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The city of Salamanca

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The province of Salamanca is located in the southwest corner of the Castile & Leon region bordering Portugal. It is located about 2 hours northwest of Madrid and about 4 hours from the beach (in Portugal). The Golden City is also one of many dazzling UNESCO World Heritage sites in Spain and home to two grand cathedrals, spectacular Renaissance palaces, beautiful plazas and one of the oldest universities in Europe.

The city is large enough (155.000 inhabitants within city limits) to be able to offer the advantages of a real city, but at the same time it keeps the intimacy of a village. Salamanca has played an important role in the history of the Spanish (Castilian) language. For this reason Salamanca is enormously popular with people all over the world who want to learn Spanish. It is very easy to meet people because the city is easy to navigate by foot.  This university city is home to around 30,000 students, both Spanish and foreigners alike.  Salamanca attracts students from all over the world, so students are sure to make many international friends.  A common tradition is to meet up with friends under the clock in the Plaza Mayor, one of the finest squares in Spain and known as the "living room of the Salamantinos"

The surrounding areas of Salamanca offer many opportunities for cultural day-trips to nearby villages or recreational activities in the mountain or lake areas.

Fiestas and celebrations in Salamanca

The vast majority of celebrations in Salamanca have, as in most of Spain, a religious background. One of the most special celebrations in Salamanca is called El Lunes de Aguas (Water Monday). The origin of this tradition dates back to 1570, during the reign of King Felipe II. On this Monday, the last of an eight-day religious Easter celebration, people meet up on the shores of theTormes River, or any other outdoor area, and have what is essentially a picnic with friends or family.

Throughout the year in Salamanca there are many other celebrations and festivities.  One of the most spectacular celebrations, Ferias y Fiestas de Virgen de la Vega , takes place in September. For two weeks there is a fully organized program of open-air concerts, parades, exhibitions and markets that are not to be missed!

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