Salamanca is a city in north-western Spain that is the capital of the Province of Salamanca in the community of Castile and León. The city lies on several hills by the Tormes River. Its Old City was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. This is also Castilla's liveliest city, home to a massive Spanish and international student population.
It is one of the most important university cities in Spain and supplies 16% of Spain's market for the teaching of the Spanish language. Salamanca attracts thousands of international students.
Whether floodlit by night or bathed in late-afternoon light, there's something magical about Salamanca. This is a city of rare beauty, awash with golden sandstone overlaid with ochre-tinted Latin inscriptions – an extraordinary virtuosity of plateresque and Renaissance styles.
Salamanca is known as the city of thought and knowledge, but here you will also find art and beauty. Its old town is home to a magnificent ensemble of monuments, with outstanding examples of different architectural styles: Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, Plateresque. The University, besides being one of Spain's oldest, is also one of the country's best examples of Renaissance architecture. Salamanca continues to be an important centre for cultural encounters and exchange in the present day too. In 2002 it was European City of Culture. Founded initially as the Estudio General in 1218, the university reached the peak of its renown in the 15th and 16th centuries. The entrance facade is a tapestry in sandstone, bursting with images of mythical heroes, religious scenes and coats of arms. Behind the facade, the highlight of an otherwise-modest collection of rooms lies upstairs: the extraordinary university library, the oldest in Europe.
Built between 1729 and 1755, Salamanca's exceptional grand square, Plaza Mayor, is widely considered to be Spain's most beautiful central plaza. The square is particularly memorable at night when illuminated (until midnight) to magical effect. Designed by Alberto Churriguera, it's a remarkably harmonious and controlled baroque display. The medallions placed around the square bear the busts of famous figures.
The Catedral Nueva lords over the city centre, its compelling Churrigueresque (an ornate style of baroque architecture) dome visible from almost every angle. The interior is similarly impressive, with elaborate choir stalls, main chapel and retrochoir, much of it courtesy of the prolific José Churriguera. The Catedral Nueva's largely Romanesque predecessor, the Catedral Vieja, is adorned with an exquisite 15th-century altarpiece, one of the finest outside Italy. Its 53 panels depict scenes from the lives of Christ and Mary and are topped by a haunting representation of the Final Judgement.
Arrive in Salamanca by flights and coach
Guided tour of Salamanca and free time shopping, Plaza Mayor, Cathedral Nueva
Spanish Cinema trip
Full day guided excursion to Madrid
Spanish Tuition at Language School
Treasure Hunt in Salamanca
Spanish Tuition at Language School
Depart Salamanca for journey home
Prices from £430 per student
Price based on a 6-day trip for 40 students and 4 group leaders, excluding flights. All trips are subject to availability.
AVAILABLE AT THIS DESTINATION
- Cultural Excursions
- Homestay accommodation
- Language Lessons
- Hotel/Hostel Accommodation
- Coach transfer from the school to UK airport. Return flights to Salamanca.
- Private coach for the full duration of the trip once you arrive at the airport.
- Public transport travel card if required.
- Stay with local host families in Salamanca.
- Hostel/hotel accommodation is available with half board or full board options.
- Language tuition with qualified Spanish teachers. Lessons can be tailored to the level of the student’s current ability and included chosen topics selected by the group leaders.