Salamanca lies in one of Spain's bullfighting heartlands: this small museum is packed with bullfighting memorabilia.
Iglesia de San Martín
Romanesque Iglesia de San Martín is wedged among houses, but is a pretty encore to the adjacent Plaza Mayor. The south portal in...
Excellent cocktails, friendly bar staff and a cool crowd make for a fine mix just north of the Plaza Mayor. Apart from the creative list...
Although there are outdoor tables on the square, the dark wooden beams and atmospheric buzz of the Spanish crowd on the 1st floor should...
Plaza Mayor information
Built between 1729 and 1755, Salamanca's exceptional grand square is widely considered to be Spain's most beautiful central plaza. The square is particularly memorable at night when illuminated (until midnight) to magical effect. Designed by Alberto Churriguera, it's a remarkably harmonious and controlled baroque display. The medallions placed around the square bear the busts of famous figures.
Look for the controversial inclusion of Franco in the northeast corner – it's often either covered or vandalised. Bullfights were held here well into the 19th century; the last ceremonial corrida (bullfight) took place in 1992.