Top 10 Things to do in Salamanca, Spain

August 4, 2017 Venice Greaves

Known as Spain’s "golden city," Salamanca is rich in architectural, religious and gastronomic culture. Marvel at the La Casa de las Conchas (house of shells) and the 18th century Plaza Mayor, then pore over the fresh produce of the Central Market. Both the Old and New Cathedrals of Salamanca are celebrations of Renaissance and Gothic styles.
Restaurants in Salamanca

1. Salamanca,Casco Historico

Salamanca, Spain
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Salamanca,Casco Historico

Reviewed By Miguelencasa - London, United Kingdom

This has to be one of the most beautiful locations in the world. However unlike many historic centres, it is buzzing with life. Clearly it is as popular with the locals as well as many visitors from all over the world. Also, unlike many other famous locations, prices everywhere are very reasonable with efficient and cheerful service. Everybody in the world should go there at least once.

Pza. Juan XXIII, Salamanca, Spain +34 923 26 67 01
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Ieronimus

Reviewed By Banoffipye44 - Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

This tower was opposite our NH hotel.
The traffic light system is such a good idea, no worrying that you will have to meet someone on the spiral staircase and try and squeeze by.
The views of stunning Salamanca are worth the climb and I hate too many steps....it's my knees you know! A must place to visit in Salamanca and there are so many!

3. Salamanca's Plaza Mayor

Plaza Major, Salamanca, Spain +34 923 21 83 42
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4.5 based on 6 reviews

Salamanca's Plaza Mayor

This 18th-century square is one of the largest in Spain.

Reviewed By Anne G - Crawley

Very picturesque square with attractive shops, bars, restaurants with attractive apartments above. very effective lighting at night to complement the architecture. Take time to stroll around the streets leading off as there are some good bars and restaurants. Look up to see the storks on their nests.

4. Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja)

Plaza Juan XXII, 37001 Salamanca, Spain +34 923 21 74 76
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Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja)

Reviewed By nnmercman - Camberley, United Kingdom

Not many cities have old and new cathedrals, let alone having them cojoined. We walked up via the square of Patio Chico towards the closed doors to the old Cathedral and then walked round to the new Cathedral entrance where you pay and walk through from one Cathedral to the other. To be honest I’m a bit “churched out” after spending so long travelling the continent and now often stick to viewing the external architecture which in this case is certainly something to behold!

5. St. Stephen's Convent (Convento de San Esteban)

Plaza del Concilio de Trento, Salamanca, Spain +34 923 21 50 00
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4.5 based on 774 reviews

St. Stephen's Convent (Convento de San Esteban)

Reviewed By dawnGalicia - galicia

Beautiful cloister, interesting frescoes from 18th century, small museum includes bottles from the pharmacy. Although it's open til 8pm you are advised to go in daylight. I went at 6pm and it wasn't really light enough to see the frescoes clearly. the facade is spectacular.

6. New Cathedral (Catedral Nueva)

Plaza Juan XXIII 4, 37008 Salamanca, Spain +34 923 21 74 76
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New Cathedral (Catedral Nueva)

Reviewed By JS19772017 - Bilbao, Spain

Yes this is a harsh review but this Cathedral is not as inspiring as Leon (with its incredible stained glass) or Burgos ( with its impeccable condition and beautiful chapels). It is a beautiful Cathedral from the outside but we found the inside lacking something. The dome and ceiling are impressive. The okd Cathedral is joined to it and this makes for an interesting visit with much to see. For us, it is worth visiting but I would put it well behind the incredible plaza major and the university in this magical city.

7. Scala Coeli Torres de la Clerecia

Calle Compania 5, 37002 Salamanca, Spain +34 923 27 71 74
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Scala Coeli Torres de la Clerecia

Reviewed By HappyChris008 - Chorzow, Poland

but the inside can be visited ONLY with Spanish language guided tour..... Part of the altar can be seen from a window during climbing the steps.

8. Escuelas Menores

Plaza Patio de Escuelas Menores 1, 37008 Salamanca, Spain +34 923 29 44 00
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Escuelas Menores

Reviewed By desertorkid - Hastings, United Kingdom

Escuelas de Menoras is a beautiful courtyard in the heart of Salamanca old town, accessible through a gate in the far left hand corner of the square. When we visited there were sculptures which were stunning. Opposite the entrance gate, on the other side of the courtyard there is a door to the Salamanca Sky fresco which is breathakingly beautiful if a little faded in places. But they are certainly trying to preserve it in a darkened, cool atmosphere. Free and well worth a visit.

9. Museo de la Historia de Automocion

Mercado Viejo, 37008 Salamanca, Spain +34 923 26 02 93
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Museo de la Historia de Automocion

This is a great museum on the history of cars with cars going back to the first one displayed there along with ones from all the years and countries around the world.

Reviewed By Roadtripper64 - Droitwich

Nostalgic walk through the history of cars, well preserved and arranged with a tidy range you'll recognise and some surprises too. Thoroughly enjoyable hour or so, especially looking at the cars from the 1920's and '30's from which you can imagine machine-gunned monsters would hang as they fought for control of the cities' crime rackets.
The little shop is packed full of cool little automotive toys that would be good gifts for the big kids at heart amongst us.
Not just for petrolheads ☺️

10. Museum of Art Nouveau and Art Deco Casa Lis

Calle Gibraltar 14, 37008 Salamanca, Spain +34 923 12 14 25
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Museum of Art Nouveau and Art Deco Casa Lis

Reviewed By nnmercman - Camberley, United Kingdom

Museum is just across from the Roman bridge and reasonably priced at 4euros per adult. Displays are in rooms of the original house and over two floors - mainly ceramics/glassware/pottery/paintings. When we visited there was a temporary exhibition (until end March 2018) displaying contemporary art. Overall it’s a good place to visit on a rainy day but to be honest I found it a bit underwhelming - a reason could be the fact that although the free English brochure handed out at reception gives a brief overview, descriptions and information panels dotted around are in spanish only (no reason why they shouldn’t be of course!) which makes it difficult to understand exhibits and context. It’s worth stopping in the cafe for a drink, sinking into one of the chairs or sitting at the stain glass window with views over Roman bridge/river.
No photography allowed inside other than in the cafe area which is a bit disappointing.
The gift shop is to one side of entrance and you can access it without having to enter the museum - there are some nice pieces for sale but quality = expensive!

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