Culture: Streets of Salamanca are an architectural treatise and, altogether it makes the city a perfect place for historical and cultural tourism.
Party: The university atmosphere of Salamanca is famous all over the country. Almost every day of the week you are able to find an open place to drink something.
The oldest university of the country has forged the character and architecture of Salamanca, one of the most beautiful cities in Spain.
During the Roman Empire Salamanca was a strategic settlement in the Ruta de la Plata (Silver Route), although its fate was confirmed in the 12th century, when one of the first universities of the world was founded here. During the Renaissance the city peaked, school, churches and palaces caused a cultural and artistic flourish helping the city become what it is today: one of the architectonic treasures of Spain. As a pinnacle of education due to the university, some of the great thinkers would spend time here, such as Calderón de la Barca or Miguel de Unamuno. Nowadays students from all over the world fill the streets, giving Salamanca a full and lively atmosphere throughout the streets and bars.
WHAT TO DO?
Most of Salamanca's main attractions are gathered in the city centre, where you can go from one place to another easily by foot while you enjoy the architecture of the Plateresque Gothic style of buildings like the Casa de las Conchas (House of the Shells). You should visit the Main Square, an example of baroque art, and both cathedrals, the new and the old. And of course, the University, the big monument of Spanish Plateresque style.
The other main attraction of Salamanca is the university life. Students take to the streets and bars every day, so the best thing to do is join them for tapas in an inexpensive city. And for those that can keep up, there are plenty of pubs open late.
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