Salamanca is in the Central
area of Spain
, 212 kilometres from the capital, Madrid
. Universal, magnificent, wise, young and golden: this city is an inland destination well worth discovering for many reasons. Its historic centre has been designated a World
Heritage Site by the UNESCO.
A centre of learning
. This is the university city par excellence: Salamanca University was the first to be founded in Spain and is also one of the oldest in Europe
. In its heyday it was one of the most highly regarded European universities. For this reason it has been attended by some of the greatest Spanish thinkers, artists and writers.
City of the Spanish language. This city saw the production of the first Grammar of the Castilian Language in the 15th century, which became a fundamental instrument for its expansion throughout the world. It is also a favourite destination amongst foreign students wanting to learn Spanish. As you would expect, Salamanca is one of the most important stages on the Route of the Spanish Language.
. The Vía de la Plata, the old Roman route that links the north and south of Spain, passes through Salamanca. It is a good base to explore interesting towns and villages nearby, that are also on the path of this ancient road, such as Guijuelo and Béjar.