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Salamanca

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  • Day7

    Salamanca

    May 29 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    We are now in Salamanca! With a history dating back to the Celtic era, it’s known for its ornate sandstone architecture and for the Universidad de Salamanca. There is a vibrancy in the city - the Plaza Mayor is always full of diners and tourists and lots of young university students fill the city.
    The Roman bridge of Salamanca, known traditionally as puente mayor and as puente prinçipal (main bridge) gives access to the southern part of the city. Great views of Salamanca Cathedral across the bridge.
    We climbed the stairs of the Scala Coeli, Clerecía Church in Salamanca, historic baroque Catholic church featuring bell towers with sweeping city views. The church is now headquarters of Salamanca Pontificia University.
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  • Day63

    Travel day to Salamanca

    October 24, 2018 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 6 °C

    We have left the Camino, and today got train and bus to Salamanca. It is probably good to have these days in Spain for Camino withdrawal! We had a lovely leisurely day in Santiago yesterday - another sunny day, and a final dinner.

    Today we left early to get the 7.48 train to Zamora. This seemed the simplest way to get to Salamanca, and we had faith that we would find a bus for the short journey there. Our faith was justified, as we left the train at Zamora with a very helpful young woman who showed us where the bus station was (very close) and all worked perfectly. Now installed at the Salamanca Ibis!! So familiar, and a 10 minutes walk to the historic centre of this quite wonderful city. Will elaborate tomorrow when we have a day to explore properly. Met a friend from Manly, met through yoga, who is in Salamanca now..what a coincidence!

    Just have to mention the train journey...at first through Galicia, and through very mountainous areas, beautiful and many tunnels. Then finally we emerged to another Maseta....and all was totally different. This part was flatter than where we walked through, and we again had the very bright penetrating light - again a cloudless day. I realise that this is so contrasting with the light in Galicia which is very much softer, almost misty, even when sunny. And the temperatures here are very cold at night (down to 3° at dawn (which is now 8 am), but up to 22° in late afternoon. Lovely. Off to sleep now.
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  • Day64

    Our day in Salamanca

    October 25, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    Again, sunny and perfect weather. And we had a great day exploring this amazing city. Quite relaxed though. First was the huge cathedral...all these cathedrals keep exceeding each other! This one is actually two - the new was 17th century, and the old (adjacent) is 12th century...and then we walked up the towers and had a stunning view down to the naves of the cathedrals, plus a view down over the city and countryside, and could walk round the edges...way up high...we chose not to do the very last climb up to the bells!.. Then we saw many other buildings..the casa de las conchas (of course to do with Santiago - the eternal scallop shell - which is the public library, and a university building that also is decorated and looks like another cathedral, and there was a wonderful Art Deco museum (a specialty for Amr)...we had a break and visit back to the hotel, as the temperature had gone from 2° in the morning, to a moderate 17 or so, and rose to about 22° in the afternoon, so we left our down jackets, but still took protection as it cools as soon as the sun sets.

    So in the afternoon we walked via another amazing university building to the Roman bridge across thenriver, and read in the sun on benches with kindles ...very pleasant...then back to the fantastic plaza Mayor for a drink before we met Barbara for dinner tonight...now back and ready for train to Madrid tomorrow. So glad we chose to come here..it is a gem of a city...
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  • Day27

    Salamanca

    October 13 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    De camino a Cáceres pasamos por Salamanca, una antigua ciudad universitaria con mucha historia.

    Esta dividida por el río Tormes (el mismo del lazarillo), y mucha gente famosa pasó por allí, incluidos Cervantes, Miguel de Unamuno y hasta el infame Franco.

    Una gracia turística es buscar una rana oculta en la fachada de la universidad. Según la leyenda no podrías terminar la carrera si no la encontrabas.

    A propósito de fachadas, acá mismo en Salamanca hay otra fachada curiosa, ya que contiene un astronauta. ¿Cómo llego allí siendo mucho más antigua que la carrera espacial? Pues que fue restaurada en el año 1969, y se añadió dicho astronauta como un homenaje.

    Finalizado el recorrido por la ciudad, en la iglesia antigua hay una habitación destinada al estudiante que al día siguiente tendría todo un día de pruebas. Allí pasaba arrodillado rezando la noche entera, gente de todos lados venía al carnaval (en caso de aprobar) o a burlarse de él (si reprobada). Al finalizar el día, tendría que salir por la puerta ancha, habría mucha comida, bebida y se mataría a un toro, con cuya sangre el festejado podría escribir su "Víctor". O salir por la puerta angosta y bajar por la calle de la vergüenza "Tentenecio".

    Un detalle no menor, es que la fiesta era carísima como una forma de evitar (sin prohibir) que los alumnos pobres pudieran recibir su grado de doctor.
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  • Day34

    Morille - Salamanca 13.6.2018

    June 13, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Salamanca.

