Thu, 08 Sep 2011 17:50:07 GMT
Salamanca is one of country’s liveliest places for locals and exudes an exciting and youthful atmosphere. The vast Plaza Mayor is at the heart of the city, a stone’s throw away from Salamanca train station and is the perfect spot to watch the spectacle that is everyday Salamanca life.
Whilst you are in Salamanca, why not visit Casa de Doña María la Brava? Located in the Plaza de los Bandos, close to the Plaza Mayor, Casa de Doña María la Brava is a beautiful 15th century Gothic mansion which is steeped in history and open to the public to wander around. Or why not visit Convento de la Madre de Dios? This convent belonged to the Franciscan order and is located on one of the city's most emblematic streets - Calle de la Compañía. The famous Spanish writer, philosopher and academic, Miguel de Unamuno, used to walk down this street everyday and students still do. The Convent is not always open to the public but a trip to see it is a must.
Salamanca is the perfect place for those who want to party the night away. From midnight to morning, Salamanca turns into a fiesta paradise. There is a host of bars, clubs and restaurants to pick from but before the evening starts, why not sample some of the local tapas before hitting the bars and clubs. The most popular places to find these lively bars are the streets nearby The Plaza Mayor and, outside the Historic quarter, Van Dick Street, near the local cinemas.
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Plaza Mayor is one of Spain's grandest central squares, it's the perfect spot to watch the spectacle that is everyday Salamanca life – make sure you enjoy some tapas while witnessing the magnificent clear sunset. And don’t miss Salamanca’s very own ‘shell building’ - the Casa de las Conchas - a shell-shaped sculpture built during the 14th – century; the city’s golden age.
From £251 standard class return per person
Eurostar to Paris, TGV to Irun (transfer to Hendaye), Hendaye overnight to Salamanca
Time it takes to get there: 16 hours 43 minutes
1 comment(s) so far...
By Davina Sheffield on
Fri, 23 Sep 2011 16:01:41 GMT
Re: Hidden Gem - Salamanca
Had never heard a lot about Salamanca before but it looks like a fantastic destination with lots to do and see. Will put that on my 'must visit' list!