

By the time it was built the baroque style was popular, but Salamanca’s authorities wanted the new building to harmonise with the old so they chose a gothic appearance, a long time after this had become outmoded.

The cathedral took heavy damage during the Lisbon Earthquake in 1755, and to commemorate the catastrophe and the subsequent patch-up job locals take part in the Maruquelo on the 31st of October every year, climbing to the cupola of the tower playing flutes and drums.

Inside take a look at the gorgeous baroque retroquire, and the renaissance paintings of John the Baptist and the Virgin Mary.

3. House of Shells

House of Shells

Home to the city’s library is this wonderful Gothic palace, that encapsulates the Spanish plateresque style.

Plateresque buildings have extremely decorative facades designed to resemble silverware, with nods to Moorish, Lombard and Florentine styles.

In the case of the House of the Shells the outer walls are festooned with scallop shells, and it won’t resemble any building you’ve ever seen.

There are also reliefs of various coats of arms of the noble Pimentel and Maldonado families, which were united by marriage when the building was under construction.

Inside there’s a gorgeous interior courtyard and on the second floor the wooded ceiling are coffered with a hexagonal motif.

4. Old-town

Old Town

As you step through the centuries-old stone streets of the Casco Historico you’ll be taken aback by the volume of renaissance, gothic, baroque and Moorish-style buildings, most looking as good as new.

There more than 20 palaces here, nearly all dating to the Spanish Golden Age and many opening their stately doors to the public for exhibitions.

If you’re seeing the sights with little ones you could make it a bit more fun for them  by boarding the tourist train, which sets off from Plaza de Anaya every half- hour in the summer.

5. University of Salamanca

University of Salamanca

Founded in 1134, this institution is the oldest university in the country and the fourth oldest in Europe.

At one time it was among the most prestigious in the world, and today it’s the main reason why  Salamanca is a prime destination for people who want to learn the Spanish language.

You’ll be able to enter a set of the oldest buildings on the square, Patio de las Escuelas, which have stunning plateresque designs and lots of stories to tell.

The main building’s facade has a difficult to spot sculpture of a frog sitting on a skull: It’s supposed to be good luck  if you can find it without help.

In the square is a statue  of Fray Luis de León, one of the most important writers during the Spanish renaissance and one of the university’s many influential alumni.

6. Plaza Mayor

Plaza Mayor

UNESCO’s report gives Salamanca’s impressive main square special mention.

It was laid out in the mid-18th century and has a baroque design.

On the ground level are 88 arches, belonging to an arcade that runs around the entire perimeter of the square, broken up only by the entranceways.

Above each pillar is a medallion portraying a famous figure from Salamanca’s prestigious history.

The lucky people who live on the Plaza Mayor have 247 balconies to lord it over everyone.

Interestingly, Plaza Mayor isn’t quite a square: All four sides have slightly different lengths.

7. Casa Lis

Casa Lis

Poking above Salamanca’s southern wall is a 19th-century mansion that was built for the wealth local businessman D. Miguel de Lis at the turn of the 20th century.

The man certainly had modern tastes, as you’ll tell if you approach the building from the river and see the the lovely art nouveau iron and glass facade with its stained glass windows.

The interior hosts a museum covering design in the early-20th century, with plenty of art nouveau and art deco items including glassware, bronze and figurines.

8. Palacio de la Salina

Palacio de la Salina

If you keep your eyes peeled when you admire the medallions in the courtyard, you’ll see a renaissance carving of Cleopatra.

She’s easy to identify thanks to that famous  asp on her breast.

This courtyard is the 16th-century palace’s most sublime feature, where a gallery is supported by expertly-carved corbels and an ornate renaissance clock keeps time.

The palace was built by Rodrigo Gil de Hontañón, a vaunted architect from the Spanish Golden Age, active here as well as in Segovia and Salamanca.

9. St. Stephen’s Convent

St. Stephen's Convent i

As you take tour of this 16th-century Dominican monastery you’ll be struck by the opulence and extravagance of the building.

If you have an eye for architecture then you’ll love the stone stairway in the main reredos, which is cantilevered by the walls.

This was the work of Rodrigo Gil de Hontañón, who also built Salamanca’s Palacio de la Salina.

When you step outside to marvel at the Cloister of the Kings, see if you can spot the storks nests overhead.

10. La Clerecía

La Clerecía

The three-part facade of this glorious church and ecclestiacial college towers over the House of Shells, which is on the opposite side of Calle de la Compañía.

It’s a baroque building from the early-1700s, constructed under the orders of King Phillip III’s wife, Margarita of Austria.

You’ll be able to see the interior only if you join a guided tour of the Pontifical University that has occupied the building since the 1940s.

One of the best bits is when you scale the Scala Coeli for sumptuous views of the city from the transept between the building’s two towers.

11. Feria de Salamanca

Fiesta de la Virgen de la Vega

The city’s time to party each year is September, when the Fiesta de la Virgen de la Vega takes place.

The celebrations begin on the 8th and a week of dancing, drinking, feasting and parades ensues.

It’s all in honour of the Virgin Mary, who, legend has it, helped protect the city during the War of The Spanish Succession in 1706. After that the statue of the Virgin was brought to Salamanca’s cathedral from the former Monastery of Vega.

Every year there’s a packed program of bullfights, concerts, dances in traditional costume, a fireworks displays and there’s also a medieval market to browse.

12. Roman Bridge

Roman Bridge

The Tormes River has a number of crossings, but none are as thrilling as this pedestrian bridge that spans almost 360 metres.

It dates to the 1st century during the reign of Emperor Domitian, but the design that you see took shape around the time of Trajan on the cusp of the 2nd century.

There are 26 arches, 14 of which have remained unchanged since the structure was erected.

The others were rebuilt after a devastating flood in the 1500s.

There’s also an ancient Iberian sculpture of a boar on the north side that predates the bridge and was brought here in the 1300s.

13. Paddling on the Tormes River

Tormes River, Salamanca

Cross the Roman Bridge in the summer and on the south bank of the Tormes River you’ll find parkland with a small playground for little guys and paths that hug the irregular riverbank.

On the left side of the bridge is a small business rent hires canoes and paddle boats by the hour.

A paddle boat can easily seat three (two up front and one sunbathing in the back), and when it’s not too hot many people will bring a picnic with them and spend hours floating beneath the city’s bridges on these serene and shallow waters.

14. Jamón Ibérico and tapas

Salamanca Tapas

In a student town like this tapas is an affordable way to dine out.

