What to see in Salamanca in 3 days

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Salamanca is a beautiful city in the north west of Spain, located in the Castile Leon region, particularly known for its university and ancient sandstone buildings. Colonized in ancient times by the Celts, Salamanca hides a soul different from the rest of the Spanish cities, with a more Latin flavor, a spirit that is lost in the mists of time. Known as learned and golden, it is a city that is full of culture and cultures, in short: really worth a visit. Let's start together to discover the city, what to see in Salamanca in 3 days.



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  4. How much does a weekend in Salamanca cost
  5. User questions and comments

1 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Plaza Mayor, Mercado Central, Bullfighting Museum, Iglesia San Martin de Tours

We start from the Plaza Mayor of Salamanca, where you can do breakfast sitting on the outside tables of the Cafè Real, a splendid historic place in the center. Here we can have sweet or savory snacks for around € 5,00. Then we take a tour around the area: right behind the café is the Central Market, indoor, full of kiosks and stalls, and right there in front you can visit the monument to las Turrorenas de La Alberca, dedicated to women who went from town to town to sell the typical nougat of these parts.

We then do a tour of the splendid square, with its majestic buildings, among which the Town Hall building with its arches stands out. At the corner of the square you can visit the Salamanca Bullfighting Museum, which celebrates, with curiosity and finds, the relationship between Spain and the bulls. The museum opens at 10:30 and stays open until 13:30, the ticket costs € 3,00. The visit takes about half an hour.

Then, on the other side of the square, that's it the Iglesia de San Martin de Tours, typical example of the 11th century Spanish Romanesque. It is hidden and not very visible from the main attractions, but it is worth taking a look inside, admission is free and the church is open from 00:14 to 00:. Then we go to Rua Mayor for a walk.



2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Plaza Ananya, Catedral de Salamanca, Universidad

A lunch we stop at the Cuatros Gatos Rùa restaurant, where we can taste typical dishes, including jamon soup or paella for about € 15,00 per person.

After lunch the walk continues towards Plaza de Ananya, the beating heart of the city. Here we can sit for a few minutes and observe the beauties around, then we visit the monumental Catedral Vieja de Salamanca, dating back to around 1100, inside which there is a huge richly decorated altarpiece, the work of a Florentine painter, Dello Delli. The Cathedral is open from April to September from 10:00 to 20:00, in the rest of the year it closes two hours earlier. The ticket costs € 5,00 and, to avoid endless queues, it is advisable to book it online.

After visiting the Vieja Cathedral, you can also visit the new one, right next to it, dating back to 1500, another splendid building open until 18:00, the ticket costs € 4,75. Within the same square, you can't miss theSalamanca University, one of the most famous institutions in the city. It is considered the oldest in Spain, built on the model of our university in Bologna. From the architectural point of view it is an example of the typical Plateresque style of the city, with a particularly decorated facade. Note the small lucky frog at the entrance. It is possible to visit the interior of the complex every day except Sunday, from 10:00 to 19:00, with a ticket of € 10,00.


3 - Evening: Walk, Dinner, Roman Fortress, riverside

We complete the tour of the Plaza de Ananya to admire its buildings and perhaps buy some souvernir as we enter the ancient streets. For price we can stop at the Restaurante El Monje, about 650 meters from Plaza de Ananya, which elaborates traditional Castilian dishes according to a gourmet cuisine. The environment is very nice, as well as the area, eating here costs around € 40,00 per person.

After dinner, it's possible take a walk within the walls of the Roman Fortress which is located right outside the restaurant, very suggestive and always open, illuminated and walkable. In addition, taking two steps you can easily reach the riverside, on the waters of the Tormes, and it is very characteristic with the evening lights.


