Valladolid, yes my Spain!

And so happy to tell you a bit about Valladolid, a beautiful city full of architecture and history I like. Finally have some photos to show you and I am thrill; hope you enjoy the post as I do.

Valladolid is the capital of the province of Valladolid and of the autonomous community of Castilla y León. It is located at the confluence of the Pisuerga and the Esgueva rivers. In the absence of reliable sources, the origin of the city’s name is not clearly established.

The Valladolid International Airport is located 10 km from the city, in the town of Villanubla, at about 846 meters above sea level, it was opened in 1938. The bus ride from the airport to the center of Valladolid takes about 25 minutes. Buses pass through the airport approximately every 90 minutes, between 8h and 21h. More on the Valladolid airport from AENA: http://www.aena.es/en/valladolid-airport/city-buses.html

By the road, the way I have come is easy and even more so now with the A-6, which allows you to reach Madrid in two hours as well as one hour from Segovia by the A601, Salamanca by the A62, Burgos by the A62 , and Zamora by the A11 and A62. The journey, by national road, does not reach two hours from León. The best way in Spain to drive other than a GPS is Guia Repsol for travel routes, tourist info, etc: https://www.guiarepsol.com/es/descubrir/

The Spanish High Speed (AVE) allows you to set foot in Madrid in just 50 minutes! In addition, thanks to the Avant train service, you can come from Madrid at almost any time of the day: Valladolid is also one of the towns integrated in the Ave Cities Network. More on the AVE network here:https://avexperience.es/online/valladolid.htm

A bit on the history I like(a tiny bit)

The reconquest of Valladolid from the Moors took place in the 10C. From the 12C, the city was favored by the King of Castilla, who directly appointed the main notables and officers. In 1343, the university was founded which will give a number of jurists to the Crown. In 1373, Henri II de Trastamara installed the Royal Chancellery there, and was the residence of the kings of Castile from the 15C until Felipe II made Madrid the capital of the kingdom in 1561; however, Valladolid temporarily became capital again from 1600 to 1606.

The city was the scene of the Valladolid controversy which in 1550 focused on the status of American Indians and which opposed the Dominican Bartolomé de Las Casas (a famous figure in Latin America) and the theologian Juan Ginés de Sepúlveda. The departure of the court in October 1559 causes the stop of the urban extension. In the 14C, Valladolid was the third or fourth city of old Castilla after Seville and Toledo. The historical archives of Spain constitute a considerable collection with the first documents date from before the 10C and extend to the contemporary period. They are supplemented by the provincial archives held in each region formerly corresponding to the sovereign lordships.

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Some of the things to see here are

You see the 15C College of San Gregorio, which contains the National Museum of Polychrome Sculpture. Home to one of the very first sculpture collections in Spain. It brings together sculptures representative of the Castilian school with Alonso Berruguete, Jean de Joigny or Juan de Juni, and Gregorio Fernández, alongside other great Spanish masters like Juan Martínez Montañés, Pedro de Mena, and Luis Salvador Carmona. More on this wonderful museum from the tourist office of Valladolid: https://www.info.valladolid.es/-/10-imprescindibles-museo-nacional-de-escultura

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The University ,founded in the 13C. The remarkable Baroque facade dates from 1716-1718. The 16C Cathedral still unfinished) in renaissance and baroque styles.

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The Zorilla theater, built in 1884 in the former convent of San Francisco, where Christopher Columbus died.

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The Campo Grande is a wonderful park and sadly not enough photos of it were found,nevertheless here is a bit of a description.

The Campo Grande is a large public park located in the heart of the city of Valladolid, is limited by the streets of Acera de Recoletos, the Paseo de los Filipinos and the Paseo de Zorrilla. Its main entrance is in the Plaza de Zorrilla, where together with a modern bill gate lays a floral shield of the city. Its origin as a park or, more specifically, as a garden area, dates back to 1787, although from the 15C, it must be regarded as an important urban space.

In June 1808 Napoleon’s troops entered Valladolid and camped at Campo Grande; there were a thousand artillery soldiers with their corresponding weapons. In December of the same year, the English troops entered and captured the French. In January 1809 Napoleon arrived in Valladolid and gave a general review of his troops. During the war there were executions, executions of Spaniards, guerrillas, common soldiers, etc.

The estanque or pond and the waterfall its outline was adorned with islands and an artificial mountain imitating a cave from which a waterfall fell. A fountain was also projected in the middle of the lake and the existence of a rowing barge destined to take children and their companions. It was built with stone and a lining of quicklime. The work was completed in March 1879. Almost in the center of the park a large square with wooden benches opens up around its circle, surrounded by fine specimens of trees, including the Lebanon cedar, much loved by the peacocks that chose as a bedroom. In the middle there is an artistic fountain known as the Fuente de la Fama or Fountain of Fame. A column supports the statue representing the angel of fame. The base is octagonal with an exterior pylon. The Paseo del Príncipe is a wide, straight road, well paved, that connects the main door located in the Plaza Zorrilla square with the Puerta del Príncipe or Prince’ gate that opens onto the Paseo de los Filipinos.

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The tourist office of Valladolid on Campo Grandehttps://www.info.valladolid.es/-/10-imprescindibles-campo-grande

The tourist office of Valladolid with its main monuments to see: https://www.info.valladolid.es/monumentos

And there you go folks a bit of my days in Valladolid, another wonderful Spanish town that now has a place in my blog as already in my heart. Hope you enjoy the post as I did.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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4 Comments to “Valladolid, yes my Spain!”

  1. Wonderful place ! Visit worthy !!! If we ever become COVID free !!

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  2. It’s a city in Spain that I haven’t visited yet, this article certainly attracts my interest.

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