Top ChoiceMuseum 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...

Top ChoiceCastilian 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...

Top ChoiceMuseum 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)...

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. Excepting some side chapels, the church's interior is elegant and simple...

Castilian in Valladolid

Los Zagales de Abadía

This bar is much-awarded for its creative tapas – they've done well not just at local competitions but nationwide. To see what all the fuss is about, try the Menú Maridaje: nine of the prize-winning tapas for...

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...

Museum in Valladolid

Casa de Cervantes

Cervantes was briefly imprisoned in Valladolid; his house is happily preserved behind a quiet little garden. The museum is a mix of period furnishings that date back to Cervantes' day as well as many of the...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Tapas in Valladolid

Hermanos Hoyos

Inside Valladolid's main produce market, this respected producer of fine jamón from the Salamanca region has set up a casual bar with a range of tostas (toasts) and other tapas with a jamón theme. The mains are...

Gallery in Valladolid

Museo Patio Herreriano

Dedicated to post-WWI Spanish art, this surprising museum contains works by Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró, Basque sculptor Eduardo Chillida, Jorge Oteiza, Antoni Tàpies and Esteban Vicente, all arrayed around the...

Cocktail Bar in Valladolid

Café de la Comedia

Decor here is suitably comedic, with Laurel and Hardy on the screen and Chaplin pics (and similar) decorating the walls. It's a reliable, popular choice that goes beyond fads and serves good cocktails and wines...

Tapas in Valladolid

Vinotinto Joven

Like its name (which translates as 'young red wine') suggests, this place needs time to mature, but it's all good fun, with a wood-lined bar area, slick music and an innovative take on tapas.

Tapas in Valladolid

El Corcho

This bar, on the city's top street for tapas bars, wins the prize of public opinion for its excellent selection of tostas (toasts) with tasty toppings.

Food & Drinks in Valladolid

Alimentación Panta

The pick of the delicatessens in downtown Valladolid, Panta serves up regional wines, cured meats and cheeses, and an enticing range of packaged goodies.

Drinks in Valladolid

El Gato Que Bebia Cerveza

'The Cat That Drank Beer' is one of the few places in Valladolid where you can pick up craft beers, both Spanish and international.

Historic Building in Valladolid

Colegio de Santa Cruz

Check out the lovely colonnaded patio and chapel (replete with a super-realistic Cristo de la Luz sculpture). Off the ground floor of the patio is Valladolid University's excellent permanent exhibition of...