Nearly every bar will serve a tapa with a drink order, and you’ll get a little platter of anything from manchego cheese to a Spanish potato omelette (tortilla). As this is a pig-rearing region, chorizo, ham and bacon are tapas mainstays.

Salamanca is one of the provinces home to the black Iberian pig.

This breed is usually allowed to roam free and forage for grass, roots and acorns.

After slaughter they’re cured for as long as two years, giving their dark wafer-thin slices of ham a melt-in-the-mouth quality.

Jamón Ibérico doesn’t come cheap, but people are happy to pay extra for this delicacy.

Zamora

Your magical mystery tour of western Spain’s majestic heritage needn’t end in Salamanca: Not far north of the city is Zamora, famed for an older kind of architecture.

There are an incredible 24 romanesque churches in the city, a higher concentration than anywhere else in Spain.

These buildings are from the 1100s and 1200s, so it’s amazing how many have made it to the 21st century.

Or perhaps not, as Zamora is very well-defended, with a triple ring of fortifications and a defiant castle that commands great panoramas of the city.

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15 Best Things to Do in Salamanca (Spain):

  • Old Cathedral
  • New Cathedral
  • House of Shells
  • University of Salamanca
  • Plaza Mayor
  • Palacio de la Salina
  • St. Stephen's Convent
  • La Clerecía
  • Feria de Salamanca
  • Roman Bridge
  • Paddling on the Tormes River
  • Jamón Ibérico and tapas
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14 Top-Rated Attractions & Things to Do in Salamanca

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Visiting the UNESCO World Heritage City of Salamanca feels like strolling through an open-air museum with magnificent historic monuments on display. From the hallowed halls of the ancient university to its glorious cathedrals and soul-inspiring convents, the attractions of Salamanca take tourists on a journey back in time.

This celebrated university town has been famous since the Middle Ages when it drew students from all over Europe, and it still has a youthful energy.

The best way to discover Salamanca is to simply wander around the old cobblestone streets, following in the footsteps of Spain's greatest philosophers, scientists, writers, and artists. The town has an almost magical ambience, as the edifices made of Villamayor stone seem to glow a golden hue in the sunlight, and by night, the buildings are beautifully illuminated.

Discover the best places to visit in this enchanting city with our list of the top attractions and things to do in Salamanca.

See also: Where to Stay in Salamanca

1. Plaza Mayor

2. catedral nueva (new cathedral), 3. casa de las conchas (house of shells), 4. catedral vieja de santa maría de la sede (old cathedral), 5. casa lis: museo art nouveau y art déco, 6. old town landmarks, 7. convento de san esteban, 8. salamanca university's historic buildings, 9. la clerecía: a 17th-century baroque church, 10. convento de las dueñas, 11. museo de historia de la automoción de salamanca, 12. domus artium (museum of contemporary art), 13. day trip to zamora, 14. visit el campillo, where to stay in salamanca for sightseeing, map of attractions & things to do in salamanca.

Plaza Mayor

At the heart of Salamanca, this elegant public square is considered one of the grandest plazas in Spain. The square is lined with arcaded three-story buildings in uniform architectural style. The buildings were begun in 1729 based on the designs of Alberto de Churriguera and completed in 1755.

Among the monumental buildings on this square are the Pabellón Real (Royal Pavilion) by Alberto de Churriguera and the Churriguera-style Ayuntamiento (Town Hall) by Andrés García de Quiñones.

Historically, this spacious square of Plaza Mayor has served as a setting for ceremonial occasions, as well as bullfights until the 19th century. Many cafés and restaurants are found under the arcades, which makes the square an especially lively scene in the evenings. This square is one of the best places to visit in Salamanca to experience the city's nightlife.

At the southwest corner of the Plaza Mayor, the Calle del Prior leads to the Palacio de Monterrey , an Italian-style Renaissance palace with a splendid Plateresque exterior. Visitors can see the interior (which contains noteworthy artworks) by taking a guided tour. Tours are available every day. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Tourism Office. Late afternoon tours on Mondays are free of charge.

Catedral Nueva (New Cathedral)

Presiding over the town from a commanding hilltop location, the New Cathedral is a monumental building that outshines the Old Cathedral in size and Gothic grandeur. Although this cathedral dates back to 1513, it is called "new" because the town's original cathedral was constructed beginning in the 12th century. The Old Cathedral and New Cathedral stand beside each other.

The New Cathedral was begun in the early 16th century by Juan Gil de Hontañón and completed in the 18th century by Alberto de Churriguera . Because it took two centuries to complete, the building displays a combination of Gothic, Plateresque, and Baroque architectural elements.

The Plateresque doorways are richly decorated, especially the west doorway and the north doorway, which features a relief of Christ's entry into Jerusalem. The 110-meter-high tower has a beautiful dome.

Impressive dimensions of 104 meters in length and 48 meters in width give the interior an overwhelming effect of spaciousness. The domed sanctuary soars to a height of 38 meters.

Various chapels display masterpieces of art, including the tomb of Saint Ánchez de Palenzuela in the Capilla Dorada and the figure of the Virgen de la Cueva , patroness of Salamanca, in the Capilla del Mariscal .

In the Capilla del Cristo de las Batallas is an 11th-century crucifix presented by the Cid to his comrade in arms Jerónimo, later Bishop of Salamanca.

The New Cathedral is open to the public for guided visits (for an admission fee). Visitors may opt to use an audio guide.

Address: Plaza Juan XXIII, Salmanca

Casa de las Conchas (House of Shells)

Built in the 15th century, this Renaissance palace was the residence of Talavera Maldonado, a Knight of the Order of Santiago.

The most notable feature of the palace is the facade decorated with carvings of scallop shells, the symbol of medieval pilgrims traveling the Way of Saint James to Santiago de Compostela . Over three hundred shells sculpted from sandstone adorn the outer walls of the building.

Depending on the time of day, the sunlight creates an interesting effect on the pattern of the facade. The building also has Mudejar architectural elements, typical of Isabelline art. Notice the Gothic coat of arm on the entrance door and the intricate wrought-iron grilles on the windows.

Today, the mansion houses the Salamanca Public Library and an information office. Tourists may visit the inner courtyard of the building, which is a lovely two-story space.

Address: 2 Calle Compañía, Salamanca

Catedral Vieja de Santa María de la Sede (Old Cathedral)

The oldest Christian monument in Salamanca, the Old Cathedral was built between 1100 and 1200. This magnificent Romanesque cathedral is one of the most splendid buildings of this architectural period in Spain.

