What to do in Salamanca
- Plaza Mayor – this large central square, bustling with cafés and restaurants, really is the heart of the city.
- The 12th century Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja) and the New Cathedral (Catedral Nueva), built during the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries – these two cathedrals are built next to one another.
- The University – spread throughout the centre of Salamanca. Includes the Fonseca College and Anaya Palace buildings
- The late 15th century House of Shells (La Casa de las Conchas) – a building constructed in the time of the Catholic Kings, studded with 350 sandstone shells.
- The Roman bridge over the Tormes – dating from the year 89 AD, this bridge was an important part of the Roman silver route, which ran from Mérida to Astorga.
- Convento de San Esteban – Dominican monastery with a well-set presentation of missionaries in the New World. It’s not one of the most famous attractions, so there’s a good chance you can marvel at this religious community on your own.
It’s a happy and lively university town, with a rich diversity of people that offers a pleasant and enriching environment in terms of history, culture and gastronomy. The city is classified as World Heritage by UNESCO and has a multitude of historical buildings and monuments concentrated in its center.
It’s a city that during the renaissance erected a grand quantity of palaces, mansions, convents, colleges and schools where it a characteristic and local style predominated : the Plateresque.
Salamanca is a small town that is easy to navigate on foot. There are also urban buses (ticket price 1,05€) that can get you from the bus or train station to the centre.
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Opening hours for monuments & museums
Use the following file to organise your visit or take advantage of Salamanca’s Tourism Office.
Museums close on Mondays and the spaces change their working hours depending on the season, holidays, etc. Some have free visiting hours during the week.
Check the tourism office for guided tours adapted to all needs: monuments, nightly, convents, legends and stories, etc.
The diary tours from the tourism office are around 7 euros + tickets to get into monuments and other buildings. Minimum group size is 14 people.
If you’re coming as a group, private visits can be arranged.
Another option is to take the Touristic Train, departing from Plaza de Anaya (near the cathedral) and taking you through the main sights of town. It costs 4,75€ per person.
Audio guides are also available in the Municipal Tourism Office (24 hours = 12€ + 20€ deposit). Also posible is to download it in your mobile through a QR code.
For a cycling guided tour, visit the following links:
Local police, in collaboration with the municipality, offers a complete list of underground parking in the city:
Public services addresses and contacts
- Policía / Tráfico
- Comisaría Policía (urgencias): 091
- Comisaría Policía: 923 127700
- Guardia Civil (urgencias): 062
- Guardia Civil (centralita): 923 127200
- Guardia Civil Tráfico: 923 193119
- Policía Local (urgencias): 092
- Policía Local: 923 194440
- Salamanca: 080
- Provincia: 923 288300
- Cruz Roja (emergencias): 923 222222
- Emergencias: 112
- Clínico: 923 291100
- Hospital Virgen de la Vega: 923 291200
- Hospital Santísima Trinidad: 923 269300
- Urgencias: 923 217050
- Teléfono de la Esperanza: 923 221111
- Telegramas: 923 262000
- Tele Taxi: 923 250000
- Objetos perdidos: 923 279195
- Depósito de coches: 923 289555
- Información meteorológica: 807 170365
- Maltratadas: 900 333888