Attractions

Top Choice Historic Building in Salamanca

Universidad Civil

Founded initially as the Estudio General in 1218, the university reached the peak of its renown in the 15th and 16th centuries. The visual feast of the entrance facade is a tapestry in sandstone, bursting with image…
Top Choice Walls in Ávila

Murallas

Ávila's splendid 12th-century walls stretch for 2.5km atop the remains of earlier Roman and Muslim battlements and rank among the world's best-preserved medieval defensive perimeters. Two sections of the walls can b…
Top Choice Cathedral in Ávila

Catedral del Salvador

Ávila's 12th-century cathedral is both a house of worship and an ingenious fortress: its stout granite apse forms the central bulwark in the historic city walls. The sombre, Gothic-style facade conceals a magnificen…
Top Choice Cathedral in Salamanca

Catedral Nueva

The tower of this late-Gothic cathedral lords over the city centre, its compelling Churrigueresque (an ornate style of baroque architecture) dome visible from almost every angle. The interior is similarly impressive…
Top Choice Cathedral in Salamanca

Catedral Vieja

The Catedral Nueva's largely Romanesque predecessor, the Catedral Vieja, is adorned with an exquisite 15th-century altarpiece, one of the finest outside Italy. Its 53 panels depict scenes from the lives of Christ an…
Top Choice Cathedral in Ciudad Rodrigo

Catedral de Santa María

This elegant, weathered sandstone cathedral, begun in 1165, towers over the historic centre. Of particular interest are the Puerta de las Cadenas, with splendid Gothic reliefs of Old Testament figures; the elegant P…
Top Choice Square in Salamanca

Plaza Mayor

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 m…
Top Choice Museum in Salamanca

Museo de Art Nouveau y Art Decó

Utterly unlike any other Salamanca museum, this stunning collection of sculpture, paintings and art deco and art nouveau pieces inhabits a beautiful, light-filled Modernista (Catalan art nouveau) house. There's abun…
Top Choice Convent in Salamanca

Convento de San Esteban

Just down the hill from the cathedral, the lordly Dominican Convento de San Esteban's church has an extraordinary altar-like facade, with the stoning of San Esteban (St Stephen) as its central motif. Inside is a wel…
Top Choice Viewpoint in Ávila

Los Cuatro Postes

Northwest of the city, on the road to Salamanca, Los Cuatro Postes provides the best views of Ávila's walls. It also marks the place where Santa Teresa and her brother were caught by their uncle as they tried to run…