Interior courtyard of Casa Lis, Salamanca

Unusual places and routes in Salamanca


A different way to discover the city

Street art, legendary places, unknown spaces, spectacular towers… The city of Salamanca has plenty of unusual things to see and do for those who want a different way to explore it.

A bird’s eye view of Salamanca

At 110 metres tall, the medieval towers of the Cathedral make spectacular viewing points over Salamanca. The exhibition “Ieronimus” lets visitors explore the inside of the towers, go out on their terraces and sense their history while you walk around the pinnacles, gargoyles and battlements. Apart from the fantastic urban views, you can see the cathedral from the top of the triforium. While visiting hours are in daylight, there are options for night-time tours and special visits for practising Spanish. Another unique view over the roofs of Salamanca is from the towers of the Clerecía. The “Scala Coeli” tour (the name means “Stairway to Heaven”, which says it all) takes you around the Real Clerecía de San Marcos. Before reaching the towers, you can visit the upper gallery of the church, an ideal vantage point to admire the beauty of the main altar and the Baroque altarpiece. There are also nocturnal tours in summer.

Towers of Salamanca Cathedral

Magical places: from the Cave to the Sky of Salamanca

The crypt of the now lost church of San Cebrián is known as the Cave of Salamanca. This place has always been surrounded by legend and mystery. They say it once led to a maze of tunnels under the city, which were a school of magic and occult arts, which the Devil himself used to teach necromancy… If you’re curious, you can see the crypt by day or at night, with nocturnal guided tours to places of tales and legends. In summer, concerts and plays are also presented here.El Cielo de Salamanca - the Sky of Salamanca - is a fascinating 15th century mural in the courtyard of the University’s Escuelas Menores building. It depicts the signs of the zodiac, several mythological constellations, the winds and the stars. The painting originally decorated the dome of the library and was three times as big, but it is still a fabulous example of the astronomical and astrological knowledge of the era.

The Cave of Salamanca

Urban art gallery: art in the street

Barrio del Oeste is a city district with a fun atmosphere and plenty of alternative culture. Garage doors and the walls of buildings have become the canvas for street art, created both by established artists and by unknown new talents. An urban art gallery with over a hundred murals, its epicentre is in Plaza del Oeste. You can download the mobile app (for iOs and Android) and the map with the most important artworks from the website. More information:

Historic shops

A walk around the old town centre is an opportunity to enjoy an intriguing tour: its oldest shops. Drop in to any Tourist Office to get the map of this route featuring the traditional shops which are still conserved in Salamanca. A hundred-year-old pastry shop in the Plaza Mayor, the city’s oldest pharmacy, a shop selling traditional leather goods... It’s like stepping into another era, with wooden counters, shelves with cubbies, Art Deco signs and façades, patterned cement tile floors…

Street art, Salamanca

Interconnecting spaces: where spirituality lives

This suggestion takes us to seek out small, intimate and very beautiful spaces of peace and spirituality. These are four convents, built centuries ago: Convento de Santa María de las Dueñas, with a beautiful cloister; Casa de Santa Teresa de Jesús, where St Teresa wrote her poem “Vivo sin vivir en mí”; Convento de Santa Clara, which now houses the Santa Clara Museum of Medieval Painting; and Convento de las Úrsulas, whose museum has a beautiful Mudéjar coffered ceiling.

The Keys to the City

In autumn the cultural programme “Las llaves de la ciudad” (the keys to the city) comes to Salamanca. From October to December, there are free guided tours to places and spaces which are usually closed to the public. Their secrets, curious anecdotes and history are explained by experts, or by the people who live there.

Visiting the Cathedral towers, Salamanca