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Arroyo del Zurguén

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7 travelers at this place:

  • Day5

    Avila to salamanca

    September 14 in Spain

    We had a gentle morning in Avila and then set off for Salamanca. It's just a hour and a half away and the roads, as they have all been, were very good and empty of traffic. We have rented an apartment here for three nights, it is modern and really good, and just 15 minutes walk over an old roman bridge into the centre of Salamanca. The city is bigger and busier than Segovia or Avila and has a huge student population (Natalie was here on a school trip). Going out to eat in the centre was crowded and busy, and the food sadly was the poorest we've had so far.Read more

  • Day6

    Salamanca

    September 15 in Spain

    We have 2 full days in Salamanca so we decided to split our sightseeing into gentle bouts. This morning we crossed the Roman bridge into the centre of Salamanca and visited various buildings of the University, Plaza Major and the central market. We decided to buy food in the market to cook for dinner, partly to avoid the tourist crowds but mainly to try some of the tempting local produce. It has been a hot 31C today with no breeze so we came back to our apartment and had lunch on the roof terrace in the shade.Read more

  • Day6

    Saturday afternoon

    September 15 in Spain

    After lunch we took a break from sightseeing to track the Barnet football and GB Davis cup tennis. Not a good idea. When both matches were at 1 - 1 after tense play we went back into Salamanca to visit both the old 12C and new 16C cathedrals. The new is massive but unimpressive with gaudy side chapels and little of interest. However there two little things that are fun - when the front was being restored recently the stonemason carved a spaceman and an imp holding a icecream into one on the pillars! The old however is a much more elegant space with some beautiful wall frescoes. We came home and cooked a delicious dinner and it was warm enough to eat on the roof terrace. We eventually won the tennis match but sadly Barnet lost, ending their run of wins.Read more

  • Day7

    Salamanca Sunday

    September 16 in Spain

    Visit this morning to the museum of art nouveau and Art Deco which is housed in a fabulous art nouveau palace overlooking the river. It was built by a wealthy industrialist as his home which he filled with a splendid collection of objects. These days it's a museum, but still full of wonderful things, and very much my style, including a big collection of Lalique glass. The river frontage is completely covered in huge bright stained glass windows. Sadly they don't allow photography inside, but I did manage to sneak a pic of the windows.

    Then on to a Dominican monastery with a carved frontage showing the stoning of st. Steven (although it looks just a like a rather physical game of football). Inside there is a massive golden altar piece 30 metres high, and a lovely delicate cloister.

    Restful afternoon, with GB winning the tennis, Hamilton the Grand Prix, and Xerez the football.
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  • Day60

    Salamanca

    August 4, 2017 in Spain

    After about an hours drive, we arrived at our hotel in Salamanca, located just across the old roman bridge eating into the old town (Hotel Puente Romano de Salamanca). We were able to check in early (at about 1pm), for which we were very grateful since we had both had little sleep the night before (lovely as that accomodation was, everything was very fragrant...and Annette had trouble sleeping). Better still, the hotel had made the effort (on our emailed request) to avoid the use of whatever fragrant freshener they ordinarily use, and the result was...a very good nights sleep, even though we struggled with an afternoon catnap. Salamanca is sensational; lots of lovely golden sandstone buildings. Bustling with tourists, it didn't seem overly crowded anyway. We walked into the old town twice - for lunch and dinner...and thought they lace was particularly lovely when lit up at night. The food here really strikes us as a big improvement from the cuisine in Portugal...in particular we have found decent salads and more variation.Read more

  • Day61

    Salamanca

    August 5, 2017 in Spain

    After our late night last night, we slept well, waking quite late - and almost missing breakfast! Thankfully, it turned out that the hotel restaurant was open to 11am for the weekend, so time for the many obligatory morning coffees. After that we walked into the old town, visited the tourists office to see if we could do a tour in English today (unfortunately not), and I had my glasses fixed for the third time this trip (one screw slips out and there glasses fall apart). Its so hot here, we headed back to our hotel to escape the afternoon and have lunch, before a mid afternoon dip in the hotel pool - quite cold, but very welcome. After so much travelling, we are generally happy just admiring Salamanca by walking around its majestic buildings and relaxing.Read more

  • Day21

    Salamanca, Spain

    November 9, 2016 in Spain

    The boat is docked just over the border in Spain. This day we had to get up early for a two hour ride to the town of Salamanca, home of one of the oldest universities in Europe. It was opened in 1218 and is still operating.

    The town itself also had some cool old sites.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Arroyo del Zurguén, Arroyo del Zurguen

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