Conference venue

Salamanca, The Golden City

The visitor will easily fall in love with the beauty of Salamanca’s ancient golden-brown stones.

Salamanca, The Golden City

Salamanca offers an amazing number of sights within walking distance: two old and grand universities, two cathedrals, numerous palaces, mansions, convents, and historical squares, all built in the same local, golden-brown stone. The architectural purity of the historical city centre is remarkable. Everyday life centres around the magnificent Plaza Mayor, the main square, which is just celebrating its 250th anniversary. It is one of the most beautiful squares in Spain. It is small wonder that UNESCO has included Salamanca in its World Heritage Sites. The city was also European Cultural Capital in 2002.

Salamanca however has more to offer than monuments alone. Its small streets are bustling with life, the university students add a youthful touch, the shopping opportunities are excellent, the restaurants offer exquisite gastronomy, and night birds will not be disappointed either.

The area around Salamanca offers visitors many opportunities for day trips to picturesque rural villages and exceptional landscapes.

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As Salamanca does not have an international airport, the TopFuel participants are recommended to fly to Madrid (212 km to the south-east of Salamanca) or Valladolid (115 km to the north-west). Both cities are connected to Salamanca by regular, comfortable intercity trains. From Madrid, the travel time is two hours and fifteen minutes; from Valladolid, one and a half hour. For information on train time tables and prices, please see the website of the Spanish railways (RENFE) at

Conference and Exhibition Centre of Castilla and Leon

TopFuel 2006 will be held at the Conference and Exhibition Centre of Castilla and León, located in Salamanca’s historical city centre on Cuesta de Oviedo (off Plaza San Bartolome). The conference centre is within walking distance of the conference hotels and the social event venues (except for the golf tournament on Sunday 22 October 2006). The tourist sights, including the famous Plaza Mayor, are only a short walk away.

For more information on the venue (including a map), please see here.