At the start of our summer escape to Oviedo in the Spanish province of Asturias, we drove straight up from the bottom of the country to the tippity-top. The drive is around eight hours, but we weren’t having any of that.
We just don’t like to drive too far for too long if we don’t have to. Going slow and low – nice and relaxed – is how we do it. So, we decided to stop off for a few days somewhere between Seville and Oviedo. And that’s how we ended up in the city of Salamanca.
Salamanca is a major university town and a big tourist destination for those traveling around Spain.
The center of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it features tons of amazing architecture – from Baroque to Romanesque to much more – all set up on a hill and overlooking the Tormes River.
The city itself is home to just over 150,000 denizens, but it actually felt quite larger than that to me. It bustles. A lot.
There are thousands upon thousands of students all over the place in Salamanca, and combined with the visitors who come to get some Spanish history in the fashion of tourism, this place really seems to swell.
We’re the few, the proud, and the boring: We didn’t come here to party, or go to museums, or take tours. We didn’t come here to do anything, really. A lot of you will probably find that blasphemous; but oftentimes, relaxing and having a stroll is more important to us than hitting every tourist site/sight and exhausting ourselves over a whirlwind couple of days.
Gotta stop and smell the roses.
We strolled. We just walked around, sat in parks, took in the views, ate good food, and kept it mellow. And with that mellowness comes less information and more visuals, so enjoy some of our photos from our walks around town.
While we obviously did not take advantage of all that Salamanca has to offer – and boy, does it have a lot – we think it was a great place to stop and relax for a bit. And we also think that this city is worth a deeper, more tourism-oriented visit.
There’s just a lot to see, learn, and do, and if you find yourself traveling around Spain, it’s most certainly a place you should go.
And, even though we’re happy with deciding to stroll and do nothing more, we should probably go back some day to give it a more comprehensive visit. Either way, Salamanca is a looker and we can recommend it highly. ¡Olé!
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