The first thing you’ll probably notice when you arrive in Salamanca, apart from the gorgeous architecture, is the abundance of bookshops. This is a very literary city, and bookshops abound partly because of the famously prestigious university and also because Salamanca is one of Spain’s most popular destinations for Spanish language students. You’ll find most booksellers clustered around Plaza Mayor and the university. Plus, the Book Fair takes place in May and in September there’s the Old and Second Hand Book Fair – both of which take over the main squares of Plaza Mayor and Plaza de los Bandos. If you’re looking for a couple of interesting reads to enjoy on your travels, you’ll have no trouble finding them in this city. With so many bookstores to choose from, we’ve narrowed the selection down to a few favourites.
If you’ve been carting around a book or two that you no longer want, trade it in here and pick up something different. This popular bookseller and buyer aimed at the local students prides itself on low prices, has a modern feel and a great selection, mostly in Spanish.
Cuesta del Carmen, 22, Salamanca, Spain
Across the road is this little bookseller with a bright interior and laid-back atmosphere. Here you’ll find everything from children’s books to cookbooks plus a small second-hand selection including some interesting older editions.
This truly vintage and family-owned bookshop is welcoming, if a little cramped. The place is packed with all kinds of treasures, from antique volumes and leather-bound collections to maps showing Salamanca at various points throughout its curious history, as well as heaps of literary fiction.