Valladolid Travel Guide

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Valladolid Highlights

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     Museums , a feast for the eye , beach , sun , food .... 

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     Cunningly disguised in a big sprawl 

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     COMEEEEE!!!!! 

Valladolid Things to Do

  • Plaza Circular

    As the name suggests a "round square"! Although there is traffic about we never saw it very busy, at the centre is a playground and plenty of seats to watch the world, around the outside are many bars and cafes a good place to spend an evening.

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  • Plaza Mayor

    Central square and all very good looking and red! Easter parades going on as we visited so maybe one of the best times to visit.

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  • Museo de arte contemporaneo Espanol

    Most definitely a highlight for me was a visit to the 'patio Herreriano'The museum for modern art.At first I was a little dissapointed-it is a beautifull building.(the fact that they reuse old buildings andgive them a new destination , fantastic)Disapointed because the first 3 'salas' arethe permanent collection. I don't like thosepaintings with 3...

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Valladolid Restaurants

  • Spanish Grill

    The word parrilla stands for grill and this restaurant serves finest grilled fish I have eaten while in Valladolid. The dark humor of the owners should be recognized (well this is how I see it), that St. Lawrence wat burned to death over a grill! And the parilla was the 16th century monastery before being converted to a restaurant and has a very...

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  • Dine with Don Quixote

    This restaurant is one of the best in the city, despite its rising prices. It is a family restaurant, the owner works the dining room and his wife in the kitchen, as well and their son. The ambience is fantastic! The restaurant is located beside the Casa de Cervantes, (around 8km or 1/2 mile south of the cathedral and Plaza Mayor).It might be seen...

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  • Dine near the Plaza Mayor

    Plaza Mayor is a focal point in the city a gathering spot and a great place to dine and watch the city life. There is a variety of good and reasonably priced restaurants near the Plaza Mayor some include La Cueva (Calle Correos 4) and, opposite, La Balconada. Local specialities include roast suckling pig. For good tapas, try the nearby Taberna del...

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Valladolid Nightlife

  • Gay

    Valladolid has no real gay nightlife. The only place that was opened was The Libertad. During the daytime its an ordinary coffee shop where you can hardly see the gay atmosphere. Later at night it changes a bit. On Sunday at 23.00 and 01.00 there is a drag show. Maybe not the most exciting place but worthwhile visiting. especially if you want to...

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  • Thriving Nightlife

    Valladolid has a huge student population and that ensures there are plenty of late night bars and clubs to keep you entertained until the small hours (however when I was there, all of them by city regulations closed down at 3 am - maybe that changed because I know there was a lot of complaints).In Valladolid there are plenty of tapas bars,...

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  • El Cuadro.

    Well, this is not an area I usually go ... anyway, I can try to describe it.A place of giant disco-pubs, techno music, profesional dancers (go-gos), and $6 cups. Early in the night, around 19-21 o'clock, it is frequented by very young people (high school), so no alcohol is allowed (at least in theory). Later in the night, the 'average age' grows...

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Valladolid Transportation

  • To / from the airport

    Local bus company "Linecar" run a regular service to the airport. Probably best to get on at the bus station for the journey out to the airport.

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  • Budget flights to Valladolid

    Ryanair, love or hate them, fly to Valladolid - from London Stansted for us. Book early for ridiculously cheap seats.

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  • The Tourist bus

    Only 5€ (adults) 3€ (children 4 -12 and 65+) and you can visit all the important touristic attractions by bus. The bus ticket is valid all day long.

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Valladolid Shopping

  • Question

    I just have a question about a shop that was amazing when I was living in Valladolid. We could hardly go a week without stopping in. It's right next to Berschka by the Corte Ingles on Calle Menendez de Pelayo. Pimkie on that street across the way was also great and reasonably priced but I just can't remember the name of the one next to Berschka....

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  • Spains nr 1 department store

    At the elegant Paseo de Zorilla you find the bigger version of the El Corte Ingles department store. Here you find a wide range of designer labels.

