Valladolid, the capital of Castilla-Leon has one of the most important sculpture museums of all Spain, and the famous Easter week processions are of great touristical interest.
It is said that in Valladolid the most correct Castilian Spanish is spoken, so it is an ideal place to study this language.
As my family are from Aranda de Duero, very near, my mother studied there in the university, so I can prove that this is correct (I mean that here can you can learn the most correct spanish).
Peñafiel is a town, between half and one hour from Valladolid by car. A highway is being built, who will make the trip even faster.
The first thing you see, when you are near the town, is the castle, placed over a hill, which dominates all the town. You can visit it, and the Museum of Wine placed inside the castle: Peñafiel is the capital of the wine producing area of 'Ribera del Duero'; several wineyards of the area can also be visited.
Inside the town, you should also visit the 'Plaza del Coso', considered by its inhabitants the older bullfighting ring of Spain (it is square, instead of round). There is also an Archeological Museum, where you can see the life of the pre-roman inhabitants of the place (vacceos), and the 'Casa de la Ribera', an example of the traditional architecture of Castile, and where you can see a reproduction of the life of rural Spain, 100 years ago.
For more information, you can visit my VT page about Peñafiel itself.
The tallest building of Castilla y Leon
The Duque de Lerma was finished in 2002. After years of inactivity the construction began again in 1998. The original idea was to built a hotel. Now it is partly an office building. It has 24 floors and 21 of them are appartments. It has a height of 88 meters.
I lived in Valladolid for one year as an exchange student with American Field Service/Intercultura (AFS) in 1995-96. To me Spain will always be Valladolid & Castilla. The people I stayed lived with are some of my greatest friends (& their patience with a silly Guiri like me who didn't speak a word of Spanish when he showed up at their doorstep is unrivaled!!!).