Salamanca Travel Guide

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Salamanca Highlights

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     The tuna groups, the nightlife, the study program at the University of Salamanca and everything that has to do with it. 

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     Rainy Octobers, Cold Winters 

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     Salamanca is the place to be for learning Spanish 

Salamanca Things to Do

  • Catedral Nueva - New Cathedral

    The New Cathedral stands beside the Old Cathedral and is considerably larger It was constructed during the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, after in the beginning of the 15th century, The interior architecture and decorations of the New Cathedral are rich and elegant Three chapels that are worth mentioning are the Golden Chapel, the Chapel of the...

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  • Universidad - University

    The facade of the Universidad de Salamanca on the Patio de las Escuelas is probably the most photographed monument of Salamanca. Indeed the portal and facade is one of the most important monuments in Spain of the plateresque style. Plateresque means "in the manner of a silversmith". It is an architectural style exclusive of Spain between the late...

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  • Plaza Mayor

    The main square of Salamanca is one of the most beautiful and harmonious squares in Spain, in a baroque style The building on the north side contains the town hall and is beautifully finished with images Because eating is an important aspect of Spanish culture, restaurants and cafes are prevalent in the Plaza Mayor, many of the restaurants set-up...

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Salamanca Restaurants

  • Diner dishes and milkshakes too

    Set to be an old 50's style American diner, this place has a style not conforming to the Spanish norm. The inside has lots of old time photos, old record LP covers, some life-size reliefs of Elvis the King, etc. The chairs even have those cherry red vinyl covers found in the old diners.But what is a bit out of place is the fact that the music...

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  • Close to Plaza Mayor

    Excellent local food. A bit expensive, it's true, but it's a good idea to go there if you can afford it. It's recommendable to book in advance, the place is not too big.

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  • Great food in the heart of Salamanca!

    The DELICATESSEN Café is sited in the very heart of Salamanca, being just aside to The Universidad de Salamanca & Casa de las Conchas. The place itself seems small from outside although once that you are in, the space expands itself and they have also a little terrace covered very cosy. The restaurant is very trendy and modern decorated and also...

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Salamanca Nightlife

  • Night tunos

    Salamanca is full of nightlife activities, the best example for this is the tunos, who are mainly university students who sing in the Plaza Mayor. They sing specially for women that is why they are so romantic and nice that every woman can fall in love with them. I like the tunos very much so this is an excuse to go back there, they are so...

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  • Nightlife like no other

    Salamanca has so much to offer in this respect.. jacko's (a bar dedicated to micheal jackson) is great if you like obscenely large drinks on the cheap.. camelot is a club that can be quite cheesy.. usually only entered into on a friday/saturday..when everyones there dancing their socks off to the grease soundtrack and forgetting to be...

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  • Late late late

    Salamanca is crazy. People dont go out clubbing till well after 1am 2am.... its friendly, cheap and fun. Crap music but thats half of the fun. This town is a mix of old people and young people, very little in between casual

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Salamanca Transportation

  • Salamanca train station

    Salamanca train station is a modern building, trains from Madrid take about 150 minutes. The trains are run by RENFE.from Madrid Chamartin station. There are also buses to and from Madrid

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  • Madrid to Salamanca by Bus

    You can get to Salamanca only with Avanzabus from Madrid by bus directly from the Madrid-Barajas airport leaving aprox. every hour.They offer an expres bus with a lot of extras including wifi to access internet from inside the bus (you can check them all at www.salamancabarajas.com).Also you can buy your tickets online at www.avanzabus.com so you...

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  • Buses are more efficient than trains

    Although I am a railfan, I gave up the idea of travelling from Madrid to Salamanca by train, since in 2003 there were only five couples of trains a day and the journey was longer and more expensive than by bus.So, I took a bus of AUTO RES. Buses leave every hour from the station located in Plaza del Conde de Casal (Conde de Casal stop on metro line...

