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salamanca, the biggest student city in spain, is an old small city full with beautiful buildings, fun atmosphere, and good vibe. the nature is so wonderful that it is just a pleasure to walk around and feel the relaxing atmousphere.

salamanca collage

also, its nightlife is more than fun because of its huge variety of bars and clubs with free entrance! however, it is not only for young generation because there are many kind of places for every needs and likes, either pushy or casual look.

the plan for the night is ready, so let’s think about during the day. we suggest to enjoy sightseeing in a very unique way; through treasure hunt!
perhaps there are many people who have no idea what we are talking about. you can enjoy salamanca sightseeing by trying to find some hidden items here and there. let’s have a closer and quick look on three of the most popular and well known hidden carvings.

 

1. the frog on a scalp, the most famous icon of the city
this hidden icon is decorated on a wall of salamanca university. however, it is extremely hard to find the frog by yourself because the wall is very detailed and there are many monuments. have a try first by yourself to find it! even if the attempt is not successful, don’t worry; there are many people all looking up searching and pointing it so you can just ask someone to show you.

frog collage

can you see it now? the frog is very small, but it is said that if you can find it by your own, you will have a good luck, or if you are a student, you will graduate successfully.

 

2. the astronaut
the second famous hidden carving in salamanca is the astronaut, which you can find somewhere on the new part of cathedral. it is huge and also very detailed so you can find it easily. the photo below shows the side of the cathedral where you should look at.

astronaut collage

during the re-establish of the cathedral, they put this astronaut icon as a symbol of 20th century. also you can see that the astronaut’s face is slightly different from the the first edition one.

 

3. gargoyle devil with an ice-cream
just next to the astronaut you can find a very cute hidden curving; devile with ice-cream. how playful are salamanca people!!

icecream collage

there are many more hidden icons, as you can see on the post card below. we just did the first three ones, but we will give you an opportunity to have fun searching the rest by yourself while exploring the beautifulness of salamanca!

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nowhere else are food fights as loved as they are in spain!

 

surely the most famous one, the mother of food fight festivals, is la tomatina in buñol, valencia. but leave it to the spaniards to find fighting potential in many other foods, and even drinks (from wine in haro, la rioja, to grapes in pobla del dec, valencia, to meringues and candies in vilanova i la geltrú, catalonia).

one less known spanish food fight festival, but at least equally ´dirty´ and fun, is els enfarinats, the flour fight in ibi, near alicante. it takes place on the 28th of december, which is perhaps the reason why there isn´t so big of a tourist crowd as for the summer festivals la tomatina or the haro wine fight.

the enfarinats is a game, a charade, a ludic battle between two opposing teams in a reenactment of the political situation of the region. one team, the enfarinats, acts as the government, while the other represents the opposition, and they fight for the control of the town. of course it is all playful fun, as the weapons used are merely flour and eggs, and the occasional firecracker.

enfarinats from 20minutos

 

the flour war starts between the two gangs, but spectators get quickly involved too. they are required to obey all the silly rules imposed by the ´government´, otherwise they will receive a floury punishment. no wonder nobody cares too much about obeying any rules, since everyone is there for some good laughs and fun!

enfarinats from socialphy

 

showing that some traditions cannot and should not change, the group of enfarinats is always made up of married men (absolutely necessary that they are married), usually 14, men that are friends in the ´real life,´ which means that it is not easy for an outsider to become an enfarinat. led by the pretense town mayor, the group collects ´taxes´ from all shops, trades and banks as a charity for the elders care home, which gives the whole day a meaningful scope in its playfulness. during all of this tax collection the epic street battles between the two groups don´t stop, which means that by the end, everybody is left looking the same, powdery white.

enfarinats from oppiminen

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perhaps unlike the tomatina, the flour food fight is more organized, it follows a plot, and participants play a certain role in the storytelling. it is thus a different type of fun: while the end result is the same (food covered faces and a distinguishable smell on the streets), els enfarinats is more about following, or even breaking, certain rules, rather than just getting the others and oneself buried under a mountain of flour (or tomatoes).

so if you find yourself on the eastern coast of spain during the winter holidays, stop in ibi on the 28th of december and admire these fighters carrying on some old traditions, or dare to participate and throw a fistful of flour in the face of the authorities!

 

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