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3 Things To Do In The Port Of…Salamanca

18th February 2020

Douro River cruises are still proving popular and, with cruise lines continuing to add capacity to the river in the form of new ships, this trend shows no sign of slowing. A trip along Portugal’s river of gold, through the verdant Douro Valley, will present a wide range of experiences, including the chance to explore the Spanish city of Salamanca.

Although not a port on the Douro River, the city is easily reached via land from somewhere like Vega de Terron (another stop on the itinerary). So, when you cross the border from Portugal into Spain, here are some must-do things in Salamanca.

Shop, Dine And Sightsee At The Plaza Mayor

Plaza Mayor

Salamanca’s main square, and one of the largest in Europe, is a great place to start your explorations. The Baroque architecture that fringes the pavement makes it a beautiful sight to behold and means that you can enjoy some time here even if you do nothing but stand and stare.

However, you can also enjoy its appeal as you visit some of the many shops, cafés and restaurants that can be found under arches of the arcades, spilling into the centre during warm summer days. Soak up the atmosphere with some tapas, grab a souvenir or, if you’re visiting in the evening, savour a glass of wine whilst listening to the live entertainment.

Admire Architecture In The Casco Historico

Casa de las Conchas

If you are not done admiring the impressive buildings that Salamanca has to offer, head towards the River Tormes and into the Casco Historico. This Old Town is where you will find most of the major attractions, including the world-famous university and both the old and new cathedrals. The latter dominates the city’s skyline and features a mix of Gothic, Baroque and Plateresque features.

Other historical landmarks include the Convent de san Esteban, the Casa de las Conchas (Shell House) and the Roman Bridge. The shells on the exterior of the Casa de las Conchas are a symbol for those following The Way of Saint James, whilst the bridge was built during the first century AD and is a popular symbol of the city.

Muse On Murals At A Number Of Museums

Museum of Art Nouveau and art Deco

Another great way of getting to know the history and culture of Salamanca is by wandering the halls of some of its best museums. There are plenty to choose from, depending on whether you have a passion for art, writing or even cars.

The highlight of the museum scene is the Museo Art Nouveau y Deco (Museum of Art Nouveau and Art Deco). Aside from the beautiful building in which its housed, you can admire paintings from Salamancan artists like Mateo Hernández, decorative glass and porcelain objects, antique toys and much more. If contemporary art is more your thing, consider the Domus Artium. If, however, you’re interested in the life of philosopher Miguel de Unamuno, visit his former house close to the grounds of the university.

Finally, for something a little bit different, it’s worth checking out the Museum of Automotive History. Alongside more than 150 different vehicles (including Formula 1 cars), there are exhibits on the development of motorised travel and how technology has helped improve things over the years.

If you would like to know more about the Douro River cruises we have available, speak to the GoRiverCruise team. You can call us on 0800 954 0064 or contact us online.

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