If you are planning to learn Spanish in Salamanca and want to know just what to do in Salamanca during your spare time, it is easy enough to find out the kind of attractions that the city has to offer. Any guidebook or help page will give you more than enough Salamanca facts to see easily what the area is all about, and your school should help you out there too!
Of course when you learn Spanish in Salamanca you will not spend all of your time in lessons or at the school at all. Though most language schools in Salamanca have very nice facilities and places for students to comfortably spend their time, there is no point going all the way to another country to study if you are not going to get out there and enjoy your stay! Your first course of action must be to take in the historic buildings of the Old Town itself, which is home to beautiful architecture carved out of a golden sandstone that glows during the sunset, earning it the nickname of “La Dorada”. You will find amongst these the facade of the university, a hugely carved structure with a lucky frog on it somewhere that you must find in order to make sure that your whole trip has the best luck attached to it!
If you stay with a host family you can always ask them their opinion on what to do in Salamanca, and they will probably recommend one of the great social mealtime rituals of Spain. Meet up with your friends from your course or go with your host family, and find a tapas bar to start with where you can sample a few of the traditional dishes. Then you leave and move on to another tapas bar, seeing what unique delicacies they have to offer and what is recommended as their particular speciality, sampling another few plates here before moving on again. This is known as a tapas crawl, and can be a really fun way to explore the city as well as learning about great local cuisine and bonding with those who accompany you. If you have never eaten calamari before, for example, you can share your first experience and have a great laugh while doing it on a tapas crawl!
Although most people’s idea of what to do in Salamanca is to just study Spanish, and then study Spanish abroad some more. The fact that there is a large student population actually makes this a great place to really enjoy yourself, especially in the more bohemian barrios where you will find street performers or at night when you can visit clubs and bars. The city comes alive with students after midnight, and if you do not have lessons in the morning, well, joining them is a great way to practice your Spanish and immerse yourself in the local culture as well as maybe even making some new friends among the locals! Any excuse is great for having a party in Salamanca!