Plaza Mayor is the main square of Valladolid and an unmissable sight. Flanked by vibrant red buildings, this glorious old square is located in the very heart of the city. In the summer, many outdoor activities take place making it the perfect spot for a coffee break with a nice view, notably on the Town Hall.
The Academy Of Cavalry is a beautiful building in the heart of Valladolid. This museum which was created on March 1st 1899 is located in the splendid building of the Academia del Arma. You can rarely visit the inside, but the outside is worth having a look with its impressive facade and fountains.
The National Museum - Museo Nacional de Escultura - is located right in the middle of Valladolid and it boasts a brilliant display of poly-chrome wood with the sculpture of the Spanish Renaissance. The museum is widely renowned for its high quality sculptures and historical exhibitions.
The Plaza de San Pablo is among the most historical sights of Valladolid. Felipe II was born in the Palacio de Pimentel on the Plaza de San Pablo in 1527, and as testimony, a fabulous tiled mural relates the life of the king and the history of sixteenth-century Valladolid. In the square is also the magnificent Iglesia de San Pablo located.
The Casa-Museo de Cervantes is where Cervantes lived from 1603 to 1606, in what was then an unfashionable and malodorous district of Valladolid. It was then redecorated with more modern tastes and now hosts regular exhibitions related to the famous author of Don Quichote.
Santa Maria la Antigua - in English Church of Saint Mary the Ancient - was founded in 1095 but there are no remains of the original structure and its remaining oldest part is from the 12th-century. This symbolic church has four floors and is located in the heart of Valladolid.
The Teatro Calderón, named after the playwright Pedro Calderón de la Barca, is Valladolid’s main theatre and concert hall. It has a lively programmer of plays, jazz, opera and flamenco. It also hosts Seminci, the Semana Internacional de Cine de Valladolid (the International Film Festival of Valladolid).
Just a few steps away from the river Rio Pisuerga you can stop by Museo de Valladolid, one of the historic sites of the city. Divided into two sections, this museum features archaeological pieces of Valladolid as well as fine arts, including painting, sculpture, furniture and tapestries.
This beautifully designed concert hall opened its doors in 2007 and can take up to 2,000 people. Here you can enjoy an evening of top-notch musicals, plays, shows and concerts (check their website for programs). It also boasts one of the best and most modern restaurants in town.
The area surrounding Valladolid is one of Spain’s major wine producing regions. Most of the actual bodegas don’t admit visitors, so this museum, which offers wine-tasting, guided tours, winery visits, is a good alternative. It is located in Peñafiel´s wonderful old castle.
Borrow a bike and explore Valladolid like you have never dreamt of. The tour is led by a professional guide who shares his knowledge about the city in an entertaining, dynamic and funny way. The tour last for three hours and take place during the daytime or why not choose "Valladolid by Night" tour and explore the city under the moonlight?
You will find the Columbus Monument just outside the train station on the corner of Paseo de Filipinos, where it was inaugurated in 1905. The sculptor of this beautiful monument was made by Antonio Susillo, of Seville. The statue commemorates the death of Columbus, which took place in Valladolid.
Valladolid's U shaped train station is an interesting piece of architecture, designed by French architect Enrique Grasset in the style of French eclecticism. The main facade, which is configured as a triumphal arch, is made of stone and its three large openings that serve as entrance doors are separated by pilasters.
The Zorrilla Museum is located in what was once the summer home of the poet Juan Zorrilla de San Martin, in the Montevideo neighbourhood of Punta Carretas. It still contains documents, belongings and furniture of the poet and has a room for temporary exhibitions in which art exhibitions, concerts, readings and other cultural activities take place.
The Valladolid Royal Palace in Plaza de San Pablo was the official residence of the Kings of Spain in Valladolid when it was the seat of the courts. It was inhabited by the Spanish monarchs Carlos I, Felipe II and Felipe III and Napoleon Bonaparte during the War of Independence. Numerous structural changes have been made and the Palace was completed around 1528.
This creperie is a good place to go for a more casual bite, or if you’ve had enough of rabbit stews and suckling lambs. It serves both savoury and sweet crepes, as well as lasagnas, salads, quiches and so on. The settings are modern and arty, but the dining room a bit small so you might want to book.
