The route of The Route of the Spanish Language includes different Hispanic enclaves where the Castilian language has drawn out an itinerary of history, art, people and literature that has made it become one of the most important languages of the world. This route starts at the Rioja town of San Millán de la Cogolla, where more than a thousand years ago the first words were written in Spanish. From there it moves on to Santo Domingo de Silos, where the oldest texts in Spanish were written. And then it continues on to Valladolid.
Salamanca and its University
The next big stop on the route is Salamanca, because in this city Antonio de Nebrija published the first Grammar of the Castilian Language in 1492. From that moment on, the University would begin to promote this common language that was to pass beyond our borders and extend over to the new world.
Famous writers of the academic institution such as Fray Luis de León, San Juan de la Cruz, Luis de Góngora and Miguel de Unamuno created and composed their work from diverse parts of our province, which served as an inspiration for their literature.
Alba de Tormes and Peñaranda
From the capital of Salamanca, the Route of the Spanish Language passes through the lands of saints and Doctors of the Church, to Alba de Tormes and Peñaranda de Bracamonte. Santa Teresa de Jesús and San Juan de la Cruz lived and wrote in these places. The things they bequeathed (writings, poems and foundations) remain in existence today. In the village of Alba you can see Saint Teresa's relics and the cell where she died; a walk through the Castle of the Dukes (with superb Renaissance paintings) and San Juan's church with its splendid romanic apostolate are included in the visit.
After the visit to these cultural landmarks, we will continue our journey toward Ávila and Alcalá de Henares where we will stop.