    Ich muss gestehen, ich bin schon jetzt von dieser Stadt fast noch begeisterter als von Sevilla. Obwohl ich nur durch die Altstadt zu meinem Hotel gelaufen bin. Aber alleine die Kathedrale! Und dann der Plaza Mayor! Einfach umwerfend! Bekommt man schon alleine wegen der Größe nicht wirklich so fotographiert, dass man den Eindruck wiedergeben könnte, den das alles wirklich auf einen macht. Sobald ich mich frisch gemacht habe, gehe ich wieder in die Altstadt. Dort scheint sich auch alles abzuspielen. Eine Wäscherei mit Trocknern habe ich gegenüber des Hotels auch schon entdeckt. Kommt mir gerade nicht ungelegen 😎

    Ach ja, und zum Thema Hotel; im Reiseführer wurde indirekt vor den Hotelpreisen in Salamanca gewarnt. Als günstig wurden noch Jugendherbergen genannt. Ich habe unterwegs bei der Rast nach ca. 10 km in Miranda de Azan in einer Bar mit WiFi mal Trivago befragt. Die schlugen mir ein Hoteldoppelzimmer 800 Meter vom Zentrum mit Bad, WC und WiFi für 25 EUR vor. Fotos anbei. Hier ein Klick, da ein Klick, mit PayPal bezahlt und als ich die Bar wieder verließ, musste ich mir über die Unterkunft heute keine Gedanken mehr machen.

    Der Weg selber heute war sehr angenehm zu laufen, bot sehr schöne Ausblicke und Salamanca war schon früh ganz in der Ferne zu erblicken. Ich musste sogar das Tempo drosseln, weil ich das Zimmer erst ab 14 Uhr beziehen konnte und ich wollte nicht allzu lange mit komplettem Gepäck durch Salamanca streifen. Jetzt wird geduscht und dann geht's wieder ab ins Städtchen, habe jetzt noch bischen was vor 😁

    Nachdem ich nun noch mal ein wenig Salamanca erkundet habe, muss ich sagen, dass die Altstadt wirklich bemerkenswert ist, die Stadt drum herum einen aber nicht wirklich aus den Socken haut. Im Vergleich dazu finden sich in Sevilla in der ganzen Stadt wundervolle Plätze, die einen Besuch lohnen. Aber man kann die Städte sowieso nicht miteinander vergleichen, beide sollte man auf jeden Fall einmal gesehen und besucht haben. Studenten werden sich in Salamanca sicher besonders wohl fühlen, es wimmelt hier geradezu von ihnen 😎

    Stand heute: 729 km 🚶☘
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  • Day20

    Salamanca

    May 28 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Salamanca ist erreicht. Die Hälfte der Via de la Plata ist geschafft. Das Einlaufen in Salamanca hat sich fast besser angefühlt wie in Santiago. Da stand ein älterer Herr am Stadtrand und hat geklatscht, als ich vorbeigelaufen bin. Ein anderer fing sogar an mit mir zu reden und konnte kaum glauben, dass ich diesen Weg alleine durchziehe.

    Um 12 Uhr kam ich in die Stadt, bezog mein Hotelzimmer, nahm eine Dusche und legte mich noch kurz aufs Bett. Danach traf ich mich mit Louis und Christoph in einer Tapas Bar und wir gingen die Stadt und ihre wichtigsten Sehenswürdigkeiten besichtigen. Salamanca ist definitiv eine Stadt, wo ich wieder einmal hinreisen würde!
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  • Day38

    Salamanca: The Golden City

    June 8, 2018 in Spain ⋅ 🌬 64 °F

    We walked around the Old Town area which contains the oldest University in Spain, founded in the 1100s. It’s also called the Golden City, because of the numerous sandstone buildings. The Plaza Mayor (Main Square) is huge and lots of people hang out there.

  • Day3

    Salamanca, an architecturally rich town

    October 2, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Salamanca turned out to be a yet another fabulous town. Almost every other building near the Plaza Mayor was a piece of unique architecture. The town is much bigger than any other places we had visited till now. Finding the parking was a huge task, eventually we found a place near the edge of the town and walked to the Plaza Mayor. The main square was a place where the locals and the tourists all converge and enjoy the evening. Everywhere around the square, there are places to sit and eat outside. A very festive atmosphere prevails in the fantastic town. After a hearty meal of paella we set about discovering the town in the late evening.Read more

  • Day4

    Astronaut in the Cathedral

    October 3, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Back at the city center, we saw the places we had seen the previous night. The Casa Concha (House of Sea Shells) with the sea shells spread out on the outer wall, the exotic Salamanca Cathedral with its ornate gothic architecture. In the light of day, we observed an interesting piece of carving on the cathedral wall.. an astronaut, fully decked in the sapce suit and shoes. Check it if you don't believe it. We overheard an English guide explain that this was added in place of a fallen statue. The renovations were done during the 1960s when the 1st manned mission had reached moon and to depict the hand of God in the success of the mission, this seemed to be an appropriate place and subject for the cathedral wall. 😈
    Another interesting carving was of a monkey eating a softy ice cream. This too was added during the renovation. The reason as explained by the guide being that the peak of pleasure that one may have when eating an ice cream can easily be achieved in the Cathedral.
    A very innovative sales pitch I must say 🤣🤣
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Salamanca, سلمنقة, Salamanko, Salamanque, Helmantica, SLM, サラマンカ, Salmantica, Salamanka, 37001, Саламанка

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