What to see in Salamanca in one day

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Joel Fulleda

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Visiting Salamanca means having the opportunity to explore one of the most beautiful and ancient cities in Spain. Salamanca is also one of the most important university cities in the world, like Oxford, Cambridge, Paris or Bologna. Its university is indeed the oldest in all of Spain.
It is located on the banks of the Tormes river, famous is the bridge of Roman origin but also the appearance of the medieval era, which allowed the city to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. Although it is not very large there are several things to see, for this we intend to recommend you a one day itinerary that allows you to visit most of the city's attractions.


  1. One day itinerary in Salamanca: Morning
  2. One day itinerary in Salamanca: Afternoon
  3. One day itinerary in Salamanca: Evening
  4. User questions and comments

One day itinerary in Salamanca: Morning

1 - Plaza Mayor, Casa de las Conchas, Compañía street

Breakfast at Cafe Bar Mandala, in Calle Serranos 9, for an average cost of € 8,00. It starts from Plaza Mayor, which is just a 5-minute walk away. In this square, considered one of the most beautiful in Europe, there is the tourist office where you can ask for information. The beating heart of the city, the square is arcaded, there are in fact 88 arches on which stand out carved medallions with the faces of famous people depicted on them. Try to find that of the writer Miguel de Cervantes, author of Don Quixote. The visit continues crossing Plaza del Corrillo and Rúa Mayor until you arrive at Casa de las Conchas, a very original monument as it is decorated with many shells. They are linked to a legend concerning the marriage that took place between two noble families. It is said that a treasure is hidden right under one of these shells! Behind this monument you can see the towers of the church of the Clerecía and of the Pontifical University, which can be reached along Via della Compañía, one of the most characteristic streets of Salamanca.

2 - New Cathedral, Old Cathedral

The New Cathedral, an imposing Gothic construction, conceals some very particular and interesting details. You will notice, in fact, people leaning over the lower part of the door of the building: they are looking for some strange carved figures: an astronaut, a monkey eating ice cream and a stork. The Old Cathedral can be accessed directly from inside the New one. It's not particularly great but it gives a particular medieval atmosphere and also a profound tranquility. From the lower part, moreover, you will be able to access a permanent exhibition called "Ieronimus": it is a path that crosses both cathedrals and leads to the highest areas of the churches, including the 110 meters high towers such as that of the Gallo (so named for its cock-shaped weather vane) and that of the Bells. Near the second tower there is also a terrace from which you can enjoy a splendid view of the city.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,4 km / 17 min
  • Places visited: Plaza Mayor, Casa de las Conchas, via della Compañía (free), New Cathedral and Old Cathedral (access with the same ticket: full € 4,75, reduced € 4,00, children € 3,00)
  • Salamanca: private tour with a local
  • Where to have breakfast: Cafe Bar Mandala, Calle Serranos 9

One day itinerary in Salamanca: Afternoon

1 - University, Garden of Calisto and Melibea

For lunch we recommend the El Laurel restaurant, in Calle San Pablo 49, where you can taste typical Spanish flavors with an average cost of € 12,00. It's time to visit the University, with its breathtaking facade. They are also hidden on this wall some unusual figures, like some dolphins and the famous frog, which has also become the symbol of the city. The figure of this animal is also linked to a legend, more than anything else to a superstition: it is said that if a student manages to find it without any kind of help, he can easily pass all the university exams. Continuing on Los Libreros street and passing La Casa Lis, Art Nouveau and Art Deco Museum, you will reach the ancient city walls. Here is the Garden of Calisto and Melibea, one of the most romantic corners of the city. Another legend surrounds this corner of Salamanca, it is said that this was the meeting place of the two young protagonists of the Celestina, one of the most important works of Spanish literature.

2 - Salamanca cave, convent and church of San Esteban, Torre del Clavero and Palazzo della Salina

Leaving the Garden behind, you will arrive at Carvajal square where the Salamanca cave is located, another magical place in this small but surprising city. It is a crypt which, as the legend tells, is said to be the seat of a school of occult sciences where the devil himself manifested himself to steal the shadow of a noble. Others, however, think that the cave is the gateway to another hidden city. If you are lucky enough to visit Salamanca on a Friday or Saturday, you can enjoy a beautiful light and sound show in the evening. On the right there is also the imposing building of the convent and the church of San Esteban, also visited by Christopher Columbus. Continuing along via San Pablo you will also see the Torre del Clavero and the Palazzo della Salina.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,3 km / 29 min
  • Places visited: University (admission € 10,00, reduced € 5,00, children free), Garden of Callisto and Melibea, Salamanca Cave, convent and church of San Esteban, Torre del Clavero and Palazzo della Salina (free)
  • Where to have lunch: El Laurel, Calle San Pablo 49

One day itinerary in Salamanca: Evening

1 - Dinner and Roman Bridge

For dinner we suggest a restaurant specialized in tapas called TAPAS 3.0, in Calle Sánchez Barbero at number 9. The average cost in this place will be € 15,00.
When the sun sets over Salamanca, the most recommended activity is to go to the Roman bridge and take a walk along the river. In this moment and from this place you can take the most particular and beautiful photos of the city. If you prefer something more lively, explore the around the Plaza Mayor, of San Justo square and that of Bordadores and Gran Vía streets. Remember that Salamanca is a university city and consequently entertainment and parties never fail. In the areas listed above you will in fact find discos, bars and clubs also furnished in a strange way but ideal for spending an evening different from the others.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,3 km / 17 min
  • Places visited: Roman Bridge (free)
  • Where to dine: TAPAS 3.0, Calle Sánchez Barbero 9

Before leaving: useful tips

  • How to reach it: Salamanca is about 220 km from the capital Madrid. The best way to reach it is probably the train, specifically Renfe trains offer affordable rates on modern carriages for a journey of about 2 and a half hours.
  • Weather: Salamanca's climate is continental, the same that characterizes the areas of central Spain. Winters are long and cold, summers are dry, hot and short-lived. The advice is to choose a mid-season to visit the city, then autumn or spring.
  • Getting around: the city is small in size, so it is sufficient to walk. In any case, we recommend that you wear suitable and comfortable shoes.
  • if you decide to extend your visit, take a look at our accommodation offers

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