Found in north-centre Spain, the old world city of Valladolid is a charming destination for travellers.  As the capital of Castile-Leon, Valladolid has a city population of 322,000.  The regional population is rapidly increasing as a result of a sound economic base anchored by automobile manufacturing.

The weather in Valladolid is mild year-round, with high temperatures reaching roughly 29 degrees in July and nine degrees Celsius in January.  Night time low temperatures reach as cool as 12 degrees Celsius in July and 0 degrees in December.  Valladolid receives on average 40 centimetres of rain annually, evenly spread out throughout the year, with a drier summer.

Valladolid is known for regional foods sure to excite any gourmand.  These include:

Lechazo:  Suckling baby lamb, the meat is slow roasted in a wood oven.  A common side to partner with Lechazo is a salad.  Lechazo is considered to be a favourite by Valladolid residents.

Local wild mushrooms are a favourite of locals and visitors alike.

Pata de Mulo:  Mule leg cheese, usually served fresh, but if cured a strong flavour is produced.

Among Valladolid’s many tourist sites are:

Dominic’s Church of San Pablo:  Built around 1500, the church contains many Gothic era statues and decorations.

El Salvador Church:  Constructed in the 1400s, an ornate façade was added around 1550, and a brick tower was added in the 17th century.

Casa de Cervantes:  One-time home of Miguel de Cervantes, author of the well-known novel “Don Quixote”.  De Cervantes lived in the house from 1603-1606.

Museum of Contemporary Spanish Art:  More than 800 paintings and sculptures from throughout the 20 century are contained here.  The museum can be found in the Patio Herreriano, a former monastery.

Valladolid is served by Valladolid Airport, 13 kilometres away from the city centre.  Consider car hire at Valladolid Airport if you want to go to the city centre or other areas around the city that you may find appealing.

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