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Salamanca, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and known as “The Golden City” is located in the autonomous community of Castilla y León.

A lot of its vitality and essence lies in the number of students who live here and come to pursue their university studies It should be noted that the oldest university in Spain, founded in 1218, is located here.

Throughout its history, great personalities have passed through it, such as Miguel de Unamuno, friar Luis de León, Fernando de Rojas, among others.

It is undoubtedly a monumental city full of history and culture.

My name is Cristina and as a student of Travel Agency and Event Management, and with the great opportunity of being able to be doing internships at the Convention and Exhibition Center of Salamanca, I have been lucky enough to be able to participate as a tourist in guided tours, and to have access to the most transcendental cultural places in the city, but…, you will also come with me through reading!

 

 

 

 

 

 

My tour of Salamanca begins by learning about the history of the “Paseo de las Órdenes Militares“, with the idea of discovering its historical and urban evolution with an itinerary that makes me go through the Plaza Mayor, which, without a doubt, is the great symbol of the city, and was designed by Alberto Churriguera with a baroque style. Its decoration includes medallions with the faces of historical figures

 

 

 

 

Although it seems square, it is not, and as Miguel de Unamuno said: “It is an irregular quadrilateral, but amazingly harmonious”.

It has 88 arches and on the façade of the Town Hall there are four sculptures that are allegories of agriculture, commerce, industry and geography, and three bells on top. Its architecture is quite complex and deserves a much more detailed description, but these are some details that caught my attention.

Forinstance, it is full of terraces and restaurants, so it almost always has a great atmosphere. This means that eating, dining or just having a drink is a good option to admire the square. The light reflected on it is magical at any time of the day… especially during sunset, my favorite moment.

We continue walking towards the Church of San Julian, a bit hidden and mainly Romanesque. A few minutes away is the Church of Sancti Spiritus (after climbing a huge hill that tests your fitness haha!). It has a Gothic structure with plateresque decoration Inside we could see the choir and the chapel with a Mudejar coffered ceiling from the 15th and 16th centuries, the Cristo de los Milagros, and the main altarpiece. Still inside, we took the opportunity to snap a photo for the social networks of the Salamanca Tourist Office.

Iglesia de San Julian

Church of Santi Spiritus

Cristo de los Milagros de la Iglesia Sancti Spiritus

High Altarpiece of the Church of Sancti Spiritus

We continue to the Church of San Cristóbalobserving it only from the outside.

In the explanation of its history, I was surprised by two curious facts about this beautiful Romanesque church. Opposite to the church is the statue of San Cristóbal, the patron saint of carriers, whose legend tells of the magnificent deed he did in transporting Christ from one side of the river to the other.

At the edge of it are temples where people were buried in the past. If you walk past them it looks like they are just stones, but they hide much more than that…

 

 

We pass the beautiful Torre del Clavero, a military fortress from the 15th century, we go through narrow streets and arrive at the Church of Santo Tomás Canturiense, Romanesque from the 12th century, also seen from the outside, and we finish in front of the Colegio de Calatrava, the seat of the Casa de la Iglesia.

Colegio de Calatrava

Torre del Clavero

Iglesia de Santo Tomás Cantuariense

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.