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Silver Spring, MD
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What to do in Valladolid?

My DH has been invited to speak at a conference in Valladolid, Spain in October. I've decided that he needs company :) on this trip. We're already getting together a list of possible places to go & things to do after the conference. Now, here's the question.

I will have 2 days on my own in Valladolid. I don't speak Spanish & we probably won't have a car. What should I do to amuse myself?

I have to admit, I'm not big on art museums. Last year I joined him for a conference in Rome. One day I took a cooking lesson & the other I took a group tour to Tivoli and Hadrian’s villa. However, I've looked online & it appears there are no group tours in English from Valladolid. Do you know of anything? I would love to do a cooking lesson. Would also like a chance to see the countryside - maybe visit some olive groves etc.

I'd really appreciate any suggestions or links to potential activities.

Valladolid
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1. Re: What to do in Valladolid?

Hi,

Valladolid is this kind of places not prepaired for tours in English :-(

Howewer, sometimes you can find guided English tours for visiting the town or the wineyards of Ribera del Duero. Send an email to Valladolid Tourism Office and ask for the activities you would desire: informacion@valladolidturismo.com

For museums I recommend you visiting:

- Museo Nacional de San Gregorio ( http://museosangregorio.mcu.es ). The most important of Polychromatic Barroque Sculpture museum. Email museosangregorio@mcu.es

- Oriental Museum ( http://www.museo-oriental.es/ukindex.asp ). Email: info@museo-oriental.es

Perhaps, if you email them, you will know if it is possible to make an English tour.

Other recommended activities would be trips to World Heritage Cities near Valladolid (120 km): Segovia ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Segovia ) and Salamanca ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salamanca ). Both of them are well communicated by train ( http://www.renfe.com/EN/viajeros/index.html) and public bus ( http://www.linecar.es and http://www.avanzabus.com/web/?lang=en ). Segovia is just 35 minutes away from Valladolid with high speed train!!!

Edited: 4:57 am, June 24, 2010
Silver Spring, MD
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2. Re: What to do in Valladolid?

Thanks Fernanss. I e-mailed the tourist office, but it looks like there are no tours in English from Valladolid.

As you suggested, I'm thinking of going by train to Segovia or Salamanca for one of the days. Do you think I would have a better chance of getting an English tour there? Can you suggest anyone to contact in those cities?

Valladolid
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3. Re: What to do in Valladolid?

It is a pity that Valladolid tourist office doesn't offer facilities for non-spanish speakers :-(

In relation to Segovia and Salamanca, I don't know if it possible, but I will propose two ideas:

- email to tourist offices

turismosegovia@turismodesegovia.com

http://www.turismodesegovia.com/

Informacion@turismodesalamanca.com

www.salamanca.es/index.aspx?sid=en-GB&id=2

- ask in Segovia's and Salamanca's TripAdvisor Forum

Sheffield
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4. Re: What to do in Valladolid?

Valladolid is the 10th largest city in Spain and, thus far, an undiscovered gem. It can only be reached by plane from the UK via Ryanair/London Stanstead, or by train from Madrid or the northern cities.

Refreshingly, virtually no-one speaks English in Valladolid.

My wife and I have just spent nine days there, saw the final of the World Cup in the beautiful Plaza Mayor, and completed an intensive 5-day course in Spanish.

We had day trips to Avila (1hr10") and Salamanca (1hr30") by the excellent Renfe train system, and an afternoon in Penafiel (45") by bus, where we had a guided tour around the Protos Bodega, designed by the British architect Richard Rogers. hey can conduct this in English.

As someone else has posted, the sculpture museum of San Gregorio is one of the best museums in Spain, and you and your husband will have no problem filling your days simply strolling around this elegant and classy city.

Go and enjoy it. It is far better than the tourist resort of Salamanca.

Silver Spring, MD
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5. Re: What to do in Valladolid?

Kenny,

I appreciate your views, but what you've said is rather discouraging. If you read my initial posting, you'll note that I said

1. I don't speak Spanish,

so saying "Refreshingly, virtually no-one speaks English in Valladolid." doesn't make me happy. and

2. I said I would be on my own for two days while my husband is at a conference

so saying "you and your husband will have no problem filling your days simply strolling around this elegant and classy city. " is not very helpful either.

I'm looking into Salamanca and Segovia & will report back so if either people look this up they can find out their options.

Silver Spring, MD
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6. Re: What to do in Valladolid?

I just wanted to update this in case someone else is looking for information. I will also post this on the Castile-Leon forums.

I e-mailed the tourist offices in Salamanca and Segovia (for potential day trips from Valladolid) & received quick replies from both. Here they are.

Salamanca

Good morning there is a tour in English on monday and wednesday al 11:00h, from de tourist information. the price is 15?. if you want there are another tour from "casa de las conchas" from monday to friday at 11:00h

Segovia

We are sorry, but we don´t have tours in English. If you like, you can take

a map in the tourist office.

Suffolk England
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7. Re: What to do in Valladolid?

I have just read this posting and find it highly interesting and encouraging in making a decision to go to Valladolid in the next month! I too find it refreshing when there is little english spoken, it doesnt hurt to make an effort and the rewards are so gratifying they are the things that make our holidays memorable! You don't get ripped off by people looking for english tourists and looking for english tours. A small guide to the language, taking the time to look at maps and timetables, and enjoying taking a chance on local and regional wine and food is far better than being spoon fed in english!!. We've learnt all of our best cultural and cooking delights this way. Anymore info for us would be very welcome as I am going to book the flights today!!!

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