Although the Old Cathedral is not as grand as the New Cathedral, it has its own special beauty and a captivating ambience of tranquility. The cathedral also contains beautiful tombs of bishops and of the cathedral's aristocratic patron (owner of the Casa de las Conchas).

The 14th-century Capilla de Santa Bárbara was where university students appeared before their examiners for their final examinations.

Other interesting architectural features include the cathedral's Torre del Gallo , a distinctive tower named after the figure of a cock that crowns it, and the 12th-century cloister with its serene setting. The cloister was damaged in the 1755 earthquake and rebuilt after 1785, so little of the Romanesque design has survived.

The Old Cathedral is open to the public for guided tours. The Old Cathedral adjoins the New Cathedral and is entered from the south aisle of the New Cathedral. The best view of the Old Cathedral is from the Patio Chico.

Address: Plaza Juan XXIII, Salamanca

Art Nouveau and Art Deco Museum

This exceptional museum of decorative arts is in Casa Lis , an Art Nouveau building constructed in the early 20th century. However, the north facade of the building reveals elements of Modernist architecture, one of the few examples in Salamanca.

With almost 2,500 pieces, the collection spans from the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th century. The assortment includes jewelry, decorative glass, objects d'art, furniture, antique toys, and even a Fabergé egg.

The assortment of paintings is especially noteworthy, with works by painters from Salamanca, such as Celso Lagar and Mateo Hernández , as well as pieces by 19th-century artists of the Catalonia region.

The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday. Guided tours are available. Visitors also appreciate the gift shop and a café at the museum.

Address: 14 Calle Gibraltar, Salamanca

Salamanca's Old Town

Salamanca's Casco Historico (Old Town) is where you will find nearly all of the city's most popular tourist attractions, including the cathedrals and university buildings. There are also numerous historic landmarks and buildings scattered throughout the Old Town that are worth a visit.

The Roman Bridge (Puente Romano) is an important landmark tied closely to the city's identity, having been a part of Salamanca's coat of arms since the 13 th century. The bridge itself dates back to the first century CE, with more than half of its original stone arches still intact.

The Palacio de la Salina is well worth a visit to appreciate its ornately decorated Plateresque façade and arcaded patio. This historic building is a former manor house and now serves as the home of Salamanca's Provincial Council. Tourists may visit the patio, which is the only part of the building open to the public. Admission to the patio is free, and it is open every day.

Another small but popular place to visit is Huerto de Calixto y Melibea , a lovely garden located on Calle Arcediano. It is known for its diversity of plant life, romantic ambience, and excellent views of the river and Cathedral. The garden is open every day free of charge.

Convento de San Esteban

The Convento de San Esteban is found a little way from the Puente Nuevo (New Bridge), in a peaceful setting. This Dominican monastery has a splendid church built between 1524 and 1610 with a facade that exemplifies lavish Plateresque decoration.

The church boasts a gilded high altar of 1693 by José de Churriguera, one of the sculptor's greatest works, and three side altars created by his pupils. To the left of the high altar is the tomb of the Duke of Alba, governor of the area of the Netherlands that was once under Spanish rule.

Not to be missed are The Triumph of the Church fresco (above the choir), created by Antonio Palomino in 1705, and convent's two-story cloister featuring exquisite medallions, lovely ornamental figures, and a staircase by Gil de Hontañón.

The convent is open to visitors daily (with an entrance fee). Guided tours are available by appointment.

Address: Plaza del Concilio de Trento, Salamanca

Salamanca University

In the historic center of town is the world-famous Salamanca University, founded in 1218 as the first university in Spain and modeled after the University of Bologna in Italy. Salamanca University became one of the most important centers of learning in Europe during the Middle Ages.

Salamanca University recognized the Copernican system (the concept that the sun is the center of the universe) at a time when the church still regarded this idea as heresy. Another claim to fame: Miguel de Cervantes , Spain's most well-known writer and author of the novel Don Quixote , was a student of the university.

The university's main buildings center around the Patio de Escuelas , including the Escuelas Mayores, which is considered a masterpiece of Plateresque ornamentation; the Escuelas Menores , university preparatory schools established in 1428; and the Hospital del Estudio, now the Rector's office, which dates back to 1413 and was built as a hostel for poor students.

On the south side of the square is the Sala Calderón de la Barca (the old University Library) decorated with a famous ceiling painting, Cielo de Salamanca ( Sky of Salamanca ) by Fernando Gallego in 1480. The painting illustrates the knowledge of astronomy in the late 15th century, with signs of the Zodiac, numerous constellations, and the four winds.

Another attraction on the Patio de Escuelas is the Museo de Salamanca at #2 Patio de Escuelas. This museum occupies the 16th-century Casa de los Doctores de la Reina (House of the Doctors of the Queen), an impressive example of Renaissance civil architecture. Open year-round every day except Mondays, the museum displays collections of archaeology, fine arts, and local ethnology.

Address: Patio de Escuelas, Salamanca

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Opposite the Casa de las Conchas is La Clerecía, a masterpiece of 17th-century Baroque architecture. The large domed church features an imposing twin-towered facade by Quiñones, a magnificent Churrigueresque high altar, and three-floored cloister in ornate Baroque style.

Commissioned by Queen Margarita of Austria, wife of Philip III of Spain, the Clerecía was designed by Juan Gomez de Mora as a church and Jesuit ecclesiastic college. It was originally known as the Royal College of the Company of Jesus.

The building incorporated a section for the church and classrooms and a monastery space where the monks lived. Today, the Clerecía serves as the headquarters of Salamanca Pontificia University.

This monument is open to the public every day (with an admission fee). Entrance is free of charge on Tuesday mornings. Tourists will enjoy seeing the splendid interior of the church and may also visit the Clerecía Towers to take in exceptional views of the city.

Address: 5 Calle Compañía, Salamanca

Cloister of the Convento de las Dueñas

An interesting example of Mudéjar (Moorish-Christian) architecture, this lovely 15th-century convent is found just north of the Convento de San Esteban on the same square at the far side of the Avenida de los Reyes. The Convento de las Dueñas was founded in 1419 as a convent for Dominican nuns.

Several special design features distinguish the building, including the beautiful tiling characteristic of Moorish decor and the ornate Plateresque facade created in 1533. The convent's church was built in the mid-16th century with a single nave.

