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.
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.
The new cathedral of Salamanca was built at 16th century; several styles (Gothic, Renaissence, Baroque) mixe in this magnificent building. But there is something really strange on this cathedral frontage... A spaceman! How did he arrive there? I do not know. He is not easy to find, but there he is. And there is a frog at the frontage of University, even harder to find.
Do you accept the challenge?
La catedral nueva de Salamanca fue construida en el siglo XVI; varios estilos (gótico, renacentista y barroco) se mezclan en este magnífico edificio. Pero hay algo realmente extraño en la fachada de esta catedral... ¡Un astronauta!!!! ¿Cómo llegó aquí? No lo sé. No es fácil de encontrar, pero allí está. Y hay una rana en la fachada de la Universidad, aún más difícil de encontrar. ¿Aceptas el desafío?
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).
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is were studies previous to university teaching were imparted.
It is just in front of the Main University building.
Next to the Escuela Menores is the Hospital de Estudio (Hospital of Study), the old Hosptital for the University