The chatter of students on the café terraces lining the streets ensure that this elegant city never feels like a museum. The buzz is even louder now as Salamanca is celebrating the 800th anniversary of the foundation of its university until the end of 2018. On Dec 13, the Plaza Mayor will be packed with revellers for an early New Year’s
Eve party. Fly to Madrid
(135 miles/220km from Salamanca) with Iberia Express (iberiaexpress. com) or British Airways (ba. com) to arrive in Terminal 4, which has a train link with Chamartín station for trains to Salamanca (fastest takes 96 minutes; renfe. com). There is also a direct bus from the airport to Salamanca (two-and-ahalf-hour journey; avanzabus.com).
with doubles from £50 including breakfast.