One of the highlights of the convent is the two-story Renaissance cloister, with capitals depicting fearsome beasts and human figures that seem inspired by Dante's Divine Comedy .

This monument is still a working convent but is open to visitors Monday through Saturday. Entrance requires an admission fee.

Museum of Automotive History

Vintage car enthusiasts will appreciate the Museum of Automotive History, which displays an extensive collection of antique vehicles and related memorabilia. The museum also presents the history of auto manufacturing and design.

Among the museum's 150 vehicles are many prestigious European models such as Rolls Royce, Jaguar, and Mercedes-Benz. There is also an assortment of racing cars, including the Formula 1 cars that have been featured in world-class competitions.

Address: Plaza del Mercado Viejo, Salamanca

Official site: http://museoautomocion.com/en/

Domus Artium (Museum of Contemporary Art)

This innovative museum was created in 2002 when Salamanca was designated as a European Cultural Capital. The Domus Artium houses a collection of contemporary art in a building that was formerly a prison. The space was completely renovated, as well as expanded to display the art works to the best advantage.

Much of the collection focuses on avant-garde-style works and art created with novel technologies.

The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday and admission is free. Guided tours are available.

Address: Avenida de la Aldehuela, Salamanca

Zamora

With its old-world charm and splendid Romanesque churches, the historic town of Zamora makes a wonderful day trip from Salamanca (about 65 kilometers away). Because of its numerous churches of the 12th and 13th centuries, Zamora has been called a "museum of Romanesque art."

The Catedral de Zamora stands on a highpoint of the Old Town surrounded by its defense walls and gates. Built between 1151 and 1174, the architecture is mainly Romanesque. The spacious domed interior features exquisite choir stalls created by Rodrigo Alemán in 1480. Carvings on the stalls depict figures of saints and famous men of antiquity, as well as scenes of country life.

The cathedral's Capilla Mayor has a beautiful marble retablo . The high altar is flanked by two Mudéjar pulpits.

From the cathedral, the Calle de los Notarios leads to the 11th-century Iglesia de San Ildefonso . In the church's Capilla Mayor are relics of the town's two patron saints, Saint Atilano and Saint Ildefonso.

From San Ildefonso, the Calle Ramos Carrión leads north to the little Romanesque Templar church of Santa Magdalena . This 12th-century monument has a splendid arched doorway with lions' and dragons' heads, and the interior has finely carved capitals and reliefs.

Calle Ramos Carrión then runs from Santa Magdalena to the Plaza de Claudio Moyano, where the 12th-century Romanesque Iglesia de San Cipriano is found. This church has wonderful relief decorations on the exterior, and the interior boasts a screen in the apse that is considered the oldest in Spain.

Outside the town walls, south of the cathedral on the banks of the Duero River, is another Romanesque church, the 11th-century Iglesia de San Claudio de Olivares .

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About 24 kilometers from Zamora, on Calle Larga in El Campillo, is a fascinating ancient church. The Iglesia de San Pedro de la Nave is a Visigothic church that dates to the seventh century.

In 1931, the church was removed from its original site several kilometers away because the location is now submerged by a lake. The church is renowned for its magnificent carved capitals, which rank among the finest sculpture produced in Christian Spain before the arrival of the Moors.

Inside the encircling streets that replaced its town walls, Salamanca's Old Town contains most of the city's tourist attractions: the Plaza Mayor, the cathedrals, the Convento de San Esteban, and many other palaces and churches. Our list of highly rated hotels includes hotels in the Old Town, as well as in other convenient places to stay in Salamanca:

Luxury Hotels :

  • Close to the Casa Lis, the four-star NH Salamanca Puerta de la Catedral offers stylish modern guest rooms in a historic building, some with balconies or windows overlooking the cathedral. The hotel has a 24-hour front desk, concierge, restaurant, and breakfast buffet.
  • The five-star Hotel Rector is ideally located near the university and cathedrals. Guest rooms at this boutique hotel feature plush contemporary decor, marble-accented bathrooms, and bathrobes and slippers. Amenities include a 24-hour front desk, concierge, and evening turndown service. Guests may request rides from the hotel's private chauffeured car.
  • An upscale centrally located hotel, the four-star Eurostars Las Claras is a few blocks from Calle Mayor and an easy walk from the Plaza Mayor and main attractions. The spacious guest rooms feature modern amenities, such as flat-screen televisions and soundproofing. The hotel has a 24-hour front desk, restaurant, on-site parking, and a breakfast buffet.

Mid-Range Hotels:

  • The spacious guest rooms at the Ikonik Plaza Mercado hotel feature original wooden shutters and vaulted ceilings. Accommodations include single, double, and triple rooms. Just steps way from the Plaza Mayor, this three-star hotel has a concierge, café, and parking. A breakfast buffet is available.
  • The four-star NH Collection Salamanca Palacio de Castellanos boasts spectacular views of the Plaza de Concilio de Trento, the Convento de Las Dueñas, and the Catedral Nueva. The hotel provides bright, spacious guest rooms decorated in sleek minimalistic style. Amenities include an outdoor terrace, concierge, and a breakfast buffet.
  • In the heart of the Salamanca's Old Town, the abba Fonseca Hotel is a five-minute walk from the university and 10-minute walk to the Plaza Mayor. This four-star hotel has a gourmet restaurant, fitness center, Jacuzzi, and on-site parking. A continental breakfast is available.

Budget Hotels:

  • Just off Rua Mayor between Plaza Mayor and the university, the nicely renovated Hosteria Sara has surprisingly quiet rooms with kitchenettes.
  • Plaza Mayor is just around the corner from Sercotel Las Torres , as are plenty of restaurants and cafés, but rooms are quiet. This three-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk, concierge services, and a breakfast buffet.
  • Overlooking a park and close to the train station, the ibis Salamanca is about a 10-minute walk from Plaza Mayor. Amenities includes 24-hour check-in, a restaurant, café, and on-site parking.

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Exploring Avila : Heading southeast toward Madrid, the UNESCO-listed city of Avila is just over an hour's drive from Salamanca. Here, you will find the ancient city walls still intact, protecting the numerous historic sites, from medieval convents to Renaissance palaces. Avila is also home to Spain's oldest Gothic cathedral, the impressive Catedral de San Salvador.

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Exploring Segovia : The smaller city of Segovia is also still protected by walls, home to several religious and architectural attractions, a fairy-tale castle, and a Roman aqueduct. Overflowing with old-world charm, this is the perfect place for those who love to wander ancient alleyways and cobblestone streets to find the perfect café.

