Valladolid (319,946 inhabitants) is the largest city of the Autonomous Region of Castilla y León. The history of Valladolid reached its peak during the expansion of the Spanish Empire, when it was declared capital of Spain. Its strategic location in the geographical centre of the Northern Meseta allows for many short day trips to other cities of Castilla y León, thanks to an extensive network of communication and transportation routes. The university tradition in Valladolid, which dates back to the 14th century, has created a student-oriented environment that forms part of the city's unique character. The city of Valladolid has experienced an important industrial and demographic development over the past 50 years, turning it into a modern city while preserving its most representative monuments, such as the Cathedral and the façade of the University. Valladolid has a wide variety of churches such as San Pablo (with an impressive façade), La Antigua (symbol of the city for its unsurpassed beauty), La Magdalena and Vera Cruz, as well as numerous noble palaces (Los Pimentel, Fabio Nelli, the Royal Palace and Santa Cruz) and convents (Porta Coeli, Las Brígidas and Santa Clara). 

Location, map, useful information

The province of Valladolid covers a total surface area of 8,202 km2. Its capital is Valladolid. It has a total population of 513,712 inhabitants (according to 2005 figures). Valladolid borders to the north with the province of Palencia, to the east with the province of Burgos, to the southeast with the province of Segovia, to the south with the province of Ávila, to the southeast with the province of Salamanca, to the west with the province of Zamora and to the northwest with the province of León. It has a small enclave in the provinces of León and Zamora. It has a small enclave in the province of León.

History, Art and Heritage

The city of Valladolid also stands out for its rich culture and museum offer. The National Sculpture Museum, one of the most impressive museums in Spain, is home to a splendid collection of polychrome statues, which are carried in procession during the Holy Week celebrations. At the other end of the history of art, the Patio Herreriano Museum offers one of the finest collections of Spanish contemporary art, set in a beautiful, renovated historical framework. The city offers numerous cultural activities throughout the year, and especially in the summer months. Those who love the literary works of Miguel Delibes, will want to discover the "Ruta de El Hereje", which recreates the scenario in which Delibes' latest and most refined novel is set.

Leisure and gastronomy

To really enjoy the typical gastronomy of the province of Valladolid, we recommend the "bodegas" or wine cellars - ancient caves used to store wine - located on the outskirts of towns and villages, which are now home to popular restaurants. As in the rest of the province, the most popular traditional dish on the menu is the roast lamb ("lechazo"), accompanied with a mixed salad.

Typical dishes from Valladolid:
  • Cangrejos (crab)
  • Gallina en pepitoria (chicken in egg and almond sauce)
  • Lechazo asado (roast lamb)
  • Sopas de ajo (garlic soup)
  • Conejo (rabbit)
  • Gallo turresilano (stewed cockerel)
  • Pichones estofados (stewed pigeon)

Near the city

The province of Valladolid offers a wide variety of tourist routes: the region of the Torozos Mountains and the Ethnographic Museum of Urueña; the town of Olmedo, with its historical surroundings and the Mudejar Theme Park; Medina del Campo and the Museum of the Fairs. We strongly recommend you visit some of the many castles that are scattered throughout the province, and particularly the Castle of Peñafiel, an impressive medieval construction situated at the very top of the mountain and home to the Provincial Wine Museum. The region is also home to the world-famous Ribera del Duero wine, as well as three other Designations of Origin: Toro, Rueda and Cigales.

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