With its vibrant student culture and shimmering sandstone array, the sparkling city of Salamanca is a beautiful and beguiling place in which to absorb yourself in unadulterated Spanish authenticity. An incandescent beauty exudes from the golden and glimmering monument, many of which are smothered in Latin inscriptions alluding to a prosperous past. Historic highlights are rife amongst the cityscape, with stunning squares and compelling cathedrals ranking highly. In Salamanca however, the emphasis is not just upon the ancient; the prestigious university brings with it is a vivacious and vital atmosphere which pervades the bustling bars and starlit streets at night.
Unanimously hailed as Spain’s most stunning square, Salamanca’s Plaza Mayor is an arresting vision of baroque beauty. Flanked by the flagrant and fabulous façade of the city hall, the square is undoubtedly the city’s spiritual and social centre. Austere busts of prominent historical line the perimeter, which take on an ethereal glow at sundown, when the square transforms into a softly lit legacy of illuminated allure.
Artfully lit and impossibly airy the art nouveau interior of the Museo de Art Nouveau y Art Deco proves a perfect place in which to exhibit a stunning selection of paintings, pictures and scuptures. Exhibition highlights include delicate porcelain, Faberge watches, 19th century dolls and an extensive collection of captivating curios from throughout the ages.
Indulge in one of Salamanca’s signature specialities at a rustic restaurant in which regional culinary heritage reigns supreme. A warm and welcoming atmosphere provides a perfect setting in which to enjoy local delicacies; roasted pork belly and spicy rice with pig livers are a couple of the delectable dishes with will appease an appetite for authenticity. (Calle Clavel 6, Salamanca, Spain)