Salamanca, known as Spain's 'golden city', is a lively and vibrant university city and a World Heritage Site in Spain's Western part. Salamanca is a mix of old and new, tradition and innovation, leading to a unique and refreshing atmosphere. The University of Salamanca is the oldest in Spain and the third oldest university in Europe, dating back to 1218. Today, Salamanca is a magnet for international students.
Salamanca is magical, whether it is in the early morning with the sunrise or in the late-afternoon light. The monumental highlights of ornate sandstone architecture and fascinating museums are all located within the historic centre. Both the old and new cathedrals are celebrations of Renaissance and Gothic styles. The central 18th century Plaza Mayor is one of the most beautiful plazas in Spain! The plaza is also the place to try some delicious food or go to the big central market to try the fantastic cheeses and delicious cured meats.
As Salamanca is centrally located in Spain, it takes only just two hours to travel to Madrid; or you can take a quick hop to the Portuguese border. Enjoy the countryside along the way with lakes, rivers, mountains, canyons and quiet villages.
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This exceptional grand square of Salamanca was built in 1755 and is considered to be Spain's most beautiful central plaza. Go at night; the illumination gives a magical effect. The plaza features arcaded walkways, iron balconies and a lot of pleasant terrace bars and restaurants.
Universidad Civil de Salamanca
The university was founded around 1218. During its great splendour, the 15th and 16th centuries, it was the head of the European Universities. The entrance façade is a tapestry in sandstone. The reliefs along the stairwell of the abbey and the library are highlights to visit.
Casa de las conchas
This Spanish Gothic civil architecture palace is named after the 300 scallop shells clinging to its façade. Today it houses the public library and an exhibition room. You can enter via a charming collonaded courtyard with a central fountain and intricate stone tracery.
You have to visit this viewpoint in Salamanca! Ieronimus is the tower located at the southwestern corner of the Cathedral Nueva's façade. The route takes you to both the interior and exterior of the cathedral. You have to climb up many steps to get to the top of the tower, but the amazing views are really worth it. Don't forget to visit the old and new cathedral close by!
Museum of Art Nouveau y Art Decó
Inside this incredible mansion, originally a private palace, you will find some of the city's most highly praised treasures, masterpieces from the 19th and 20th centuries. The building has intricate stained-glass windows, making it one of the most stunning architectural constructions in the country. This museum has the most extensive collection of porcelain dolls in the world!
St. Stephen's convent
The Convento de San Esteban is one of many old convents in Salamanca and an example of the plateresque style architecture. The façade, with its intricate carvings, is remarkable; you can also climb to the terrace directly above the facade. Another convent, the Convento de las Dueñas, is also worth a visit to try the nuns' traditional pastry.