As would is to be expected of Valladolid is a lively provincial Spanish city. A convenient gateway to northern Spain, Valladolid is alive with Spanish character. There is a wondrous appeal to be found walking the streets and in exploring this city’s surrounds. Enjoy striking monuments, the gorgeous Plaza Mayor and a collection of superb museums. Explore our insider’s guide for everything you need to know about traveling to Valladolid.
When to Travel
Spring offers cool crisp mornings with mild temperatures during the day (8ºC – 20ºC), coupled with the traditional Easter Religious Processions and International Festival for Theatre and Street Arts it is a perfect time to visit.
Temperatures certainly hot up in summer (13ºC – 32ºC) which is the best time to make the most of being outdoors. Enjoy cuisine and wine in gorgeous surrounds or partake in the local Tapas Festival or drift away of the soothing smell of lavender at the Lavender Harvest.
As the seasons shifts and the leaves of the tress begins to change, temperatures become more mild ( 7ºC – 19ºC) and the air begins to bite its the perfect time to enjoy the grape harvest or expand your film knowledge Valladolid International Film Festival (SEMINCI).
As is expected winter is by far the coldest time of year with temperatures plunging (1ºC – 10ºC) and the hotel closing from mid-December to mid March – it is open for Christmas.
Where to Stay
Expect a divine stay at Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine an exclusive luxury estate found outside Valladolid, less than a two-hour drive from Madrid and 50 minutes by high-speed train. This restored 12th-century abbey sits on 500 acres of vineyards along the Duero River; guests can explore the area by bicycle, foot, or Land Rover tour. Former monks’ cells and stable blocks are now tranquil rooms and suites offering full butler service; let the world’s first spa sommelier recommend the perfect oenotherapy treatment. The Refectorio, the abbey’s original dining hall, is now a Michelin-starred restaurant, where haute cuisine is paired with the Abadia Retuerta estate’s award-winning wines.
Resting 15 minutes from the historic city of Salamanca Hacienda Zorita is an ancient Dominican monastery from the 14th century situated on the river Tormes surrounded by countryside and vineyards. For guests seeking a unique gastronomic experience, Zorita’s Kitchen on the Tormes specializes in farm-to-table cuisine. Products come directly from the Hacienda Zorita Organic Farm. In addition, The Wine Bar serves casual food, wine and cocktails in the cozy atmosphere of a fire, lounge and seating area. The Winemaker’s Table features a tasting menu in a unique atmosphere, where guests can explore a memorable Tapas Experience, full of creativity and inspiration by our Chef in every single bite. Overlooking the river is a picturesque pool-plunge area, an ideal place for enjoying food or the beautiful weather.
Discover The Ribera del Duero Wine Region
The Ribera del Duero winery region offers rosé wines, young reds and young oak-aged wines as well as crianza, reserva and gran reserva categories… Different presentations in the bottle, but with one common denominator: the Tempranillo grape. This local variety is typical of the Ribera del Duero area and endows these wines with the colour, aroma and body that make them so special. Together with Tempranillo, the Regulatory Board allows other varieties: red grapes such as Cabernet-Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Garnacha Tinta, and the only authorised white grape, Albillo. These six varieties of grape give these wines a unique and unmistakable flavour and strength, and guarantee quality in every bottle. The winery region covers a total of 21,000 hectares of vineyards, in an area that produces almost 50 million litres of wine each year.
The region is home to a rich historic and artistic heritage thanks to such important monuments as monasteries collegiate churches, castles, towers and Arab watchtowers, Romanesque art and architecture in the area around Soria, and Celtic-Iberian and Roman archaeological sites.
It is also a land of excellent cuisine, with milk-fed baby lamb roasted at 180 ºC in clay ovens in traditional restaurants or ‘asadores’, sausages such as black pudding and chorizo, cheese, mushrooms, traditional Castilian soup, baby lamb chops, partridge and other meats, and sweets based on pine nuts, puff pastry or egg yolks.
Sip and Savour
La Pera Limonera offers a sumptuous surf side experience making it the perfect place for sundowners.
La Sastería is a speciality cocktail bar of note, well worth savouring and certainly worth revisiting if time permits.
Ambivium, Peñafiel is possibly the most incredible destination restaurant imaginable. Savour superb cuisine in spectacular surrounds.
Los Tres Olmos, Santibáñez de Valcorba a staple will locals and visitors a like offering succulent traditional flavours.
What Not to Miss
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