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Exploring Madrid : Madrid combines its rich history and culture with the lively pace of modern city life. Tourists can discover world-class museums and an abundance of stunning landmarks. Thanks to its wide variety of hotel options and central location, many tourists choose to stay in Madrid and take day trips to nearby attractions.

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Exploring Toledo : Among the popular day trips from Madrid is Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site . Called the "city of three cultures," Toledo has long been home to Muslims, Jews, and Christians who have built an assortment of beautiful mosques, synagogues, and churches over the centuries. Toledo is also known for its association with El Greco, and for traditional crafts including damascene metalwork and swords.

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There’s no doubt about it, Salamanca is a gorgeous city and a must-visit on your trip to central Spain. If you have time to explore further, it also makes a great base for exploring the region of Castilla Y Leon with its castles, vineyards and quaint villages. The best way to do that, of course, is by car, so here are some ideas for road trips to take through the lush landscape around the city.

1. la alberca.

1. La Alberca

Take the chance to visit this nearby village, often described as one of the most picturesque in Spain. Sitting in a hilly region to the south, the streets here are free of cars and lined with timber-framed houses decorated with colourful window boxes. All of which gives you the feeling that you’ve stepped back a few centuries in time. The pace of life is slower here, making it the perfect place to sit at a pavement café simply people-watching and soaking up the atmosphere. The one-hour drive takes you along scenic country roads in an area bordering the area’s mountainous UNESCO biosphere reserve, before arriving in La Alberca.

La Alberca, Spain

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La Alberca, Spain | © Samu/Flickr

2. Valladolid

Church, Museum

This small city to the north is packed for of Gothic architecture and medieval history. It’s famous for medieval religious sites like the San Pablo Church, built in the Spanish Gothic style and dating from the 1400s. There’s also the Royal Palace, home to royalty in the 1600s. The city also has some excellent museums and galleries including the National Sculpture Museum, and the Christopher Columbus Museum, telling the story of the explorer, who died here in Valladolid. It’s an easy one-hour drive from Salamanca through green countryside.

Valladolid, Spain

3. Ciudad Rodrigo

Love it or hate it, Salamanca is in the heart of bullfighting country, and the sport is a proud tradition in the region. If you’re visiting in early August, visit this small town to experience the crazy Carnaval de Toros , when the town’s Plaza Mayor is transformed into a bullfighting ring and locals party nonstop at the many open-air cafés, creating a very lively atmosphere. It’s just an hour’s drive from Salamanca, and if you want to join the party instead of driving back, it’s possible to find overnight accommodation in the town.

Ciudad Rodrigo, Spain

5. The Golden Mile

Another must-visit for wine connoisseurs is La Milla de Oro, or The Golden Mile , found to the west of the Ribera del Duero region. The prestigious route is made up of wineries dotted along the Duero river. Thought to have a special micro-climate, the Golden Mile is home to some of Spain’s most renowned wineries, locally known as Vino de la Tierra. The area has an ancient wine-making tradition dating back to Roman times. Start your exploration at the villages of Sardón del Duero and nearby Retuerta, both of which are surrounded by vineyards included in the Golden Mile.

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Tempranillo vineyards in Castillo y Leon, Spain | © Mick Stephenson / Wikimedia Commons

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ávila is a treasure trove for history lovers. Walking the cobbled streets will take you back to the times of old Spain, as you discover the town is packed with stunning museums and churches enclosed by impressive medieval walls. The entire wall is lit up spectacularly at night, making it a great place for a romantic walk.

Ávila, Spain

7. Lagunas de Villafáfila

If you prefer to immerse yourself in nature, it’s worth the one hour drive north to visit Lagunas de Villafáfila, a popular nature reserve famous for sightings of rare birds in and around the peaceful lagoons. Numerous hiking trails start from here, and the Park House is staffed by knowledgeable volunteers who can give you all the information you need to explore the area. Find more information on the official website .

Lagunas de Villafáfila, Spain

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Although we've seen some fairly impressive sights, the best is yet to come: from the ground floor of the Old Cathedral, you can visit the permanent exhibition called 'Ieronimus', with an unusual tour that includes access to the highest part of both cathedrals. We can get a close-up view of –and almost touch– the towers, which are 110 metres high, including the most typical towers such as the Gallo (cockerel) (so-called due to its cockerel-shaped weathervane) and the Campanas. We then move onto a terrace, which offers outstanding views over the city. Simply fantastic.

Let’s go out for tapas

After this highly cultural morning, lunch is the perfect time to savour the famous culinary attractions of Salamanca. And the best way to do this is by going out for tapas: hopping from bar to bar trying small portions of the local specialities. The area around the Plaza Mayor is the ideal place to sample a wide range of hearty sausages and cured meats, for example. If you'd rather eat in a restaurant, you can always order the delicious roast suckling pig. Another busy area which is much frequented and offers a wide range of options (now in the new part of the city) is the Calle Van Dyck.

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Places not to be missed

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Las Úrsulas Convent

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Salamanca's Cathedrals

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La Clerecía Building

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Archbishop Fonseca College

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Salamanca Plaza Mayor Square

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Anaya Palace

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Casa de las Conchas house

In the second half of the day we can discover some of the secrets of the famous University of Salamanca, take a romantic stroll through the garden of Calixto y Melibea, or enjoy some retail therapy. Salamanca has so much to offer you.

University city.

Suitably revived by lunch, we return to Plaza de Anaya square to see another of the city's treasures: the University . It's located on our right, and we go around the building until we arrive at its Plateresque doorway. Here you’ll find another pleasant surprise: it also conceals curious carved figures such as dolphins, and the famous frog. which has become the symbol of Salamanca, and something that all visitors have to try and spot. According to legend, if a student can see it without being told where it is, he or she will pass all that year's exams. Let's have a go at finding it. And if we really can't see it, we can always ask for help from the people around us.

The magical and romantic side to Salamanca

We now go down the Bohemian street of Los Libreros, where we find the Casa Lis Museum of Art Nouveau and Art Deco , in an Art Nouveau mansion. If we continue along this street we reach the old city wall, and one of the most romantic spots in the city: the Huerto de Calixto y Melibea, a garden said to be the meeting place for the lovers Calixto and Melibea, the main characters in the novel 'La Celestina', a classic work of Spanish literature. It is the perfect place to rest and be soothed by the scent of flowers, as well as to enjoy the outstanding view, with the Cathedral in the background.

