THE EUROPEAN SCHOOLS NEWSPAPER ISSUE N. 3 MY TOWN CEIP LAZARILLO DE TORMES (SALAMANCA – SPAIN) Reporters: 5th and 6th grade students Editor: Cristina Díaz Salamanca is a small city in the northwest of Spain. Spain is divided into seventeen Autonomous Communities, subdivided into provinces. Salamanca belongs to the Autonomous Community of Castilla y León and the same name is given to the province and to the capital city: Salamanca SOME FACTS ABOUT SALAMANCA: - Salamanca is 200 km far from Madrid, Spain’s capital city. - It has a population of around 160,000 inhabitants. - It has a extreme weather: hard winters and summers with high temperatures. - It is famous for its university and tourism. - Salamanca is important as a university city as the University of Salamanca, founded in 1218, is the oldest in Spain and it is also among the oldest in Europe. - In 2002 it was designated as European Capital of Culture, together with Bruges. - The whole town is considered as World Heritage. - Some villages in the province of Salamanca such as Ciudad Rodrigo or Toro are well-known for Carnival and others such as Guijuelo for its jamón ibérico.