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Salamanca Shopping

  • Expensive, but nice

    I was browsing in the window of this shop just around the corner from the Casa de Los Muertes, when I happened to notice some cool looking mini-iron chairs. I have a very small collection of these objects, so I decided to go inside and check it out. The store had all kinds of cool artistic objects, photos, paintings, glassware and ceramics, but...

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  • Main market

    The main market in Salamanca is nothing special to look at like La Boqueria in Barcelona or some of the other great markets in Europe, but it does have a full array of all kinds of fruits, vegetables, flowers, meats, cheeses and more. It's worth a peek especially since it's just off of Plaza Mayor in the adjacent Plaza Mercado. You can find...

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  • Typical sweets and cakes

    The nuns in Convento de las Dueñas make some tasty typical sweets which you can buy at the convent.You can also buy a ticket to visit part of the convent and enjoy the cloister.

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Salamanca Local Customs

  • Tuna groups

    Tunas are groups of university students who wear 17th Century minstrel costumes and sing/play old Spanish songs in public places. Each faculty has its own tuna, and each tuna has a different colour sash, depending on the faculty. They sing songs, play instruments (guitar, bandurria, tambourine, accordion, bongo drums, etc.) dance, perform stunts,...

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  • Physical contact

    A typical Spanish custom is the two-cheek kisses, specially when a man meets a woman though women also kiss each other. On the other hand men shake hands or embrace if they know each other. In Spain people don't keep the distance when they meet or talk, people are warmer than in other places and physical contact is very common.In addition to this,...

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  • The frog over the skull

    The university of Salamanca is well-known all over the world, every year thousands of Spanish and foreign students go there to study. The architecture of the University is really impressive, its style is Plateresco, typical from Spain, apart from this, the university of Salamanca, which was founded by the king Alfonso X el sabio, has a legend which...

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Salamanca Warnings and Dangers

  • Rip off Language schools

    In case you are looking for places to study Spanish, I want to warn you of a particularly bad school in Salamanca called Colegio Delibes.I attended the school for two months, and while the teaching was average to good, the administration of the school of was atrocious. A potential outbreak of lethal meningitis was mishandled from the outset,...

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  • Salamanca is safe

    I personally think that Salamanca is a very safe city. My hostfamily hoped that I wouldn't walk alone while it's dark out, but I still did it every night during 2 weeks. There was absolutely no problems. Just keep your head with you, and there is nothing to worry, or be afraid of. Such a wonderful city!

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  • Beware Colegio Delibes!

    Immediately after taking my placement test (which no one looked at in determining where to place me), I was put in an intermediate class of 8 people. Some people in the class didn't know how to conjugate even the most basic verbs, and others had already mastered the subjunctive. I wasn't learning anything, because the material was too easy or too...

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Salamanca Tourist Traps

  • Be aware when calling overseas!!

    Spanish phones are very, very expensive when calling overseas. After spending in phone booths a lot of Euros, i learnt my lesson! A friend gave me a number that he uses and he gets much cheaper rates. I call through this number which is 902 99 53 01, from any land line or phone booth, and all i pay is just 4 cents a minute at nights and weekends,...

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  • Buying from street vendors

    If you buy something from a street vendor, the object you buy might not be very good quality. I never had any problems, but one girl in my group bought a pair of sunglasses from a street vendor, and they broke a few days later. If you're buying something that has the potential to break (sunglasses, jewelry, other accessories and nick-nacks), treat...

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  • The closer to the Plaza Mayor, the more...

    Since the Plaza Mayor is the middle of town and the most crowded (with both locals and tourists), the stores and restaurants have more expensive prices there. At the cafe where my favorite tuna played (right in the Plaza Mayor), an average-sized water bottle cost 2.5 Euros, while the corner stores further away from the Plaza Mayor sold big water...

