Salamanca is in the central area of Spain, 212 kilometres from the capital, Madrid. Universal, magnificent, wise, young and golden: this city is an inland destination well worth discovering for many reasons. Its historic centre has been designated a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO.
A centre of learning. This is the prime example of a university town. The University of Salamanca was the first to be established in Spain, and is one of the oldest in Europe.
In its heyday it was one of the most highly regarded European universities. For this reason it has been attended by some of the greatest Spanish thinkers, artists and writers. In 2018 the University will celebrate its 800th anniversary with an interesting programme including cultural activities (exhibitions, plays, concerts, etc.), sports, and academic events. More information at: http://centenario.usal.es.
The City of Spanish Language. In the 15th century, Salamanca saw the production of the first Grammar of the Castilian Language, which would become an essential tool for its expansion throughout the world. The city is also a favourite destination for foreign students wanting to learn Spanish. As you would expect, Salamanca is one of the most important stops on the Route of the Spanish Language.
See all the information at: www.salamanca.es/en
How to get to Salamanca
If you are coming from abroad, the easiest way is to fly to Madrid (Madrid-Barajas Airport), and then take the bus (Avanza Bus) or the train (RENFE), both of which provide frequent services. The journey from Madrid to Salamanca takes approximately two hours. If you are coming from Portugal or France, you can also get here on the bus or train. READ MORE
If you decide to take the bus, there is a bus line run by Avanza Bus (Avanza Bus), which provides a direct service between Madrid-Barajas Airport and Salamanca. The Madrid-Barajas bus stop is located at Terminal 1, in the car park opposite the arrivals lounge. Ticket sales and timetables are available on the Avanza Bus web page: www.avanzabus.com, at regular ticket counters and inside the airport itself, the Viajes de El Corte Inglés travel agency, located on the first of the Terminal building. You can also call the following number: +34 902 02 09 99.
If you prefer to travel by train, RENFE (Spanish National Railways) provides daily services to Madrid, Lisbon, Oporto, Paris and all connections. To get to Madrid Chamartín Railway Station from Madrid-Barajas Airport, take underground line 8 to Nuevos Ministerios, and then change to line 10 which takes you to Chamartín.
Timetables are available from the official web page: www.renfe.es or call +34 902 24 02 02.
The underground web page is www.metro.es
Salamanca Railway Station
Ave. de la Estación
When it comes to culture, Salamanca is a destination not to be missed
It only tales a stroll through the streets to see the centuries of history, art and learning that have made it a universal city. Discover everything this city has to offer, renowned and lively on account of its students.
Salamanca is known as the city of thought and knowledge, but here you will also find art and beauty. Its old town has the UNESCO World Heritage designation, and is home to a magnificent ensemble of monuments, with outstanding examples of different architectural styles: Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, Plateresque… The University, besides being one of Spain’s oldest, is also one of the country’s best examples of Renaissance architecture. Salamanca continues to be an important centre for cultural encounters and exchange in the present day too. In 2002 it was European City of Culture.
At the end of this page you will find a list of the city’s main museums and monuments. To ensure that you do not miss anything during your stay, head for the Tourist Office, where they will give you detailed information on routes, itineraries and visits. In Salamanca you can also discover some of the most emblematic places in an original way, such as the “Ieronimus” and “Scala Coeli” exhibitions.
The “Ieronimus” exhibition will show you the Cathedral and its famous medieval towers: the route inside the building displays its 900 years of art and history. You can also get a spectacular view of the city from the top of the Anaya Terrace and Mocha Tower. “Scala Coeli” offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the city by climbing up to the Clerecía Towers.