Transit in Salamanca

DSC_0244 Bu yaz Portekiz’de iki hafta gecirmeye karar verdigimizde neden bunu bir roadtrip e cevirmeyelim ki dedim Jean Baptis’e. Atlayalim trene inelim istedigimiz sehirlerde ve bu bizim en macerali en hafif tatilimiz olsun dedim ve boylece sirtlandik cantalari. Ispanya’nin hemen hemen her bolgesinde bulunmus iki gezgin olarak uzun zamandir ikimizin de istedigi Salamanca’yi ilk duragimiz olarak belirledik. Ne de iyi yapmisiz. Bu sehirde sizi ceken ve ne oldugunu anlayamayacaginiz bir sihir var. Ortacag sehirlerinin tarih kokan sokaklarini hep sevmisimdir, bu yuzden Salamanca’nin da her bir kosesini adim adim sabirla gezdim. Yuruyerek kesfetmekten yorulmayacaginiz kucuk, cok iyi korunmus, oldukca eski ama gece hayatini cok seven munzur bir adam gibi bu sehir. Salamanca dillere destan gece hayatini dunyaca unlu Oxfordlarla, Cambridgelerle yarisan “Universidad Civil” in yerli-yabanci ogrencilerine borclu. Kisacasi anlayacaginiz Salamanca, fazlasiyla sasirtacak surprizleriyle en kisa zamanda sizleri bekliyor, onu daha fazla bekletmeyin.

When we decided to spend two weeks in Portugal, I looked at JB and said “why not we’re not turning this to a road trip? Let’s just hop a train and give a little break in the cities that we want and make it one of our the most adventurous and lightest trip ever.” Check list is done, backpacks are ready alors, on y va ! As we both almost have been most of the areas of Spain except in Castilla, Salamanca was already in our bucket list and happy to put a line on it. There is something magical about this city. I always love the every corner of medieval cities where you can feel smell of the history thus, I wandered around patiently and step by step. Though it’s small city, you can discover it definitely by walking, well preserved and even if it’s a very old city, it’s like an old naughty man who don’t forget to enjoy life especially during the nights. Yes, thanks to it’s famous “Universitad Civil” which is equivalent of successful rivals such as Oxford and Cambridge and which is home to massive Spanish and international student population, Salamanca hit the streets at night and this gives it so much youth and vitality. Briefly, Salamanca is waiting for you with lots of surprises, don’t postpone him. 

Plaza Major

Bu Plaza Major baska Majorlara benzemez diyor rehber kitapcigimiz bir de Ispanyanin en guzel ana meydani diye ekliyor. Peki dedik otelimizden cikar cikmaz kendimizi meydanin giris kapilarindan birinin onunde bulduk.  Gunduz gozuyle yok canim en guzeli de bu degil tamam ihtisamli falan ama daha guzellerini de gormusuzdur diye geciyor kafamizdan taaaa ki gece sihir etkisi yapan isiklandirilmis halini gorunceye kadar. Yemekten sonra bir seyler icmek isteyince, hava guzel olunca ustune ustluk bira da 1 euro civarinda olunca hadi dedik Plaza Major’a. Tepemizdeki yildizlari yanimizda hissettigimiz muhtesem bir gece gecirdik.

Our LP says that this Plaza isn’t like our namesakes and it adds, with it’s exceptional grand square it’s considered to be Spain’s most beautiful central plaza. Respectfully and faithfully followed our guide and just after left our hotel we found ourselves one of the main gates of the plaza. I can honestly say that it didn’t impress me at first sight. I mean yes it’s really beautiful and large but this wasn’t really different than the others until I saw it during the night when illuminated (until midnight) to magical effect. As the weather was awesome and beer was cheap (around 1 euros) in Salamanca, we decided give a little after dinner drink break before go to sleep. It was a wonderful night that made us felt the stars as if they’re next to us. 

