The old town of Salamanca was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. In the UNESCO declaration was joined to the old town seven more areas that are located on its periphery (the College of the Irish, the church of San Marcos, the church of Sancti Spiritus, the convent of Las Claras, the convent house of Santa Teresa, the church of San Juan de Barbalos and the church of San Cristóbal) to form an architectural ensemble that represents an amazing cultural area that is a world example of creative human genius.
We have to highlight the Plaza Mayor, an impressive manifestation of baroque art and considered as the heart of the city. You wouldn’t either miss two cathedrals of the city: “Nueva” Cathedral (ss. XVI) and “Antigua” Cathedral (ss. XII), that Lisbon earthquake of 1755 nearly brought them down.
As with Santiago de Compostela, Salamanca is a University City. The University of Salamanca is one of the oldest in Europe and is the owner of an important intellectual heritage in which the General Historical Library stands out with 2,774 manuscripts, 483 incunabula and around 62,000 volumes printed between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries, in addition to an impressive material heritage in the form of historical buildings and emblematic spaces that receive daily visits from hundreds of people.
In Salamanca there is a wide range of ELE academies accredited by the Instituto Cervantes. These academies work yearly the more than 25,000 students who choose Salamanca to develop a language immersion stay. These schools, up to a total of 15, are located in the historic centre of the city. The volume of students received and the concentration of schools per block make Salamanca one of the main cities of language tourism in the country, being called the city of Spanish.
By clicking on the following buttons you can access the websites of the ELE academies of Salamanca accredited by the Instituto Cervantes:DIDACTICAL CENTER DICE COLEGIO DELIBES ACADEMIA BERCEO COLEGIO DE ESPAÑA Y AMBOS MUNDOS COLEGIO IBÉRICO DON QUIJOTE ENFOREX HISPANO CONTINENTAL ESTUDIO SAMPERE LETRA HISPÁNICA LINGUA GLOBE ACADEMIA MESTER SALMÍNTER SPANISH COURSES UNAMUNO TÍA TULA COLEGIO DE ESPAÑOL