Spain - Salamanca - A Spire at the End of Every Street- River of Gold 2

Author: Sue Rogers
Date: 30th June 2016

Salamanca - City of Spires

When we reach Spain, on our Douro cruise, via a lengthy spectacular gorge, there is an extended day trip to Salamanca. (It's 50 miles from the Portuguese border). This is another university city, lying on several hills by the Tormes River. The University of Salamanca, which was founded in 1218, claims to be the third oldest western university, but boasts that it was the first to be given its status by the Pope, Alexander IV.

Its Old City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988 and there are two cathedrals (connected). There's a spire at the end of every street. There are also plenty of street cafes and jamon bars.

Although there are plenty of marshals it takes a long time to round everyone up at the end of the day. One lady is totally lost and a couple confess that they didn't go in the cathedral because they couldn't find the entrance. I notice that they found one of the cafes and drank wine all afternoon without any problem.

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