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Monterrey Palace

The beautiful and intricate architectural detailing of this ancient aristocratic residence makes it a must-see on your Salamanca vacation itinerary.

The 16th-century Monterrey Palace was one of the most magnificent Spanish Plateresque-style buildings of its day. Even though this sumptuous mansion and its towers, chimneys, loggias and grotesques are vast, it was never actually finished.

The extravagant palace was built for the Count of Monterrey, but today it is in the hands of another Spanish aristocratic family, the House of Alba. It is one of their official residences and for many years has been closed to the public. However, in 2016 an agreement was signed between the House of Alba Foundation and local authorities to start daily guided tours of the interior.

Even if Monterrey Palace isn't open during your time in Salamanca, it is still well worth spending a few minutes admiring the beautiful exterior. Look over the grand façades and the many decorative elements, such as coats of arms and carvings of lions and monstrous fantasy creatures. Bring a camera with you or a pair of binoculars to study them in detail.

If you are able to tour the interior, peruse some of the important works of art owned by the House of Alba. These include paintings by José de Ribera, a Spanish painter who worked in the first half of the 17th century.

Monterrey Palace is located on the Plaza de Monterrey, a short walk west of Salamanca's Plaza Mayor. To keep up to date with plans to turn the building into a tourist attraction, visit the official website of the House of Alba Foundation. After your visit, stop at some of the other major tourist attractions within a few footsteps of the palace. These include the House of the Dead, the Convent of the Annunciation (Convento de las Úrsulas) and the 17th-century Church of the Purísima. Among the highlights of this building are the paintings on the magnificent altarpiece.


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Catalonia Plaza Mayor Salamanca ¥7,944
Catalonia Plaza Mayor Salamanca

Catalonia Plaza Mayor Salamanca

C/ Espoz y Mina, 23-25, Salamanca, Salamanca
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Old Town, this hotel is steps from Monterrey Palace and Plaza Mayor. University of Salamanca is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) away. La Alamedilla Station is 11 minutes by foot and Salamanca Station is 20 minutes.

    Parador de Salamanca
    Parador de Salamanca

    Parador de Salamanca

    Teso de la Feria, 2, Salamanca, Salamanca
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Teso de la Feria, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Roman Bridge, University of Salamanca, and Plaza Mayor. Enrique Estevan Bridge and Salamanca Automobile History Museum are also within 15 minutes. La Alamedilla Station is 30 minutes by foot.

      Hotel Sercotel Las Torres Salamanca ¥5,719
      Hotel Sercotel Las Torres Salamanca

      Hotel Sercotel Las Torres Salamanca

      C/ Concejo Nº 4, Salamanca
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Old Town, this hotel is steps from San Martin Church and Plaza Mayor. University of Salamanca is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) away. La Alamedilla Station is 10 minutes by foot and Salamanca Station is 19 minutes.

        Hotel Silken Rona Dalba ¥4,539
        Hotel Silken Rona Dalba

        Hotel Silken Rona Dalba

        Plaza San Juan Bautista 12, Salamanca, Salamanca
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Old Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Monumento a Germán Sánchez Ruipérez and Plaza Mayor. University of Salamanca is 0.6 mi (1 km) away. La Alamedilla Station is 13 minutes by foot and Salamanca Station is 22 minutes.

          Hotel Hospes Palacio San Esteban ¥13,504
          Hotel Hospes Palacio San Esteban

          Hotel Hospes Palacio San Esteban

          Arroyo de Santo Domingo, 3, Salamanca, Salamanca
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Old Town, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of San Esteban Convent, Plaza Mayor, and University of Salamanca. Las Duenas Convent and Cueva de Salamanca are also within 5 minutes. La Alamedilla Station is 15 minutes by foot and Salamanca Station is 25 minutes.

            Rua Suites Boutique ¥7,376
            Rua Suites Boutique

            Rua Suites Boutique

            Rua Mayor 43, Salamanca, Salamanca
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Old Town, this apartment building is steps from Casa de las Conchas, Iglesia del Espiritu Santo La Clerecía, and New Cathedral of Salamanca. Pontifical University of Salamanca and Old Cathedral of Salamanca are also within 5 minutes. La Alamedilla Station is 14 minutes by foot and Salamanca Station is 23 minutes.

              Goya Suites ¥3,972
              Goya Suites

              Goya Suites

              Paseo de las Carmelitas 58, 1º, Salamanca
                 
                2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Old Town, this hostal is within a 5-minute walk of Iglesia de las Carmelitas and San Marcos Church. New Cathedral of Salamanca and San Esteban Convent are also within 15 minutes. La Alamedilla Station is 13 minutes by foot and Salamanca Station is 21 minutes.

                NH Collection Salamanca Palacio de Castellanos ¥10,780
                NH Collection Salamanca Palacio de Castellanos

                NH Collection Salamanca Palacio de Castellanos

                Calle San Pablo, 58, Salamanca, Salamanca
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Old Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Las Duenas Convent, Plaza Mayor, and University of Salamanca. San Esteban Convent and Hospederia de Anaya are also within 5 minutes. La Alamedilla Station is 13 minutes by foot and Salamanca Station is 24 minutes.