Where to stay in Salamanca?

Où dormir à Salamanque ?

Visit Salamanca, a UNESCO-listed open-air museum? Here’s our guide to the best places to stay in Salamanca!

Capital of the province of the same name in the west of Castilla y León in Spain, Salamanca is a monumental open-air museum with a wealth of tourist attractions (public squares, religious buildings, palaces and museums), some of which date back to Roman times. Indeed, Salamanca has been a major trading center since antiquity, at the junction of one of Spain’s most famous Roman roads: the Vía de la Plata. Salamanca has a population of 148,042, spread over just 39.34 km², a compact city with a rich cultural heritage. The city has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988, and has always attracted great historical figures such as Antonio de Nebrija, Christopher Columbus and Fernando de Rojas. It’s also an ideal base for learning Spanish, with Salamanca accounting for 16% of all Spanish language courses in Spain.

From the Plaza Major to the University of Salamanca, from the Gran Via to the east of Salamanca, you’ll be able to sniff out different social and multicultural atmospheres. Just strolling through the streets will bring out the centuries of history, arts and culture that have made Salamanca a world-renowned city. Here’s our selection of places to stay in Salamanca.

Plaza Mayor

Plaza Major, loger à Salamanque

Photo credit: Flickr – Malcolm Payne

The Plaza Mayor, the central square, like a big-sister version of Toulouse’s Place du Capitole, is also known as the city’s « living room ». This is where tourists and locals – workers, students and retirees – mingle the most, and is the center of Salamanca’s social life. Built in Baroque style and trapezoidal in shape between 1729 and 1756, it was declared a « Property of Cultural Interest » in 1973. It’s the city’s liveliest district, and also the best landmark, where we’re sure to come back again and again!

Around the Plaza Major, visit the Roman Orthodox church, the Catholic churches – iglesia de la Purisima, iglesia de San Martin de Tours, iglesia de San Juan Bautista de Barbalos, etc. – the Torre del Aire, and the many palaces. -The entire university campus – the oldest in Europe still in operation – is well worth a visit. Green spaces, restaurants and bars for partying, and numerous small squares make this district one of the best places to stay in Salamanca. If you don’t like the hustle and bustle of the city center, don’t panic: there are other areas to rent accommodation in Salamanca!

Puerta de Zamora

Puerta de Zamora, loger à Salamanque

Photo credit: Flickr – MAngeluX

To the north of the historic center, between Avenida de Italia and Avenida de Portugal, lies a lively shopping district with everything a tourist could want in a city: shopping centers, small shops and services of all kinds, restaurants, bars and green spaces, all without the crowds of the historic center. Sleeping north of the Porte de Zamora is one of the best ways to stay in Salamanca while still being very close to the tourist attractions.

Main photo credit: Flickr – Fernando García Redondo