Discover Salamanca (Spain)
At about 2 hours drive from Madrid, Salamanca is much more discreet and relaxed than the capital, but do not be fooled by it.
There’s still plenty to see and do.
University of Salamanca
No visit to Salamanca is complete without a visit to the University of Salamanca, so it is no wonder that this is on most “must do and see” lists.
Founded in 1134, it is the oldest university in Spain and is popular nowadays for its Spanish programs for non-native speakers.
See the University Library, with its books and manuscripts dating from the ELEVENTH century.
Visit the old classrooms and don’t miss the University museum. Take pictures too-it’s beautiful.
The most visited place in Salamanca, Plaza Maior is a wonderful place to enjoy a meal or have a latte, while admiring the stunning architecture and watching the city pass by.
At night, the Plaza Mayor is also the city’s place to have fun, since you often see groups of university students entering the square to sing.
The groups are called Tunas, they wear 17TH century minstrels costumes and even compete against each other-music against music.
An incredibly entertaining night and a unique experience.
La Gran Via
Not necessarily on the tourist route, La Gran Via is the main avenue of Salamanca and is flanked by old hotels, restaurants, cafes and shops.
It is a wonderful avenue for sightseeing, where you start to see the real Salamanca and try it the way that the locals do.
Don’t miss the opportunity to take pictures of the old stone crests of the various buildings and make sure you save time to sit in a café.
It’s beautiful here.
Casa Lis Museum
Salamanca has many museums, but the Casa Lis Museum is the best of them.
Dedicated to art Deco and art Nouveau, it houses more than 20,000 pieces of art and is one of the largest museums of its kind in Europe.
They are not just paintings, you will find collections of toys and dolls, furniture, ceramics and more.
The museum also has stunning views through beautiful windows overlooking the river, and don’t miss the museum’s coffee as well.
Great food, good coffee and a charming atmosphere.
A culture capital in Spain, Salamanca hosts a variety of festivals throughout the year, most notably the Reyes Magos in January.
Presenting a night parade with costumes and music, the event receives the arrival of the “Three Kings” of the biblical tradition.
In June, the popular celebration of Corpus Christi became a national tourist attraction in which a religious procession travels through the streets of the city.
In mid-August, the La Mariseca Festival celebrates the placement of a bull-shaped windmill at the top of the city’s tallest building.
Salamanca is the birthplace of the Spanish bull industry, and the bullfights are an integral part of the city’s culture.
The bullfighting season takes place during the summer months, from June to September, in the bullring “La Glorieta”.
The location of 10,000 people also hosts shows and a variety of events throughout the year.
Also located in Salamanca, the Museo Taurino (bullfighting museum) illuminates visitors about the history and tradition of this millennial and controversial persecution.
Like most university towns, university students in Salamanca attend nightclubs and bars on weekends.
Known for its vibrant nightlife during the school year, Salamanca also offers many summer destinations.
A tradition in Salamanca, many bars offer a free snack, or “Pincho” with a drink order.
The nightlife destinations are around the Plaza Mayor, in the old central square, as well as in contemporary neighborhoods such as Calle Van Dyck.
After a night in the tapas bars or cafes, the revelers go to the nightclubs, where the party continues until morning.