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About Valladolid

Valladolid is a historic city at the center of Spain's northern plateau, about 200 km northwest of Madrid. It is the capital of the autonomous community of Castile and Leon. Located at the confluence of the Pisuerga and Esgueva rivers, it is renowned for its University (a 13th century foundation), its industrial sector (in which car production makes a significant part) and its wines (four legally recognised wine-making regions - Ribera del Duero, Rueda, Toro and Cigales - are located within its provicial boundaries). As of the 2004 census, the population of the city of Valladolid proper was 321,713, while the population of the entire urban area was estimated to be near 400,000.

The climate in Valladolid is continental Mediterranean. The annual mean temperature is 12,3ºC. Winters are cold with frequent fog and frost and some occasional snow. Summer is usually hot and dry. Temperatures often reach 30ºC.

Valladolid preserves some splendid buildings and works of art, the legacy of a great past when it was the residence of the Spanish kings and attracted great artists. In 1469 the Queen of Castile, Isabella, and the King of Aragón, Ferdinand, married in Valladolid becoming the first joint rulers of Spain. Christopher Columbus spent his last two years in the town and died here in 1506. For brief periods during the 16th and 17th centuries, during the reigns of Philip II and Philip III, Valladolid was the seat of the Spanish court. Valladolid is also only 1h drive from a number of UNESCO World Heritage sites. We look forward to seeing you in this warm and inviting city.

Getting there

By plane

Valladolid airport offers connections to a number of domestic and European destinations, including Barcelona, Brussels, London, Málaga and Paris. For further information about flighs and companies you can follow this link

Valladolid airport is located 10 km (about 6.21 miles) from Valladolid city center. There is a bus link to the bus station downtown (1 €), usually scheduled for flight arrivals. You can also take a taxi. Taxis from the airport downtown have a fixed fare (about 20 to 22 €).

Alternatively, you can fly to Madrid and take a train. Trains to Valladolid depart from Chamartín railway station. You can reach Chamartín railway station from Madrid airpot (Barajas)

- taking a taxi: this takes about 30 min, depending on the traffic, and about 35€.

- taking the Metro (underground): take line 8 (pink), then change to line 10 (dark blue) at Nuevos Ministerios and stop at Chamartín (about 25-30 minutes).

- taking a local train (Cercanías): this is the most convenient option from terminal T4 (about 12 min)

You can check fares and schedules at

By train

Valladolid is well connected by train to most of the cities in Spain. There is a very good connection to Madrid with almost hourly departures (the journey takes about one hour, depending on the train).
You can check schedules and buy your tickets at

By car

Road connections to Valladolid are generally good. Driving from Madrid takes about two hours along. You have to follow A6/AP-6 (this is a toll highway; the cost is about 8€ per journey), leave at exit 181 (Burgos-Valladolid-Palencia) and take then highway A62 to Valladolid. If you rent a car at Barajas airport, there is no need to go through Madrid: A6/AP-6 can be reached from the airport following the M-11 highway followed by the M-40 ring (follow the signs to "A-6 A Coruña").

By bus

There also frequent bus connections to Valladolid, the trip taking about 2.5 hours (if traffic conditions around Madrid permit). Valladolid is served by buses from the ALSA Company. Buses depart from Madrid South Station (Estación Sur de Autobuses) at Méndez Álvaro. To reach Méndez Álvaro from Barajas airport you can take the Metro; you must change twice. The journey takes about 35-40 minutes. You can also take a taxi.