In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 3,1 km / 38 min
  • Places visited: Plaza Mayor, Mercado Central, Museo Taurino, Iglesia de San Martin, Plaza Ananya, Catedral Vieja, Catedral Nueva, University, Roman Fortress
  • Salamanca: 2,5-hour guided walking tour of monuments
  • Breakfast at Cafè Real (Get directions), Lunch at Restaurante Cuatros Gatos (Get directions), Dinner at Restaurante El Monje (Get directions)

2 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Casa de las Conchas, Palacio Monterrey, walk downtown

Let's make breakfast at Delicatessen & Café, where you can choose between some cakes or even a savory breakfast for around € 10,00. Right outside the club is there Casa de las Conchas, a ancient Renaissance palace decorated with 300 shells. It is an important symbol for the pilgrims who pass here on the way to Santiago. The palace can be visited for free and is open from 09:00 to 21:00 from Monday to Friday, Saturday and Sunday it has a small break in the afternoon.

At about 250 meters continuing on Calle de la Compañia, there is the Palacio Monterrey, built in 1500 by Alonso de Acevedo Zúñiga, viceroy of the Kingdom of Naples, in the Italian Renaissance style. The palace is open from 10:30 to 13:30 and then in the afternoon from 17:00 to 19:00, the ticket costs € 5,50. Once the visit is over we can do one nice walk along the Calle Prado, admire the Convento de la Madre de Dios and the Iglesia de San Benito. Salamanca hides a myriad of splendid, very ancient architectural treasures.



2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Torre del Clavero, Plaza Colon, Covento di San Esteban, Casa Lis

Not far away we can pranzare a la Taperia La Mariseca, where you can enjoy excellent Spanish tortillas or many types of tapas, for around € 15,00 per person. After lunch we can walk along Miñagustin street and pass in front of it Torre del Clavero, gorgeous medieval building that stands out in the city center, in Gothic style, still perfectly preserved.

From here, continuing, we can visit the Dominican convent of San Esteban, a very interesting complex, also in Plateresque style. It is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 to 14:00 and from 16:00 to 18:00, it can be accessed with a ticket of € 3,50. If, by any chance, it isn't open yet, we'll have a rest in the nearby green Plaza Colon. We then continue towards Casa Lis, about 500 meters walk from the Convent. It is the Museum of Art Nouveau and Art Deco of the city and the building itself is very characteristic, inside it houses over two thousand works of art, including ceramics, statues, even a Fabergé egg. In the afternoon the museum is open from 16:00 to 19:00 and the ticket costs € 4,00, but if it's Thursday, the entrance is free.

Then, passing through the Plaza del Mercado Viejo, we can go and visit the Museo de Historia de la Automocion, open from 17:00 to 20:00, which hosts many vintage cars, a real journey into the history of motoring. The ticket costs € 4,00.

3 - Evening: Roman Bridge, Dinner, Monument of the Lazarillo del Tormes

For the evening, when the lights go down, we can walk across the beautiful Roman bridge over the Tormes river, considered a national monument. Let's go to price at the La Pachamama restaurant, on the other side of the river, surrounded by greenery. We will be able to dine with the view of the river and the illuminated cathedral on the other bank, enjoying typical dishes and a good selection of wines for around € 30,00. Returning, it is possible to take a walk, crossing the Roman bridge again and visiting the Monument of Lazarillo del Tormes, an icon of Spanish literature.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,8 km / 35 min
  • Places visited: Casa de las Conchas, Palacio Monterrey, Convento de la Madre de Dios, Torre del Clavero, Plaza Colon, Convento de San Esteban, Casa Lis, Museo de Historia de Automocion, Roman Bridge, Lazarillo del Tormes Monument
  • Salamanca: private tour with a local
  • Breakfast Delicatessen & Café (Get directions), Lunch at Taperia La Mariseca (Get directions), Dinner at Restaurante La Pachamama (Get directions)

3 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Torre del Aire, plaza de la Constitucion, Ermita de Nustra Señora de la Misericordia, Parque de los Jesuitas

