We recommend spending at least a day in this World Heritage City, one of the most beautiful in Spain, and famous for its University, which attracts thousands of students from all over the world, making for a dynamic nightlife. It is a little over 200 kilometres from Madrid, and you can reach it by car in just over two hours.
The city itself is quite compact, and the best way to get around is by walking - it’s an easy stroll to see the two cathedrals, the church of La Clerecía, the Casa de las Conchas and the impressive Plaza Mayor.
You can take a rest in charming spots like the garden known as the Huerto de Calixto y Melibea, or visit museums like the Art Nouveau and Art Deco Museum Casa Lis, a mansion with displays of crystals, jewellery and toys which is a big hit with children.
A bird’s eye view: you can visit the medieval towers of the Cathedral and Clerecía. They are all part of the most select collection of towers in Europe and the world. The views from the top are fantastic.
University: the tradition says you must find the frog on the façade for good luck.
Plaza Mayor: with its 88 round arches, it is one of the prettiest squares in Europe.
Sunset from the Roman Bridge: the best spot to watch it. You can also end the day in other famous places, such as the Cave of Salamanca, where they say the Devil taught witchcraft.
Shopping is well catered for with over 4,000 stores selling fashions, souvenirs and crafts, especially around Calle Toro and Calle Zamora. The Zara shop on Plaza del Liceo is worth a visit for its location, an 18th-century Baroque convent.