If you enjoy culture, history and have a good palate you can not miss Valladolid. In this Spanish city you will enjoy all the Castilian cuisine and history that the former capital of Spain has to offer.
Valladolid is located just two hours from the capital. So renting a car from Barajas airport in Madrid, will make it easy to visit. The city enjoys an intense cultural life thanks to the lively activity of its universities. It hosts events like the International Film Week (Seminci) or the International Festival of Theatre and Street Arts.
Rich in history.
The city was proclaimed the capital of the Spanish Empire in 1601 by King Charles I. Historically, Valladolid has much to tell and it was in this former Spanish capital where Magallanes signed the capitulations for the first circumnavigation of the world. Valladolid was where, according to Spanish history, Christopher Columbus died. Another illustrious name related to the city is that of Cervantes, who finished here his internationally best-known work, "Don Quixote".
Its old town retains a very interesting Renaissance complex consisting of landmark buildings such as palaces, noble houses, and beautiful parks and avenues where you can walk calmly. The Plaza Mayor of Valladolid was, from the seventeenth century, the first regular major square built in this country and it served as a model for many others in Spain and South America.
A cultural heritage rich country.
The Christopher Columbus Museum was inaugurated in 1968 and it is a replica of the palace of Christopher Columbus in Puerto Rico. There you can learn more about the history of this emblematic marine.
The Casa de Cervantes Museum is the current home of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. This building was where Cervantes lived during his stay in Valladolid between 1604-1606 and where the first edition of "Don Quixote" was completed and published.
Internationally recognized province thanks to its wines.
Valladolid is surrounded by vineyards, the area has five wines with designation of origin. Red as "Ribera del Duero". Pink as "Toro" and white as "Rueda". If you're a wine lover you can not miss the various options to taste them with its varied cuisine.