Spanish courses in Salamanca

One of the oldest university cities in Spain remains young and erudite thanks to a monumental layout teeming with churches, places and ancestral homes. This city, a World Heritage Site.

About Salamanca

Calle Zamora leads from St Mark's to the Plaza Mayor, one of Salamanca's jewels and one of the of the most important main squares in Spain. Arcaded in the Churrigueresque Baroque style, one of the main features is the so-called Pabellón Real (royal pavilion), decorated with a bust of Philip V. It contains numerous medallions, several of them of key figures associated with the history of the city, such as Friar Luis de León and Unamuno, and others representing writers and professors of the University of Salamanca.

The route to the so-called Casa de las Conchas (House of Shells), the Renaissance façade of which is adorned with more than 300 pilgrim shells (the symbol of the order that protected the pilgims' road to Santiago de Compostela), takes in Rúa Mayor.

The University of Salamanca is situated only a stone's throw away. Founded in 1254 by Alphonse X, also known as Alphonse the Learned, it is one of the oldest such institutions in Spain. Construction of the present-day building commenced during the 15th century in the Gothic style, although the main façade is plateresque. It displays a medallion with the effigy of the Catholic Monarchs and the coat of arms of the Emperor Charles V.

Situated in the same Plaza de Anaya, together with the Anaya palace and the University, is the New Cathedral. Adjoined to this building, creating a complex of great beauty and balance, is the Old Cathedral. Commenced in the 12th century, the latter building combines Romanesque and Gothic elements. The most outstanding external feature is the Torre del Gallo (Tower of the Cockerel), a Byzantine-inspired gadrooned dome on a double tambour. The cloister leads to the Chapel of Santa Bárbara, where prospective Doctors of Philosophy would keep vigil the night before their final exam: if they passed they would ring the bells, whilst failure meant exit via the Carros door. The ground plan of the Old Cathedral was altered when the New Cathedral was adjoined. Commissioned by the Catholic Monarch, King Ferdinand, the New Cathedral is designed in the late Gothic style with Renaissance ornamentation, whilst the tower was constructed by the Churriguera brothers, the main practitioners of the Spanish Baroque style.

Here, en route to the Roman bridge over the river Tormes, the itinerary takes in the Casa Lis. This Modernist structure of iron, ceramics and glass houses the Museum of Art Nouveau and Art Deco, with more than 1,600 items of decorative art from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Reasons to learn Spanish in Salamanca

The city:

  • Population: 215.000.
  • Location: Mid West of Spain (in the Castile-Leon region).
  • The people of Salamanca speak the purest Spanish, which makes the city very popular for learning the language.
  • Salamanca is large enough to be able to offer the advantages of a big city but, at the same time, it has the friendly atmosphere of a small town.
  • It is the home of the world's second oldest university. It receives about 50.000 students every year, of which approximately 5.000come from abroad.
  • Salamanca was declared a UNESCO Human Heritage Site and is known as "La Dorada" - the golden city - because of the golden glow of its sandstone buildings.

Cultural / recreational:

  • The Plaza Mayor of Salamanca is one of the most beautiful baroque squares in Spain.
  • Madrid is only 200 Km. away.
  • By train, you can be in Portugal within an hour.
  • The Sierra de Francia and Sierra de Gredos (mountains) surround Salamanca.
  • You have plenty of opportunities to get in touch with nature and to discover typical small villages.
  • In September, the Ferias and Fiestas de San Mateo are spectacular. For two weeks, there is a fully organised programme of concerts, parades, exhibitions, bullfightings and markets.
  • Salamanca is the perfect place to go out and have a good time.
  • European cultural Capital in 2002.

Critical comment:
The nearest international airport is Madrid, two and a half hours from Salamanca.
Salamanca is normally cold in the winter, with the sun breaking through for a few hours a day.

The Spanish School in Salamanca

The school in Salamanca is located in the heart of the old city centre. The building is 100 meters from the famous University of Salamanca and just two minutes away from the magnificent Plaza Mayor.

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School courtyard

You enter the school through a beautiful courtyard. This courtyard and the garden divide the school into three parts: the offices, the cafeteria and the classrooms.


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