Salamanca, Ancient and Very Young | Castilla y León

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I’ve been to Salamanca a few times. It’s very close to Madrid, where I live today. So, when I host Brazilian visitors at home, it’s always a good option for a city tour…

The old town is spectacular. There are things that we can’t miss. I’ll say only four, but there are much more. First of all, the Cathedral. Actually, there are two cathedrals, the old and the new one. Both wonderful!

Something worth noting is that before entering the cathedrals… Yes, because the old one is inside the new one, you have to spend some time trying to find an astronaut figure on the facade… In the last restoration of the cathedral a contemporary artist sculpted a figure of an astronaut in the facade… It’s almost a question of honor to find this little sculpture.

After the cathedrals, we can proceed and see the University of Salamanca, with more than 800 years of history. Its facade also hides another little sculpture, a very small frog… This one can be harder to find…

The Plaza Mayor, another “must go” destination. It’s a meeting point with several bars and restaurants. It’s a good place for a snack or even lunch, but it’s a little bit expensive… The square also hosts special events as the Noah Ark’s exposition that was taking place on the day I was there.

The Casa de las Conchas (House of Shells), where hundreds of shells hang on the facade, is a very pleasant and beautiful place. Says a legend that inside one of those shells there is a golden coin.

And if all of that wasn’t enough, the atmosphere of the city is contagious. In this ancient environment, there is a youthful atmosphere… Salamanca is also a university city. Thousands of students live in their residences. These students are everywhere brightening up the streets. The last time I was there, it was the day of “tuna”. For those who don’t know what “tuna” is I explain below…

“Tunas” are musical groups of students that date back to the XIII century tradition. The University Tuna of Salamanca is known to be the oldest in the world. Groups of students go out on the streets with their instruments and past-centuries dressing, singing and playing. At the end of the day, I had seen several groups and it was quite fun.

There is much more to see in Salamanca. I only had one day, so I couldn’t see anything else. I recommend a city tour in this lovely city… It is really worth your time.

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