- Celebrate the Carnaval del Toro in Salamanca

January 06, 2010 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News reveals, anyone who has booked Salamanca hotels in February could be in for a surprise if they travel a short distance outside the city.

The Carnaval del Toro takes place in Ciudad Rodrigo just half an hour outside of Salamanca.

Visitors can experience an authentic Spanish atmosphere at the festival and take in some truly spectacular entertainment.

The sleepy town comes alive for its week-long carnival in celebration of the bull.

Usually held towards the end of the month, it is a sight not to be missed if you are in the area.

Parades, street parties and music characterise the festivities, which last long into the evening.

For those who want to see a side of the 'real Spain', bull fights are held in the main square in the city and a traditional bull run, made famous by the city of Pamplona, also takes place.

Dating back centuries, to the time of the Catholic monarchs, it is the oldest carnival of its kind in Spain today and promises tourists to the region an insight into the country's past.

If you're heading to the Carnaval del Toro this year, we strongly advise that you book your hoteles an Salamanca as soon as possible, given the huge popularity of the event.