If you take a trip and venture just 2 hours west of Madrid, you’ll stumble upon the historic city of Salamanca. Having visited this city twice for Spanish Language Courses, I can confidently say it is one of the prettier cities in my repertoire. Here are some reasons to travel there and why I love this stunning city:
1. The Architecture
Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Salamanca’s architecture is truly intriguing. Half of the city showcases the classic Old Town Spain structure and architecture, typical of most Spanish cities across the country. However, once you cross the Plaza Mayor, you are transformed to a modern-day metropolis. Salamanca’s very own (mini) answer to Oxford Street, built into the signature yellow brick facades. Highstreet shops and designer boutiques galore, the inner shopaholic in you is bound to be released!
Shopping aside, Salamanca is home to some of the most incredible architecture, including the Casa de las Conchas, not one, but two Cathedrals and the University building itself. With plenty architectural wonders to uncover, exploring the maze of winding streets is an experience like no other.
2. The Food
Being a foodie myself, sampling top quality cuisine is an absolute must when visiting new places. And Salamanca certainly does not disappoint. With a new restaurant every five metres, you are certainly spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing where to dine. Mouth-watering food is ready and waiting at every twist and turn, shaped by local ingredients that are sourced from Spain’s countryside. If you want to be a typical tourist, head to the Plaza Mayor where you’ll find quality restaurants under the dazzling arches, illuminated under the night sky. To find something a little more unique, wander down the many streets that lead off the Plaza, and you are sure to stumble across an exceptional dining experience, complete with an wonderful wine list full of local blends.
3. The History
The culture and history of Salamanca is simply impossible to ignore. Home to the oldest university in Spain, Salamanca exudes knowledge and grandeur, reflected in every aspect of the city. Brimming with museums, you may struggle to pick from the array of cultural understanding to immerse yourself in.
A personal favourite is the Cathedral Museum, tucked away in the Chapter houses of the majestic Old Cathedral. Here is where you can find works by Salamanca’s most famous artist, Fernando Gallego. The two Cathedral’s themselves are also something you mustn’t miss if you ever get the chance to visit this spectacular city!
For whatever reason you visit Salamanca, rest assured you’ll be blown away by one of Spain’s most beautiful cities.