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Catedral Nueva & Vieja 

Salamanca, eski ve yeni olmak uzere ikiye ayrilan, ikisi de ic ice olan muhtesem bir katedrale ev sahipligi yapiyor. 200 yil boyunca yapimi suren ve 1733 yilinda tamamlanan Catedral Nueva, ana meydana vardiginizda muhtesem mimarisiyle ve gun isiginda parildayan altin sarisi rengiyle sizleri selamliyor olacak. Gun batiminda ise Salamanca’ya son bir kez tepeden bakmadan da donmeyin.

Salamanca is home to two cathedrals: the newer and the older one. The Cathedral Nueva which is completed in 1733 and it took 220 years to built, will be waiting for you impatiently with its glamourus architecture and golden sandstone overlaid. In addition don’t leave Salamanca without saying a last goodbye from top of it. 

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Universitad Civil

Salamanca da gormek istedigim yerlerin basinda gelen ve 1218 yilinda insa edilmis olan Universite binasi beklentilerimizi pek karsilayamadi diyebilirim. Ozellikle tam bir saheser olan avrupanin en eski universite kutuphanesini kapali oldugu icin gezememek bizi birazcik uzdu. Her seye ragmen bu gotik yapiyi gormeden donmeyin, kim bilir belki sizlere tamamen farkli seyler hissettirecektir.

University building was one of the top places I wanted to and you should visit. But I can honestly say that it was a bit of disappointment after reading such a wonderful text about it in Lonely Planet. Especially seeing the extraordinary and the oldest library of Europe closed made us a little bit sad. But anyway, don’t leave Salamanca without seeing this late-gothic, immense structure. Who knows maybe you gonna like,feel much more different than us. 

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Casa de las Conchas

Sehrin en sevimli, girmeden pek ne oldugunu anlayamayacaginiz ama sokaktan gecerken sizi icine ceken bir bina. Hic bir rehberde, blogda yazmasa bile universiteden ciktiginizda gordugunuz bu sirin yapiya dayanamayip kendinizi avlusunda bulacaksiniz. Onceleri kralice Isabel’in doktoru Rodrigo Maldonado de Talavera’ya ait olan bu ev, simdilerde milli kutuphane olarak kullaniyor. Avlunun balkonundan gorunen universite canlari ise sizlere gorsel bir solen sunuyor.

One of the city’s most endearing buildings that you’ll not realise how it draw you into so quickly. Although, it’s not written in any guide or any blog, while you’re leaving the university, you’ll not able to resist this cute building and gonna poke your head through inside the beautiful courtyard. Former and the original owner of the house, Dr. Rodrigo Maldonado de Talavera, was the doctor at the court of queen Isabel but now it houses the public library. When you go up through the balcony the view of the university bells will make the atmosphere more magical. 

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Convento de San Esteban 

Katedralden ciktiktan sonra yokus asagi indiginizde bu muhtesem yapiyla karsilasiyorsunuz. Dominik manastri olan San Esteban’in sizi hayal kirikligina ugratmayacagini daha giris kapisinin muntazamligindan anlayacaksiniz. Harika bir avlu ve balkon manzarasi da ekstrasi. Ayrica iceride Dominik Cumhiriyetinden gelip zamaninda Salamanca’ya yerlesenlere adanmis kucuk bir de muze bulacaksiniz ve burayi gercekten cok seveceksiniz.

When you go just down the hill from the cathedral you will see the beautiful Dominican monastery, San Esteban. You are in front of the glamorous entrance gate and do you fell the same than me? – this place won’t disappoint you at all. As an extra it provides you an really nice courtyard and a little well presented museum dedicated to the Dominicans. Be sure you’ll love this place.

 
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Convento de las Dueñas

Sizi huzuruyla ve sakinligiyle etkileyecek baska bir manastir. Yurumekten yoruldunuz, aksam yemegi icin planlar yapmak istiyorsunuz; ozaman sizi burada ufak bir molaya davet ediyorum. Ister avludaki banklara ya da benim yaptigim gibi serin bir tasin uzerine atin kendinizi. Ister kitap okuyun ister, isterseniz de avluya adim atanlarin ayak seslerinin verdigi yankiyla karisan kus civiltilarini dinleyin ve gezinizin en guzel hatiralarina ekleyin bu koseyi.

