10 plans to do in Valladolid

Posted by Sara Sanz Aldea

Book a weekend in your agenda and come and enjoy good gastronomy, the history of a great city and plans designed for the most gourmets. If you like to eat well, visit historical places and live unforgettable cultural experiences, Valladolid is your city.

In Valladolid the Kings of Spain Felipe II and Felipe IV and the Queen of France Ana of Austria were born, the Catholic Kings Isabel and Fernando married, Miguel de Cervantes, José Zorrilla and Miguel Delibes lived and Christopher Columbus died. Valladolid was the capital of Spain and is one of the Spanish cities where Castilian is best spoken. Valladolid produces one of the best wines in the world and it is the province with the most castles in Spain. It is one of the 10 Spanish cities with the best cultural offer, headquarters of the National Sculpture Museum and the only city in which a tapas contest with national representation is organized.

An interesting city, right? If you decide to visit it, here is my proposal of 10 essential plans to make the most of all that Valladolid can offer you.

  1. Try the “Abisinio” from Polo Cake Shop

A delicious cake with sugar and cream is one of the typical sweets of Valladolid that must eat. The world is a better place since the Polo patisserie invented it in the 1940s.

  1. Enjoy a walk through Campo Grande

You will walk alongside peacocks, squirrels, swans and pheasants in a park with elegant fountains and lush trees. Secret corners to enjoy with your couple and a pond in which you will have fun with the little ones feeding the ducks.

  1. Climb the Cathedral Tower

A magical place where you will live a fascinating moment enjoying privileged views of the city from the historic center and from more than 70 meters high.

  1. Visit the National Sculpture Museum

Inside there is the most important sculptural group in Spain and one of the most outstanding in Europe, with sculptures from the late Middle Ages to the 19th century, as well as paintings of great value.

  1. Enjoy a picnic in the Moreras park

Nature lovers will enjoy eating outdoors surrounded by the trees and viewing the Pisuerga River. A walk through La Rosaleda will complete this countryside experience enjoying the scent of roses.

  1. Sailing by boat through the Pisuerga River

The Legend of the Pisuerga emulates the ancient steamboats of the Mississippi River. On board this boat you will sail the Pisuerga river that crosses the city of Valladolid.

  1. Enjoy the programming of the Miguel Delibes Cultural Center

The cultural programming is extensive and of quality. Music, theater, dance, any play is a good occasion to be carried away to the places where melodies and stories transport you.

  1. Watch the sunset at Cerro de las Contiendas

Enjoy a unique image of Valladolid from this natural viewpoint made up of 17 kilometers of roads and paths, which offers the ideal space for a fantastic outdoor recreation.

  1. Taste some of the typical tapas

Valladolid becomes the Spanish capital of gastronomy every November with its National Pinchos and Tapas Contest, but during the rest of the year, you can taste typical pinchos loaded with ingenuity and paired with some of the best wines in the world, from Ribera de Duero. Among all of them, the croqueta del Corcho, the Roque de La Tasquita, the Obama de Los Zagales and the Miguelito de Sarmiento are essential.

  1. Have a drink at Pasaje Gutiérrez

This shopping gallery, presided over by Mercurio, god of commerce, is one of the best-kept bourgeois jewels of the Castilian-Leon city. There are only two other passages of this type in Spain and they are located in Zaragoza and Albacete. An idyllic place to rest after a profitable day of cultural tourism enjoying a good drink in an exceptional gallery-museum.

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