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Madrid: Tour of Avila & Salamanca

1. Madrid: Tour of Avila & Salamanca

Start your tour in Salamanca, where you will have the opportunity to visit the patrimonial legacy with its charming corners and details. Get to know the city’s oldest town squares, and get an important reference point for the business life of this beautiful metropolis. Located in the center of Salamanca, the Plaza Mayor has become a major tourist attraction. The square is characterized by its impressive Baroque ornaments — spend some time admiring the sights, including the cathedral.  Next, travel to Avila where you can explore the city in a dynamic, friendly, and fun way. Get to know the ramparts of Avila, San Vicente's Shrine, and the Cathedral of Avila.

Salamanca: Monterrey Palace Audio-Guided Tour

2. Salamanca: Monterrey Palace Audio-Guided Tour

Discover the secrets of the Palace of Monterrey on a tour with an with a self-guided tour. Learn about the Monterrey family who first lived there and the House of Alba who owns it now. Visit their most intimate quarters, including rooms that they use daily. Marvel at an important collection of art and furniture while enjoying a fusion of music, voices, and images. Finish the tour with a panoramic view of Salamanca from one of its fortified towers. For a more comprehensive experience, select the tour that includes the kitchens and servants' quarters for the chance to see the palace through the eyes of the staff throughout history. Discover their way of life by walking through the corridor of servant rooms and other areas that are still used by Palace staff today. Stop by the kitchen where you’ll discover some of the recipes favored by the House of Alba.

Salamanca: Convents, Monasteries, and Churches Private Tour

3. Salamanca: Convents, Monasteries, and Churches Private Tour

With an expert by your side, you’ll learn about the some of the most interesting and yet unknown sites of Salamanca. As well as the Cathedrals and University, Salamanca counts with other historical sites, less known to the general tourist. St. Stephen's Monastery is a part of Spanish history. Home of Francisco de Vitoria (considered the father of International Law) and Cristobal Colón. Wander through its cloisters and rooms, and feel the peace and atmosphere of a monastery still in use. La Purísima church could be considered an art gallery. On its walls dozens of paintings decorate this particular church of Salamanca. Discover the singularity of San Francisco church, unique in the world, and La Veracruz chapel, where you'll get to see many of the statues that parade during Easter (Our Holy Week has been declared of International Tourist Interest by UNESCO). In Las Dueñas convent, the nuns prepare traditional cookies, one of the typical sweets of Salamanca. During the tour you'll get to taste their famous "Amarguillos". I will give you tips to enjoy your stay to the fullest, and I will help you feel at home. I am passionate about Salamanca; I love its corners, its live history, its way of life, its magical gardens, its delicious cuisine... My favorite dedication is to be able to instill the love and passion I have about my city, my region and my language. The date and time is up to you. Discover Salamanca at your own pace, and with your loved ones. Avoid mass tourism and get to know the real city of Salamanca with an expert local guide.

Salamanca against Napoleon

4. Salamanca against Napoleon

Learn about Salamanca's past and everything that was gained and lost during its turbulent war years. Follow your local guide on a walking trip through history as you explore the old sites that served as forts for the French and artillery batteries for the British. Visit some key historic locations, such as Plaza Mayor, Archbishop Fonseca College, San Vicente Hill, the Botanical Archaeological Park, and Jardín de la Merced. Hear about how the San Vicente Convent was chosen as the ideal place to establish a fortified empire back in the day. Listen to fascinating stories of how 800 French soldiers gathered in preparation for the arrival of the allied army, while the British decided to besiege them, leaving devastation in its wake. Acquire a new sense of appreciation for the local architecture and landmarks.

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3.6 / 5

based on 90 reviews

Nacho was an excellent tour guide. Very nice trip. Too short amount for free time to eat lunch but the tour was great.

Really liked this trip even on this rainy day. Learned a lot about the Spanish history.

Beautiful palace. Interesting self -guided tour. Highly recommend

Two awesome cities. I lived the antiquity of both of them.

Amazing. Just the right amount of time. Enjoyed it a lot!