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Narrow streets of Salamanca with one of two cathedrals in the background.

Tiny Travel Story: Spain

What's Salamanca Like?

Salamanca is one of the most magnificent Renaissance cities in all of Europe. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988 and a European City of Culture in 2002. The city is small enough to navigate by foot, allowing you to gain an intimate understanding of the local landscape and culture. Sandstone colored buildings fill the city, earning Salamanca the name of La Ciudad Dorada (The Golden City).

As one of the top locations to learn the Spanish language, Salamanca (pop. 156,000) is not only a great place to study abroad, but is also ISA's first program site where the initial group of students studied in 1987. Salamanca is described by many as the ideal study abroad location because of the outstanding academic opportunities, assorted cultural activities and proximity to the capital city of Madrid. Students will undoubtedly find Salamanca to be beautiful, easy to navigate and an ideal place to study abroad.

Region and Population

Salamanca, population 156,000, is the capital of the province of Salamanca, which borders four Spanish provinces and Portugal. The province of Salamanca lies on Spain's northern plateau.


Salamanca has a mild climate with cool winters and warm summers. The spring and fall are generally warm and sunny.

Average monthly highs and lows (ºF) and rainfall (inches) in Salamanca:

Avg. Rainfall1.221.060.871.541.891.340.630.431.261.541.651.65

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