Salamanca

Salamanca is the second largest city in the area of Valladolid and is home to the oldest university in Spain. The University of Salamanca first opened its doors to students in 1218 and was started by Alfonso IX. This historic town has been largely reserved and was declared a UNESCO Heritage site in 1988. It is a beautiful place to spend a weekend or even longer. It is only 200km away from Madrid so it makes for a great getaway from the hustle and bustle of the capital.

How to get to Salamanca

CIt is possible to visit Salamanca by train, road and plane. You can arrive at the Renfe Train Station from Madrid, Zaragoza and Paris. It used to be possible to travel on to Portugal but this line has been closed. Arriving by Road is the most straightforward way of getting into Salamanca. There is a direct highway straight from Madrid, which means that journey times are quick. You are able to book your transport through us to make sure that your journey is safe reliable and punctual.
It is also possible to fly directly to Salamanca Airport, which is actually part of Matacán Military Base. Flights do not arrive from Madrid due to its proximity, but flights are available to Barcelona and Paris.

What to see in Salamanca

As Salamanca is such a well-preserved historic city many of its main attractions are closely linked to its past. The city’s old quarter is a beautiful area old cobbled streets and ancient buildings, all intermingled with its student culture, which is still strong today.
Take a look around the incredible 12th Century Cathedral (known as the ‘Old Cathedral’) or the 16th Century Cathedral (known as the New Cathedral). Or take a walk along the famous Roman Bridge that dates back to the 1st Century. The Plaza Mayor is the perfect place to enjoy a meal in the evening. The square is lined with fantastic restaurants and modern bars. At night it comes alive with revelers looking for a great night. The city is also home to a vast array of ancient churches. You should definitely take the time to have a look around the Iglesia de San Marcos and the Iglesia de Sancti Spiritus. You can also take a tour of the many University Buildings, which will give you a really good outline of its history. There are also a huge amount of museums for you to enjoy, including The Museum of Salamanca, The University Museum, and the spectacular Art Nouveau and Art Deco Museum.

Traditions and Celebrations

The two main celebrations are Holy week and University New Year.
The Holy Week (Semana Santa) is a huge festival in Salamanca. Over 10000 people take part in the celebrations, some of which are traditions stretching back centuries. Floats and groups of people all representing different elements of the city take over the streets as fascinated tourists watch from the side of the road.
University New Year takes place on the last Thursday of December. This tradition started when a small group of students wanted to celebrate New Year’s Eve with their friends before they left for home where they would celebrate with their families. This tradition has caught on and now students from all over Spain flock here to celebrate the New Year with their friends two weeks early. The city hosts free concerts and shows on the Plaza Mayor.

Near Salamanca

Salamanca is only a two hour drive away from Madrid. It is also close to both Valladolid, Leon and Burgos. The Province of Salamanca offers many activities for tourists, including arty and historic cities to beautiful countryside.

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Salamanca is only a two hour drive away from Madrid. It is also close to both Valladolid, Leon and Burgos. The Province of Salamanca offers many activities for tourists, including arty and historic cities to beautiful countryside.

  • Hotel Rua Salamanca
  • Hotel Palacio de San Esteban
  • Salamanca Catalonia Plaza Mayor
  • Gran Hotel Sol Corona
  • Eurostars Las Claras Tryp
  • Salamanca Montalvo Hotel
  • Hotel Puente Romano de Salamanca
  • Abba Fonseca
  • JCH Congreso Apartamentos
  • Vincci Ciudad de Salamanca
  • Grand Hotel Don Gregorio Petit Palace Las Torres
  • NH Puerta De La Catedral
  • Silken Rona Dalba
  • NH Palacio de Castellanos
  • AC Hotel Palacio de San Esteban

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