This morning we do breakfast at Cafeteria Figaro, where we can eat excellent desserts and coffee for about € 8,00. Then we can visit the Torre del Aire, another of the towers of the Spanish city, in plaza Eulalia, a short distance from the bar. Then we can take a walk on the plaza de la Constitucion, a short distance away there is a little known but characteristic attraction: the Ermita de Nuestra Señora de la Misericordia, a small and ancient chapel. Finally, to relax a bit, we take a walk and a stop at the large Parque de los Jesuitas, considered the most important green space in the city, very popular with citizens.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Domus Artium 2002, Paseo Fluvial

Inside the park we can pranzare at Bar Los Jesuitas, where they serve tapas on a beautiful terrace overlooking the greenery, you can recommend the patatas bravas. You can eat for around € 15,00 per person. After this refreshing break, we can walk along Avenida de la Aldehuela and, about 750 meters from the park, we will find the Domus Artium 2002, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Salamanca. It is open from 12:00 to 14:00 or from 17:00 to 20:00, it is a building obtained from a former prison that now houses numerous works of contemporary art. Admission is free. We are right on the river, therefore, to return to the center, we could take a long walk on the Paseo Fluvial, or you can take the train at La Alamedilla station and return.

3 - Evening: Dinner, Plaza Mayor, Casa Dona Maria la Brava, Palacio de Alonso de Solis

As a last night in Salamanca we cannot miss the buzzing atmosphere of the Plaza Mayor, which we have only seen during the day. Here we can cenare at Zazù Bistro, which also has outdoor tables, to fully enjoy the nightlife of the city. Dining here costs around € 25,00 per person. After dinner we have one last itinerant walk among the buildings of the center, which are really many: the Dona Maria la Brava house, dating back to the th century and cloaked in legend, the Palacio de Alonso de Solis, and so on, it is nice to get lost in the streets of Salamanca for one last time before saying goodbye.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 3,9 km / 49 min
  • Places visited: Torre del Aire, Plaza de la Constitucion, Ermita de Nuestra Señora de la Misericordia, Parque de los Jesuitas, Domus Artium 2002, Paseo fluvial, Plaza Mayor, Casa Dona Maria la Brava, Placio de Alonso de Solis
  • Breakfast at Cafeteria Figaro (Get directions), Lunch at Bar Los Jesuitas (Get directions), Dinner at Zazù Bistro (Get directions)

How much does a weekend in Salamanca cost

A weekend in Salamanca is perhaps not enough to see all the beauties of the city, but certainly to discover the most iconic places and immerse yourself in its cultural atmosphere. Museums are very cheap, some free. Even the means are quite sustainable, even if not very widespread, in any case the city is small and the attractions are really concentrated in a few adjacent neighborhoods. You can feed yourself and even have fun with tapas, very cheap iconic Spanish food, however there are also great restaurants where the prices go up a bit. All in all, three days in Salamanca are really ideal for taking a cultural break to discover this city in the north of Spain.

  • Costs to eat: about € 50,00 per day per person (including breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Costs for museums and attractions: about € 35,00 per person following the itinerary we suggest
  • Transportation: about € 30,00 per person
  • Hotels, accommodation and b & b: Hotel and b & b starting from € 55,00 per room -
  • Fun: from € 25,00 per person
  • Total cost of a weekend in Salamanca: from € 350,00 per person (flights excluded)

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Salamanca: basically Salamanca can be visited at any time of the year, but to benefit from a better climate, it is better to choose the months between May and October
  • the nearest airport is Valladolid, about 120 km from Salamanca. You can take a bus of the Alsa lines to Valladolid central station, there are several trips during the day, it takes half an hour and costs € 4,00 each way. From the station you can take an Avanza line bus to Salamanca, at € 9,30 each way, it takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  • downtown area or in any case from which the center is easily accessible
  • Getting around: there are various bus lines that cross the city, day and night, a ticket costs € 1,05. After 4:00 at night you can choose the taxi, crossing the city costs about € 5,00. The center can be explored on foot. More info on how to get around Salamanca
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