Salamanca

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The city of Salamanca (158,457 inhabitants) is known all around the world as the cultural and university city par excellence. This venerable city, erected along the banks of the Tormes River, has a large historical centre, almost completely built of a local yellowish sandstone that gives it that very special colour, home to a large part of the heart and soul of Spanish culture. Thanks to its student-oriented atmosphere, the city has a very open, cosmopolitan, warm-hearted, young and festive character. Enjoying the city of Salamanca means sitting down to have a drink on one of the many terraces on the Plaza Mayor, the largest and without any doubt one of the most beautiful Spanish squares, or to watch people passing by or meeting with friends. But a walk through Salamanca can also be a true delight for art lovers, as they will have an opportunity to discover an inexhaustible wealth of monuments scattered around the city: a visit to the two Cathedrals and the Church of San Esteban, home to important collections of impressive works of art; a stop to admire the main façade of the University and look for the famous frog; or a visit to the lovely Casa de las Conchas ("House of Shells"). In Salamanca, everything is just a short walk away. Thanks to its strong university tradition in the field of Spanish language teaching, Salamanca has always been a source of knowledge and teaching methodology. It is therefore not surprising that Salamanca has the best Spanish language teachers in the country. If you want to study in Salamanca, spend some time learning the Spanish language and enjoy the city and its surroundings, you have several different options to choose from. Apart from the University, Salamanca has a large number of language schools that, each with their own characteristics and personal touch, will turn your stay and learning process into a truly memorable experience.

Location, map, useful information

Salamanca covers a total surface area of 2,336 km2, which makes it the third largest province of Castilla y León after León and Burgos. The average height of the province is 830 m above sea level. The province of Salamanca has a total population of 352,414 inhabitants, of which 160,331 inhabitants (45%) live in the capital, Salamanca, located at the banks of the Tormes River.

History, Art and Heritage

The city of Salamanca has an impressive number of historical monuments and there is absolutely no need to enter into details: any corner of the street, any square of the city, beautifully adorned with a multitude of magnificent monuments, is well worth a visit. One worth mentioning, however, is the Museum of Art Nouveau and Art Deco, housed in the beautiful Casa Lis, a unique modernist building dating from 1905, which houses superb collections of porcelain, decorative objects and toys from the early 20th century. The city of Salamanca has been declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO and was named European Capital of Culture in 2002, turning it into a festival for all forms of artistic expression.

Leisure and gastronomy

Salamanca also offers a fantastic gastronomic experience and is the perfect place to enjoy a tasty snack (called "tapeo"). We recommend you start with some typical Iberian sausages or try the "hornazo" (typical Spanish pie filled with meat and eggs). For lunch we recommend some delicious "lentejas de Armuña" (lentils) and a tasty "chuletón" (steak) of Morucha beef. For dessert - if you are still hungry - try the "bollo maimón" (ringe-shaped sponge cakes). The city of Salamanca, like any other vibrant university city, also has a very intense and exciting nightlife.
Typical dishes from Salamanca:
  • Calderillo bejarano (meat and potato stew)
  • Lechazo asado (roast baby lamb)
  • Limón serrano (lemon, orange, egg and chorizo salad)
  • Hornazo (pie filled with meat and eggs)
  • Lentejas de La Armuña (lentils)

Near the city

The province of Salamanca has many interesting places worth visiting. Arribes del Duero, where the Duero River meets the border of Portugal, has a virgin landscape with impressive waterfalls. South of the province, the landscapes of the Béjar Mountain Range give way to the French Mountain Range and the famous Batuecas, dotted with small typical villages such as La Alberca. A very interesting tourist attraction in the province of Salamanca is the nearby town of Alba de Tormes, cradle of Santa Teresa, where those interested in Spanish classical literature will be able to capture the true spirit of Santa Teresa's mysticism. Also worth a visit is Ciudad Rodrigo, home to a myriad of festivities of great tourist interest that allow visitors to discover the rich folklore and traditions of Salamanca, which celebrates a variety of festivities of great tourist interest, as well as the Theatre Festival of Castilla y León, which takes place during the summer months.
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