Those planning to spend their holiday in Madrid should consider renting a holiday apartment in Salamanca district. It is one of Madrid’s newest neighbourhood’s, having only been transformed into what it is today about 150 years ago – when Queen Isabella II gave the go-ahead to have it expanded. It is one of the more expensive districts in Madrid, but holidaymakers can be sure to get good value for their money here. Aside from the apartments, there are also luxurious Salamanca lofts, Salamanca studios and holiday flats, to choose from. Salamanca is known for its impressive architecture and numerous shopping stores especially on Claudio Coello, Goya, Lagasca and Serrano Streets. Holidaymakers will never run out of things to do during their time in this beautiful town.
-El Mirador: This is a roof-top restaurant in Madrid that only operates during the summer. It is located on the fifth floor of the Thyssen Museum, on Paseo del Prado Street in Madrid. It serves a variety of dishes – from sea food to barbequed meat. For those lucky enough to book a table next to the railings, they will enjoy a scenic view of the Museum’s patio and the Paseo del Prado as they tuck into their three-course meal. Salamanca holiday home residents looking to enjoy fine cuisine here need to make reservations in advance.
-Calle de Serrano: It is one of the more popular – as well as the more costly – streets in Salamanca. On this street tourists will find a number of international designers’ stores such as Yves Saint Laurent and La Perla. Shoppers are known to spend as little as two hours to as much as half a day on this street – either window-shopping or trying on and buying new clothes. This street is named after the Spanish General, Francisco Serrano y Dominguez.
-The Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas: This brick building located in the Salamanca district houses the biggest bullring in Spain. The construction of the bullring was finished in the year 1929; and it opened its doors to the public in 1931. During its busiest season – between March and June – the bullfighting arena holds a match every single evening. At capacity, the arena can hold about 25,000 people. In the Las Ventas building, you will also find a chapel and a hospital where injured matadors are treated after a bullfight.
-El Museo Casa de la Moneda: Also referred to as the Spanish Mint and Coin Museum this establishment opened its doors to the public during the time when Queen Isabella II was still in power. It has gone on to gain worldwide recognition. This one-of-a-kind museum takes visitors on a journey back to the origins of money and stamps and showing them different types of coins – from Greek, to Medieval, to Roman. Coin-lovers will be happy to know that they can purchase some coins from the museum. Those staying in nearby Salamanca holiday homes won’t need to pay any entry fees for this eye-opening tour.
Tourists visiting Salamanca should plan their holidays for spring and autumn – when the weather is warm – so as to enjoy their time here to the fullest. This is between July and September. Summers in Salamanca can be unbearably hot, with temperatures rising to between 20ºC and 22ºC, and the warmest days experiencing temperatures of up to 35ºC.
For those coming from outside Spain, the easiest way to get to Salamanca is to fly to Madrid-Barajas Airport in Madrid. From there, there is the option of taking the bus or the train – both of which have regular services – to Salamanca. Holidaymakers should arrive at their Salamanca holiday accommodation in a matter of minutes.