|Valladolid is an industrial city in north-central Spain, within the Ribera del Duero wine making region. The population of Valladolid is around 325,000, with estimated 400,000 inhabitants in the entire urban area. Valladolid was retaken from the Moors in the late 9th century, from then on, the population continued to grow and the city started hosting Courts and Councils. The seed of the present university started to operate already in the 13th century. In 1561 Valladolid suffered the consequences of a great fire, which greatly damaged the center of the city, but the area was rebuild. From 1601 to 1606 Valladolid was the capital of Spain, but after that Valladolid's importance started to recline, and it did not start to recover again until the 18th century.
Valladolid has an important heritage of monuments in its old quarter, especially aristocratic houses and religious buildings. Outstanding among them is the unfinished Cathedral, originally commissioned in the 16th century; the cathedral is unfinished because the architect died, and you can see one of the main towers missing. The large Gothic Church of San Benito was built between 1500 and 1515, with an unusual tower. The San Miguel Church was built at the end of the 16th century by the Jesuits. The facade of the San Pablo Church is famous by its Gothic statues and decorations. The El Salvador Church has a facade built around 1550 and a picturesque brick tower dating from the 17th century.
The 16th century Plaza Mayor is right in the center of the city. On one side of it stands the City Hall, a building from the beginning of the 20th century crowned by a clock tower. In the nearby streets are many large houses and palaces. The Palace of Los Pimentel, today the seat of the Provincial Council, is one of the most important, as King Phillip II was born there in 1527. The 16th century Palace of the Marquises of Valverde, and that of the banker Fabio Nelli should also be pointed out.
In the city center, you can find many restaurants. The region is famous for suckling pig and suckling lamb. In Valladolid, the suckling lamb is more famous, and there are restaurants where you go exclusively to eat lamb and the waiters only ask you for the drinks. You can though also find good places in Valladolid to eat suckling pig. The region is also famous for its wines. There are three different wines in Valladolid : Ribera del Duero, Cigales and Rueda. Ribera del Duero is one of the best wine areas in Spain and in the world. The wines produced are mainly red, of the Tempranillo type.
Valladolid Airport is 15 minutes from the city center. There are direct international flights from London, Milan, Brussels and Paris, as well as domestic flights to and from many destinations in Spain. The Spanish high speed train AVE connect Madrid and Valladolid in less than an hour.