Valladolid (Spain)

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.

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Precipitation (mm) 40 32 23 44 47 33 16 18 31 42 51 56


Understand

Valladolid is in the centre of Spain's central plateau and hydrographically is in the Duero Basin. The average elevation 698 m. Its coordinates are 41° 38'N 4° 43' W.

Valladolid's climate is continental, dry, and characterised by high temperatures in summer and cold in winter. Rainfall is distributed fairly irregularly throughout the year.

Get in

By plane

Valladolid Airport (IATA: VLL) is 15 minutes from the city centre. There's a daily bus shuttle to the city at 05:15, 16:15, and 19:20. Timetable changes at weekends and holidays (Bus info: +34 983230033).

By train

The most common way to reach Valladolid by train is from Madrid (check the Spanish rail company, Renfe). €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.

By bus

By car

Distances to/from Valladolid: Madrid 190 km, Burgos 125 km, Leon 140 km, Salamanca 115 km

Get around

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

See

Do

Buy

You can buy sweets typical of the city or the province, such as 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.

Eat

In the city centre, you can find many restaurants. Castilla y Leon is known for suckling pig and suckling lamb. In Valladolid, the 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 checking when the tapas competition will be held.

You get another good chance at the beginning of September when the festival takes place. 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 centre, but one favourite is in Calle Correos, behind the council building. This pub won the tapas competition one year.

Regional specialties

Splurge

Drink

Sleep

Go next

Around Valladolid are many tourist attractions which have been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO:


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