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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).

Parador

with dou­bles from £50 in­clud­ing break­fast.

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