This place is popular among locals. It serves all the Spanish staples – ham, lomo, chorizo, morcillas, gazpacho and so on – just a little bit above the Plaza Mayor. The speciality is definitely Tapas, and it is probably one of the best places in Valladolid.to eat some.
Cepa 21 Restaurante is situated in the heart of the Ribera del Duero, in the province of Valladolid and has an idyllic setting, overlooking the winery of the same name. The menu is based on traditional Spanish cuisine with a modern twist and can even surprise the most demanding palates.
At this restaurant, you can discover a blend of traditional Spanish ingredients with Japanese cuisine. Wabi-Sabi was actually the first Japanese restaurant in Valladolid and introduced the new concept of fusion food for the locals. The restaurant has a lovely, modern decor and is situated a few steps away from the Plaza Mayor.
Paradise for the seafood and fish lovers, La Vina de Patxi is known for its traditional Spanish cuisine with a creative twist. It is a bit pricier than most venues in Valladolid but it is well worth it. This is a small restaurant and quite popular so good advice is to book in advance.
At Le Bistro you will find a fine selection of International and French cuisine with several types of cheese fondue and meat dishes. If you are very hungry, rejoice, because the portions are generous. This French bistro has an intimate and friendly ambiance and the service is prompt.
Discover the taste of authentic Italian cuisine in a laid-back and sophisticated environment at restaurant La Tagliatella and enjoy the high-quality homemade cooking. To get the perfect flavours of Italy, the restaurant seeks its ingredients from the Italian regions of Liguria, Piemonte and Emilia Romagna.
When dining at Sabores, you will be able to choose from a wide variety of international cuisine such as paella, wok, pasta and homemade desserts. The emphasis is however put on fish and seafood and all are fresh and yummy. The restaurant is ideally located in the centre of Valladolid and during the warmer months, you can enjoy your dinner on the large outside terrace.
Bar La Sepia is a family-run business and has been operating since 1974. It is a typical tapas bar and has two venues in Valladolid, both situated in the city centre and offering food for a reasonable price. Although the menu is limited, the dishes are done very well with fresh and high-quality ingredients.
El Largo Adiós, located just by the cathedral, is a cafe with an atmosphere that will take you back to another era, an era of arts and literature, a time when people read while sipping on their coffee and did not think of social networks and coffee chains. Added bonus: it has a terrace that is perfect for summer.
Piccadilly Coffee is a Spanish coffee franchise with several locations around the country including one in Valladolid. It offers all the classic lattes and other coffee based beverages as well as more original products (such as the pretty and appetizing Capriccino Piccadilly Nutella) and some food items.
El Sueño del Nebli - Nebli's dream - is indeed the dream place for hot chocolates and churros! It is also nice for a small comforting breakfast before a long day of city sightseeing! Note that you are not the only one in the know, and you may find many other chocolate dreamers there!
La Luna is the right place for your morning coffee, your pre-lunch coffee, your after lunch coffee, your afternoon coffee, your night coffee... Well any coffee you could want to have all day long and until late at night. Beware though, that La Luna accepts only cash. Also offers live music!
Cafetería El Decano has been operating since 1987 and is ideally located on a square. It is also situated opposite the Law School which means many students are frequently visiting this bar. In addition, there is free WiFi network access provided here for the customers and yummy tapas.
One of the busiest and popular places in the town of Valladolid is called El Corcho. This bar serves snacks, drinks and tapas in a great atmosphere and is always filled with families, friends and couples. Its croquettes ("croquetas") are famous and you should really try them!
Another cash only place in Valladolid, Cafe Berlin has been rocking the cafe-bar scene in the city for almost 30 years. It has gained its fame through an always positive atmosphere and for their themed parties. It's a very particular bar with a loving crowd that just can't get enough of it. Also hosting live music.
Microbodega Urbana is exactly what its name says it is: a small bodega right in the city. In the summer, it becomes really vibrant and takes over the street, with people chatting and enjoying themselves outside. It serves the classic offers of a bodega: great wines and cheese platters.
Bar Málaga brings the Malagan spirit to Castilla! This classic tapas bar is a genuine and cool spot, which specializes in potato based tapas - a specialty from Málaga. The main feature is the amazing "patatas al remolino", but you can also eat other tapas such as the fried squids.
