Stay in Valladolid
On the banks of the river Puiserga, in the heart of the Castilian plateau of Meseta, Valladolid, an industrial city in the centre of the region of Castilla y León, has an important Renaissance architectural heritage that translates into seigniorial houses, palaces and religious buildings.
The 15th century San Gregorio College, which houses the National Museum of Polychrome Sculpture, is a fine example. We discover one of the very first collections of Spanish sculptures.
The University of Valladolid with its Baroque facade was founded in the 13th century. The Cathedral of Notre Dame de l’ Ascension, was built in the 15th century to allow the city, temporarily capital of the kingdom, to have a bishopric.
Ferdinand II of Aragon was crowned there and married Isabelle of Castile. The Spanish crown transferred to Madrid less than a century later left an unfinished cathedral and a declining city.
Industrialization will come with the railroad, disfiguring a city that deserts to the benefit of peripheral districts due to a lack of urban policy.
SEMINCI, it is the International Film Week in Valladolid which rewards the winners with the Golden and Silver Espigas and the’ Pilar Miró Prize’. It takes place during the fourth week of October.
On the road to Portugal, Valladolid is well served by motorways, national trains and buses. The international airport is 10 km away.
Visit and monuments of Valladolid
Gourmet station market
Opened in 2013, this original stop, set up by the municipality, offers its “gastronomic station”, Estación Gourmet, which combines around twenty establishments : wine shops, restaurants, brasseries, cocktail bars, next to the Valladolid Campo Grande high-speed train station, just behind the public garden of the same name.
The vocation of this market is obviously to make discover the local gastronomy through activities and tastings. A’ tasting voucher’ allows you to taste seven specialities of your choice.
Opening hours : Sunday to Wednesday from 8am to midnight, Thursday to Saturday from 9am to 1h30am.
Campo Grande Garden
Paseo de Zorilla.
A veritable breath of fresh air in the heart of the city, it is the largest public garden in Valladolid. Triangular in shape, it is delimited by the main entrance, Paseo de Zorilla with Paseo de los Filipinos and Acera de Recoletos.
Park considered as an important urban space since the XVth century, one of the characteristics of the Campo lies in its poultry population made up of the numerous peacocks, pigeons or pheasants, from the pigeons club of Castile, which resides in the park.
Opening hours : every day from 8am to 10pm. Free admission.
Provincial Museum of Valladolid
Plaza de Fabio Nelli.
Dedicated to art and archaeology, the museum was created in 1879 in Fabio Nelli’s palace dating from the 16th century.
The archaeological collection offers pieces ranging from the Palaeolithic to the Middle Ages. The fine arts sector includes paintings from the 15th and 16th centuries, Flemish tapestries, ceramics and silversmiths.
Opening hours : Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 2pm and from 4pm to 7pm (17am to 8pm from July to September). Sunday from 10am to 2pm.
Admission : 1,20 €, reduced price : 0,60 €.
Cathedral of Valladolid
The Cathedral of Valladolid, the main Catholic building in the city, is the Cathedral of Valladolid, which remained unfinished until the 18th century, when its façade was added to it, and presents a mixture of Baroque and Gothic styles.
Richly decorated, it will be made by two architects: Juan de Herrera for the upper part and Churriguera for the lower part.
The interior of the cathedral is composed of three naves with lateral chapels. His large altarpiece (XVth century) is a work of Jean de Joigny. The cathedral houses a museum.
Opening hours : Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 1.30pm and from 4.30pm to 7pm, Saturday from 10am to 2pm, Sundays and public holidays from 11.45am to 1.30pm.
Admission : admission to the cathedral is free, only the entrance to the museum costs 3 €, reduced price : 1,50 €. Tour of the tower : 5 €.
Paseo Filipinos, 7.
Opened in 1980, the museum is located in an Augustinian Fathers’ College dating from the 18th century.
They are the ones who have collected these pieces from the Far East, a collection that occupies 13 rooms and is considered to be one of the best collections of Oriental art in Spain.
The objects on display run from the 2nd century BC to the 19th century. Bronzes, porcelain, paintings, sculptures, ornamentation, weapons and ivory are found here, mainly from the Philippines.
Opening hours : Monday to Saturday from 10am to 2pm and then from 4pm to 7pm, Sundays and public holidays from 10am to 2pm.
Admission : 5 €.
Santa Cruz College
Santa Cruz Plaza.
Founded by Cardinal Mendoza in the 15th century, the college became a university residence attached to the University of Valladolid. Originally in Gothic style, it evolved into a plateresque ornamentation.
There is a library with the ‘Beato de Valcabado’, a 10th century manuscript written and painted by a monk named Oveco. The chapel houses the ‘Christ of the Light’, a wooden sculpture by Gregorio Fernández.
Opening hours : Monday to Friday from 8am to 9pm. Free admission.
National Museum of Sculpture.
Housed in San Gregorio College, the museum houses works from the Middle Ages to the 19th century and a large number of masterpieces.
