A Day In Salamanca With Maria

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I am María, the person behind @losmundosdemery. I am a nurse, and after working in Tenerife and Madrid I have returned home to Salamanca. I love traveling, seeing places and their people and enjoying life at all times. I always carry my camera with me to immortalize those moments and to be able to remember if I ever forget them.

Salamanca is a small town, with a unique golden color in its monuments due to the Villamayor stone. It has one of the most important universities in Spain, a city of culture and racial and social exchange, giving Salamanca a unique environment.

I keep discovering corners every day after 3 years and falling in love with those that I had already seen but with different eyes, those of maturity and experience. Monuments and culture is not complete without gastronomy and I assure you that it will surprise you with the typical products.

If you don’t know Salamanca, what are you waiting for?

What is a typical breakfast and where would you go? 

I think that a typical breakfast in Spain in general is bread with oil and tomato and I would have it on any of the terraces of the Plaza Mayor enjoying the views.

To enjoy something sweet, I would go to Magenta, a charmingly decorated cafeteria, vegetarian, with some fabulous cakes to start the day

Where is your favourite place to grab lunch? 

We usually eat a cane with potato omelette, a pigeon (a Russian salad on a very thin crust which is typical here) or patatas bravas.

There are mythical places such as El Cervantes Restaurant which is famous for its stuffed tortillas, Gonzalo’s Tapas which is famous for its Patatas bravas, Bamboo which is famous for its grilled meat or La Viga which is famous for its roasted Jeta.

What is the ideal afternoon activity in a city like Salamanca?

There are many things to do in Salamanca. I would recommend to go through the main streets of the city for an afternoon shopping tour, take a bike tour through the bike path of Fluvial Park, take a romantic walk through the Huerto de Calisto and Melibea, watch the sunset in the area of ​​the Bridge Romano or, of course, tapas on the terraces, waiting for the stone of the monuments to shine more at night.

Where are the best places for dinner?

There are so many great places in Salamanca. For tapas i would recommend El Restaurante Cuzco or Tapas 2.0 and for a dinner sitting and great food here are some options: Martinica, Maria and the Wolf, Clavel 8, El Pecado, Corte y Cata , La Santreria, La Fea, Vaca Vieja and Restaurante Isidro 

In the evening, what is the city like and where do you find yourself?

If Salamanca is beautiful by day, at night it is spectacular. People go to the lighting of the Plaza Mayor (the time depends on the season of the year) and people clap and hear a loud ohhh, how spectacular it is. I have never seen such lighting in the world.

In a busy city like Salamanca, is there anywhere to chill? 

It is a small city, busy but not agonizing. Going along the river walk between the Roman Bridge and the Enrique Esteban Bridge, seeing the banks of the river Tormes, its fauna and the Cathedral in the background is a very relaxing walk

What is there to do for something fun and different?

It is a very fun city, in fact many students come here looking to have some fun, thus, there are companies which are dedicated to it. Now, due to Covid-19 the city is more quiet, however, I’m sure it will get back to what it was quickly. 

Where is the best area to stay/sleep for young travellers?

In Salamanca there is a great variety of accommodation, it depends more on the budget. There are hostels and hostels 15 minutes from downtown with competitive prices and downtown with offers sometimes. The leisure and nightlife area is around the Plaza Mayor and along Gran Via.

What season would you recommend visiting? 

Each season has its charm, Winter and Autumn in Salamanca is quite cold, but it is a time when colors change and it is a good time to see the surroundings of the Province of Salamanca, where we have charming towns. In spring, the sun and temperatures make the banks of the river fill with people enjoying this season. The university students disappear in the Summer, the international exchange students come and it is also the time to see it differently. So choose yourselves.

Is Salamanca best for a family holiday/friends holiday or couple holiday?

There is a plan for everyone, for young people, to enjoy the romantic streets of Salamanca as a Couple or family plans with routes and visiting surrounding towns.

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    Pepe

    Mary, very complete information with wonderful photos.

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