Salamanca was named Heritage City of Humanity and European Cultural Capital in 2002. It is located in western Spain, in the frontier with Portugal. Its attraction is based in the beauty of its monuments and the mix of races that come together in its 'Plaza Mayor' (Main square). Its history has been marked by its deeply rooted university tradition. .
Salamanca is one of the Spanish cities with the largest amount of monuments. It has one of the most important sets of historical monuments in Spain. A large number of leisure and cultural activities has been developed in this city. New museums have opened and important celebrations have taken place here such as the 4th phase of the 'Edades del Hombre' (the ages of humankind) in 1993-1994. .
Wandering inside the city of Salamanca allows you to enjoy a truly exceptional architectonic spectacle. It offers the visitor the possibility to contemplate all different arquitectonic styles. Its buildings have been built with stone from Villamayor and they give Salamanca its own personality and a characteristic golden shade. The impresive artistic and monument heritage in its old quarter is one of the main reasons why tourists visit it. It was once surrounded by medieval walls, sections of which have been recovered in the last few years.
Nowadays, Salamanca is a city with an intense university and cultural life which goes beyond its geographic limits. This city received the title of "Heritage of Humanity" by UNESCO on 9 December 1988 has become an essential reference both nationally and internationally.
MOST IMPORTANT MONUMENTS
Salamanca's most important monuments are the following::
Plaza Mayor (Main square)
Puente Romano (Roman Bridge)
Casa de las Conchas (House of the Shells)
Anyone who visits the city may turn to the classic fast food restaurants or satisfy their tastebuds tasting the delightful dishes for lunch which, without any doubt, are characteristic of the gastronomy of the European Capital in 2002. These dishes may be tasted in various places, although the culinary options vary depending on everyone's pockets. Among the most important products are the following:
Embutidos ibéricos (Iberian sausages)
Guijuelo may be the Spanish location with the longest and most ackowledged sausage making tradition everywhere.
Pie filled with a variety of meats, ham, chorizo (spicy sausage), lard, lean pork, boiled egg and sometimes chicken.
This is another product characteristic of the traditional gastronomy of this city. The area around Huerga is traditionally the ecosystem where 'carne morucha' is produced. Its meat has a different taste but it is exquisit, it has a darker colour than other meats such as beef.
It is a very popular dish at restaurants and 'tapas' bars. It's a rice dish prepared with different parts of pork, pork insides, etc.
Orange-coloured sausage which is normally served with fried eggs for the same price. It is made with lard, bread, olive oil and flour and may be eaten raw or fried in lard.
Lentils from la Armuña
Lentils from la Armuña, also called lentils from Salamanca is a type of pulses which will delight any palate. The secret of this product is that its quality is assured through strict controls.