Travel is all about discovery, and to appreciate a place you need to know something of its history, its monuments and its art, as well as sampling regional cuisine and meeting local people. It also helps to experience the local festivities, whose roots stretch back through the centuries and combine history and culture into something quite unique. So, if you want to discover Salamanca, capital of the province of Salamanca in western Spain, one of the best times to visit is Holy Week, a festive period that is vitally important to this university city famed for its role in teaching the Spanish language. The renowned monuments of the city provide an atmospheric backdrop for the sumptuous processions of fine religious statuary, and for the religious fervour and passion that accompany them. Discover the great churches, palaces and mansions, as well as Spain's oldest university, in the UNESCO World Heritage site of the old city.
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