Holidaymakers looking for a fun filled vacation in a hot climate might like to try the Salamanca Province in Spain. Located in the west of the country by the border with Portugal, this is a fascinating area with plenty of interesting things to do and see. Here visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, apartments, villas, B&Bs and campsites.
Salamanca Province offers many surprises for holidaymakers and not everyone knows that there are ski resorts here. Mountain biking and climbing are also popular activities when the snows have cleared. The fantastic surroundings here can be explored by walking, horse riding or cycling. Watersports are available on the waterways of the province including sailing, boating, wind surfing, swimming and fishing. There are tennis courts open to the public as well as many golf courses including one at Villamayor de la Armuna. Salamanca has many restaurants, bars and cafes offering mainly traditional Spanish fare and other types of cuisine. Self catering holidaymakers can purchase food, drink and other provisions as well as handcrafted gifts and souvenirs from local markets and shops.
Salamanca Province has many fantastic and interesting places to visit including the capital city, Salamanca which is well known for its beautiful buildings. There are numerous religious buildings in the city including the 12th century cathedral and the Augustinian monastery. Other fine buildings to be seen here include various palaces and grand residences like Monterrey Palace and the House of dona Maria la Brava. Holidaymakers can enjoy informative places such as the Art Nouveau and Art Deco Museum. Another city worth visiting in the province is Ciudad Rodrigo, where there is a cathedral and a castle built by King Henry II of Castile in the late 14th century.
The warmest time of the year to visit the province of Salamanca is generally July and August when the average high is 29 degrees centigrade. In the winter months the average temperatures are about 4 degrees centigrade but can fall to just below freezing. Summers are quite dry and on average July and August sees the least amount of rainfall with only 10 to 15mm per month. May is generally the wettest month with an average of 48mm but the rain is fairly evenly spread through most of the year.
Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD) is approximately three hour’s drive from the province capital city of Salamanca. Flights arrive here from other Spanish cities as well as many international airports including Amsterdam (AMS), Athens (ATH), Beijing-Capital (PEK), Berlin-Tegel (TXL), Brussels (BRU), Dublin (DUB), Geneva (GVA), Lisbon (LIS), London-Gatwick (LGW), London-Heathrow (LHW), Moscow-Sheremetyevo (SVO), New York (JFK), Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG), Rome-Fiumicino (FCO), Vienna (VIE) and Washington-Dulles (IAD) amongst many others. Atesa International, Avis and Hertz are car hire companies with offices at Terminal 1 and 2.