Located at the confluence of the Pisuerga and Esgueva rivers, Valladolid is an architecturally rich city in the autonomous community of Castile and Leon. It briefly served as the capital of Habsburg Spain in the early 17th century and centres around an enchanting old town clustered with centuries-old houses, palaces and churches.
Things to do in Valladolid
Stroll through Valladolid to admire its medieval religious landmarks that include the 15th-century Iglesia Conventual de San Pablo. In addition to its stunning Gothic facade, it houses two paintings by the Portuguese-born painter, Bartolomé de Cárdenas. Also nearby is the Royal Palace of Valladolid, which served as the official residence of the Spanish kings during the 17th century.
Art enthusiasts shouldn’t miss a visit to the National Museum of Sculpture, which occupies the Isabelline Gothic-style Colegio de San Gregorio. Its extensive collection dates from the Middle Ages to the 19th century and includes the “Adoration of the Magi” by Alonso Berruguete and the “Penitent Magdalene” by Pedro de Mena. A highlight of the building is its central courtyard, which is richly adorned with Plateresque work.
Another museum not to miss is the Casa Museo Colon, which is dedicated to the life and adventures of Christopher Columbus, who passed away in Valladolid. Not only does it house a fascinating collection of artefacts that include model ships and Golden Age books but it’s also fronted by a statue of the “Santa Maria”, one of the three ships Columbus sailed during his first Atlantic voyage.
Getting around Valladolid
Valladolid Airport is a 20-minute drive from the city centre and has flights to destinations across Spain. Madrid is just over two hours away and is connected by regular trains to the Valladolid Campo Grande railway station. Buses travel throughout Valladolid and connect most of its attractions.