If you want to experience the coolest wine tasting you could imagine, try Vinyl and Wine. In this small and artsy place, you can taste wine with some snacks while having a nice chat with your neighbours and the owners - very friendly. You can also buy the wines, good music and the art in display!
Situated in the heart of the city, next to Plaza Mayor, The Coocon club is one of the most famous nightclubs in Valladolid. It hosts student parties and special event parties where the DJ pumps up the volume with popular music. Beware, the attire is dressy and you might want to suit up for this.
This multi-purpose hall and concert space has live entrainment of every music genre: Rock, Punk, Heavy, Metal, Hip hop, Fusión, Mestizaje, Indie, Pop, Ska, Cantautor, Blues - you name it! On Fridays and Saturdays, the place turns into a nightclub after the concerts, so you can continue the party all night long.
La Villa Gin Bar place the focus on quality: here you will only find the best brands of spirits, the best quality of ice, and the best bartenders. The owner has received awards for its well-served gin but is not resting on its past success. Your drink will usually be accompanied by nuts and sweets having you craving for more.
El Niño Perdido Cocktail's Bar is a genuine place, with a mysterious-looking interior and great cocktails. The prices are lower than in most bars of Valladolid and the cocktails are really worth the detour, even the way they are presented is different and fun. A must in Valladolid!
The Pasaje is a 19th-century shopping arcade built commissioned by Eusebio Gutierrez. The luxurious shopping arcade was built in a period of economic growth and prosperity in order to satisfy the needs of the new city`s wealthy elite. The style of the building is a great example of the beaux-arts architecture, popular in the 19-century. A great place to shop all the while traveling back in time!
The Centro Comercial Las Francesas on calle Santiago is worth a visit: the shopping complex was set up in an old eighteenth-century convent. It is the perfect spot to satisfy everyone: those who like shopping, and those looking for cultural enrichment! You will find both in Las Francescas.
The most famous market in Valladolid is the Mercado del Val, a typical castillan agricultural market. Built in the late nineteenth-century, this covered market is frequented by locals all day long until late at night. Stalls sell everything from fish to flowers and suckling pigs. It is located on Plaza del Val.
Opened its doors in 1998, Centro Comercial Vallsur is spread across three floors of shopping and leisure. A centre where the locals head for when shopping and when going to the movies or for a tapas meal. The first floor you will find a hypermarket, video game stores, travel agencies, sports and mobiles. It is one the second floor where all the shopping is done, where several clothe shops are located while on the third floor you will find cinemas, restaurants and ice cream parlors.
Cubero is a treat for the eyes as well as the palate, and simply walking by its window without stopping by is impossible! Looking at the castle shaped cakes and decadent yet delicious pastries, you will most definitely walk in for a bite or to visit their museum where you can find cake reproductions of Valladolid's main landmarks.
Bodega Emina is a museum and winery where you will get a chance to learn about the history of wine from the times of the Vacceo people to the present day. Here you will also see all the steps in the winemaking process from the grape up to the bottle. Of course, there will also be some lovely wine tasting included in the tour.
Valladolid Airport is located ten kilometres from the city centre, on the Valladolid-Léon road. There is a bus route that links the airport with the centre of Valladolid and two routes to Madrid and Léon. The estimated travel time between Valladolid bus station and the airport is 30 min and the service is operated by a company called Linecar. They go approximately every 90 min and from the airport the service operates between 8.30 to 20.45 on the weekdays and from 9.45 to 19.15 on Saturdays and from 11.15 to 20.45 on Sundays. At the terminal on floor zero you will find two car rental companies; Europcar (+34 983 560 091, [email protected]) and OK Rent a Car (+34 902 360 636, [email protected]). If you prefer the taxi, there is a taxi rank outside the main terminal building. Just make sure to ask the price before you step inside the taxi.
Valladolid is small enough to walk around. The company running all public transport in Valladolid is called Auvasa. The bus service is excellent and very modern. An ordinary ticket costs about €1.40 and can be purchased on-board. Auvasa also offers a tourist bus, a great way for all visitors to discover the city. The bus operates from Fridays to Sundays and costs about €7 for adults and about €5 for children. The bus is free if you have the Valladolid-Card.