On the slope of the Iberian Peninsula, 80 kilometers from Portugal and 216 from Madrid, on the river Tormes sits a small but great city, Salamanca.
On the University of Salamanca building is written: “Salamanca bewitches everyone who is fortunate enough to have been here and makes them return” Miguel Cervantes.
Is it worth repeating – this city is magical! You can only compare it to Oxford or Cambridge. Yes, yes, it’s a student city. Moreover, it’s a paradise for students, so nearly 40% of the population is made up of them.
You can spend 2-3 days in Salamanca, but you risk falling head over heels in love with it. Salamanca is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and for good reason it is a unique city. All modern buildings seamlessly blend into the Medieval appearance of the city. Perfectly preserved architecture: the ancient cobblestone streets, ancient cathedrals, universities – all this I explored in the pleasant company of my Ukrainian friend.
She lives here and studies at the faculty of contemporary arts, and I envy her and periodically come to visit to admire it. I offer you to dive into the heart of Castile and Leon.
How to get there
As any European city, you can get to Salamanca by any means, but preferably by plane. That will save you time, money and nerves. You can get there from Barcelona, Madrid and Valladolid. And now I will tell you.
There are three ways to get to Barcelona by plane: Madrid (217 km), Valladolid (120 km), Porto (350 km, Portugal). Accordingly, each city has its own airport, from where you can get to Salamanca by train or bus. Also fly via Barcelona, but again via Madrid. How to get to Barcelona you can see here.
Saint Petersburg – Moscow – Salamanca
To see how to get to Madrid, see the link above. For example from Sheremetyevo (Moscow), Aeroflot offers cheap tickets from 90 EUR. The flight will take at least 5.15 hours. Once at the airport of Madrid you have to take a C1 train every 30 minutes (15 minutes by train).
Then take a train (RENFE) from Madrid-Chamartin station to Salamanca. The train travels every 4 hours. The travel time is 2 hours. 45 min. Get out at the station Salamanca-la Alamedilla (it’s right in the center).
From St. Petersburg the same, but from Pulkovo airport. Tickets start at 115 EUR. Minimum flight time is 6 hours. There are a lot of flights, different companies, with or without connections. I recommend comparing the offers here.
Moscow – Valladolid.
I personally use the second option, bypassing the stodgy Madrid. Take a ticket for a Moscow Sheremetyevo – Valladolid flight and get to Salamanca by bus/train. Tickets cost from 90 to 380 EUR.
Unfortunately, there is no such flight from St. Petersburg.
The airport is located 10 km from the city. You can get to it or from it by bus “Auto Res”. They run every day, from 8:00 to 20:00 (every 40 minutes). The stop is a 3-minute walk from the airport. Cost: 3 EUR (must be purchased from the driver). Travel time is 35 minutes. You can also take a cab. Approximate cost – 22 EUR. The trip will take 20 minutes.
You will find yourself directly at the bus station Valladolid Campo Grande, where you can buy a ticket at a ticket office or vending machine. Ticket costs 8-10 EUR. Buses take place every 2 hours. Travel time is 2 hours.
Or by train Interregio, which goes from there as well. But it only runs once a day. Travel time is 1 hour. 12 minutes.