Left: University / Centre: Casa Lis © / Right: Convent of San Esteban in Salamanca, Castile and Leon © Grupo Ciudades Patrimonio

A little further on, in Plaza de Carvajal, we find another magical place: the Cave of Salamanca. We can't pass up the chance to enter the crypt where, legend tells, there was once a school of occult sciences where the Devil stole the shadow of a nobleman. For many, this is the gateway to another hidden city. After visiting (on our right) the imposing Convent and Church of San Esteban (whose visitors have included such illustrious names as Columbus) we continue on along Calle San Pablo, the site of the Clavero Tower and La Salina Palace , until we come to the Plaza Mayor. We've seen all Salamanca's most beautiful monuments, and now we can spend a little time shopping for souvenirs to remind us of our visit. The best idea when shopping for gifts is to head for the streets of Toro and Zamora, where you'll find numerous boutiques, jewellers, typical crafts shops... Ask for filigree work or the typical Salamanca button. Or what about a little frog to remind us of our search at the university?

San Esteban Church and Monastery

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Salina Palace

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Torre del Clavero Tower

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Salamanca University

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Casa Lis Art Nouveau and Art Deco Museum

Say farewell to Salamanca as you watch its transformation as the buildings light up at night and the city is embraced by a unique magic.

Illuminated salamanca, the city by night.

One of the best ways of enjoying the breath-taking sunset over Salamanca is to visit the Roman Bridge , then stroll along the riverbank, which is one of the top places for taking some outstanding photos of the city. Then again, if we stay in the centre of town we can see the spectacular sight of the glow of the sunset turning the stone on the façades of all the buildings to a magical golden colour. As night falls, Salamanca lights up and becomes even more beautiful, if such a thing is possible. For dinner, we choose the cobbled streets of the Plaza Mayor.

Salamanca, Castile-León

And dinner is only the beginning, because as Salamanca is a university town, its nightlife is famous for its great atmosphere which continues into the small hours. So if you feel like going dancing or having an after-dinner drink, you'll find bars and clubs to suit all tastes right near the squares of Plaza Mayor and Plaza San Justo, in the area of Gran Vía and Calle Bordadores: converted chapels, and venues decorated like a boat or a submarine… You can also catch some live music, meet people from all over the world, listen to storytellers… The possibilities in Salamanca are never-ending.

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Roman Bridge (Salamanca)

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Worth knowing

There are numerous guided tours of the city which start in the Plaza Mayor square. Download the free tourist guide ‘Salamanca Tourism’: with audioguide, routes and services. The Tourist Office offers accessible tourism material. In the shop ‘La Tienda de Turismo de Salamanca’ (Plaza Mayor 14) you can find the perfect souvenir and gift from your trip to the city. Ask about games and routes for children at the Tourist Office.

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Whether floodlit by night or bathed in late-afternoon light, there's something magical about Salamanca. This is a city of rare beauty, awash with golden sandstone overlaid with ochre-tinted Latin inscriptions – an extraordinary virtuosity of plateresque and Renaissance styles. The monumental highlights are many and the exceptional Plaza Mayor (illuminated to stunning effect at night) is unforgettable. This is also Castilla's liveliest city, home to a massive Spanish and international student population that throngs the streets at night and provides the city with so much vitality.

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Catedral Vieja

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Universidad Civil

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Façade of San Esteban Convent in Salamanca.

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Real Clerecía de San Marcos

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5 towns near Salamanca that are worth visiting

November 2, 2021 Rianna Ross Lifestyle 0

Salamanca is located in the northwest of Spain and belongs to Castilla y León. This beautiful city is characterized by its ornamental architecture and for being the seat of the oldest university in our country (the third in Europe) and of course, for its lively student nightlife. But, beyond the Huerto de Calixto y Melibea and the astronaut on the facade of its cathedral, we invite you to visit some of the towns near Salamanca: they are picturesque and charming places.

Towns near Salamanca

1. mogarraz.

If you ask someone from Salamanca, they will tell you that Mogarraz is one of the towns near Salamanca that you cannot miss. And the most curious thing about this town? That on the facades of the houses you can find portraits of the neighbors (from 1967), as well as follow the famous water path. Mogarraz is located in the so-called Sierra de Francia and, precisely because of its location, its original architectural layout has been maintained.

En Mojarraz destacan las pinturas de los vecinos en las fachadas de las casas

Mogarraz has an area of only 9.05 km and a small population of almost 300 inhabitants; inhabitants who know each other and are always ready to welcome tourists. The town of Mogarraz has been a Site of Cultural Interest and a historical site since 1998; This is due in part to the fact that it preserves that original layout, but also to its medieval framework with very narrow streets. This small town was founded in the 12th century and still maintains buildings dating from the 18th century, with sections of stone and wood.

In Mogarraz you can visit the Church of Nuestra Señora de las Nieves, whose bell tower stands out on the roofs of the houses; You can also visit the hermitage and the Humilladero fountain, the Plaza Mayor and the Casa de las Artesanías ethnographic museum, where works made of gold and leather are exhibited. From this town you can follow the water path: a nine-kilometer circular route that follows the course of the Milanos river. This path starts from Mogarraz and passes through Monforte de la Sierra and back to Mogarraz.

2. The Pool

From the website of the City Council of La Alberca they welcome tourists, “passionate visitors, curious, pursuers of beauty, peace, tranquility, walks and good food”. It is the ideal place to escape the city and immerse yourself in a quiet environment. La Alberca is also located in the Sierra de Francia and is characterized by its narrow streets and stone, adobe and wooden houses that trace geometric figures; and is that La Alberca is one of those towns near Salamanca that seem suspended in time.

Since 1940, La Alberca has held the title of Historic-Artistic Complex; It is the first town to obtain this distinction in Spain; Furthermore, it is considered one of the most beautiful towns in our country. In La Alberca, the 18th century parish church stands out, where the Cristo del Sudor is located. According to a legend, this town sweated blood in 1655; the hermitage of Cristo del Humilladero is one of the oldest in La Alberca and we advise you to visit it, as well as that of San Blas, which stands out for its imposing cypress trees in its gardens and which offers a spectacular landscape.

From La Alberca you can follow the path of the roots, a nine-kilometer circular route. It stands out for the natural landscapes through which it passes, such as the San Marcos lagoon. A very popular tradition in this town is that of the “Marrano de San Antón”. It consists of having a pig loose on the streets of the town and that is fed by its neighbors. This pig is raffled on January 17, the day of San Antonio Abad, and on June 13, it is blessed.

