What can you see in Valladolid?
Art, history, nature, tapas, parties… Valladolid has numerous tourist attractions for all kinds of tastes.
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.