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Guide of Salamanca



Salamanca is a university town par excellence as can boast of having the oldest university in Spain and one of the oldest in Europe. The city is always full of both Spanish and foreigners’ students who come to study for the entire year, or take a course of Spanish for a while. There should not be ignored its artistic and cultural importance; in this city you can see all kinds of artistic expressions, from Romanesque, Gothic or Renaissance to Baroque. His majesty and an artistic and cultural legacy given for centuries, has made Salamanca to be declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco.
You'll love this city also by the friendly and peaceful character of the people and the mysterious atmosphere that permeates each of its streets.


 
We recommend


 Shopping

 Gastronomy

 Nightlife

 Our tip

 How to get there

 Useful Information

 Where to sleep



We recommend


Plaza Mayor (Main Square)



This place can be considered one of the most spectacular in Spain. It is the heart of the city and meeting point both day and night of people of all ages of both Salamanca and the region. In this XVIII century Baroque style square stands out the town hall, tallest building across the square.


Puente Romano (Roman Bridge)


It is worth visiting the Roman bridge and go up the slope of the river Tormes. From the end of the bridge you can get a broad view of the city. Also In the area there are greenways, and, if you are accompanied by good weather you will be captivated by the beauty and atmosphere of the area.

Casa de Las Conchas (The house of the shells)



Do not miss visiting this Gothic style building with Renaissance elements. What is most striking is the originality of it with more than 300 shells. This is currently a public library open to the public so you can enter and admire its beautiful courtyard.


Old and New Cathedral


If you walk carefully around the Cathedral of Salamanca you will realize that this is not just one but two cathedrals. Salamanca in the fifteenth century experienced a very rapid population growth, so the existing Romanesque Cathedral (Catedral Vieja) could not accommodate so many people. This led to the creation of a new Gothic style cathedral (Catedral Nueva) and kept the other so that people could still go to church. In the old cathedral of Salamanca stands out the “Torre del Gallo”, a masterpiece of Romanesque architecture in Spain, which owes its name to the shape of a rooster weather vane that crowns it. In the new cathedral stands the tower of the 3 bells, which was rebuilt several times after being destroyed on several occasions by events such as a hit of a lighting or the Lisbon earthquake.


The University


The University of Salamanca is a sixteenth century building. The tradition requires looking for a frog in his Plateresque style façade. According to the tradition, for students to have luck on their exams they should see the frog before taking the exam. Nowadays students and tourists are at all times looking for the frog in the front. In the interior can be visited the library, the classrooms where Unamuno taught and the Museum of Salamanca.

Others


There are many fascinating places in the city of Salamanca, between the statues stand out: Calixto and Melibea, statue of Lazarillo de Tormes, Fray Luis de Leon in the University Square and the statue of Miguel de Unamuno, who loved Salamanca.
On the other hand we also would like to highlight: Ursula convent, Convento de las Dueñas Convent of San Esteban and Calatrava de Churriguera Palace, Church of San Benito, Monterrey Palace and the Cave of Salamanca.


Shopping


Throughout the old town of Salamanca, around the Plaza Mayor, you'll find all kinds of shops; Spanish and international franchises, shoe stores, supermarkets, bakeries, jewelry stores, gift shops, etc. Whatever you need you will find it in every street of the old town. A little further away, you can find the shopping centers "El Tormes" and “Los cappuccino", where you can also find all types of shops. To go to both of them you can catch a bus at  Gran Via, in the corner of Cuesta de Sancti Spiritus (bus to Santa Marta de Tormes). A little further away, it can also be found the shopping center "El Corte Inglés", which is well known in Spain. To reach this, you can take line 2 and 3 and stop at María Auxiliadora Street where this is located.


Gastronomy


You will love Salamanca’s cuisine due to its variety, quality and richness. There are a wide variety of “tapas” and "pinchos". Do not miss the stuffed omelets, variety of toast, excellent ham and embutidos (cold sausages), cheese and much more. If you walk through the streets we suggest that you try the "Hornazo" (meat, ham, sausage and hard boiled eggs pie). At night be sure to try any of the restaurants where you can taste any of the excellent world-famous wines such as designation of origin "Ribera del Duero", along with meat such as suckling lamb, goat or roasted pork. Finally we suggest you try the “chochos” (sweet anise) and the “bollo maimón” (type of cake).



Nightlife



Salamanca is a city full of students and this is one of the reasons why there is plenty of nightlife. Also this is due to the low cost of living there and the social character of the local people that meet at night in bars and restaurants of the city. Two zones can be differentiated; a modern area called Van Dyck and the entire old town. In both areas you will find several streets with all sorts of places to go for tapas, have dinner at a restaurant, a drink or go out until late. We recommend that you walk by the two areas and go from one place to another because each one has its specialty and distinctiveness.



Our tip


• To appreciate the beauty of Salamanca we suggest a stroll through the streets at night when there is less people and the night lights are on.
• Salamanca has many towers; we encourage you to draw a tourist route to see them all.
• In most places when you order a drink for a little more money you also get a "tapa".



How to get there


By plane


Salamanca airport is at 15 kilometers from the city, but there are only connections to Barcelona and Paris. (www.iberia.com)

 Near Valladolid there is another airport with more international connections. (www.ryanair.com) from this airport there is a bus that goes directly to Salamanca twice a day. (www.avanza.com). Alternatively you can go to Valladolid by taxi and take a bus from there as there are more frequent buses. (www.avanza.com)

The easiest way to get to Salamanca by plane is to fly to Madrid (Barajas). From the airport there is a bus to Salamanca. You can also go to Madrid city center and take a bus (www.avanza.com) or a train. (www.renfe.es)


By train


Salamanca has a train station in Paseo de la Estación s / n. From this station leave many trains to major cities such as Avila, Bilbao or Madrid. It also has direct connection with Portugal and, via Madrid and Irun-Hendaye to other destinations in Europe.
(www.renfe.es)



By bus


The station is on Avenida Fillberto Villalobos 71. There are connections to international destinations such as France, Germany and Portugal. There are also lines to various other destinations in Spain. (www.estacionautobusessalamanca.es)




Useful Information


Language


Spanish

Climate


Salamanca has a continental Mediterranean climate. Winters are cold with low temperatures, and hot summers with temperatures exceeding 30 degrees. If you come in winter do not forget to put warm clothes in the suitcase.

Weather in in Salamanca

Public Holidays


In Spain


1 and 6 January
Good Friday
19 March
1 May
15 August
12 October
1 November
6, 8 and 25 December

In Salamanca


12 June
8 September



Tourist Offices


Salamanca Tourist Office

Plaza Mayor nº 32, Casa de Postas.
Monday to Friday, from 9 to 14 h. and 16:30 to 20 h.
Saturdays from 10 to 20 h.
Sundays from 10 to 14 h.
902 30 2002 / 923 21 83 42
Informacion@turismodesalamanca.com
www.turismodesalamanca.com

Castile-Leon Tourist Office

Rúa Mayor, s/n
902 20 30 30 / 923 26 85 71
oficinadeturismodesalamanca@jcyl.es

Post office


Gran Via 25-29

Opening hours
Monday to Friday from 08:30 to 20:30 H
Saturdays from 09:30 to 14:00 H


Emergency numbers



Local Police: 062
National Police: 091 / 923 26 53 11
Traffic Department: 900 123 505
Traffic Operations Centre: 923 26 11
Emergency: 112
Red Cross: 923 22 1032

 


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