Finding accommodation in Salamanca is easy with a wide range of choice and prices to suit all needs. Below we list some of the cheapest options, with budget travellers in mind.
Alda Centro Salamanca is centrally located, only 350m for Plaza Mayor, and offers Free Wi-Fi and 24 hour access. A 4 bed mixed dorm costs €9.50 / €14 (weekday / weekend) and a basic twin private €10 / €16 (weekday / weekend)
Pension Salamanca is well regarded and is ideally located in the centre of all the major tourist attractions. Breakfast is included and there is Wi-Fi throughout the building. There are a wide range of options available, the cheapest being a 5 bed private which costs €12 and private single rooms from €14. Refreshingly it seems that the prices are flat rate and do not go up at the weekends.
Salamanca Youth Hostel is normally the first stop for cash strapped travellers. There is only 1 option, a 20 bed dorm, which costs €12. There is no kitchen however, the youth hostel is well located and the staff are by all accounts very friendly and helpful.
Going out in Salamanca can roughly be divided in to two periods. During the school year, bars and clubs are busy all the time but especially Thursday – Sunday. Look out for special offers on Thursdays and Fridays as bars attempt to attract the student crowd with 2 for 1 offers and the like. During the summer there are fewer people, with a higher percentage of tourists, who tend to fill the bars every night. Like all Spanish cities, don’t expect bars to fill up until midnight and clubs even later.
The majority of the city’s night-life is based in the centre but can be broadly divided into different areas that cater to different tastes.
The streets around Plaza Mayor and the square itself are packed with terraces which are very popular, particularly in the summer, as a place to start a night out.
The area around Calle de los Bordadores has many themed bars and cafés and is the home of live music in the city.
Plaza de San Juan Bautista is renowned for its cheap drinks and thus is very popular with students. Look out for the buckets of mixed drinks, costing around €5, that are guaranteed to give you a headache in the morning.
The areas surrounding Gran Vía are very popular with foreign students and tourists and is home to a variety of alternative bars and clubs. Check out the bars in and around Plaza de San Justo for a thrilling mixture, ranging from Punk bars to Techno clubs.
Two bars tend to be talked about again and again, as must see when visiting Salamanca.
La Chupiteria, roughly translated as ‘Shot Bar’ offers a wide range of shots for €1. Unsurprisingly this place is very popular with students. Location: Plaza de Monterrey.
Jacko’s Litro Bar is a Salamanca institution. Forget the Michael Jackson themed interior and focus instead upon the buckets of Cuba Libre (Rum & Coke) that only cost €5. Location: Calle Iscar Peyra
Things to try and buy
The gastronomy of Salamanca is typical of central Spain, that is to say meat, meat and more meat. Hornazo is an oven-baked pastry stuffed with ham, sausage, bacon, egg, and even occasionally chicken. Cochinillo al fuego (roasted suckling pig) is a popular specialty throughout Castile y León and finally and not for the faint-hearted Chanfaina salmantina, a spicy rice dish made with liver and/or blood and varies cuts of pork. Salamanca is also within the jamón iberia (Iberian ham) heartland. It is expensive yet delicious and the locals swear by it.
Some of the popular confectionery local to the city are amarguillos (almond cookies), bollo maimón (similar to sponge cake), and chochos (made with anisette). There are two wine growing regions close to the city, the Ribera del Duero and the Sierra de Salamanca producing wine famed for its savory quality.
There are a number of bars and cafés in the city centre which have wi-fi connections, especially on Plaza Mayor and the south leading Calle Meléndez and Calle Compañía.
Cafetería Las Torres on Plaza Mayor, has belonged to the same family for over 70 years and is connected and so is the Erasmus cafe at Calle de Meléndez 7, which has both inside and outside areas and is popular with a student crowd.
written by: Jon
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