3. Miranda del Castañar

Miranda del Castañar is also located in the Sierra de Francia and stands out for its medieval town, which was declared a Historic-Artistic Site in 1973. But the charm of this town, which when entering it seems that you are traveling back in time, is conferred by a imposing walled castle; This castle, to this day, preserves its four gates: Postigo, San Ginés, Nuestra Señora de la Cuesta and La Villa.

El castillo fue donado por la penúltima duquesa d eAlba, Cayeta Fitz-James Stuart

The castle of the Zúñiga or Counts of Miranda del Castañar is located to the east and is one of the best preserved in the province of Salamanca. The castle was owned for many centuries by the Dukes of Alba and it was in 1954 when Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart herself (penultimate Duchess of Alba and who held the title of Countess of Miranda del Castañar) donated the castle. This fortress preserves its entire wall intact and complete.

From Miranda del Castañar, one of the towns near Salamanca, you can follow the path of prodigies ; a circular route of eleven kilometers that begins and ends in this town and passes through Villanueva del Conde.

4. Ledesma one of the most beautiful towns near Salamanca

Ledesma is considered the most important population center in the north of Salamanca and, what attracts the most of this town is its medieval entrance. It is a bridge that rises over the river Tormes and opens onto an unprecedented walled complex. The streets of Ledesma, which are quite narrow, have many palatial houses dating from the 15th and 16th centuries, which were built in the Gothic and Renaissance style. In fact, the whole of this walled enclosure was declared a Historic-Artistic Site in 1975.

Ledesma es uno de los pueblos cerca de Salamanca más importantes y con más encanto

As part of this complex are the church of Santa María la Mayor or the Town Hall, as well as old palaces erected between the 15th and 19th centuries that belonged to noblemen and burghers of Ledesma; Also part of this complex is the Hospital de San José or the Alhóndiga del Obispo de Útica Pedro del Campo.

The castle of Ledesma is one of the greatest tourist attractions of this town, although, over the centuries, it has lost its wall, as well as the entrances and towers. Inside the enclosure, you can still visit two rooms dating from the Gothic period. Excavations carried out in the 1980s and 1990s uncovered a complex water channeling system, as well as stables, wells and fountains.

5. Montemayor del Río

Montemayor del Río is a small town and ideal to disconnect. It is located in the Sierra de Béjar and this gives it a unique landscape that is complemented by its white houses and its imposing castle. This town is also located next to the old Calzada de la Plata, which, during medieval times, had great geographical importance. In 1982, Montemayor del Río was declared a Historic-Artistic Site.

En Montemayor del Río, uno de los pueblos cerca de Salamanca, lo más destacado es el Castillo de San Vicente

What to see in Montemayor del Río? You can start by approaching the Castillo de San Vicente, which was recently restored and sits on top of the hill where the town is located. It has six towers: four square and two semicircular. It is also advisable to visit the old Pillory or fountain in the square, a column that, in medieval times, served as a pillory or roll and whose construction you can see the coat of arms of the Marquis of Montemayor.

The Puente de Piedra, over the river Body of Man, the hermitage of San Antonio y Cruz, the church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción or the Plaza Mayor are just some of the places of interest in this beautiful Salamanca town.

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Visiting the City of Salamanca

Two-and-a-half hours north-west of Madrid, Salamanca is the perfect final stop on the way from Spain to Portugal, or a first stop if traveling the other way round. Cold in winter and pleasantly warm in summer, Salamanca is a clean city, famous for its nightlife and even more famous for its university, and is very popular with foreigners for learning Spanish.

The nearest airport is in Valladolid , though Madrid airport isn't too far away.

Visiting Salamanca

It's best to visit Salamcan In the second week of September, as this is when Salamanca has its major festival - the Virgen de la Vega . September is also the month when the students come back to Salamanca, bringing back the whole purpose of Salamanca. The winter months get very cold, so if you plan on visiting from November to February, bring a jacket! All the main sights can be seen in a day, but it is such a pleasant city that it is worth at least two days.

For hotel reservations in Salamanca check out Hotels.com .

First Impressions

Approaching the city, the most striking thing is how agricultural the land is. As you enter the city by bus, the landscape is very grassy, with the New Cathedral (it isn't that new, by the way, just comparatively so) appearing over the top of a grassy mound. It makes sense to head straight for the Cathedral and start your exploration of the city with a walk up to Plaza Mayor, as these will be your two reference points for your stay in Salamanca.

Starting from Plaza Anaya, with the New Cathedral behind you (and its astronaut and ice cream carvings), you have the Universidad Civil to your left (and on the other side of that, Salamanca's famous Lucky Frog). Walking up c/Rua Mayor, you'll have the Clerecia and the Casa de las Conchas (House of Shells) on your left before you eventually reach Plaza Mayor. Within a few streets of Plaza Mayor, you will find a number of beautiful churches and ancient buildings.

Three Things to Do in Salamanca

First, marvel at how everything goes so well together, with the uniform sandstone architecture amazingly beautiful for something so consistent.

Then, look for the Lucky Frog on the Universidad Civil before heading around the corner and searching for the astronaut and ice cream cone on the Catedral Nueva .

Last, learn Spanish at the University of Salamanca, which is one of the oldest in Europe (the sixth oldest still in existence). The Spanish spoken in this area is one of the purest in the country.

Day Trips From Salamanca

Ciudad Rodrigo, a fortress city built high on a rocky rise, on the way to Portugal from Salamanca. Zamora, another walled city, is just an hour from Salamanca by bus.

Visit La Alberca at any time in the second half of the year to see the town's pet pig roam the streets. In January it will be raffled off for charity. Read more about Rifa del Marrano de San Anton .

Where to go after Salamanca? Head North to Leon and then on to Galicia, south-east to Madrid, or west to Portugal.

Distances to Salamanca

From Madrid , plan on a 206km trip. It takes 2h30m by bus, train, or car.

From  Barcelona plan on an 839km trip, which is 11h by bus, 11h15m by train, or 9h by car.

From Seville plan on a 462km trip, which is 7h by bus or 5h45m by car.

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  1. THE 15 BEST Things to Do in Salamanca

    11. Museo de la Historia de Automocion. 470. Speciality Museums. This is a great museum on the history of cars with cars going back to the first one displayed there along with ones from all the years and countries around the world. See full details. 2023. 12. Cielo de Salamanca.

