After Bilbao (see previous post and map) and about four hours on excellent Spanish roads, we reached Salamanca, a beautiful city with a very long history. It’s famous for its university, one of the oldest in Europe (officially created in 1218) – together with Bologna, Paris, Oxford, Montpellier… - and for its architecture.
Again, we just stayed overnight and had little time for exploring (fortunately this was not my first visit) the multitude of amazing buildings. The centre is full of them, mostly built in a typical sandstone, which gives them a golden glow, especially during sunset and sunrise. The city is referred to as “La Ciudad Dorada” (The Golden City). Most of these buildings date from between the 15th and 18th century.
A completely different building is the “Casa Lis”, "only" some 100 years old. It was restored, the stained glass windows were added, and in 1995 it opened as a museum for a collection of “art nouveau” and “art deco” objects.