casts a spell on all those who have enjoyed its peacefulness, awakening the desire to return.
—Miguel de Cervantes
Very true. Salamanca, like Segovia, is one of those Spanish cities that resemble a Roman town — and to me that is beautiful. This is no surprise as it was founded by Romans during that time period when the Roman Empire basically “conquered” everything they could, and the Christians and kings fought to take over cities like they were a bouquet of lollipops, an obsequio. Anyway, the different styles of architecture in the small city look pretty amazing.
The city of Salamanca is part of the autonomous community of Castilla y León. It is a 130-mile drive from center Madrid, approximately, and it also borders northern Portugal. We got there by bus. The bus company usually offers two types of services: express and regular. I accidentally booked us on a regular bus, and instead of 2 hours and 30 minutes, it took five hours! We were a bit cranky by the time we got to our final destination, lemme tell ya… But I made sure we got the right ticket for the way back: express.
Chris and I visited Salamanca on the weekend of May 25 (so I might forget a few things by now). This was my second time there, but it might as well be my first because, again, I could only remember what one or two buildings looked like. Salamanca’s winters tend to be long, but thankfully temperatures weren’t so bad for May. During the day it was sunny and warm enough for us to sit outside on a terraza, having a cold drink and watching the crowd (it’s always entertaining). At night, it got a little chilly but bearable.
Salamanca has a lot of historical buildings and monuments, such as the famous University of Salamanca and the Old Roman Bridge, and we visited most of them…in one day. This was probably the most productive we’ve ever been at a place with plenty of things to see. Well, the city of Salamanca is not too big—everything is within walking distance. The religious influence is obvious everywhere in Spain, and Salamanca was not an exception. (It’s funny because I have been saying lately how almost everything we see at the different Spanish cities we visit, the thing that is most celebrated, is normally a bunch of churches / cathedrals. Not that they aren’t incredibly astonishing and just ridiculously majestic, but it is refreshing to see something different every now and then.)
And how can I NOT mention the Plaza Mayor of Salamanca! Definitely the most beautiful square I’ve seen in Spain. I think Baroque architecture just makes everything look, I don’t know, fancy? And so grand! It is beautiful.
Pictures of Salamanca.
- 8 Reasons not to take a night bus (even if it’s your only option) (roamingtheworld.wordpress.com)
- Salamanca: My Painting – Homage to a sandstone city in oil on canvas (normsonline.wordpress.com)