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Things to Do in Salamanca

The city of Salamanca is in the Spanish region of the same name, with an historic city center and one of the country's most prominent universities.

The University of Salamanca is Spain's oldest and is known for its Spanish language department, which brings in students from all over the world. This international student population helps give the city a worldly feel, while still being rooted firmly in Spain. This country is already known for its nightlife–so you can imagine how lively it can get in a university town like Salamanca after the sun goes down.

The old center of Salamanca is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and many of the main attractions are contained in this historic old quarter. The beautiful Plaza Mayor is the center of activity in the city, and there are two cathedrals, dating from the 12th and 16th centuries respectively, along with many other noteworthy churches. Many former palaces now house museums and galleries, and some of the historic university buildings are open to visitors as well.
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Plaza Mayor
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Salamanca’s Plaza Mayor is the Spanish Main Square that your dreams are made of. Home to the city’s commanding City Hall building — and once the site of bullfights until as late as 1992 — the plaza is widely considered the most beautiful square in Spain. Beautiful because of its dramatic Baroque style, its 247 balconies, and its 88 arches behind which hide all sorts of restaurants and shops.

Indeed, this is where you’ll want to go to bask in your Salamanca surroundings by sitting al fresco (when weather permits) to enjoy tapas while savoring views of the 18th-century square and its emblematic sandstone buildings. From here, you’ll also have easy access to other city sights, as it’s just a short jaunt from stops such as the Salamanca Cathedral, Casa de las Conchas, and the University of Salamanca. Meanwhile, those looking for a good selection of shops need only head down Calle del Toro, a street just off the northeastern corner of the plaza.

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