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Valladolid (Spain)

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Valladolid is the capital of the province of the same name, and is part of the region of Castile-Leon in Spain.

Valladolid is a reasonably large industrial city to the northwest of Madrid. It is one of the major regional center in Castile-Leon. The city has an older core with some interesting buildings. However it has focused more on industry than tourism. Nowadays the population of Valladolid is near 322,000 inhabitants.

Get in[edit]

Villanubla (VLL), the Valladolid airport, is 15 minutes from the city center. There's a daily bus shuttle to the city at 5:15AM, 4:15PM and 7:20PM. The timetable changes at weekends and holidays (Bus info: +34 983230033). Iberia [2] offers direct flights to Valladolid from Barcelona, Amsterdam and Arrecife.

The most common way to reach Valladolid by train is from Madrid (check the Spanish rail company, Renfe [3]). €11-€30. There is a high speed Spanish train AVE that connect Madrid and Valladolid (200 km) in less than an hour. Purchasing the ticket by Internet in advance (at least 15 days) the price is €12 (Jan. 2008). There are train connections to other places.

Alsa [4] provides a regular bus line from Madrid. Fares are similar to rail (11-20€).

Get around[edit]

Valladolid has a good bus service, but you can easily get around the city center on foot.


Residents of Valladolid are mostly monolingual in standard Spanish. There is a popular myth that the the "purest" Spanish is spoken here, and it is thought that the Royal Spanish Academy (the group that sets the linguistic standards and produces dictionaries) originally based the written standard on the speech of Valladolid. There is little real evidence for this, but it is generally true that Valladolid residents speak more clearly and annunciate their words more than people from other regions of Spain. This is good news for non-native Spanish speakers or people looking for a good place to learn Spanish.

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  • House of Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes: One of the most fascinating things to do in Valladolid is visiting the centuries old house of Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes, who wrote Spain's most famous work of literature: Don Quijote.
  • Museo Nacional de Escultura: The best cultural thing that Valladolid has is the polychrome wood museum (Museo de Escultura). Some of the sculptures are used during the Easter holidays when Valladolid becomes a famous city because of its religious traditions. You cannot miss it.
  • San Pablo and Antigua church: Next to the museum there is the San Pablo church with a beautiful façade. Not far away (3 minutes walking) you can find the Antigua church, representing the Romanesque style in Valladolid. You also have the San Benito church in the city center which deserves a visit.
  • One of the oldest and most interesting areas is the area beside San Martin Church. Really old, all the streets surrounding the area have a special charm.
  • The cathedral is unfinished because the architect Juan de Herrera was called to build The Escorial. You can see one of the main towers missing.
  • The main square is attractive, and hasn't suffered too much over the years. Nearby the market hall has an attractive design in iron.
  • Campo Grande Park: There is a park between the railway station and the center called Campo Grande which is very attractive and worth a wander through. The park alongside the river is less impressive and not really recommended.
  • If you are able to visit the city in Holy Week, you will find and discover one of the most great religious traditions of Spain. In Valladolid, the Holy Week is deeply emotional. Its processions are normally in silence, only with music played by the very people who are in the procession. The art that you can see these days on the street is of incalculable value.

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One of the most interesting things you can do in Valladolid is attending the Seminci (Semana Internacional de Cine), International Film Festival. The 54th edition will be held between the 23rd to the 31st of October 2009. The main objective of VALLADOLID INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL is to show and promote films of artistic quality which contribute to the knowledge of worldwide cinematography. The festival consits of the following sections:

a) OFFICIAL, offering a panorama of current international cinema. The feature-lengths and shorts in this section may participate in or out of competition.

b) MEETING POINT, a competitive parallel showcase of fiction films worthy of special attention for their subject matter or style.

c) TIME OF HISTORY, also competitive for documentaries.

d) SIDEBARS, devoted to the presentation and analysis of directors, genres, styles, a nation's cinema, etc.

  • INTERNATIONAL TAPAS COMPETITION (TAPAS COMPETITION). If you are in valladolid in November, you will be lucky to see the International Tapas Competition, the most important tapas´event worldwide. During this week over 40 tapas bars of the city offer the participants´tapas to the regular customers  edit
  • Winery Tour of BODEGAS EMILIO MORO, Ctra. Peñafiel-Valoria, s/n 47315 Pesquera de Duero Valladolid España, +34 983 878 400, [1]. 9am -2pm. Emilio Moro winery is located in Pesquera de Duero, a village of Valladolid in the heart of the Ribera del Duero region, situated in the area known as "The Golden Mile". Emilio Moro Winery (or Bodegas Emilio Moro) is one of the most respresentative and important national wineries and dates back three generations. From 6 euro.  edit

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You can buy typical sweets of the city or the province, like "Mantecados de Portillo". You can buy, of course, the best wine of Spain, because in Valladolid there are some of the most famous wines in the world, like the "Vega Sicilia". But you also have a lot of delightful wines at all prices. (See Drink)

Eat[edit][add listing]

In the city center, you can find many restaurants. Castilla y Leon is known for suckling pig and suckling lamb. In Valladolid lechazo (suckling lamb) is more famous, and there are restaurants where you go exclusively to eat lamb and the waiters ask you just for the drinks.

You can also find good places to eat suckling pig. Valladolid has been getting into the tapas culture in recent years. Unfortunately you have to pay for tapas everywhere in Valladolid. There are many cities in Spain where the tapas are for free with your drink. There is a tapas competition between Valladolid bars that is held once a year. It is so successful that the Council created a national competition in 2005. If you want to visit Valladolid for a weekend it is worth to check when the tapas competition will be held.

You get another good chance at the beginning of September when the festival takes places. All the pubs put bars in the street, and next to the Stadium you can find marquees from different Spanish areas where you can taste all the typical and famous Spanish dishes.

You find good tapas bars in the old part of the city center, but one favorite is in Calle Correos, behind the Council building. This pub won the tapas competition one year.

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Castilla y Leon is famous for its wines. There are three different wine areas in Valladolid: Ribera del Duero, Cigales and Rueda.
  • Ribera del Duero is one of the best wine areas in Spain. Vega Sicila vineyard, located in Valbuena de Duero (25 km from Valladolid), can be considered one of the best wines in the world and is one of the most expensive wines available. The wines produced are mainly red, of the Tempranillo type.
  • Cigales and Rueda, thought less famous than Ribera del Duero wines, are also good wine regions. Cigales has especially remarkable pink wines and Rueda has good white wines.

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