Top things to do in Valladolid

Top Choice Museum in Valladolid

Museo Nacional de Escultura

Spain's premier showcase of polychrome wood sculpture is housed in the former Colegio de San Gregorio (1496), a flamboyant Isabelline Gothic–style building where exhibition rooms line an exquisite, two-storey galler…
Top Choice Castilian in Valladolid

Martín Quiroga

With just four tables and a typical waiting list of a month, you might imagine that this extraordinarily high-quality gastrobar would have prices to match. It doesn't. There is no menu – dishes depend on what's seas…
Top Choice Museum in Valladolid

Casa-Museo de Colón

The Casa-Museo de Colón is a superb museum spread over four floors. It has interactive exhibits, as well as wonderful old maps that take you on a journey through Christopher Columbus' (Cristóbal Colón in Spanish) tr…
Top Choice Square in Valladolid

Plaza de San Pablo

This open square is dominated by the exquisite Iglesia de San Pablo, which has one of northern Spain's most extraordinary church facades. Also here is the Palacio de Pimentel, the birthplace of Felipe II.
Castilian in Valladolid

Los Zagales de Abadía

The bar here is awash with hanging local produce, all represented in the prize-winning tapas displayed along the bar – this place has done well not just at local competitions but nationwide. To see what all the fuss…
Cathedral in Valladolid


Valladolid's 16th-century cathedral is not Castilla's finest, but it does have an extravagant altarpiece by Juan de Juní and a processional monstrance by Juan de Arfe in the attached Museo Diocesano y Catedralicio. …
Spanish in Valladolid

El Caballo de Troya

The 'Trojan Horse' is a Valladolid treat. The restaurant, set around a stunning, Renaissance-style courtyard, is as sophisticated in flavours as the dining room is classy in design – try the solomillo con roquefort …
Castilian in Valladolid


This is where wine bar meets steakhouse, sizzling nightly with local gossip, spare ribs and other grilled meats in a fashionable, tavern-style atmosphere. The local jamón ibérico (Iberian ham) is particularly good, …
Castilian in Valladolid

La Parrilla de San Lorenzo

Both a stand-up bar and a much-lauded restaurant in the evocative setting of a former 16th-century monastery, La Parilla de San Lorenzo specialises in upmarket Castilian cuisine (hearty stews, legumes and steaks). C…
Church in Valladolid

Iglesia de San Pablo

The main facade of this church is an extravagant masterpiece of Isabelline Gothic, with every square centimetre finely worked, carved and twisted to produce a unique fabric in stone. Recently restored and given a cl…