Salamanca is located in Western Spain, in the autonomous region of Castile-and-León, and is 214 km from Madrid. The Universidad de Salamanca, which was founded in 1218, is the oldest university in Spain as well as Europe, together with Paris, Oxford and Bologna. For this reason, the city is one of the main students’ center of Spain and a reference of the Spanish language around the world.During 2002, Salamanca was the European Capital of Culture. Here you will find a young and open city. You can see a mixture of modern and classic styles on the streets. The city lies on several hills by the Tormes River. Its Old City was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988.