In the assembly of the Culture Secretaries of the European Union in May 1998, it was officially decided the designation of Salamanca as a European City of Culture 2002 after having taken into consideration its qualities as a university town, open and hospitable as well as its historic and artistic richness which made the UNESCO declare this city as Heritage of Humanity. Endless reforms and alterations are now adapting older styles to contemporary tastes in order to create a truly enviable Salamanca travel experience, in all the districts: Barrio Pizarrales, Campus Universitario, Barrio Garrido, as well as the modern part of the city and the tourist district.
The old part of Salamanca of encounters and wise men, great thinkers on science and humanities make up an exceptional mosaic and network of cathedrals with the Palaces of Monterrey and Fonseca, the "Shell house", the Clavero tower, the Plaza Mayor and the convents of San Esteban and Duenas. This entire heritage is enriched by the university nature of the town with the oldest university in Spain and one of the oldest in Europe. Salamanca is probably best known for having this university, for is still what gives ambiance to the town. You can see hundreds of students passing through the streets and enjoying numerous and beautifully decorated bars until late at night.
The best spot for Salamanca travel is the tourist district which stretches from San Marcos Church, in Zamora Street, to the Puente Romano. It is essentially a circular area, full of shops and businesses. Art galleries, museums, exhibition halls, cinemas, theatres, auditoriums, places full of history and lots and lots of tourist sights abound here.
The more modern part of Salamanca, which is also starting to become the most central area, starts at Mirat Avenue and Aladedilla Park and runs to the Vidal neighborhood and Santisima Trinidad Hospital. This district is full of bars, shops, offices and art galleries, and also has the San Juan Market, libraries and several health centers and Salamanca hotels.
Pizarrales is more uptown, and is one of Salamanca's oldest quarters. Very nearby is the Pryca area, which is of recent construction and lies beside Barrio Blanco. This once working-class neighborhood has become more gentrified recently and is now quite popular among young newlyweds.
Barrio Garrido is the city's most densely populated district. Many streets here are named after conquistadores as well as flowers. The end of Paseo de la Estacion leads to a bridge that takes you to another modern quarter, Puente Ladrillo.
The Campus Universitario is exceedingly popular Salamanca travel area, and extends from the hospital to the cemetery, where the famous scholar, writer and philosopher Miguel de Unamuno is buried. Some of the buildings here boast amazing views of the river and of the city's tallest sights.
On the other side of the Tormes River lies a stretch of land that includes several quarters. Some parts of this outer area are quite charming, as they have low, whitewashed houses rather than the more typical tall blocks of flats found in central areas.
No matter what part of Salamanca you visit, you'll find it a welcoming city with plenty to offer visitors. Salamanca travel destination is truly amazing!