While the Salamanca district is not one of the main sightseeing areas, there are interesting things to see. You could start your stroll through Salamanca at the Plaza de Colón square where you’ll find the neo-gothic monument to Christopher Columbus. Just below the big square is the Centro Cultural de la Villa, which puts on a big variety of leisure and cultural activities.
In the same square you’ll find the National Library and the Book Museum, which was previously only open to researchers but is now open to the general public. Just behind the library is the Archaeological Museum, which can be accessed from calle Serrano.
The Lázaro Galdiano Museum, located at no. 122 calle Serrano, is considered to be one of the best private museums in Spain, with a collection of over 15,000 works of art and a library of more than 20,000 books.
The Juan March Foundation, located at no. 77 calle Castelló, was founded in 1955 by the Spanish financier Juan March de Ordinas. The Foundation’s aim is to promote culture, science and the humanities. It organises exhibitions, concerts, conferences and seminars.
At no. 98 calle Lagasca, although you can’t go inside, it’s worth taking a look at the building that houses the Italian Embassy. It is a former Palace of the Marquises of Amboage, built in 1912 in a completely eclectic style.