Fodor's Expert Review Plaza Mayor

Salamanca Plaza/Square Fodor's Choice

Built in the 1730s by Alberto and Nicolás Churriguera, Salamanca's Plaza Mayor is one of the largest and most beautiful squares in Spain. The lavishly elegant, pinkish ayuntamiento dominates its northern side. The square and its arcades are popular gathering spots for salmantinos of all ages, and its terrazas are the perfect spot for a coffee break. At night, the plaza swarms with students meeting "under the clock" on the plaza's north side. Tunas (strolling musicians in traditional garb) often meander among the cafés and crowds, playing for smiles and applause rather than tips. The plaza was in the news in 2017, when, after decades of controversy, the infamous medallion portraying Franco was removed from one of its capitals.

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Salamanca, Castille and León  37008, Spain

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