Valladolid is a University city steeped in history and well worth the visit for a truly Spanish experience with a vibrant atmosphere. Brazil legend Ronaldo is the clubs majority share holder.
Where to stay
You can get from Madrid to Valladolid in just over an hour by train or 3 hours by bus. The train service is operated by Renfe and the bus service is ALSA. Valladolid does have an airport but flights are mainly domestic.
Around 30,000 students attend Valladolid University so there is lively, energetic feel to the city, especially in the evening. The best area for bars and tapas is in and around Plaza Mayor, particularly to the west of the square.
How to get to the Jose Zorrilla Stadium
The stadium is named after a poet and dramatist from Valladolid and located outside of the city centre in the residential area of Parquesol.
You can reach the stadium using Bus 8 from Calle Doctrinos 12 to Calle Monasterio San Lorenzo which run every 15 minutes and take around 30 minutes.
Alternatively it will take around 45 minutes to walk the 2.5 miles from Plaza Mayor to the stadium.
Where to go before a Valladolid match
There isn't a great deal close to the stadium so we would stick to the bars around Plaza Mayor. If you decide to walk to the stadium from here then Kokomo Sports Bar is a good, midway stop off point to break up the journey and enjoy the atmosphere.
Not to miss while you're in Valladolid
National Sculpture Museum - Extensive collection of sculptures and pictorial works from 13th to 18th century
Plaza Mayor - Beautiful architecture and the town hall surrounds this large, central square
Campo Grande - Peaceful gardens to take a stroll and relax
Valladolid Cathedral - Built in the 16th century with facade added in 18th century
Las Moreras beach - Although Valladolid is not based on the coast it does have its own river beach