Seniors Visit Salamanca, Spain

Jul 8th, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

On our first trip to Spain my wife and I sought out Salamanca as we had heard so much about the fame of this university city and also that it was a World Heritage Site.   Seniors, there are many things to see and do in this city in western Spain.  Because it is known for its beautiful buildings and urban environment, the Old City was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988.  Salamanca is the capital of the province of Salamanca.On our first trip to Spain my wife and I sought out Salamanca as we had heard so much about the fame of this university city and also that it was a World Heritage Site. Seniors, there are many things to see and do in this city in western Spain. Because it is known for its beautiful buildings and urban environment, the Old City was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. Salamanca is the capital of the province of Salamanca.

Salamanca is the most important university city in Spain and is known for its contributions to the teaching of the Spanish language. It is said that in Salamanca, the inhabitants speak the “purest” Spanish in Spain – Castilian. For this reason Salamanca is enormously popular with people all over the world who want to learn the language. Salamanca supplies 16% of Spain’s market and attracts thousands of international students, generating a diverse multicultural environment. The University of Salamanca (note the beautiful old buildings on this website) goes back to its founding in 1218 making it is the oldest university in Spain and the third oldest western university. With its 30,000 students, the university is, together with tourism, the economic engine of the city.

The Plaza Mayor is a large plaza located in the center of Salamanca, used as a public square. It was built in the traditional Spanish baroque style and is a popular gathering area. We remember this square very vividly as it is one of the main highlights of the city. It is also considered among the most beautiful plazas in all of Spain. We agree. Here is a great walking tour for seniors featuring the most important sites.

This site is from one of travel heros Rick Steves who states that Salamanca is NOT to be missed. You may just want to consider his latest guidebook on Spain. Hopefully seniors, all this information will whet your appetite for a visit to Salamanca. I’ll leave you with TripAdvisor’s advice that provides great places to eat. ¡buen apetito! jeb

 



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