We were a large wine group (48) and we wanted to explore the Ribera del Duero wine area, and then move on to Rueda and the Toro D.O. and combine some sightseeing in this underrated area of Spain.
Because we had a day “at leisure” in the middle of our holiday, I wanted a hotel right in the middle of attractive Valladolid. There is a lot to do and see in this city. The hotel Imperial is just 30 yards from the main square (Plaza Mayor) and situated in the centre of a very authentic tapas bar area. Our group loved it!. They could take the evening air before dinner and walk off the meal after dinner! (We dined in the Hotel dining room, and ate very well!)
Roberto, the English speaking manager, could not have been more helpful. Some of the rooms are a little on the small side but the bathrooms are modern and well fitted. The city centre position more than made up for this.
We stayed for 4 nights, and because we were a sizeable group, Roberto made special arrangements for us to have dinner at an “English” hour, 8.00pm!
All of the main chain hotels in Valladolid are well out of the city and would have involved a bus ride in or a long walk. This was the deciding factor for us choosing the Zenit Imperial!
The group visit involved a lot of planning, and once again, Roberto was pleased to give me advice.
Day visits to the east of Valladolid, in our Spanish coach, were to Aranda del Duero, Penafiel and its amazing castle, the San Domingo de Silos monastery, the forgotten Roman town of Clunia and Penaranda. Most people from Britain will never have heard of these places let alone have visited them!
To the west and south, we had day visits to Salamanca, Segovia, Tordesillas and Toro.
To the north, we had a special day in Burgos and the new Museum of Human Evolution is a must see! Also of course, the wonderful Cathedral.
Some of the wineries in the area are new, very imposing and spectacular. Bodegas Legaris (see separate review under Penafiel) and Faustino’s Bodegas Portia were the ones we chose to visit in Ribera del Duero. In the Toro D.O. we were well received at Estancia Piedra, just to the south of Toro itself.
Ribera wine is excellent and, I think, will shortly match Rioja - some will say it already does! Rueda whites are from the Verdejo grape and equally as exciting!
But remember Valladolid, because this city is a hidden treasure, and you can easily walk it from this very central hotel. The Trip Advisor “Things to do” section gave me lots of help in deciding what to do and where to go!
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- Also Known As:
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- Zenit Imperial Valladolid