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Salamanca is located in the Midwest of Spain, 200 km from Madrid and 100 km from Portugal. It is well known for its lively day and young night atmosphere. Always full of national and international students, Salamanca is the Spanish university town par excellence.

The local population is about 150,000 inhabitants. Salamanca owns a marvelous artistic-historical monumental group. As a student town, a highlight of Salamanca is its prestigious University, which is the oldest in Spain and one of the oldest universities in Europe. Salamanca was declared "World Heritage City" by the UNESCO in 1988. In 2002 it was also chosen to be "European Capital of Culture."

Getting around Salamanca

The city is not too big to see on foot, especially the main attractions, which are all quite close to one another. For slightly longer journeys there are taxis, and numerous bus routes.

The closest international airport to Salamanca is Madrid-Barajas, which is well connected to the center of Madrid by undergroundcity bus and taxi.

From Madrid-Barajas Airport to Salamanca by coach, the length of trip is 2.45 hours. For further information and ticket purchase please visit the website

From Madrid to Salamanca by train (Estación de Chamartín de Madrid. C/ Agustín de Foxá, s/n) the length of the trip is 3 hours. There are several daily trains. For further information about the trains please visit the website

The taxi fare from Madrid-Barajas Airport to the Train Station should be between 18 and 25 €. 

Once in Salamanca, you can take a taxi from the coach station or train station to your dormitory (6-10 €).

Activities in Salamanca

Students can make guided visits to the most important monuments of Salamanca throughout the year: the University, the two Cathedrals, the Dueñas Convent, Plateresque Palaces, and many places more. During the summer, the University of Salamanca hosts the “Fonseca nights” season as part of its program of activities. The event features top names from the world of music, popular plays and dance performances. All shows take place in the open air in the magnificent Renaissance Archbishop Fonseca College in Salamanca.

Based on your interests, Salamanca has many events and activities for you. Please visit the website or download the application for iPhone, iPad or Android to search for things to do that you would like!

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