Valladolid is the capital of the autonomous community Castilla y León, situated in central Spain. Castilla y León is composed of 9 provinces, one of which is Valladolid - this city is situated about 200km north of Madrid. In the 1500's Valladolid was, for a short period, the capital of Spain - the King and Queen lived there, and the city grew a lot, due to the gold and money that was brought from Spanish discoveries and conquests overseas. Over the years, the monarchs moved to Madrid and Valladolid lost its importance and development stopped (as well as the richness from overseas). In the early 19th century, Napoleón Bonaparte occupied and had installed headquarters in this city. In the 20th century, Valladolid recovered its "strength" and went through a major development, which lead the city to being selected as the capital of the autonomous community in 1983.
Tordesillas is a nice village situated about 31km southwest of Valladolid. It has an important historical meaning to Portugal and Spain, since a treaty was signed here. The palace where the treaty was signed is opened to visitors. Basically, that treaty - Tratado de Tordesillas - formalized which part of the "New World" (back in the discoveries years) belonged to Spain and which part belonged to Portugal. Apart from the palace, the village is nice and pleasant for a stroll. The surroundings fields and plains also provide beautiful landscapes.
The Science museum
This museum opened in 2003. The building is very modern and a symbol of the Valladolid of today. Although the building was very special, I found the museum itself rather dissapointing. I shouldn't recommend to visit it, just go and have a look at the building.
Valladolid: History, Language, Great people...
"The town I was born in..."
This is my town. I was born here and I grew up here...
It is a city full of history, monuments, churches, museums...
But also full of bars, a loooot of nightlife..., the best wines in Spain, really good food...
It is a medium size city and as it is not famous it keeps all the good things of a small city with all the services of a big one...
"The best spanish is spoken here..."
It is said that the best spanish is spoken in Valladolid and it is quite true.
There are lot of great towns to study spanish in Spain: Salamanca, Madrid and many other cities have great schools... but don't skip Valladolid when you search your school!
"Long Stay or just for a weekend..."
Valladolid is just 200km. at the north of Madrid so if you are not going to stay in Spain for long, you can come just for a weekend.
It is just a couple of hours by car or bus!