1. Plaza Mayor
The Plaza Mayor is the central square in the city. It was constructed by Andrés García de Quiñones at the beginning of the 18th century to close the previously existing open public square. The plaza is a nearly regular square of 6,400 square meters surrounded by three-floor buildings in golden stone and 88 shaded arcades with medallions representing historical persons. The plaza is regarded as one of the finest squares in Europe.
2. La Universidad
Edificio Histórico: Beautiful architecture and the famous plateresque façade with the hidden frog. The Old University Library is simply awesome, with shelves full of old literary and scholarly works of art. The library has over 160,000 volumes. Also visit the cloister, the paraninfo and the surrounding University buildings.
3. Las Catedrales
The old Romanesque cathedral was founded in the 12th century. The adjoining "new" cathedral was built in stages from 1509 and combines Late Gothic architecture, particularly in the interior, with the Renaissance style called Plateresque. It was still being finished in 1734.
4. Convento de San Esteban
The Convent of St. Stephen is a historical religious complex. The building was begun in 1525 by order of brother Juan Alvarez and was finished in 1618. It is composed by a monumental church and several convent rooms, including the sacristy, the capitol hall, the three cloisters and the library.
5. Casa de las Conchas
The Casa de las Conchas currently houses a public library.It was built from 1493 to 1517 by Rodrigo Arias de Maldonado, a knight of the Order of Santiago de Compostela and a professor in the University of Salamanca. Its most peculiar feature is the façade, mixing late Gothic and Plateresque style, decorated with more than 300 shells, symbol of the order of Santiago, as well as of the pilgrims performing the Way of St. James.
6. Casa Lis
The Museum of Art Nouveau and Art Déco was inaugurated in 1995. It soon became one of the most frequented museums in Castile and Leon, with an average of 120.000 visitors every year. For the last ten years, the Museum and its patron Manuel Ramos Andrade have received numerous awards in gratitude for their commitment towards culture and tourism..
7. El Puente Romano
the Roman bridge stands 356 metres over the Tormes River, with 15 granite stone arches leading into Salamanca. It was originally constructed in the year 89, but was reconstructed in the 17th century after it was damaged due to flooding. It is in a Romantic style with a statue of a male pig at the beginning of the Salamanca side. It was an important part of the Roman silver route, which ran from Merida to Astorga.
8. Universidad Pontificia
The Pontifical University is a private, catholic University. Resulting from the resolution of the Spanish government dissolving of the faculties of Theology and Canon Law at the University of Salamanca in 1854 Pope Puis XII decided to establish a new pontificial universityand restore those faculties in the new institution. Additional faculties and schools were added over the years.