Here is another monastery will impress you with it’s calm and peaceful atmosphere. Are you tired of walking? Do you want to check your guide for a nice Salamanca dinner? Then, I invite you a little break in this little cute garden. If you want, the green benches are waiting for you or you can simply find an empty  wall to put yourself on it and freshen your butt, as I did. Either you can read your guide or book, or you can listen the sound of footsteps of the visitors which join to the tweet of the birds and add this corner into one of the best memories of this trip. 

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Nerede ne yesek ?

Ispanya’ya ilk geldiginizde akliniza gelen en guzel sey bol bol tapas yemektir. Her bolgenin kendine ozgu tapas tarifleri ve kulturu vardir. Bu yuzden bir karsilastirma yapmak cok zor. Bizde ilk aksam yemegi icin son zamanlarda  cool yonetmen Pedro Almodóvar ve unlu sef Ferran Andrià gibi unlulerin ilgisini ceken, Ispanyolca’da “gunah anlamina gelen” El Pecado’yu denemeye karar verdik. Bayat ekmeklerle yapilmis tapaslar sayesinde masalarin neden bos oldugunu hemen anladik ve hesabi isteyip ciktik, neyseki fiyatlar oldukca makuldu. Rehberimizi actik hemen hemen tum adresleri denedik ve bir cogunun oldukca sakin oldugunu gorunce kendi basimizin caresine bakacagimizi anladik. Ozellikle iclerinde menusunu 5 farkli dilde inceleme imkani olan bir adres vardi ki,  aman diyeyim seyahatlerinizde bu tur restaurantlardan uzak durun. Menusu ne kadar az dil cevirisi icerirse o kadar iyi ingilizce kabulumuzdur:) En sonunda kendi mekanimizi bulduk onundeki kalabaligi gorunce de dogru yerde oldugumuzu anladik. Ipan IVino ihtiyacimiz olan tek yerdi. Tatli dekorasyonu, lezzetli sarap ve tapas menusuyle ve calisanlarin sempatik tavirlariyla gonlumuzu hemencecik fethetti ve ertesi gun tekrar buraya gelip barinda saatlerce takilmaya karar verdik. Eger sizin de ihtiyaciniz olan sey ekmek ve sarap ise dogru yerdesiniz.

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Where to eat and what to eat ? 

If you’re in Spain the first thing comes to your mind is eating tapas and if it’s possible every day. Every area here, has their own tapas style and recipe. That’s why it’s hard to make a comparison but I can honestly say you gonna like Salamanca style. For our first night we decided to try a trendy place, that regularly attracts Spanish celebrities such as cool director Pedro Almodóvar and famous chef Ferran Adrià, El Pecado which means ” the sin “. Thanks to the tapas made with stale bread, we quickly understood why the tables are empty. So, we asked the bill and left, hopefully prices were quite reasonable. Started to check our guide to find another recommended address but whichever we visited was almost empty or it was so touristic. There was even a restaurant has a menu in 5 different languages and please stay away from such a mistake while travelling and try to choose a restaurant which contains max 2 language in its menu. I still don’t understand how come a guide like LP made such a mistake. At the end we found our own place and I’m happy to share it with you. When we saw the crowd in front we understood that we were at the right place. Ipan IVino was the only place that we need. Thanks to its cute decoration, delicious tapas-vine menu and kind staff, this place made our night so, we decided to come back and settle on our bar tables for the next but last night. If all you need is a little bread and delicious vine, you are in the right place. 

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2 thoughts on “Transit in Salamanca

  1. Kuzucumm, Demek Salamanca ! Inan hic aklimda olan bir destinasyon degildi ama Ispanya planlari yaparsam dahil etmem gerektigini artik biliyorum ! Seyahat aklina benim de aklim pek yatar bilirsin.. Ne yaparsan, ne yersen kabulum.. Hem sehrin buyulu binalarini kesfetmek, hem de saatlerce bir tapascida takilabilme rahatligina ermek istiyorum ! Ayrica sizin bu enfes seruveninize basindan beri cok sevincliyim ! O yuzdendir ki, devamini milyon gozle beklerim.. Hele ki senin gozunden Sintra ! en buyuk heyecan ona.. xxx

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