Salamanca

We only stayed on this site two nights just long enough to go in and explore Salamanca.  It was nice being able to cycle into the town along the river for part of the way and cycle track which was quite flat.

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The Old City of Salamanca is an ancient university town north-west of Madrid.

We stopped off in Salamanca as there was an ACSI campsite here on our way down to Alvor in Portugal

Salamanca

Stunning square. Cafes restaurants to suit all tastes and pockets. Amazing architecture.  I have read since that it is amazing to see the Plaza Mayor at night when it is lit up and full of life.  Only found out about that after we had visited though.

img_3950Beware of the little trains – you don’t hear them coming up to you.

Plaza Mayor which is in the centre of  Salamanca is a great place to do a bit of people watching, enjoy the activities, eat in one of the many cafes and just relax.

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Salamanca is known as La Dorada (“The Golden City”) because of the glow of its sandstone buildings.  “The skyline” is dominated by the Cathedral.  There are plenty of museums, churches, a palace, old buildings, “plazas” etc.  It is full of history and is a vibrant town.

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The buildings are beautiful and well maintained. Some are being refurbished.

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Couldn’t believe the number of small shops displaying hanging legs of ham.

There are many attractions like the old and new cathedrals and the university district, but we enjoyed exploring the little shops, listening to the buskers, people watching (which we do everywhere) and being part of the daily life of this quaint and lively city.

Salamanca

Salamanca

Salamanca

Salamanca

Salamanca

Salamanca

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