Hospedería de Fonseca
The Fonseca Hostelry is a multi-purpose building at the University of Salamanca. It is equipped with various institutional halls and features a multitude of areas to host work tables and parallel meetings.
The building dates from the 17th Century and was originally used to house students once they had finished their studies at the University. A refurbishment at the turn of this century converted it into a modern, comfortable and functional venue for conventions and conferences. It has also been made more welcoming for visitors with limited mobility.
How to get here
The best way to get to Salamanca is via Madrid, where most major airlines, as well as many low-cost companies, operate international flights. Madrid airport is known as Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suárez.
From Madrid airport, Salamanca can be reached by bus or train.
By bus (from Terminal 1 or Terminal 4)
There is a direct bus route between Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suárez airport and Salamanca. On the Avanza Bus webpage (AutoRes) you will find full information including timetables and prices.
Important: The bus leaves from both terminals, first T1 and then T4, 15 minutes later.
Note: If you are travelling from Madrid city rather than the airport, buses depart from the Southern Bus Station (Estación Sur de Autobuses – Méndez Álvaro), which can be reached by local train or underground metro from other areas of the city.
By train (from Terminal 4 + Chamartín Station)
Trains for the Madrid – Salamanca line leave from Chamartín station. Full information on timetables and prices can be found on the Renfe website.
Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suárez airport is linked to Charmartín station by local train. The local train station is in Terminal 4 of the airport and the journey to Chamartín station takes about 12 minutes.
Important: the Madrid – Salamanca train ticket includes the local train ticket that connects the airport with Chamartín station. Simply go to the ticket machines, select the option “combinado cercanías” and scan your Madrid – Salamanca ticket. You do not need to book in advance to travel on this local train.
University of Salamanca
“Hic salutari consilio evocavit magistros peritissimos in Sacris Scripturis,
et constituit Scholas fieri Salamanticae”
With this sentence uttered by King Alfonos IX of León in 1218, the University of Salamanca was born. It now celebrates its first 800 years of history dedicated to creating, promoting and disseminating knowledge.
The science and technology developed at the University of Salamanca have given rise to some of the most significant advances of the last centuries. Salamancan academia has produced figures the likes of Torres Villarroel and Abraham Zacut, who developed the Almanach Perpetuum, an astronomical treatise essential to navigation that made it possible to unite continents.
The advanced thinking of Francisco de Vitoria led to Salamanca being heralded as the seat of International Law, but its lecture halls have housed many other illustrious personae including Fray Luis de León, Francisco de Salinas and Antonio de Nebrija, the creator of the first Spanish grammar.
In more recent times, the University has played host to great thinkers and statespeople such as Miguel de Unamuno, Enrique Iglesias, Jacques Delors and Adolfo Suárez, who have contributed to the establishment of world order.
In short, eight centuries of humanism, intelligence and talent have made the University of Salamanca a leading institution worldwide.