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!

Hello! I’m Cristina, and today I’m going to tell you about a new itinerary. Do you feel like putting on your sneakers and picking up your camera? Today we will discover many more places together!
I go to the Plaza Mayor which will be the meeting place for the “Vía de la Plata” tourist walk. At the beginning of the route the guide tells us some historical details about it.

 

We enter Calle de la Rúa, a street that was the main axis of Salamanca’s commerce and the main area of communication, which extends from Calle Jesús to Plaza Anaya. Here, a wide variety of products were sold, such as fabrics, jewellery, spices…

Currently It is very busy and there are small gastronomic shops with traditional and local products, such as hornazo, ham, farinato, Ledesma donuts… There are also restaurants with terraces, and some other shops with tourist or commercial products. I often stop by because I happen to be at the Convention and Exhibition Center of Salamanca, where I am spending a few months doing an internship as a travel agency student.

 

We continue along the path and stop in front of the House of Shells, which, for my taste, is one of the most original late Gothic, Mudejar and Renaissance buildings It has more than 300 shells It is said that it has that aesthetic because the Maldonado family belonged to the Order of Santiago or as a token of love from Don Rodrigo to his wife Juana, whose family had the shell as a symbol of nobility.

Casa de las Conchas with the Clerecía Towers in the background

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next we are going to observe the most impressive monument of Salamanca for its grandeur, the cathedralIts decoration and light, just like the Plaza Mayor, is incredible to admire. Pigeons and storks flutter at the top of the towers, privileged to enjoy the views of the beautiful city.

 

After visiting these monuments in the historic center, we head to the Roman bridge, over the Tormes river. It is one of the best preserved monuments of the Vía de la Plata.

At its beginning we see the statue of the Verraco Ibérico left by the Vettones, pre-Roman people dedicated to cattle breeding that left more bulls scattered throughout the province.

Verraco Ibérico

 

 

 

 

When we cross the bridge we arrive at the Church of Santísima Trinidad del Arrabal, only seen from the outside and from where the procession departs during Holy Week, which, according to the locals is an incredible cultural event.

 

 

This visit has made us walk quite a bit… I recommend you to try the Guijuelo ham, which they also have as a sandwich. It is from the local gastronomy of Salamanca (a good excuse to get your strength back, and you can easily find it in many of the shops in the center of the city).

Announcing that the next congress is going to be held in Salamanca produces a smile in the attendee that does not go away easily, because Salamanca has many reasons to be one of the most attractive and easiest cities when it comes to organizing a congress. We are going to give you 5 reasons.

It is a comfortable city.

Salamanca is a very comfortable city!

Due to the size of the city, transportation is not necessary. You arrive in Salamanca and forget about finding ways of transportation because you can walk everywhere, including the Convention and Exhibition Center of Salamanca, which is in the historic center of the city.

It is a cosmopolitan city.

When you go through the streets of Salamanca you can see people from all over the world! And this happens for many reasons: high level of tourism that the city hosts, the fact that it is one of the favorite cities of students to go to during their Erasmus excahnge and to study the Spanish language. In addition, the two universities and several research centers that Salamanca attract a multitude of professionals every year. Did you know that in 2019 more than 19% of the events held in Salamanca were international?

It is a city full of culture and entertainment.

We are not going to tell you that Salamanca is a World Heritage City, nor that it is the European Cultural Capital of 2002. We are going to tell you that when the scientific program of a congress ends, the entertainment program begins and the attendees continue to bond and create connections. The city really helps with this 🙂

It is a city with great gastronomy.

One of the things that attendees value most at a conference is food! Cheese and Iberian meat tastings, tapas routes, tasting of typical dishes from Salamanca using local products. It is an experience that turns the congress into a very pleasant memory!

It is a MICE city.

Salamanca has a long track of holding conferences.

It has a Convention Center that can accommodate more than 2,000 people.

Numerous quality hotels with an offer of more than 5,500 hotel beds in total.

A group of professionals who will help you with the organization process.

And above all, each event held in Salamanca is not just any event: Both public and private entities in the city collaborate so that everything goes perfectly.