Salamanca, Spain—Plaza Mayor


If you allow me to say that people can “fall in love” with a city or place then I shall tell you that I fell in love with the Main Square, Plaza Mayor in the Spanish town of Salamanca.

What made me interested in travelling to Salamanca was James A. Michener’s book Iberia where he writes that Plaza Mayor is one of the four most beautiful city squares in the world. I had already fallen in love with one of the others, Piazza San Marco in Venice.

I do think that Michener’s Iberia is the best tourist guide for Spain and Portugal, although more than fifty years old. Today, it is so easy thanks to the Internet and e.g. Amazon to find literature about places one wants to visit, books out of print, older books. It costs to little to take a chance on some of those used old books and sometimes one makes great discoveries. I discovered Plaza Mayor in Salamanca in out-of-print books I bought through Amazon. What made it so fantastic for us was that we discovered—via the Internet—that one hotel on a side street had managed to buy up a few floors in a corner of the Plaza and connected these rooms with long corridors. The price for these rooms was a bit higher but not bad and what we got was a (tiny) balcony over the square—one of the four most beautiful squares in the world.

There is another hotel that is half a hostel with shared bathroom and partly a regular hotel and it too has rooms with a view over this fabulous Plaza.

Pleasant travels,   S


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