Salamanca, the capital of the Salamanca province in Spain, has been declared as a world heritage city by UNESCO. The city houses many museums and sights worth seeing. Exploring all this on a motorcycle is another level of adventure. Adding to the thrill is the warm and dry weather of summers in Salamanca. The city is a center for art, culture, tradition, and education. A lot of popular language schools are located here attracting a large number of students from all parts of the world. Salamanca has retained its ancient culture, and many motorcyclists have called the city a dream!
Here, we bring you the top 9 reasons for exploring Salamanca on your motorcycle –
Motorcycling on mountains is an absolute treat for bike lovers. Salamanca would not disappoint you when it comes to awesome mountain paths. When you are riding in Salamanca, you are riding in real Spain. The roads are perfectly fit for bike riders as there’s little or no traffic! The curved paths turning into an even mysterious way further add to the joy. The landscape is lovely with roads opening up into vast expanses of grasslands and heights presenting a scene you may have never witnessed before. If mountains excite you like nothing else and you want to give your bike some serious riding then add Salamanca to your list right now! Just make sure that you have the essential accessories to safeguard your bike before you hit out on the mountain roads.
Salamanca will give you an amazing opportunity to explore Spanish cuisines beyond seafood and paella of the coasts. The province offers excellent choices for wine lovers from fruity whites to hearty reds. From baked pies and puddings to rich cheeses and meat, Salamanca has something for everyone. Locally grown fruits and vegetables are a must have too. The distinctive ‘Morucha’ beef obtained from the local cattle, raised especially for this purpose, is another attraction in the food world. The list of sweets is never ending thanks to the Moorish rule over Salamanca long ago. They left the province but their sweets and desserts did not!
ROMAN PAST AND FASCINATING HISTORY
Another reason to take your bike to Salamanca is the ancient tourist spots. The city is a home to automobile history museum, which is a must visit. The museum houses many classic cars and motorcycles. If you are a passionate motorcyclist, then you can’t afford to miss this one! Since the 13th century, the city has witnessed many historical events. There is no denying the fact that the province looks like a film set with the riders and travelers feeling themselves like actors on the set! Yeah, it actually is that good.
You may be an outsider in the province but the locals won’t let you feel like that. Don’t be surprised if a lot of warm smiles and friendly faces welcome you as you ride through the province. You may not have experienced that kind of culture before and it would really be an overwhelming experience for you! Salamanca is an awesome place to go to in all aspects, but the good vibes and positive energy radiated by the locals is the icing on the cake.
The best time to visit Salamanca, better known as the “European capital of culture” is during the cultural festivals. The festivals calendar of Salamanca is quite diverse and has something planned for each month of the year! The ‘Reyes Magos’ festival held in January is a fun-filled festival consisting of parades, costumes, and music. The religious festival ‘Corpus Christi’ is held in June. An absolutely spectacular religious procession is taken out through the streets of the province which is an utter joy to see for all the tourists as well as locals. The ‘“La Maresca” festival held in August is especially for the men involved in the bullfighting industry. Apart from that, a grand celebration is also organized during the end of the year starting on the Christmas day and ending on the New Year’s Eve.
DOLLS AND MUSEUMS
Salamanca has some really good museums waiting to be explored by you. The most popular one being the modernist mansion of ‘Casa Lis’. A good collection of porcelain dolls can be found here. It is considered to be one of the best collections of dolls in the world! ‘Museo de la Historia de Automocion’, ‘General Archive of the Spanish Civil War’, ‘Museo Taurino’ are some of the other well-known museums.
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What is more fun than exploring the province on a bike chasing different clues of a treasure hunt? Well, Salamanca offers you this opportunity. Three of the most popular well known hidden carvings have been a topic of discussion among the travelers since long. These three namely ‘The frog on a scalp’, ‘The astronaut’ and ‘The gargoyle devil with an ice-cream’ are an absolute treat. Finding them in the province on your motorcycle is a good enough reason to pack your bags for a trip to the province of Salamanca! Isn’t it?
Salamanca is literally heaven for stargazers. If astronomy interests you, then Salamanca is waiting for you! With the help of a 200 mm telescope in the cottages’ garden, you have this amazing opportunity to see the Moon, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars along with double stars, clusters, and impressive nebulae. If you plan on staying for a week or longer, then you can watch galaxies reveal their spiral structure through a 500 mm telescope. It will truly be an experience worth cherishing for life!
Even if you are not lucky enough to visit the province during any of the festivals, you still would have plenty of other things to see and do here. The province is so rich in culture and tradition that UNESCO has declared it as a world heritage city for the reason. From the halls of the ancient university to the cathedrals, Salamanca has a lot to offer. Salamanca University, Patio de Escuelas, Plaza Mayor, Old Cathedral, New Cathedral, House of Shells, Clerecia – to name a few! Apart from that, there are vineyards, farms and olive oil mills to explore on your motorcycle!
Another star attraction of Salamanca is the ‘Plaza Mayor’. Known as the ‘Living Room of Salamanca’, the Plaza Mayor can be your spot for staying in the province during your motorcycle trip. It is one of the most beautiful plazas in Spain. Earlier it was used as a bullfighting arena. With time it evolved into a beautiful market housing many boutique shops and eateries.
Thus, there’s nothing as exciting as exploring this beautiful city on your two-wheels. One trip to the province will leave you with a long list of memories worth cherishing for a lifetime.
Even though the city is just a 2-hour ride from Madrid, it is a whole new world in itself. Moreover, the city is now preparing itself for the feast festival of “San Juan de Sahagun” to be held in June.
So, put on your gear and accessories and set out on the trip today!
Jessica is a traveler by heart. Along with frequently penning down her thoughts related to travel experiences, she is an avid biker and an expert reviewer of motorcycle adventure products too. https://www.frontrunneroutfitters.com/
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