About Salamanca

Salamanca is best known as being a University city; more than 30.000 people, which is nearly 20 percent of the population, are students and a great part of the inhabitants are either directly or indirectly related to the university. The University of Salamanca is one of the most important universities in Spain, dating back to 1218 which makes it the third oldest university in Europe.

Today, apart from a famous university town, Salamanca is a modern city with a good infrastructure and which celebrates many international conferences and important cultural events. It is a UNESCO World Heritage City and, in 2002, was named the European Cultural Capital.

The main monuments in Salamanca are the old cathedral which dates back to the beginning of the 15th century, the old university buildings with their outstanding Spanish plateresque style, as well as the big central square 'Plaza Mayor' which was built in the 18th century using a baroque style.

New Cathedral of Salamanca
Grand Gothic & baroque edifice with ornate carvings, including an astronaut added in the 1990s.

Plaza Mayor, Salamanca
18th-century Spanish baroque public plaza bordered by shops, restaurants & city hall.

Roman bridge of Salamanca
The Roman bridge of Salamanca, also known as Puente Mayor del Tormes is a Roman bridge crossing the Tormes River on the banks of the city of Salamanca, in Castile and León, Spain. The importance of the bridge as a symbol of the city can be seen in the first quartering of city's coat of arms.