C/ Grillo 18, Salamanca, Castile-Leon, 37001, Spain
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Salamanca - Hotel Estrella Albatros
We reserved this hotel on the web and it was chosen for the combination of price vs. location which is within walking distance from Salamanca city center.
In August 2006 the hotel was brand new and we were probably the first hosts to occupy our room. Modern furniture and equipment provide proper comfort except for the hilarious hairdryer....ehm....mounted too far for the cord to reach the socket! Unfortunately, the"genie of the appliance" didn't appear neither by rubbing the hairdryer nor by calling the reception. Good thing Spanish hot summers don't require the use of such a thing.
Underground garage with elevator.
Playing music in the Plaza Mayor
Cathedral (Salamanca, Spain)
Studying in Salamanca
Hi, I am a 20 year old female and I am looking at going to Salamanca to learn Spanish for about 6 months.
I think the best school I've found is Enforex. Does anyone have any experience with them? Or would the University of Salamanca be better?
My other question is regarding money. How do most people pay for things while out there? Should I open a Spanish bank account (if i was to use my English account I would incur charges everytime I took money out). And although travellers cheques would be ok for big purchases, for little things like food, I would want to use cash. But I don't want to carry 6 months of cash around with me!
Any other opinions from people who have done this would be greatly appreciated.
RE: Studying in Salamanca
Ive just sent you a VT email - thought I was posting a reply to the thread. Anyway as to cash (didnt mention this in the email), I definitely think it'd be worth opening a Spanish account if youre going for 6 months. The cost of taking out money all the time would certainly mount up - and you dont want to leave cash around your apartment really. The school will help you set something up when youre there.
Ive given you a tip for Enforex in the email. Its probably one of the best schools around. Not sure Id try the University - courses tend to be "too" popular which means groups will be bigger and your contact with Spanish will be minimal compared to being in a group of 6 or 7 in a private school.
Ive done a course before and its the most amaing experience ever! Its not only the language you will learn! :)
Travel Tips for Salamanca
Many people think that the...
Many people think that the first University in Spain was established in Salamanca. This is not true, for the first University was established in Palencia. Nevertheless, the University of Salamanca is one of the oldest and most reknown universities in Europe. The University contributes to a large extent to the welfare of the city. There are a lot of students and, of course, a lot of partying.
Salamanca is also very popular with foreigners learning Spanish. This gives to Salamanca a very cosmopolitan flair.
The city is full of buildings related to the University. The most interesting one can be seen in this picture: the Escuelas mayores. The fasade is a master work of Spanish renaissance architecture and the classrooms and bibliotheques are perfectly preserved from the ancient times, and still in use (mainly for protocollary acts).
As a visitor to Salamanca you should loose a bit of time trying to find a small frog in the delicated carvings of the fasade. (A hint: it stands on top of a skull).
It's imposible to count all...
It's imposible to count all the bars in Salamanca!! It's really AMAZING!!! And all to reach by foot!!
Now i'm telling you about my favourite places:
Puerto del Chus, Submarino, El Savor(Salsa-bar), Centenera,
Cafe Moderno, Biblioteca, Camelot, Cum Laude, Tio Vivo, Posada de las Almas, Juanita, Country....well, there's so much! Just go to the Gran Via or to the streets nearby The Plaza Mayor and you'll find a plenty of bars!!
There are really so many bars in relatively small town. You'll find an amazing amount of bars only in the old town of Salamanca so you really don't need a car like in other good nightlife-towns like Madrid. Nightlife in Salamanca starts about midnight - and you get the impression that the streets are more filled up with people than by day!
In the warmer seasons of the year you'll surely meet some groups of Tunas on Plaza Mayor by night, students that are playing folklore songs.
Salamanca's atmosphere, by day and night, is unique.
To find the frog at the university of Salamanca
There entrance of the university is full of things like the portrait of the Catholic kings and among those things there is a frog over a skull which is located at the right pillar of the monument. The legend says that those students who find the frog will pass the exams and those who are not students have to ask for good intentions. It is hard to see it the first time but once you find it there will not be more problems any more.
What appears to be the city's main cathedral is actually two cathedrals, the Catedral Vieja and the Catedral Nueva (Old and New Cathedrals). The Old Cathedral dates to the 12th century and is the more interesting of the two on the interior. The Romanesque exterior has withstood the centuries and inside you'll find a magnificent high altar (see my travelogue) that has 53 carved scenes by Nicolas Florentino (completed in the mid 1400s).
The New Cathedral is much larger and dates to the 16th century. Believe it or not, it was badly damaged in the Lisbon earthquake of 1755 and some renovations took place then. The main entrance is the north facade, but be sure to see the even more spectacular west facade. If you can catch it in the late afternoon light of a sunny day, it will dazzle in the light. The interior is quite impressive too with an amazing wooden choir and a bright interior which is largely illuminated by the window in the top of the main dome.
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Address: C/ Grillo 18, Salamanca, Castile-Leon, 37001, Spain