Hello again readers! I’m Cristina, and I was wondering if you have already visited those places I mentioned in the previous readings… This time the Salamanca Tourist Office next to the Convention and Exhibition Center has made me a guide of the places of interest that I can visit on my own, so… Here we go!
Salamanca has a great list of activities to enjoy. I have been getting to know some of its most symbolic cultural spaces, which should not be missed during a visit to this beautiful city ..
The first day I went to visit theArt Nouveau and Art Deco Museum – Casa Lis, which has a great exhibition of furniture , porcelain objects, dolls… I think my favourite collection has been the French style furniture.
The stained glass windows as well as the interior design is superb, also its courtyard terrace with high views of the city. . Taking advantage of the good weather, I sat down to have a coffee… it’s very pleasant.
You can’t take photos inside, but…. Here’s a photo of the terrace to make you want to go!
After browsing in his own shop, I visited the Masonic Lodge, a museum that tells the story of the origins and history of the Spanish Civil War. Culturally, it is very interesting, especially for history buffs.
A few minutes away from the museum is the Calisto and Melibea orchard, which is well known in the city. The garden is full of trees and
beautiful flowers and its views serve as a lookout point.
If you turn to the side of the entrance you have a great view of thecathedral..
It is a perfect place to spend an afternoon in peace.
Continuing with the morning walk, the Palace of Monterrey, 5 minutes from the Plaza Mayor, offers a guided tour of some of its interior areas, as it is currently the property and residence of the Ducal House of Alba.
From its towers there is a perfect view of the length of the Calle de la Compañía and the towers of the cathedral in the background.
TheMonumento Salmanticae museum tells the story of the evolution of the city of Salamanca, a good visit if you want to know the process by which the city has undergone transformations due to necessary changes, wars, etc. It has a very original model of Salamanca, with coloured lights indicating the areas that are being explained.
Before continuing with the itinerary I had a rest on the pleasant terrace of the Jesuitas Park while I had a drink to go to the next stop which was my favourite: the contemporary art museum, Domus Artium 2002 has some very original paintings and sculptures.
The spaciousness of the room is perfectly decorated with these colourful abstract brushstrokes. There are several rooms with different exhibitions and projections that tell different stories. There are several rooms with different exhibitions and projections that tell different stories.
A good option to take advantage of the midday light is to climb theTorres de la Clerecía, Scala Coeli, where you can enjoy incredible views of the whole city. At the top is the bell tower, “the roof of heaven”, so called because of the desire to be as close as possible.
We will continue wandering between towers and heights because we are heading towards the favourite recommendation of almost all Salmantinos, which is to climb the towers of the cathedral, known as Ieronimus.
You have to be mentally prepared to get a bit tired of the amount of stairs you have to climb…! On the walkways inside, you can see the great altarpiece and the imposing architecture and decoration. Personally, I loved feeling so much altitude inside a cathedral. When we finish climbing the stairs and reach the towers, there are walkways between them and the sensation is incredible, accompanied by the views, clearly.
You are literally walking between the façade of the towers, watching as some towers tower above you. A few minutes later, leaning on one of the railings, I suddenly saw a stork next to its nest. It was in front of me, and I remembered the seagulls of my beautiful city of Gijón.
Without a doubt, that visit is one to repeat and I can say that Salamanca has made me fall in love with it more… although if you are afraid of heights… think about it a bit!