Salamanca Off The Beaten Path

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    Visit site of 1812 Battle of Salamanca

    by pedroswift Updated Jul 1, 2013

    A must-visit off-the-beaten-path site for those with an interest in the Napoleonic Period Iberian Peninsula Wars.
    The Battle of Salamanca site is located approximately 6 kms south of Salamanca City at Los Arapiles.
    Read how important the outcome of this battle was to the reputation of Wellington who controlled British, Portuguese and Spanish forces in a famous victory over the French.
    For more info read the tip on my Arapiles page.

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    Sit down at the Plaza Mayor and listen to the tuna

    by Sonia69 Updated Sep 5, 2009
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    One thing that any tourist shouldn't miss is to sit down at any terrace of the Plaza Mayor while having a drink and listening to the songs of the romantic tuna. To see them play is the last romantic things people can see in the world, there is nothing compared to the tuna because of different reasons: The tuna is a very ancient institution, dating back to the 10th century, they wear clothes from the 17th century and they sing romantic songs in the street, so that to see them play in the Plaza Mayor is the most romantic and beautiful things tourists should see. There is nothing compared to them.
    The best tuna is the funa of the Salamanca Medical Faculty and apart from singing very well, they are very nice.

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    Cementario

    by KimberlyBella Updated Jun 30, 2009

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    The cemetery is located on the edge of town at the top of a large hill. I've never seen graves above ground before, as they were in the cemetery, and parts of it are incredibly ancient.

    You can also look down at the town from the paths and it's a nice view of the city. If you're only planning to stay in Salamanca for a short time I wouldn't bother, since it's a very long walk and quite out of the way, but if you're planning to study there or spend a more significant amount of time, I would definitely check it out.

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    Arribes del Duero

    by Aitana Written May 9, 2009

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    Arribes del Duero is an international natural park traversed by the river Duero, in the border between Spain and Portugal. Part of this park is in the province of Salamanca.
    The natural beauty of this place makes it ideal for a vacation enjoying nature, watching birds and tasting the rich gastronomy of the region.

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    Torre del Clavero

    by Redang Updated Dec 28, 2008

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    Torre del Clavero (Clavero Tower) is part of the palace of Sotomayor. It was built in the 15th century. It has a square base that turns into an octagon as it goes up. Now, it houses the offices of the Salamanca Provincial Government.

    - Address: Calle Consuelo

    - How to get there: From Casa de las Conchas, take Calle Jesús to Plaza de Colón, cross it and you will reach Calle Consuelo, then walk along it (to the left), and there it is.

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    Iglesia de San Marcos - statues

    by Mikebond Written May 4, 2007

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    To end this virtual visit of San Marcos, have a look at the statues. The ones showed in this tip portray:
    1) Saint Mark the Evangelist;
    2) the crucifix hanging from the top of the main apse;
    3) the Virgin (Christ's mother, as the inscription says);
    4) Mary with the Child (Jesus).

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    Iglesia de San Marcos - overview

    by Mikebond Updated May 4, 2007

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    Although Saint Mark's church is not one of the most known in Salamanca, you may find it interesting anyway. It is a Romanesque church of the 12th century with an unusual circular shape. Inside, you can see some Gothic paintings and sculptures.

    Address: Plaza de San Marcos
    Phone number: +34 923128900
    Opening times: from 1st April to 30th September, Tue-Sun 10.30-13.30 and 16.00-19.30 h. The rest of the year, it is open only during the masses. Free entrance.

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    Iglesia de San Marcos - architecture

    by Mikebond Written May 4, 2007

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    The inside of the church consists of a nave and two aisles and has three apses, but the main attractions are the paintings portraying various saints. Have a look at the old bas-relief of the coat of arms (fourth photo).

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    Avila

    by acemj Updated Jan 2, 2006

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    A little over an hour away from Salamanca is Avila. Its most striking feature is its city walls which have survived for almost a thousand years. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to visit and was only able to take this really horrible picture from the highway as we passed by on the bus.

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    Cool terrain

    by acemj Updated Jan 2, 2006

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    On the way to Salamanca from the east, you'll start to notice the terrain changes a bit. You'll notice these giant stones scattered about the fields on the side of the road. It's a sparse and barren looking landscape and isn't quite like anything I've seen before.

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    Parque de la Alamedilla

    by fairy_dust Updated Apr 12, 2004

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    The pond - can you spot the black swan?

    This is a park very close to downtown. At first glance, it just looks like a plain old park, but it's beautiful if you go in. There's a pond with all sorts of birds there. Ducks, doves, geese, and even a black swan (my favorite). Last time I was there, there were also cages with chickens in them. There's lots of space to walk around, and if you play a musical instrument and want to practice, this park is a good place for that. Like Josh, who practiced his trumpet every day in the park, you might even meet a local or two, or some children, who might teach you how to play a Spanish song. There's also a cafe in the park.

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    Big parks near the outskirts

    by fairy_dust Written Feb 19, 2004

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    There is a big park outside of the downtown area, but I'm not sure what the name is. It's enclosed by a gate, and once you get in, it's beautiful. There are trees and plants everywhere, and the little paths have archways over them and bunches of grapes hang from them above your head. I didn't eat any, just because I wasn't sure whether it was safe or not, but it looked very pretty, old-fashioned, and charming. Also, there is a ledge where you can look out towards the outskirts of the city. I went on a Sunday afternoon, after going to Mass, and it was nice and calm. The only other person I remember seeing there was a man by the gate who was selling copies of his poetry.

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    The Gypsy market

    by fairy_dust Updated Feb 16, 2004

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    The Gypsies in Salamanca have a market every Sunday. I didn't go, but from what my professor told me, they sell all sorts of stuff and expect you to haggle the price. I wanted to go, but she told me not to go alone - I might get harrassed or hit on by the guys, and people there will try to mug me. So if you want to check it out, don't go alone and don't wear or carry anything valuable or large amounts of cash. Don't bring your passport or credit cards either.

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    Exploring side streets

    by fairy_dust Updated Jan 27, 2004

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    A little pedestrian street

    Away from the touristy Plaza Mayor and main roads, there are a lot of little side streets with shops, cafes, bars, etc. It's fun to explore and discover them. Especially since they're not usually filled with tourists.

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    The outskirts of town

    by fairy_dust Written Jan 25, 2004

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    Old buildings near the outskirts of town

    If you take some time to walk around the non-touristy places near the outskirts, you might see some ancient buildings there too. Along the streets that are near the river, there are some nice stone buildings.

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