Following this list of places to visit in Salamanca, you will not miss anything important in one of the most beautiful university cities in Europe.
With a historic center full of architectural wonders and a great student atmosphere, Salamanca will make you fall in love at first sight when you step on its fantastic Plaza Mayor from where you can start a walking route that will take you to know all the jewels of the city like the Cathedral, the University or the Convent of San Esteban, to finish in a tavern eating a good table of Iberian ham.
Based on the experience of our visit to the city, considered one of the best excursions in Madrid, we have made this selection of essential places to see in Salamanca. We start!
1. Plaza Mayor
The Plaza Mayor, located in the heart of the historic center, is one of the most beautiful squares in Spain and one of the places to visit in Salamanca With more charm.
Baroque style, built between 1729 to 1756, the square is an imperfect quadrilateral in which its semicircular arches and the historical buildings that surround the city stand out and among which you can not miss its most important buildings such as the Royal pavilions, of San Martín and Pretineros, the City Hall and the centennial Novelty cafeteria, where the great artists of the city met.
Another feature of this square is the medallions located between the arches that represent illustrious people of the city and ancient kings.
We recommend going through the Plaza Mayor at different times of the day and sitting on one of the terraces to have a drink while enjoying a great atmosphere in which tourists, locals and students are mixed.
2. University of Salamanca
The University, founded in 1218 by Alfonso IX, is the oldest in the Hispanic world, including Spain, and another of the essential places to see in Salamanca.
This historic building has a beautiful exterior of Plateresque style, full of decorative elements carved in stone, among which the figure of a frog on top of a skull is surprising, which they say you must see, if you want to pass the exams.
Inside the university, where characters such as Miguel de Unamuno have taught and have had students such as Hernan Cortes, is the building of the Major Schools that includes several classrooms, the cloister and the old library.
If you do not want to pay the 10 euros that the entrance costs you can approach the building of the Minor Schools, where the bachelor studies were taught and where the famous painting is located «The Sky of Salamanca«.
Visiting hours: Monday to Saturday from 10am to 8pm. On Sundays it closes at 2pm.
If you are going to spend the night in the city, we recommend you to walk under the lampposts through the streets of the old town to see all the mentioned points of the list with few people.
Another alternative is to book this visit for the best illuminated places in the city or this tour of mysteries and legends, both located among the tours best valued by travelers visiting the city.
How to get to Salamanca from Madrid
The most common way to get to Salamanca is from Madrid by public transport or car.
The high-speed train ALVIA will leave you in an hour and a half for 25 euros in Salamanca from Madrid's Chamartín Station. You can book tickets in advance here, to avoid running out of seats, especially if you travel in high season, weekend or holidays.
Another option would be to take the bus of the Avanza company that leaves from the Méndez Alvaro South Bus Station and takes an hour longer to reach Salamanca than the train, for a similar price.
Both the bus station and the train station are about 15 minutes walk from the historic center or 5 minutes using the bus.
Another more interesting way that will allow you to know better the history of the city and not miss anything important to visit in Salamanca, is to book this excursion to Salamanca by bus with a guide in Spanish and that includes the visit to Ávila, another of the essentials to see in Spain.
For more information about the transfer you can consult this post on how to get to Salamanca from Madrid.
Map of the places to see in Salamanca essential
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