My weekend in Salamanca

So, all of a sudden, Spain decided it was time for winter. Yeah, I’m not a happy camper. The cold is always tough to deal with, but it’s even tougher when there’s no adjustment period. It was 75 degrees here like two days ago…what the heck happened?!

In loving memory of all the warm, beautiful weekends I had in Spain in this fall, I thought I’d do a little throwback with today’s post. I never shared my weekend in Salamanca with you! This post has just been sitting in my drafts. Oops.

Two weekends ago, I went to Salamanca with my friend, Ellie. We met a couple weeks ago at a party and hit it off. I’ve met a lot of fun and interesting people since moving to Madrid, but she’s the first person I’ve really clicked with.

When we arrived on Saturday morning, we met up with her college pal, Heather, and Heather’s Spanish friend, Laura. The whole group got along well, which was good since we shared a room at the Sweet Home Salamanca hostel.

Just over 24 hours was the perfect amount of time to see Salamanca, located in the Castilla and Leon region of Spain. It’s about three hours by bus from Madrid. Laura, who now lives in Valladolid, Spain, along with Heather, studied fine arts at the University of Salamanca and called the city “home” for six years. So, we had our own personal tour guide for the weekend!

 

Salamanca predominantly serves as a college town, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot to see. In addition to having the oldest university in Spain, which was founded in 1134, Salamanca has gorgeous architecture, colorful gardens and a vibrant nightlife.

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Sightseeing always works up an appetite in me, and when I’m traveling, I usually end up spending quite a bit of money on food. Not in Salamanca though! Many bars give patrons a free tapa with their drink, and it’s not the baby bowl of olives or tiny tostada that you find elsewhere in Spain. In Salamanca, our free tapas were significant in size and ranged from paella to pulpo (octopus). It was easy to make a meal out of bar hopping.

With so many young people living in Salamanca due to the university, the city has a fun nightlife scene. After going to a few different spots for tapas and wine, we made our way to one of the city’s club.

Entry was free, and we got a complimentary glass of champagne for getting there before 2 a.m. With Spanish music blasting, we danced for a couple of hours before calling it a night around 4 a.m. The time changed while we were in the club, which allowed for an extra hour of partying.

Sunday’s highlights included a leisurely breakfast in a plaza near the city center as well as a delicious date and bacon empanada before catching the bus.

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Breakfast in Salamanca with Ellie.

Have you ever been to Salamanca? When you visit a new city, what’s more important to you–sightseeing by day or partying all night?

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