Salamanca Vacations

Salamanca, in central Spain, is famous for its stunning architecture and intellectual past. Its nickname is the golden city, for its native sandstone buildings that glow red and pink and orange at sunset. The University of Salamanca, founded in 1218 by Alfonso the Wise, led Europe's intellectual elite for four centuries and educated Cortes and St. ... Read more
Ignatius of Loyola. The Plaza Mayor is an elegant attraction and meeting place, the two major cathedrals (one Medieval and one Renaissance) stand conveniently shoulder to shoulder, while spending a few hours eating lunch Spanish style (that is, long and abundant) is still common at restaurants for locals and tourists alike. There are plenty of budget and mid range accommodations in the old city of Salamanca and near the Plaza Mayor, perfect for immersing yourself in the gracious life of this city.

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Klang, Malaysia

You can visit Casa details last Conchas, Old Roman Bridge and Aqueduct of Segovia in Salamanca.

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Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Cute town filled with history and beautiful corners. You can walk the steps that Columbus walked when went to ask for financing by the Catholic Kings and enjoy its lively "Plaza Mayor", filled with people at any time of day or night.

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Foster City, California, USA

Took a day trip from Madrid to Salamanca by bus with the local friends in Spain back in 2007.

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Los Angeles, California, USA

A beautiful city two hours Madrid. A university town with lots of students everywhere and some cheap eats. Make sure to grab a seat at plaza mayor to people watch.

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New York City

I love the squares of Europe, and Salamanca is one of my very favorites beautiful in Plaza Mayor. It is fun just to spend hous sitting out here and watching the wide range of diversity in the people, as this is an international town because of the famous university - one of the oldest and largest in Europe. The "old city" in impressive and an UNESCO heritage site.

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Anchorage, Alaska, USA

A favorite of both travelers and students alike, Salamanca is a beautiful city with an old University.

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New Delhi, India

small, gorgeous, historical city with a lot of charm. i was lucky to live here for a few months. the people are friendly and very inviting. wonderful day trip from madrid if you dont have more time

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Madrid, Spain

Great city to visit during 2 or 3 days with family or friends. There are a couple of very interesting buildings here: casa de las conchas, University of Salamanca (the oldest in Spain), Old and New Cathedral of Salamanca, Plaza Mayor and more. The old city is UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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We absolutely loved Salamanca, the Plaza Mayor was incredible, especially at night.

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Huntington Beach, California, USA

Salamanca is a city that is really underrated!
It is compact and clean.
It is easy to see the major sights as they are all together.
It has great hotels that are centrally located and it is inexpensive.
I loved the whole gothic feel!!

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