The Spanish cities with wonderful food and World Heritage Sites – but hardly any tourists
A UNESCO World Heritage site, Salamanca is only two and a bit hours from Madrid. Also often referred to as “Spain’s Golden City”.
The ancient city of Salamanca, Spain Salamanca is one of the most fascinating cities we’ve…
From exploring Gothic and Renaissance architecture in the Old City to devouring tapas on Calle Varillas between classes at the Universidad de Salamanca, it’s easy to see why this UNESCO World Heritage Site has been a top-choice for students looking for an international experience for the past 800 years!
Aside from architecture and cuisine, one of the best ways to get a deeper understanding of Spanish culture is by getting involved with local community organizations through volunteer work.
Environment and Conservation
The University of Salamanca has initiated programs and campaigns to make the city greener and to improve the lives of its residents. Tasks range from administrative office duties, city and river clean up, workshops on recycling, and public campaigns on sustainability issues. Participants will be involved in outdoor activities related to environmental education and raise awareness about creative ecological practices that favor sustainability.
Community Enrichment through the Arts
Salamanca’s school for music and dance serves as an incubator for artistic talent in the city.
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Salamanca, home to the third-oldest European university, is known as ”The Golden City”.
Until stepping into Salamanca’s Plaza Mayor, a magnificent 18th-century town square built to host epic bullfights, I’d always regarded San Sebastian as the most idyllic of Spain’s many historic small cities.
Unlike its northern counterpart Salamanca does not come with surf beaches, cider houses and an international film festival, but more than compensates with splendid architecture, elegant streets and mouth-watering cuisine.
Known throughout Spain as “The Golden City” because of its honey-coloured sandstone, Salamanca has the distinction of hosting Spain’s oldest university. Founded in 1134, the University of Salamanca is the third-oldest university in Europe, after those of Bologna and Oxford.
“The university was granted a royal charter by Alfonso IX of Leon in 1218,” explains my guide Christina. “So next year marks 800 years of continuous operation. As a citizen of Salamanca I am incredibly proud of that.”
Source: Spain’s other idyllic small city
A very special 5-minute tour of two of the most beautiful Iberian cathedrals.
The Spanish city of Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is home to one of Europe’s oldest universities. Here, in the 16th century, the Dominican School helped develop concepts — the right to life and the dignity of the human person, the right to own property, and the right to freedom of thought — that became fundamental to Western law and philosophy.
One of the epicenters of the intellectual Iberian renaissance, and most likely the cradle of the great Spanish literature of the Siglo De Oro(“Golden Age”), Salamanca has not one but two majestic cathedrals: the Old and the New, connected like conjoined twins. The Old Cathedral, built in Romanesque and Gothic styles, took two centuries (from the 12th to the 14th).
Mention Madrid and you’ll probably be thinking of all the shopping and eating the city has to offer. But what if you want to do more than these?
As someone who enjoys a mixture of the bustling city life (you can get your fill of that in Madrid) and gorgeous views of medieval city landscapes, I decided to book a day trip out from Madrid to the historical cities of Avila and Salamanca via KKday. I also realised that given Madrid’s rather centralised location within Spain, it is a perfect place for embarking on day trips outside the city.
Our day started early at 7.30am as we made our way to the common meet-up point where an air-conditioned vehicle with an expert guide awaited.