Salamanca Travel Information

Salamanca Holiday Guide

The magnificent city of Salamanca is considered one of the most impressive Renaissance cities in all of Europe. Scenically situated on a plateau by the Tormes River, the fabulous city has become a top tourist destination as well as a popular stop over for tourists visiting Madrid.

Designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage city and affectionately dubbed La Ciudad Dorada ('the golden city') due to the exquisite golden sandstone buildings that dominate the landscapes, Salamanca is home to intricately designed palaces, historic churches and majestic cathedrals as well as having enchanting neighborhoods and streets.

Salamanca is also home to the oldest university in Spain. Established in 1218 by Alfonso IX of León, the historic and heavily populated University of Salamanca gives the city a youthful flavour and an extremely vibrant nightlife with trendy bars and clubs sprinkled throughout the region.

Salamanca Tourist Attractions

Although a relatively small city, Salamanca has an impressive tourist infrastructure that offers many attractions and points of interest. Among the more popular attractions is the city's central square, the Plaza Mayor. The plaza was originally a venue for bullfights, but is now primarily used for concerts. This beautiful Baroque square is regarded as one of the finest squares in Europe and is visited by scores of locals, students and tourist.

A stone's throw from Plaza Mayor is the Central Market. This is truly a shopper's paradise with countless stalls offering fresh products, local works of art and lovely souvenirs.

The Casa de las Conchas (House of Shells) is adorned by 300 shells left by pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela and the Renaissance palaces of Salina, Orellana and Anayana, and are a must-see. Art aficionados will be delighted to visit the Museum of Art Nouveau and Art Deco.

Shoppers will not be disappointed as there are countless shopping opportunities available. From upmarket designer boutiques to little stalls selling religious trinkets, even the most discriminating shopper will find something special.

Hikers and cyclist can journey along the old Roman road and pilgrim route. Here you can explore medieval villages and admire the stunning natural beauty of the Sierra de Francia mountain range.

Salamanca is a perfect holiday destination and the best way to visit all of the great Salamanca tourist attractions is by hire caw which can be collected a the airport and can also be used for airport transfers.