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Valladolid in one day

Valladolid in one day

In the morning

 

We started our visit to Valladolid in the Plaza Mayor. If it is a working day, take the opportunity to enter the Town Hall and see its magnificent marble staircase. We go to
Platerías Street, where San Pedro Regalado, the patron’s saint of the town, was born, closed by the Vera Cruz Church. If we turn right, we will reach Portugalete Square, where you will see the Cathedral, the Collegiate Church of Santa María and the Church of La Antigua. Next to the Cathedral we discover the statue of Cervantes, an illustrious neighbour of Valladolid, and the magnificent façade of the University. Watch out for the lions that guard it! Legend has it that if you count them, you'll never finish your studies.

We recommend that you spend a few minutes in the Plaza de Santa Cruz, just a few steps away. You'll understand why Valladolid is said to be the cradle of the Spanish Renaissance.

The surroundings of the Cathedral are ideal for a stop on the way. In good weather it fills up with terraces with a lively atmosphere at vermouth time. It has some of the city's most bohemian establishments and pleasant bars in the Pasaje Gutiérrez -a Parisian- style shopping mall well worth a visit.

At noon

We continue our visit on Angustias Street, where the Calderon Theatre is located. In a few minutes we reach San Pablo Square, witness par excellence of the Valladolid of the Court: in its church was baptized Philip II, who was born in the neighbouring Palace of Pimentel. We invite you to find the window through which the monarch went out for such event -a chain will give you the clue- and, if it is open, to walk around its tiled hall.
Between both buildings, there is a pedestrian street with the beautiful complex made up by the San Gregorio School, the Marqués de Villena Palace and the Casa del Sol.

Another building that emanates history is the Royal Palace, where Charles V, Philip II, Marianne of Neoburg, Isabella of Portugal, Napoleon or Saint Teresa of Jesus have passed through.

The next street in our visit is San Ignacio, nicknamed 'street of the palace'. Those of the Arenzana family, the Marquis of Valverde and Fabio Nelli stand out. In this same street we stop to discover the Old Coso square, with access through an old barracks. The street ends at the church of San Benito: walk around it to discover its impressive facade, of enormous dimension.

What better way to end the morning than to let yourself be conquered by the tapas and wines of Valladolid? Between San Benito and the Plaza Mayor there is an area full of tapas bars and restaurants and the renovated Mercado del Val, a perfect place for enjoying a gastronomic treat.

 


In the afternoon

 

We put the finishing touch to the day in one of the most relaxed areas of the city. From the Plaza Mayot we take Santiago Street, the commercial artery of Valladolid, where we cross the church that gives its name to the road and a curious cloister in the Castilian style, the one of Las Francesas, at number 20.

In Zorrilla square, the imposing Cavalry Academy and the statue dedicated to the poet welcome us. The wide and pleasant Acera de Recoletos street has such emblematic buildings as Casa Mantilla, Casa Resines and Casa del Príncipe, as well as a statue dedicated to Christopher Columbus.

It is essential to get lost in the Campo Grande, a romantic park that hides monumental fountains, statues, ponds - children will enjoy the crazy stories of their boatman - streams and peacocks in freedom.

Complete your visit

During the weekends, the Valladolid Tourist Office, on Acera de Recoletos street, offers basic visits to get to know the city, such as the Historical Valladolid route; tourist bus or boat trips. At night, you cannot miss Ríos de Luz, an internationally awarded route. The rest of the days you can visit some of the city's museums, such as the National Sculpture Museum, with the best collection of polychrome wood in the country.

 

 

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