Salamanca is located in the north east of Spain, 2 hours outside of Madrid, between the capital and the province of Galicia. It is a city that may not be a “hose-hold-name” but it’s a city of great historical importance. Salamanca is home to the oldest University in Spain and has long been a cultural hub in the country and in Europe. Even to this day Salamanca is still a prime destination for Erasmus students from all corners of Europe.
Eating in Salamanca
Salamanca is well known in Spain for its tapas. Many cities claim to have the best tapas or pintxos in the country, but Salamanca might have them all beat in value.
The bars in Salamanca are excellent and very inexpensive by comparison. This is due, in part, to the large student population to whom the bars cater to.
For the most part, bars in Salamanca a more on the traditional side and serve up a wide variety of classic tapas to be enjoyed with a glass of wine or a cold beer but always surrounded by friends or family.
On the Weekend the popular areas in Salamanca can get crowded but the ambiance and the food is well worth having to deal with the crowds.
Salamanca has a long list of local delicacies that you should not miss out if you are visiting. Slamanca is a rich farming area and is well known in Spain for its excellent meat, in particular for its charcuterie. So as you make your way from bar to bar, make sure to order any of these if you see it on the menu:
The most typical dish from Salamanca is the hornazo. A pie stuffed with all sorts of of amazing meats and saussages from chorizo, to lomo to iberico ham, etc. It is a heavy meal so either be ready for a good nap or have a strong cup of coffee on deck.
Then there is Salamanca’s farinato, a spreadable sausage, similar in some ways to sobrasada. It is usually fried and served with a fried egg and fried potatoes or spread on freshly toasted bread. Simply superb.
Finally Guijuelo ham is the local version of serrano ham made with local pigs and with a series of standards and processes that are unique to the region. It is only produced in this region, so if you love serrano ham or iberico ham you will regret not trying it.