I've used Ryanair a few times, most recently to fly from Valladolid to London Stansted Airport. It wasn't the unpleasant experience I was expecting it to be. But I did dislike the company's lies: for example, a one-hour flight will be advertising as leaving at 1 and arriving at 3, so it can run an hour late without a problem. You arrive at 2:45, and they proudly announce "another on-time Ryanir flight". That's why the company claims that it's the most punctual airline in Europe ... the other thing is that they claim to lose the least luggage, but really that's because nobody checks it in because it's so expensive! Well, apart from that, I can't really complain - for 30 euros you can go almost anywhere in Europe, and there are incredible 1c ticket offers sometimes. You have to be very flexible with dates, though. Valladolid Airport is about 10 km from the city centre, and here you can take Ryanair flights to Milan, London and Brussels. Actually the trip was quite comfortable. I had no problem with Valladolid airport, as it's so small it's impossible to get lost or confused. There is a small restaurant outside the waiting area, but once you pass through the security check, there's nothing but vending machines. There are also flights to Barcelona with Iberia, and Air France to Paris.
Valladolid bus station has a fairly central position in the city. The station has a few services: bathrooms, a small store selling pastries and drinks, ATMs, and outside there are city buses and taxis to get around Valladolid. To get the airport, you can take a special bus which coordinates with the times of Ryanair flights and leaves from the station two hours before departure. If you don't have luggage, you can get there later, but if you want to go by bus, then it's the only option. There are also long-distance buses available to take you across the country, and a map explaining the network of villages in the region of Valladolid.
Perhaps you have not seen a fountain so provocative and sensual? It's in the Plaza de la Rinconada in Valladolid, just behind City Hall and the main square and next to the church of San Benito. It depicts two naked men holding stones in the opposite direction, as if to hold the fountain. On the other side you can see two rams reprenting masculinity, brute force. As you can see it is a beautiful fountain. Many tourists and villagers stare because .... Whoever has seen two big men naked in the street in that position! Worth giving a good look up and down ... :-D
For me it is the most representative image of the city of Valladolid. Who could best represent their city than one of its most famous people? As you will have noticed it's the statue of writer Jose Zorrilla Valladolid, in Plaza Zorrilla. it's made of bronze by designer Aurelio Rodriguez Carter, who also created the statue of Cervantes. José Zorrilla is the author of the play "Don Juan Tenorio" and the city of Valladolid, after his death in 1893, decided to pay homage to him with this statue. It is attached to his muse, a winged woman and a lyre.
Santa Cruz is one of the most beautiful places in Valladolid. It's very wide, and here you can relax and look at the Palacio de Santa Cruz with gardens, lush trees and seating. In the square you can see two private schools and the famous School of Law. The Palacio de Santa Cruz is the real highlight, though, the most significant example of Renaissance art in Spain. It was the former headquarters of the Colegio Mayor Santa Cruz and today, the palace is the headquarters of the Rector of the University Vallisoletana. You see, full of culture, beauty and a unique setting to stroll in and enjoy.
This statue is one of the least-known in the city of Valladolid, located just in front of the main entrance of the Academia de Caballeria, at the beginning of Paseo Zorrilla. It is the monument to the hunters of Alcantara, and is a homage to the heroism of the Alcantara regiment in the Moroccan campaign. The soldiers are dressed in different uniforms. It was sculpted by Mariano Benlliure, and unveiled in 1931.
The Teatro Calderon is the most famous of Valladolid, in the center at Sorrows Street, on the other side of the church of Our Lady of Sorrows. Information for the year 1864 is being done by architect Jeronimo de la Gandara in a neoclassical and eclectic design. There is a portico, with great arches, but I think what most stuns is inside its scenery, which is why it became one of the most important in Spain. It has been fully renovated and re-opened by the presence and assistance of Her Majesty Queen Sofia staying as one of the finest theaters in Spain. In this theater SEMINCI International Film Festival of Valladolid is held which is the most important film festival throughout the Community of Castile and León.
For five years, I was lucky enough to study law at one of the oldest universities in Spain. And not just one of the oldest, but also in my opinion one of the most beautiful. When you spend your days having to memorize laws, articles, etc, it's far more enjoyable to do it in wide corridors covered with mosaics, and a beautiful inner courtyard with benches to sit on and chat. A large part of the building was renovated a few years ago, adding a new wing and dividing some of the old, big classrooms into smaller ones. There are stained glass windows alluding to the themes of law and justice. The classrooms are simple but functional, and the library is always full of students. Worth a visit to see a fascinating historical building if you're passing through the area.
Close to the Trade Fair grounds, this is the most beautiful area that I know in Valladolid. A quiet place, where you can always find people walking, or sitting in the shade eating or reading the papers. It has large green areas with benches and wooden tables, and a wide variety of trees, some just for decoration, others bearing fruit (quince, pear, fig ...). The Canal de Castilla runs through the middle of the park, dividing it into two sections connected by a wooden bridge. From the bridge, you can watch the ducks. The walls are decorated with beautiful paintings by the artist Sergio Garrido.
The Market of Val, inspired by Les Halles in Paris, opened in 1892, and its last renovation was in 1982, to celebrate its centenary. It's the oldest market in the city and could do with being restored to adapt to modern times, because it looks a little outdated.
The Bank of Castile Park is a stroll along the banks of the river Pisuerga, one of my favorite spots in Valladolid. Walking through the trails is to regain energy, and to simply feel the cool wind on your face and have natures company's, it gives you many reasons for wanting to walk more slowly and you will find that here time pass slower. Some people enjoy doing some sport, whether running, jogging, using exercise machines that exist in certain areas of this place or going by bike, but the true flavor of Pisuerga is when you get to walk slowly, admiring the scenery. Any time of year is good to visit this place, especially in the winter because of its beauty, its greening and spring flowers, summer as a refuge for warmth and a place to picnic, enjoy the fall leaves rain forming a spectacular carpet. I invite you on your next visit to Valladolid as you will enjoy this place a lot, it is a great place to relax and walk surrounded by the peaceful atmosphere.
As you can see in the photos, the Nuestra Señora Reina de la Paz is not your typical church: the facade is a giant arch symbolizes the Order of the Capuchin Monks. The church is located in Plaza de España in Valladolid and it's popular among visitors who are struck by the giant arch and need to satisfy their curiosity. On the inside, there's a beautiful glass cross on the roof where the light filters in and, of course, the Cristo de Media, a famous statue of Jesus that's carried through the town during Semana Santa. Aside from being a popular place for visitors, it's also a nice place to meditate or simply have a moment of peace and quiet.
The other day I went to my godson's first communion, and while I was on the road, I decided to take a diversion to visit this spot, which I imagined would be both interesting and educational. The new parliament building stands on Avenida Salamanca (the N-620a), but the old seat was in Fuensaldaña Castle. It's a modern building, 30,000m2, with a facade of white concrete, glass and stone designed by the architect Ramon Fernandez Alonso. A guide showed us around the various rooms, explaining the functions of the courts. The kids loved the chance to sit in the prosecutor's chair in the Chamber!