What can you see in Valladolid?

Art, history, nature, tapas, parties… Valladolid has numerous tourist attractions for all kinds of tastes.

If museums are your thing, you cannot pass without visiting the National Sculpture Museum where you will find sculptures by Berruguete, Juan de Juni, Gregorio Fernández or Pedro de Mena. Patio Herreriano Museum has artistic samples from the 20th and 21st centuries. The Science Museum, for the most curious who will enjoy teaching. Since Valladolid is constantly in motion, you will always find multiple cultural and artistic exhibitions.

Valladolid has areas to go out for tapas around the Plaza Mayor and Antigua. If you want to continue the party after the tapas, go to the area of ​​Paraíso and Antigua where you will find youth and good prices. Cantarranas area has an alternative atmosphere, San Miguel area is full of bars with various types of music or the area of ​​Plaza de Coca and Poniente where you can have a drink.

If yours is architecture and history…you will fall in love with the old town. Plaza Mayor, the Cavalry Academy, the Gutiérrez passage, the Church of Santa María la Antigua from the 11th century, Cathedral of Valladolid from the 16th century; the Church of San Pablo, which was founded in 1286; San Benito’s Church was built in the early 15th century and San Miguel’s Church, which was set up in the late 16th century.

If you prefer nature, don’t forget to visit El Campo Grande, a green paradise in the city. Come to the Beach of Las Moreras and walk along the infinite shore where you can see the mouth of the Esgueva river in the Pisuerga.

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And a portion of history.

From the Middle Ages to today

Although there are indications of settlements in the Paleolithic, Valladolid was not established as an inhabited nucleus until the Middle Ages. Upon then, it will undergo numerous changes.

With King Alfonso VIII, the city became a cultural reference point since the University was one of the first ones to open in Spain in 1241. We attended the secret marriage of the Catholic Monarchs in 1469 and the “acts of faith”, which were carried out by the Inquisition at the turn of the century. Only five years later, the city watches over the death of Cristobal Colon within its walls. In 1561, Valladolid is almost reduced to ashes, later it will be rebuilt by Felipe II.

At the beginning of the 17th century, the court of Felipe III settled in Valladolid thanks to the Duke of Lerma. After five years, the capital moves back to Madrid, this means the beginning of a declining period for Valladolid. In the century to come, it will be occupied by the French and it will not be until the 19th century when it will regain some of its brilliance. In the middle of the century, the newspaper “El Norte de Castilla” will be founded and a little later, the railway will arrive.

During the Spanish civil war, Valladolid was bombarded by the republican side but upon the end of the war —1939—the city will live a great demographic growth thanks to the new companies that set up here, Fasa Renault or Tafisa among others.

Today, Valladolid has around 300,000 inhabitants and is a modernized city that keeps the charm of bygone eras.