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About Salamanca 

Situated in the west of Spain, close to the country’s border with Portugal, Salamanca is located in the south west of the Spanish region of Castile and Leon and enjoys a lofty location on Spain’s northern plateau by the Tormes River. Though it lies on this river and not the Douro, it’s a focal point of most itineraries which explore Portugal’s River of Gold as it is situated a relatively short distance from the town of Vega de Terron, which sits on the Douro. Salamanca is steeped in a diverse and interesting history, being that it has played such a central role in many of Spain’s most influential historical events, including occupations by the ancient Romans and Arabs, whose legacies can still be explored to this day. 

Exploring Salamanca 

The city is home to the prestigious University of Salamanca, alongside a wide range of stunning buildings and intriguing architecture. Populated by both friendly locals and students, the city centre is an excellent place to explore and discover more about the region’s culture and history, as nearly every location of importance can be reached on foot. The majority of Salamanca’s centre is pedestrianised, a fact which allows you easy access to the many monuments, museums, shops, bars and restaurants which can be found throughout the city. 

A fantastic starting point from which to explore the city is the elegant Plaza Mayor. It is the city’s large central square and encapsulates the region’s marvellous culture and heritage, alongside a variety of excellent restaurants and cafes. On the square you’ll find not only the finest architecture in Salamanca but also some of the finest in Spain, with elegant colonnaded and balconied buildings lining an always bustling square, which is regarded by many as the most beautiful in the country. 

Salamanca boasts two majestic cathedrals, the Old Cathedral, built during the 12th century, and the New Cathedral constructed from the 16th to the 18th century. These two key faith buildings are located next to one another and each has its own fabulous design and impressive architecture faithful to the period in which it was created. Another faith building of great interest to visitors is St Stephen’s Convent, a beautiful Dominican monastery which dates back to the 16th century. Inside you’ll find some breath-taking architecture including an impressively ornate altar and stone-carved staircase. Another historic structure in the region is the ancient Roman Bridge over the Tormes River, which was built by the Roman Empire and dates back as far as the year 89AD. 

Of course, Salamanca is synonymous with study and its storied university is also one of its most popular attractions. Around 800 years old, it certainly boasts a wealth of history not least in its architecture. Its elegant façade is one of the most immediate things you’ll note but inside you’ll find the incredible library, which is Spain’s oldest and home to over a quarter of a million books. 

Salamanca tips 

Lunch is a big deal in Spain so if you’ve time to eat during your visit, you’ll be able to sample some of the city’s best fare. It’s worth noting though that you’ll pay more for a seat outside.

Salamanca Itineraries

Pinhao

Unforgettable Douro with Lisbon & Madrid

8 sailing dates April 2021 to October 2021
17 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal to Spain , Madrid
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Lisbon

Madrid to Lisbon with Secrets of the Douro

6 sailing dates May 2021 to October 2021
12 Nights From Madrid, Spain to Portugal , Lisbon
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Pinhao

14 Days Douro Delights with Lisbon and Madrid

4 sailing dates May 2021 to September 2021
13 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal to Spain , Madrid
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Seville

Spanish Conquest & Lisbon with Secrets of the Dour

1 sailing date May 2021
21 Nights From Barcelona, to Portugal , Porto
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Lyon

Nice to Lisbon with Three Rivers Discovery

1 sailing date May 2021
20 Nights From Villefranche Sur Mer, France to Portugal , Lisbon
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Salamanca

Lisbon to Nice with Three Rivers Discovery

2 sailing dates June 2021 to July 2021
20 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal to France , Villefranche Sur Mer
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Pinhao

Three Rivers Discovery with Lisbon

1 sailing date May 2021
17 Nights From Villefranche Sur Mer, France to Portugal , Lisbon
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Lyon

Lisbon with Three Rivers Discovery- Lisbon To Nice

2 sailing dates June 2021 to July 2021
17 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal to France , Villefranche Sur Mer
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Peso Da Régua

Unforgettable Douro - Porto to Madrid

9 sailing dates April 2021 to October 2021
13 Nights From Porto, Portugal to Spain , Madrid
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £4679pp
Pinhao

Porto, The Douro Valley

5 sailing dates April 2021 to October 2021
5 Nights From Porto, Portugal to Porto
CroisiEurope logo FROM £859pp
Peso Da Régua

The Douro, The Portuguese Soul

9 sailing dates April 2021 to November 2021
7 Nights From Porto, Portugal to Porto
CroisiEurope logo FROM £1269pp
Salamanca

The Douro Valley, Unspoiled Nature

1 sailing date April 2021
7 Nights From Porto, Portugal to Porto
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Peso Da Régua

Douro Discovery: A Family River Cruise in Portugal

2 sailing dates July 2021
9 Nights From Madrid, Spain to Portugal , Porto
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Salamanca

Exploring Douro, plus Lisbon & Madrid - Eastbound

11 sailing dates April 2021 to November 2021
11 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal to Spain , Madrid
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Peso Da Régua

Madrid & Secrets of the Douro Madrid > Porto

7 sailing dates May 2021 to October 2021
9 Nights From Madrid, Spain to Portugal , Porto
Emerald Waterways logo FROM £3079pp
Avignon

Three Rivers Discovery Nice To Porto

7 sailing dates May 2021 to September 2022
14 Nights From Villefranche Sur Mer, France to Portugal , Porto
Emerald Waterways logo FROM £4299pp
Lyon

Three Rivers Discovery Porto To Nice

5 sailing dates June 2021 to July 2022
14 Nights From Porto, Portugal to France , Villefranche Sur Mer
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Peso Da Régua

Secrets of the Douro & Madrid - Porto to Madrid

2 sailing dates May 2021 to June 2021
9 Nights From Porto, Portugal to Spain , Madrid
Emerald Waterways logo FROM £3269pp
Lisbon

Lisbon & Secrets of the Douro Lisbon > Porto

12 sailing dates April 2021 to November 2021
10 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal to Porto
Emerald Waterways logo FROM £2549pp
Pinhao

Douro Discovery with Lisbon

6 sailing dates April 2021 to September 2021
10 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal to Porto
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