24 Hours In Sala­manca

Steve New­man spends a day in this me­di­ae­val Span­ish city.

The People's Friend Special - - TRAVEL -

07:00 Ho­tel Rec­tor

The Ho­tel Rec­tor is a for­mer palace of one of the city’s aris­to­crats and is found near the cathe­dral just next to the old city wall. Renowned for its hos­pi­tal­ity, calm­ness and a sense of lux­ury, the ho­tel’s staff are su­per at­ten­tive, and it has its own garage to make life even eas­ier.

09:00 Break­fast With Cake

Join the lo­cals on their way to the of­fice hav­ing an espresso and an amar­guillo (al­mond cook­ies that are a legacy of the Moor­ish oc­cu­pa­tion). Sala­manca is awash with cafés and bars, but the Crois­san­te­ria Paris SL serves some of the best crois­sants to be found any­where and is very pop­u­lar with stu­dents.

11:00 Be Square

The Plaza Mayor is one of the most beau­ti­ful plazas in Spain and is known as the “liv­ing-room of Sala­manca.”

The town hall is the fo­cal point of the plaza, which is a meet­ing point day and night. Its ar­caded sides con­tain bou­tique shops where you can browse for sou­venirs, or soak up the Castil­ian way of life in its numer­ous bars and restau­rants.

13:00 Lunch With Lo­cals

You have to go lo­cal and eat in the city’s tra­di­tional restau­rants. Sam­ple hor­nazo, a salty, oven-baked pas­try stuffed with ham, sausage, ba­con, cooked egg and some­times even chicken. Try Río de la Plata, in the Plaza Peso. Its tiled floor, wooden fur­ni­ture and white table­cloths are rem­i­nis­cent of a typ­i­cal lo­cal home.

15:00 En­joy The His­tory

Walk across the Ro­man bridge and visit the Casa de las Con­chas where the façade is stud­ded with carved stone shells. The univer­sity and many mu­se­ums are all in­ter­est­ing to ex­plore. Climb the cathe­dral’s Gallo Tower for in­cred­i­ble views and then have fun try­ing to find the as­tro­naut and ice-cream cone in the carv­ings!

16:00 Su­perb Food

For the lo­cals, ir de tapeo means go­ing from bar to bar and hav­ing a small tapas in each with some wine. The Casa de Co­mi­das Mon­tero in the Plaza del Cor­rillo, with its com­bi­na­tion of tra­di­tional and in­no­va­tive foods, is a must to be in­cluded. Go rel­a­tively early as it gets very busy.

20:00 Live And Late

The city re­ally comes to life when the sun sets, turn­ing it into one of the most vi­brant places in Spain. Sala­manca por la noche como ninguna means at night there is no city like Sala­manca, with most crowds form­ing at one a.m or two a.m.

It’s a fab­u­lous mix­ture of bars and mu­sic, so do take a nap be­fore and get a late start.

The lovely Ho­tel Rec­tor of­fers a lit­tle lux­ury.

The stun­ning façade of Sala­manca Univer­sity.

The “liv­ing-room of Sala­manca” – the Plaza Mayor.

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