Top 4 photo spots in Salamanca
The Plaza Mayor of Salamanca is widely considered the most beautiful plaza in Spain. When you see it for yourself, you’ll see why. It’s an enclosed plaza, one of only two in the country. The sandstone contrasts the sky beautifully not matter if you’re shooting in color or black and white.
The Plaza Mayor hosts a variety of events, whatever that is just depends on what time of the year it is. During Christmas, a breathtaking luminous tree stands in the middle of the plaza with holiday lights draped throughout the street. If there is a concert going on, no matter who is performing, go.
All 360 degrees of the Plaza Mayor are photographable. Use the early morning, late afternoon light to your advantage; the winter sun casts particularly nice shadows throughout most days. The plaza’s lights are turned on until the late hours of the morning, making for some well-lit night shots where a tripod is not needed. When shooting at night, mess around with a few of the different white balances your camera has. You’ll be able to make the plaza glow yellow or bright white.
The Romans built the stone bridge in the first century when the city was called Salamantica. The Puente Romano stretches across the Rio Tormes and now serves only as a pedestrian bridge. There are many places on the bridge to stop on your way across. On the northern end of the bridge, you find a sculpture of a headless animal. Whether it’s a bull or a horse, this statue is as old as the city itself.
The bridge is 1177 feet long (358.7 m) and as wide as 19 feet wide (5.9 m). The photos you’re looking for aren’t necessarily on the bridge itself, but on the southern banks of the Rio Tormes. You’ll see the city standing tall on its perch for truly spectacular scenery.
There are two cathedrals in Salamanca built right on top of one another, the Catedral Viejo (Old Cathedral) and the Catedral Nuevo (New Cathedral). Together, they make up the third largest church in Spain and are beautiful on the inside and out. The facades on the exterior date back to the 14th century but have gone through a few renovations in recent history. Two carvings stand out in particular; an astronaut floating in space and a demon-like character holding an ice cream cone. These are located on the northern wall.
It’s definitely worth your while to pay your way into the cathedral. Make your way upward, you’ll be able to get on top of the towers which overlooks the Rúa Mayor and the entire city.
Dating back to as far as 1130 A.D.,the University of Salamanca is one of the oldest universities in Europe. Notable alumni include author Miguel Cervantes, conquistador Hernán Cortéz and many more. You’re probably on your way to Salamanca to study at this university, you’ll get way more information about the school from your professors than we can possibly provide.
There is a legend in Salamanca that if you find the frog on the façade, it will bring you good luck in your studies (here’s a hint: look for a skull). This façade is located on the western side of the university in a small plaza, a statue of Fray Luis de León faces the wall you’re supposed to be looking at. If you see a group of people endlessly, sometimes frustratingly, scanning the wall, you’re in the right place.