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The tuna is a typical Spanish institution dating back to the 10th century. At that time, those students, who did not have any money and wanted to go to university, formed a group of men dedicated to sing to women in the Spanish towns in order to collect money for their studies. They achieved success and consequently rich students joined the tuna in order to have fun and to find the woman of their dreams. The tuna members are students at the different faculties and the leader is normally someone older though he does not have to be neither a student nor a professor, the leader can be anyone who pays for being a member of the tuna. These tunos are called Black tunos, because they are not students.
The tuna men wear black shoes, short black trousers (called Cervantinos because the Spanish writer Cervantes used to wear this kind of trousers), a black jacket and a white shirt, costumes which date back to the 17th century. Depending on the faculty the tuna men wear different sashes: the yellow sash is for the medical faculty, the green one is for the vet faculty, etc.
The most famous tuna band is the Medical faculty of the Salamanca University, it is absolutely impressive to see them play in the Plaza Mayor of Salamanca, apart from singing very well they are very nice. Anyone going to Salamanca should not miss the tuna.
Written Sep 6, 2009
Address: Plaza Mayor of Salamanca.
Stay in cities with a university if you are interested in the nightlife. But then, expect college students and not something really exciting.
Dress Code: As in the rest of Spain, people tend to be rather fashion conscious, so it is better to dress accordingly.
Updated Aug 21, 2008
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