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10 Things to eat in Salamanca and where

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Salamanca is one of the most interesting cities in Spain. Located in the Castilla y Leon region, it has a fascinating history and impressive architecture. The city is located near the Tormes River and has one of the most prestigious universities in the whole Iberian Peninsula. If you want to learn Spanish, Salamanca is said to be the only city in the whole of the Kingdom of Spain that still has a pure accent.
But the main reason you have to visit this city in the interior of Spain is his incredible culinary tradition, which will conquer you with simple dishes rich in flavors.
Let's see together 10 specialties to eat absolutely in Salamanca!



Index

  1. Jamon de Guijuelo
  2. Jamon Serrano Iberian
  3. Carne de Morucha from Salamanca
  4. Salt Chanfaina
  5. Los farinatos
  6. Hornazo
  7. Lentils from La Armuna
  8. Almond nougat from La Alberca
  9. Donuts from Ledesma
  10. Bollomaimon
  11. Where to eat: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Jamon de Guijuelo

The Jamon de Guijuelo is a raw ham produced in the village of Guijuelo, outside Salamanca. It is processed according to the ancient tradition and left to mature naturally, taking advantage of the cold and dry currents that come from Bejar and Sierra de Gredos. Due to its peculiarities, in Spain it is recognized as a DOC product.

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: € 50,00 per kg
  • Main ingredients: pork ham

2 - Jamon Serrano Iberian

It is a typical Spanish cured ham, which is produced in Salamanca but also in Seville, Cordoba, Ciudad Real and in the south of Portugal. It is processed according to the tradition of each area that produces it and is widely pleasing to the palate. This also comes left to mature naturally in special warehouses.



  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: € 25,00 per kg
  • Main ingredients: pork ham

3 - Salamanca Carne de Morucha

It is Morucha beef, a pure breed, never crossed with other animals, raised in the open air and free pasture. Salamanca's Carne de Morucha has a color ranging from pale pink to cherry, it is naturally very tasty, does not have accumulations of fat and the muscle fibers are thin, making it soft and tasty. It can be cooked in a variety of ways, albeit grilling and embers are the best ways to enhance the flavor.

  • Recommended to: as a main course for lunch or dinner
  • Average cost: € 15,00
  • Main ingredients: beef

4 - Chanfaina salmantina

The salmantina chanfaina is a typical dish based on rice, lamb entrails, cooked blood and pieces of chorizo ​​sausage. It is a traditional dish that is found in other areas of Spain with different ingredients (in the same way as paella) and is, as you guess from its ingredients, as tasty as it is challenging.

  • Recommended to: lunch and dinner
  • Average cost: € 10,00
  • Main ingredients: rice, lamb entrails, chorizo ​​sausage

5 - Los farinatos

It is a sausage made with butter, bread, flour, spices and pork. It is served fried, cut into slices and accompanied by fried eggs, or in a kind of omelette. It is a typical product of Salamanca which is also served in different areas of Spain with variations in the composition of the sausage. The flavor is unique and very particular and it is also possible to find it among the tapas.



  • Recommended to: breakfast lunch and dinner
  • Average cost: € 8,00
  • Main ingredients: pork sausage and eggs

6 - Hornazo

The hornazo is the typical dish on Easter Monday. It's about a savory pie consisting of pork, chorizo, ham, bacon and eggs. It was used to celebrate the return to the city of prostitutes, who were turned away during the entire period of Lent so that the citizens were not distracted during this sacred period destined for repentance. Even today, the Lunes De Aguas, in the area near the river, in Salamanca there is a big party and Hornazo is served.

  • Recommended to: lunch and dinner
  • Average cost: € 8,00
  • Main ingredients: pork, bacon, eggs and puff pastry

7 - Lentils from La Armuna

Green in color and with an elongated shape, they are a real delight, both as a main dish and as an accompaniment. They are served in different ways, from vegeterian soups to stewed seasoning of meat dishes.

  • Recommended to: lunch and dinner
  • Average cost: € 6,00
  • Main ingredients: lentils

8 - Almond nougat from La Alberca

Gourmands can't miss the nougat made with La Alberca almonds. If the Avola almonds seem unbeatable to you, once you have tried this delight you will have to change your mind.


  • Recommended to: snack
  • Average cost: € 5,00
  • Main ingredients: La Alberca almonds, eggs and sugar

9 - Ledesma donuts

Small dry donuts typical of the Castile region. The recipe for Ledesma's donuts has remained unchanged for over 5 centuries and biscuits can be found practically everywhere: bakeries, bars, pastry shops. They are deliciously accompanied with wine or coffee.


  • Recommended to: breakfast and snack
  • Average cost: € 3,00
  • Main ingredients: flour, butter and eggs

10 - Bollomaimon

Bollomaimon is a sponge cake that is usually soaked in chocolate. It has the appearance of a large cimabella and is the typical desset of events and celebrations, also of weddings in the Castile region but especially in the city of Salamanca.

  • Recommended to: snack
  • Average cost: € 5,00
  • Main ingredients: flour, sugar and eggs

Where to eat: best restaurants, typical bars and street food

Due to its geographical location, the typical cuisine of Salamanca is characterized above all by earth dishes and its famous cold cuts: the best known culinary product of the city is the ham called Jamon de Guijuelo, or a raw ham produced in the village of Guijuelo, just outside Salamanca. But other types of hams are also very popular, along with dried meat. Among the typical dishes, there are also "chanfaina salmantina", or rice with animal entrails, and "los farinatos", or fried sausage served with eggs.

La most of the restaurants are concentrated along the Plaza Mayor but, if you want to have a quick lunch or an aperitif based on the well-known tapas, our advice is to stop in via Van Dyck.

1 - Hosteria Casa Vallejo

  • Description: a place just a few minutes from Plaza Mayor, offering both tapas and typical Salamanca cuisine
  • specialty: beef steak
  • Average price: from € 30,00 per person
  • Address: Calle de San Juan de La Cruz 3, Salamanca - Get directions / Facebook page

2 - Casa de Vinos Doctrinos

  • Description: wine shop in the heart of Salamanca, suitable for an aperitif but also for a dinner
  • specialty: platter of cold cuts
  • Average price: from € 15,00 per person
  • Address: Calle Doctrinos 3, Salamanca - Get directions / Facebook page

3 - Cuzco Bodega

  • Description: Tapas Bar in the center of Salamanca, frequented mainly by locals as well as tourists
  • specialty: tapas
  • Average price: from € 15,00 per person
  • Address: c / Juan del Rey, Salamanca - Get directions / Facebook page

4 - Restaurante Corte & Cata

  • Description: medium-high level restaurant, in the historic center, offers both tapas and typical Iberian cuisine, with fish dishes
  • specialty: ham appetizer
  • Average price: from € 30,00 per person
  • Address: Calle Serranos 1, Salamanca - Get directions / Facebook page

5 - Restaurante Mencia

  • Description- Casual restaurant just outside the center, offers Spanish cuisine and excellent wine
  • specialty: cod, cooked in more than 20 different recipes
  • Average price: from € 25,00 per person
  • Address: Calle Grillo 11, Salamanca - Get Directions / Website
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