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Salamanca What to Pack

  • It's hot in the summer

    On both trips, I brought one suitcase and my backpack. During my second trip, I also bought a kid's backpack in a bookstore in Salamanca to carry extra stuff that I was bringing back. Since it was lime green, it was easy to spot when I retrieved my luggage at the airport! Comfortable summer clothes for the day. It can get hot in the summer. It...

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  • Packing List

    Nothing special to take, just yourself and enjoy it.Salamaca is one of the great places specially for solo travellers Maybe a book to read while enjoying a sunny afternoon in a terrace drinking a glass of wine?just a suggestion lol

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Salamanca Off The Beaten Path

  • Visit site of 1812 Battle of Salamanca

    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...

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  • Day Trip to Ciudad Rodrigo

    Ciudad Rodrigo is a nice walled town less than 90 kms. southwest of Salamanca and I recommend a day trip.

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  • Sit down at the Plaza Mayor and listen...

    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...

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Salamanca Sports & Outdoors

  • Soccer is huge in Spain

    During my first trip to Spain, I was there during the World Cup. Spain in general is obsessed with soccer. Every sports magazine has at least one soccer player on the cover, and soccer games are often playing on tv or on the radio. I remember on the bus coming back from Barcelona, they had the World Cup on the radio and Spain's team was playing at...

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  • Cycling

    Apparently cycling is very popular in Salamanca. I remember during my first trip (June 2002), at one point some of the roads were blocked off for a bicycle race or something like that. My host father often went out biking in the afternoons too.

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  • Swimming

    There aren't any beaches, but there are a few outdoor swimming pools in Salamanca. Very useful if you find the weather too hot! They're in an enclosed space, and the one I went to also has an area where you can sit down in the grass and relax. Your swimsuit, towel, and pool/beach sandals. If you don't have these things, there are many stores in...

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Salamanca Favorites

  • Bypassing the city

    It always makes me feel sorrow when I pass in Salamanca, going somewhere else - I only visited the city once, slept only one night, and left with the idea that I should come back with more time. No way!I passed there a dozen times since then, but always with a few hours to arrive somewhere. No! Salamanca deserves to have another planned visit, and...

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  • General Info

    Tourist Offices* Oficina de Información Turística de Salamanca pic)Rúa mayor (Casa de las Conchas)37008 Salamanca- Tel.: (+34) 923 26 85 71- Fax: (+34) 923 26 24 92- E. mail: oficinadeturismodesalamanca@jcyl.es* Turismo y Comunicación de Salamanca, SAUPlaza Mayor, 32-19, first floor37002 Salamanca- Tel.: (+34) 923 27 24 08- Fax: (+34) 923 27 24 07-...

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  • I finally found HIM

    After finding the frog on the university's gate, I thought my long searches were over. However, not shortly thereafter I was surprised to know that one of my other great searches in life was over. I had found HIM! After all my life, all my travels, all my quests, I was shown a sign. The sign quite clearly showed "JESUS".I followed it. The sign did...

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Casa de las Conchas
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Catedral Vieja - Old Cathedral
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Convento de San Esteban
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Roman Bridge
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Casa de las Muertes
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Convent of St. Stephen
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The New Cathedral
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Cathedral
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Cathedral Altarpiece - Retablo Mayor.
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Cathedral Portada Del Nacimiento
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Cathedral - Puerta de Ramos.
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Spanish cities central point Plaza Major
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The old bridge
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Roman Bridge
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Clerecía.
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Convento de las Dueñas.
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University of Salamanca - Facade.
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Oddities and Manholes
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Convento de San Esteban.
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University - Escuelas Menores.
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University - The Old Library.
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University - Aula Fray Luis de León
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University - Escuelas Mayores.
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Plaza de Anaya.
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One of the very first universities.
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Museum Art Nouveau and Art Déco.
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Casa de las Conchas.
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Palace of Monterrey.
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Cathedral new - Dome "cupula".
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Cathedral new - choir and chapels.
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Garden - Huerto de Calixto y Melibea
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Cathedral old - Capilla de San Bartolome.
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