Welcome to Salamanca
Welcome to Salamanca - The city of culture
Salamanca is a Spanish city situated in the community of Castile and León. This city was declarated UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988 and is well-known as the world center of the Spanish language. In 2002, Salmanca was named European Capital of Culture and in fact, in Salamanca you can visit the oldest university of Spain. This is one of the reasons why Salamanca is one of the largest university centers of Spain. Inhabitants in Salmanca are very friendly and cozy and this behaviour facilitates the integration of foreign students. In Salamanca, you have the possibility to immerge yourself in the culture during the day and have fun at night with its many pubs and clubs. Salamanca is also well-known for its huge artistic heritage such as cathedrals, convents, buildings and churches.
Information and Facts
From midnight until the early hours in the morning, Salamanca is a real party city. You can start by going in some Tapas bar and continue to have fun in one of the clubs where you can often drink free.
The busiest areas are: Gran Via, some places near Plaza Mayor, the historic area and Van Dick, the cinemas area. One of the best aspects of Salamanca's nightlife is that you can go wherever you want by just walking around the city.
The historical centre is one of the most attractive places for shopping. In the university city per excellence, you can buy souvenirs, crafts, fashion items, delicatessen products and of course, books. You can also go shopping in over 4000 shops along the streets of Salamanca.
In Salamnca there are plenty of things to visit and you will not know where to start. Plaza Major is the heart of Salamanca and one the most beautiful squares in Europe, where you can admire baroque architecture and also sit down on the floor to chit chat and enjoy your time. Cafe Novelty of Salamanca is the oldest cafeteria of Salamanca situated in Plaza Major. Cafe Novelty is the literary cafe for excellence; in here you can sit where great names of literature used to sit. If you like art, you can visit the Art Nouveau Museum, where collections of modern art are exposed. At last but not least, you have to visit the University of Salamanca with its beautiful plataresco facade; in the courtyard there is the Salamanca University Museum.
Standard time zone: GMT/UTC + 1 hour
The climate in Salamanca is moderate and continental. From May until September it's summer and between July and August, the hottest months, temperature goes from 95°F (35° C) to 104°F (40° C).
In winter, which is from late November until the beginning of March, the climate becomes much colder and temperatures are around 48°F (9°C).
In Salamanca, you can move by bus and you can choose among 13 bus lines including night buses, which connect different areas of Salamanca. The main lines have busses running every 10 to 15 minutes. If you do not want to move by bus, you can also call a taxi, since taxis in Salamanca are not expensive. Otherwise you can move by train or by coaches which connect Salamanca with other main cities.