Salamanca is one of the most wonderful cities you can visit in Spain. Just like Segovia, it is one of the UNESCO World Heritage cities, it has the oldest university in Spain and it is one the best places to try the typical Spanish student life.
How to get there:
As usual, there are two options, bus or train.
From the station of Madrid Chamartin you have 7 trains a day: with 23,65€ and a 2h and 45 minutes ride you’ll reach Salamanca-La Alamedilla, the closest train station to the city centre. Check Renfe for the updated information.
The bus is also pretty comfortable and cheap: from Estacion Sur (Mendez Alvaro) you have many rides a day with Avanza. You have two types of bus: a normal one, that takes 3h and a half and costs less than 17€; and the express one, that takes 2h and a half and costs 23,05€.
I would suggest you to go by train, mainly because you arrive so close to the centre that you don’t have to worry about finding a way to get there, but you’ll just walk out the station and follow the other passengers.
Where to stay:
Salamanca is quite small, so any hotel in the city will just be fine. Depending on what you’re looking for, there are numerous options, from cheap to luxury ones.
Given our budget, we stayed in a cheap hotel: the Hotel Alda Plaza Mayor. It was not bad and we just found it right for the price, the location and the fact that we were out all day!
What to see and do:
Salamanca is rich of ancient buildings, a joy for the eyes. Just walk your way through the old city centre streets.
And then be sure to have enough energy for the long and fun night that this city has to offer!
Plaza Mayor: this large central square is the heart of the city, just as it was in the past. Enjoy a coffee in one of its terraces and walk under its 88 porticoed arches. That a peak in the tourist information office, where you’ll be able to find all the information on what’s going on in the city.
Casa de las Conchas: walking along Rua Mayor you’ll encounter this beautiful building entire decorated with 300 shells, symbol of the order of Santiago.
The Cathedrals: yes, this city has two cathedrals, an old one, built in the 12th-13th centuries, and a new one, began in the 16th century and concluded in the 18th. They are actually connected and form one building. Walk around the area, look up and enjoy the majestic view of the façades and on the towers. And remember to take a close look to the arch surrounding the northern entry: you’ll find some cute sculptures added in 1992, an astronaut and a gargoyle with an ice-cream cone.
The University: visit the historical building of the university, that overlook the Patio de Escuelas. Observe the façade of the building of the Escuelas Mayores and try to find the famous frog on the skull. The legend tells that only the students that could find the symbol on this huge building rich of sculptures could reach the end of their studies and graduate. So good luck finding it!
Museo de Historia de la Automoción de Salamaca (MHAS): if you have time and enjoy both museums and cars, you shouldn’t miss this. It’s a small museum but with really interesting pieces.
Thu-Sun 10 am-2 pm/5-8 pm
(Closed on Monday)
Adult 3,5 €
And then, as usual, walk and wander in this beautiful city. Enjoy its medieval atmosphere during the day, and at night do like the salmantinos (the inhabitants of Salamanca): walk to Calle Van Dyck, in the new city, and have tapas, cañas and wines. You’ll find a good bunch of places but we suggest you to go to this place:
La Degustación (Calle Van Dyck, 8) great food, drinks and of course people!