Valladolid is said to be cold in winter, sweltering in summer (however it rained a lot when I was there!). It is said to be polluted and noisy, and the sad fact is that many older buildings have been replaced by moder and utilitarian ones. However, most attractions remained and after centuries of decline the city is reviving economically and culturaly!
More and more historical sites are being rebuilt, the area cleaned and refreshened and Valladolid is becoming an even better tourist destination that ever, and I have to mention: its location is a great place to start touring Castilla y Leon!
Favorite thing: The Valladolid town council produces an excellent series of brief guided walks round the city which are available from its Turismo offices - one of which is conveniently sited near the fountain at the Plaza Zorrilla on the Acera de Recoletos. It is a great way to get to know the city better and it is quite cheap, so try it out.
It was a holiday when we arrived.
The city was empty...except for one place.
The parc 'campo grande' seemed to have
turned into a low ^profile attraction parc.
We saw this crowed near the central lake.
When we came closer there was this
popey character with a boat with a lot of children.
There was talking and waving...
he seemed to entertain the whole crowd.
>Finally the children said goodbey to mum
and dad. A last kiss...
AND THE BOAT LEFT FOR THE TOUR
ROUND THE FOUNTAIN. ;-)
I know this so well from the Antwerp zoo.
Grandma of grandpa takes the children to
the zoo. And they got a bonding with the
I witnessed this scene in the parc 'campo grande'.
He was telling his grandchild about the squirrel.
The little brown creature came down
when he heard his name 'alfredo'...
took the food and run.
Other people tried to imitate...
Favorite thing: It is a known fact that most of the towns in Spain are built around their Plaza Mayor, however Valladolid's square was the first in Spain! Still looks amazing with the unusual colour of buildings and lots of bars and cafes to keep you entertained.
I love parcs and gardens.
I love to watch people in parcs and gardens.
Valladolid has a real nice one in the center.
On the map it looks huge , and it is compared
to the area of the cities center.
One thing we saw were 'white peacocks'
They are just stunning! I did see them ones
before... but for free it was the first time.
They like to sit in a tree near the angel
waterfall in the center of the 'campo grande'
We were walking down the city when we
came across this nice square with a fountain
in the middle.
Two naked men seem to push the fountain
to another side.
When we took a closer look we saw that the
*** of one of those men was shining bright...
It just made me wonder...
We got a lot of statues in Belgium that are
known to bring good luck rubbing this
or that parth...
I was tempted to try this one ... it was really
shinning bright yellow - but I didn't dare to.
So I can't tell you if it works.
Do you think there could be another
explanation for the shiny fraction ?
Favorite thing: I found Valladolid quite a cosmopolitan city, compared to other capitals of Castilla y León's provinces such as Salamanca, Segovia, Zamora or Ávila. It is a bigger city than those I mentioned - around 320.000 inhabitants - and seems to have bigger economic activity, such as services, more commerce and more leisure activities. Still, Valladolid is more than modern buildings - along the city many beautiful styled buildings may be seen, and some of them visited. Valladolid is a beautiful city by the river to visit during the day and to enjoy at night, as there are so many options to go out and have fun.
Favorite thing: 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.
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).
If you're in Valladolid during the Fiesta of La Virgen de San Lorenzo (September 9th) be sure to sample the food available at the street fairs and amusement park fair (set-up on the field next to Jose Zorrilla Stadium).
The picture shown here is of empanadillas - a pastry that could have fish or other delicacies on the inside.
Fondest memory: The fondest sight of Valladolid I remember was the street stand sponsored by the 'Cerveceria El Guevo'.
See a Real Valladolid game at Zorilla (Aupa Pucela!!!)
After the game go to El Cuadro for a few drinks and dancing at the club. My favorite is La Vieja...
Fondest memory: The day I got to Valladolid...it was the first day I spent in a foreign country. All day just walking around in awe of everything I saw. My first meal in Spain was 'Calamares' (Squid) boiled in it's own ink. The tentacles were sticking out and everything. To be polite with my host family I ate every bite...Delicioso!!!
Favorite thing: I came to valladolid by train from paris with my wife;it was so hot(36°C) that I felt sick and suddenly fell down on my knees in the street;valladolid is the very heart of spain,a mixture of ancient buildings and modern life,like the mall of 'el cortes ingles'