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    1. Old Cathedral. Source: flickr. Old Cathedral. Salamanca's a city with two cathedrals attached to one another. The oldest of the two was erected between the 1100s and 1200s, and has an enchanting combination of romanesque and gothic styles, each reflecting the change in fashion as the cathedral was being built.

  3. THE 30 BEST Places to Visit in Salamanca (UPDATED 2024)

    Museo de la Historia de Automocion. 470. Speciality Museums. This is a great museum on the history of cars with cars going back to the first one displayed there along with ones from all the years and countries around the world. See full details. 2023. 12. Cielo de Salamanca.

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    There are plenty of places to see and visit around Salamanca. Whether you love hiking or cycling, Salamanca is a region where 20 hidden gems are waiting to be explored and visited. Check the top places to visit in the region and plan your next adventure today. 1. Catedral de Salamanca. 2.

  5. 14 Top-Rated Attractions & Things to Do in Salamanca

    The best way to discover Salamanca is to simply wander around the old cobblestone streets, following in the footsteps of Spain's greatest philosophers, scientists, writers, and artists. ... Discover the best places to visit in this enchanting city with our list of the top attractions and things to do in Salamanca. See also: Where to Stay in ...

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    Museo de la Historia de Automocion. 470. Speciality Museums. This is a great museum on the history of cars with cars going back to the first one displayed there along with ones from all the years and countries around the world. See full details. 2023. 12. Cielo de Salamanca. 232.

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    Max 24ºC / Min 12ºC. To talk of culture is to talk of Salamanca. Taking a walk through the streets of its historical centre, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, means taking a walk through centuries of history, art and knowledge and experiencing the wonder of landmarks such as its famous University, one of the oldest in Europe, and ...

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    Top Things to Do in Salamanca, Spain: See Tripadvisor's 139,595 traveller reviews and photos of Salamanca tourist attractions. Find what to do today, this weekend, or in May. ... Other Top Attractions around Salamanca. 2023. Las Murallas de Ávila. 5,481. 88 km away. Avila. Historic Sites. 2023. Zamora. 1,185. 62 km away. Zamora.

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    Salamanca University. Salamanca's university is located in the historic town center and was founded between 1425 and 1433. The building is considered one of the most beautiful universities in the world, mostly because of its crafted façade. The carvings are an excellent example of the plateresque style and were added in 1592 by the Catholic ...

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    It's just an hour's drive from Salamanca, and if you want to join the party instead of driving back, it's possible to find overnight accommodation in the town. 5. The Golden Mile. Another must-visit for wine connoisseurs is La Milla de Oro, or The Golden Mile, found to the west of the Ribera del Duero region.

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    Illuminated Salamanca, the city by night. One of the best ways of enjoying the breath-taking sunset over Salamanca is to visit the Roman Bridge, then stroll along the riverbank, which is one of the top places for taking some outstanding photos of the city. Then again, if we stay in the centre of town we can see the spectacular sight of the glow ...

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    Salamanca. Whether floodlit by night or bathed in late-afternoon light, there's something magical about Salamanca. This is a city of rare beauty, awash with golden sandstone overlaid with ochre-tinted Latin inscriptions - an extraordinary virtuosity of plateresque and Renaissance styles. The monumental highlights are many and the exceptional ...

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    Visit Casa de Las Conchas. Casa de las Conchas is a must-see! The name literally translates to House of Shells and is named for the many scallop shells that cover the facade. Built in 1493, this is peak Gothic architecture in Salamanca. Legend has it that gold is hidden behind one of the 300 shells.

  14. THE 10 BEST Things to Do in Salamanca (UPDATED 2024)

    Museo de la Historia de Automocion. 470. Speciality Museums. This is a great museum on the history of cars with cars going back to the first one displayed there along with ones from all the years and countries around the world. See full details. 2023. 12. Cielo de Salamanca. 233.

  15. 5 towns near Salamanca that are worth visiting

    4. Ledesma one of the most beautiful towns near Salamanca. Ledesma is considered the most important population center in the north of Salamanca and, what attracts the most of this town is its medieval entrance. It is a bridge that rises over the river Tormes and opens onto an unprecedented walled complex. The streets of Ledesma, which are quite ...

  16. Fascinating Salamanca: its most beautiful villages

    Touring the villages of Salamanca ensures a round-trip ticket to travel back in time. Walking through its streets or exploring its natural spaces opens the door to a fantasy that almost feels real while touring this Castilian province. A fantasy that extends to the after-dinner moments in front of its renowned gastronomy.Moments that inhabit a crossroads between excellent local products and a ...

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    11. Museo de la Historia de Automocion. 470. Speciality Museums. This is a great museum on the history of cars with cars going back to the first one displayed there along with ones from all the years and countries around the world. See full details. 2023. 12. Cielo de Salamanca.

  18. Visiting the City of Salamanca

    Visiting the City of Salamanca. Two-and-a-half hours north-west of Madrid, Salamanca is the perfect final stop on the way from Spain to Portugal, or a first stop if traveling the other way round. Cold in winter and pleasantly warm in summer, Salamanca is a clean city, famous for its nightlife and even more famous for its university, and is very ...

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    A beautifully restored passenger depot is the highlight. Talking to Jaré Cardinal, director of the Salamanca Rail... 11. Apollo Canna Co. 2. Speciality & Gift Shops. Open now. By atomictinta. Had an awesome time great flower insane view that goes on and on 👍 if you smoke this place will blow your mind.

  20. THE 10 BEST Things to Do in Salamanca

    Museo de la Historia de Automocion. 470. Speciality Museums. This is a great museum on the history of cars with cars going back to the first one displayed there along with ones from all the years and countries around the world. See full details. 2023. 12. Cielo de Salamanca. 233.

  21. THE 10 BEST Things to Do in Salamanca

    11. Museo de la Historia de Automocion. 470. Speciality Museums. This is a great museum on the history of cars with cars going back to the first one displayed there along with ones from all the years and countries around the world. See full details. 2023. 12. Cielo de Salamanca.

  22. THE 10 BEST Things to Do in Salamanca (Updated 2024)

    What a beautiful place to visit. We went during the book fair - stalls were set up across the square. The architecture is beautiful and the roads that lead off the Plaza all lead to interesting places to visit and see. So much to see in Salamanca. Loads of restaurants in the Plaza and also just off the Plaza in the side roads