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  • Spains nr 1 department store

    In the old city center a smaller version of the El Corte Ingles department store is located. On the top floor, where the restaurant is located, you have a splendid view over the city.

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Valladolid Local Customs

  • Ice skating

    In December and January you can go Ice skating on the Plaza Mayor. Infront of the beautifull city hall, especially at night when all the lights are on its a very special expierience.

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  • Walking in fur

    On Sunday afternoon all the ladies of Valladolid, where walking along the Paseo de Zorilla dressed in a fur coat. I've never seen so many fur coats in my life.

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  • Dressing up...

    I always tought it is such a cliche.The flamenco dresses , beautifull dark hairedgirls...colorfull , flamboyant....It is not! Spanish girls have got a lot of flair.They dare to be colorfull , elegant.It is quit a feast for the eye to see themat festive activities. This picture is taken after the wedding service.I loved to see them.

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Valladolid Warnings and Dangers

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    by micas_pt Updated Apr 3, 2004

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    As I mentioned before, Valladolid is a cold city during winter and early Spring months, so be prepared with a good coat, scarf and gloves. Although it was already spring when I visited (by the end of March 2004) temperatures were low, mainly at night - 0ýC at dinnertime.

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Valladolid Tourist Traps

  • Airport outta town

    Ryanair now do cheap flights to here which is great but the airport itself is outside of the town. As soon as you get off the plane there is a booth that says tickets- three euros for a bus which brings you directly to the awful bus station( which is also outside of the city centre). Try to get to it as fast as you can cuz if the luggage bit is...

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  • Boredom in the bus station

    If you can avoid a wait in this station -do it- it's is the most boring bus station in Spain- I think! However there is a cafe with a very friendly waiter but it still bores you stiff! Bring a great book, go to pizza hut around the corner or better still go to the sex shop across the road- never went myself but heard it was fun!

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  • Small money...

    Don't forget to pay attention when you park your car. The local authorities seemto be very keen on writing tickets.It's small money to avoid a lot of trouble.

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Valladolid What to Pack

  • This is practical...

    Something I missed in so many places and they got it here.A place where they keep your luggage for you.So on the last day of your trip you can stillhang round without having to go back tothe hotel to pick up your luggage.It is located central in the bus station.'calle san José'

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  • Packing List

    The typical image of Spain is the one a country of Sun & beaches, so many people thinks weather is always warm here. Actually, winter may be really cold in the central plateau ... well, perhaps, if you come from Alaska, you don't think the same :-) Valladolid is famous for its fog (some people call it 'the little London'). When there is fog in...

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Valladolid Off The Beaten Path

  • Tordesillas

    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...

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  • CASTLE OF LA MOTA in Medina del Campo

    Placed on a hill or mota, the present castle is been renovated and a few years it will be a great experience.

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  • CASTLE OF PEÑAFIEL

    Just between Aranda de Duero and Valladolid. All this area is famous as well for the wine yards denomination 'Ribera del Duero', where you will be able to visit some of the best 'bodegas and wines'.

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Valladolid Sports & Outdoors

  • Beach volleyball

    A popular sport in the evening.When the hottest houres of the day are over..Near the 'placa poniente' there isa beach along the river...If you are not so sportive , just watch it.

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  • Xmas holiday Ice-skating

    Outdoor temporary ice-rink during the Spanish Christmas holiday period. Ends circa 12th January. You MUST have a pair of gloves or hire a pair. Boots are provided as part of the entrance fee 5 Euros (Xmas 2003). Ask for a helmet if your child is skating for the first time!

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  • "Pingüinos" Motorbike meeting

    Every January, there is a meeting near Valladolid (Tordesillas & Boecillo) of motorbike lovers. It is considered to be the biggest one in Europe. You should bring winter clothes. January can be rather cold, here.

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Valladolid Favorites

  • Bitter facts about Valladolid

    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...

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  • Take a walk around

    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.

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  • Where is everybody...

    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 thispopey character with a boat with a lot of children.There was talking and waving...he seemed to entertain the whole...

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