Salamanca Guide

History: The city of Salamanca dates back to the 2nd century BC. where it was populated by Celtic tribes. The Romans and the Moors dominated thereafter until the requisition of Alfonso VI in 1085. Salamanca was named a university town by Alfonso IX in 1218 and Salamanca has since been one of the most important university towns in Spain.

Today Salamanca (a UNESCO World Heritage City) is a lively mixture between a modern city, a university town and a small village, which offers the many visitors advantages of each (good infrastructure combined with a young and welcoming atmosphere). The Spanish spoken in Salamanca is the purest in Spain, which also makes the city a popular destination for foreigners wishing to learn Spanish.

Salamanca Photo Attractions: In Salamanca visitors can find some of the best kept and spectacular sand stone and renaissance buildings in Spain. The university town also has the 2nd oldest university of Europe dating back to 1218, two major Cathedrals and a Roman bridge, which reminds visitors of its diverse past.

Going Out: In spite of its small population Salamanca offers many opportunities for going out at night. The students meet in the small squares or bars for a chat, a drink or a tapa (snack). The relaxed atmosphere during the day in the center goes on into the late night to the sound of music from its many bars.

For more information about Salamanca, see the following Salamanca Guide.