Opening hours : Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 2pm and 4pm to 7.30pm, Sundays and holidays from 10am to 2pm. Admission : 3 €.
Cervantès House Museum
This two-storey house is the one occupied by the writer during his stay in Valladolid from 1604 to 1606, the period of Don Quixote’s first edition (1605).
The structure and its interior arrangement, typical XVIth century furniture, have been preserved as when Cervantes lived there.
Opening hours : Tuesday to Saturday from 9.30am to 3pm, Sunday and public holidays from 10am to 3pm. Admission : 3 €, reduced price : 1,50 €, free on Sundays.
15 km north of Valladolid.
Between vineyards and cereals, Cigales, located in the north of the province of Valladolid, is renowned for being the birthplace of Clarete, an aromatic rosé wine.
Located on the banks of the Pisuerga river, the village has no less than 300 underground wine cellars to vinify its appellation of origin wines.
In the Plaza Mayor, the Tourist Office of Cigales has the necessary information for visits to the wineries of the Bodega Tradicional Cigaleña.
The old quarter of the village preserves some historical buildings and buildings, such as the palace of the Counts of Benavente, where Empress Anne of Austria was born.
Medina de Rioseco
45 km north of Valladolid.
Medina de Rioseca is an ancient fortified town located in the centre of the Tierra de Campos region. The city has preserved three of the eight gates that once controlled access to it. The gates of Zamora and San Sebastián date from the 16th century, while the Ajújar gate now houses the Municipal Museum.
Several religious buildings, including the Church of Santa María de Mediavilla, dot Medina de Campos. It was built in the Isabelline Gothic style from 1490 to 1516. In its Benavente chapel, it has a altarpiece by Juan de Juni representing the Immaculate Conception. The church houses the Mediavilla Museum, which exhibits paintings, sculptures, Spanish-Philippine marbles and a silver monstrance by Antonio de Arfe.
A few steps away, a second church, Santa Cruz, houses the ‘Paso’ Museum, which presents chariots traditionally used for Holy Week.
55 km east of Valladolid.
A shopping and historical centre, the city was fortified at the beginning of the 14th century. Peñafiel is renowned for its medieval castle, which sits on the length of a narrow rocky promontory.
The first buildings of the castle date back to the ninth and tenth centuries, the last dating from the fifteenth century. The dungeon, flanked by two courtyards, dominates from its 30 meters of height this fortress very well preserved in the shape of a ship and 200 meters long.
The south courtyard, formerly occupied by the stables and saddlery of the castle, now houses the Provincial Wine Museum. From the ancient walls that encircled the whole of the old village, there are only a few sections of wall left. Consecrated in 1324 by the Infant Don Juan Manuel, the Gothic-Mudejar church of San Pablo is the important religious edifice of Peñafiel.
15 km southwest of Valladolid.
Dominating the city at a strategic location near the Pisuerga River, Simancas’s emblematic castle is considered to be one of the most important in Spain.
The castle was originally built in the 15th century by order of the Admirals of Castile and was later ceded to the Spanish Crown. Nowadays, the fortress, which houses the General Archives of the Kingdom since the reign of Philip II, is also home to the General Archives of Simancas.
30 km southwest of Valladolid.
Historic city where a treaty was signed there between the crown of Castile and the kingdom of Portugal in 1494, Tordesillas served for a long time as a defensive bastion against the Muslim invasion. Abderrahman III lost even a battle there against the kings of León and Navarre, thus making the regions of Tordesillas and Zamora pass through the hands of the Christian kings.
Declared of Cultural Interest in 1931, the Royal Monastery of Santa Clara is the most significant building in the city. Built as a palace by Alfonso XI in 1350, it was his son Peter 1st the Cruel who transformed this palace into a convent. The monastery is distinguished by its Almohad facade, Moorish baths and the 15th century altarpiece in the Saldaña chapel.
As for the church of San Antolín, it houses a museum whose main attraction is the chapel of the Alderete family with its 16th century altarpiece and sculptures by Juan de Juni.
Las Casas del Tratado is also classified in the village. These in these two palaces that was signed at the end of the fifteenth century the Treaty of Tordesillas in which Spain and Portugal shared the territories of what was to become the New World.
Medina del Campo
55 km southwest of Valladolid.
Classified as a Historic Site, Medina del Campo is characterized by its 15th century Castle of the Motta, the Dueñas Palace, former residence of Charles I, in the Plateresque Renaissance style and the San Antolín Collegiate Church.
Emblematic of the city, in addition to its dungeon, this imposing building features the court of arms, the chapel and the Queen’s bathroom. It is on the Plaza Mayor that we will find the residence which welcomed the last moments of Isabelle the Catholic, whose statue on the square can be seen in 1504.
The 16th century Gothic Collegiate Church of San Antolín stands out with its balcony of the Pópulo and its tower housing La Piedad, a high relief of Juan de Juni.
The villa also houses numerous civil buildings, such as the hospital of Simón Ruiz and various 16th century churches.