Located in the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula, in the autonomous community of Castilla y León, Salamanca stands out for its monuments and landscape diversity. 15 of its municipalities are declared historical sites, and the capital is a World Heritage Site by Unesco since 1988.

The traditional festivals and customs, the wide gastronomic offer and the wide range of leisure activities are some of the attractions to visit the province.

    • The Plaza Mayor of Salamanca: Located in the center of the city, the Plaza Mayor of Salamanca is an irregular quadrilateral of three floors on each façade, presided over by the City Council. Initially, it was built with the idea of using its arcades as marketing spaces. However, it has now become the epicenter of the city's social life.  

  • House of the shells: Considered the most relevant palace of Hispano-Flemish civil architecture, it owes its name to the more than 300 shells that adorn its façade. Throughout its history it has been given different utilities, it was a family home, barracks, the basement served as a prison for university students, school ... Currently, it is a public library.

  • University of Salamanca: It is the oldest in Spain and one of the four largest in the world, along with those of Oxford, Paris and Bologna. The most distinguished personalities, among which is Miguel de Unamuno, were professors at the University of Salamanca, and personalities such as Miguel de Cervantes have walked through its corridors. Currently, he has Schools of Law, Liberal Arts, Science and Medicine, and teaches Spanish language.

  • La Clerecía: This emblematic building of baroque architecture stands out for the panoramic view it offers from the top of its towers. Initially it belonged to the Jesuits, but when the Pontifical University of Salamanca was created it became their headquarters.

  • Old Cathedral and New Cathedral: Did you know any city with two cathedrals? This is the case of Salamanca, and it has its explanation. The Old Cathedral was built back in the twelfth century, but over the years it became small for a city as imposing as Salamanca. Due to the great increase in the population and university activity, the construction of the New Cathedral began. Although the idea of demolishing the first one was raised, it was not finally carried out and, currently, the city allows to contemplate both constructions next to each other. 

  • Convent of San Esteban: This temple of the Dominican order, according to the story, was the place where Columbus stayed on his visit to Salamanca to expose to the geographers of the University how to reach the Indies. 

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