A Stroll Through Salamanca

Salamanca is a city I have always wanted to visit and this week I finally had the opportunity to see this amazing Spanish town.  I was so impressed with this city that I couldn’t wait to post about it and share my amazing experience.  In addition, I am already planning a return trip this coming Fall.

To get to Salamanca, I took the Media Distancia-Renfe train from Chamartin train station in Madrid.  The round trip ticket cost me 40.00 euros and the duration is around 2:30 hours each way.  I utilized my time on the train reading about the city and figuring out where would be some good spots for photos.

Flags of the Plaza Mayor

Flags of the Plaza Mayor

Falling the city map provided to me at the train station, I arrived at the Plaza Mayor in about 20 minutes.  The best way to get to the plaza is to stay on the street called Paseo del la Esaction which will run into the street called Azafranal.  This street takes you directly into the plaza.

The Plaza Mayor is one of the most beautiful plazas in all of Spain.  It is not as big as the Plaza Mayor in Madrid, but it’s fairly large.  The Plaza Mayor was built in 1775 by Albert of Churriguera.  The plaza has served many functions over the years.  It has been a place for concerts, markets, plays, political speeches, and religious festivals.

I spent a good amount of time in the plaza to ensure I experienced the sounds, smells, and tastes.  Of course I found a nice little bar, people watched, and had a few drinks.

View from the bar.

View from the bar.

Second round view of the plaza.

Second round view of the plaza.

After spending a good amount of time in the plaza, I went in search for food.  My train had left at 8:30 a.m. and by 1:00 p.m., I was starving.  I found a nice place called Cafeteria El Ave on Calle Liberos.  I ordered the lunch menu and had an amazing sopa castellana as my first dish and abondigas for my second dish.

Sopa Castellana

Sopa Castellana

I should have had some red wine to compliment my dish, but it was a warm day so I ordered a delicious glass of white wine and I was completely satisfied.

Making my way to El Puente Romano

Making my way to El Puente Romano

After lunch, I slowly made my way through some amazing medieval streets in the direction of El Puente Romano. The Romans built this bridge centuries ago and it’s still standing.  Some estimates date the bridge to the first century (according to my travel prochure).  I really liked walking along the bridge and looking down and seeing the river flow beneath its 26 arches.  I also got some good shots of the city from the bridge.

A stroll on the bridge.

A stroll on the bridge.

Rio Tormes

Rio Tormes

Arches and city view.

Arches and city view.

After taking several pictures from the bridge, I packed up my tripod and headed towards the towering cathedrals.  The cathedrals of Salamanca will be part two and will be posted on Monday, April 21, 2014.  Stay tuned and enjoy the weekend!

A STROLL THROUGH SALAMANCA CONTINUED

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