Valladolid is a city in Spain and the capital city of the autonomous community of Castilla-León. It has a population of 309,714 people making it Spain's 13th most populous municipality and northwestern Spain's biggest city.
The city is situated at the confluence of Pisuerga and Esgueva rivers, 15 km before they join Duero river. It is surrounded by rich winegrowing regions.
The University of Valladolid, founded in 1241, it is one of the oldest universities in the world, and it has campuses in other provinces of Castilla y León. The Faculty of Medicine, wich is the oldest in Spain, is located in the city centre next to one of the most important hospitals, the Hospital Clínico Universitario.
University of Valladolid:
Clinical Practices are made at two hospitals, the “Hospital Universitario Río Hortega” http://www.saludcastillayleon.es/HRHortega/es and in the "Hospital Clinico Universitario" http://www.saludcastillayleon.es/HCUValladolid/es
Hospital Rio Hortega:
Research practices are made in the IBGM (" Institute of Molecular Biology and Genetics ") and in the labs of the faculty of Medicine.
At the moment we do not offer any research project, but hope to have soon.
One per day, from Monday to Friday.
We provide the incomings with tickets that can be changed for meals in the canteen of the hosting place. During summer the place of boarding might change.
Our incomings use to stay in student hostel (http://www.alfonso8.uva.es). However sometimes medical students of Valladolid can host IFMSA Students
Valladolid is conveniently connected by a network of highways, a railway with high speed (AVE) trains and the airport of Villanubla.
Valladolid airport is situated in the municipality of Villanubla, ten kilometres northwest of Valladolid. It connects Valladolid with some Spanish cities like Barcelona, Malaga, Ibiza, Tenerife and Palma de Mallorca.
How do I get to Valladolid? Almost all the incomings get a plane to Madrid and then take a train or a bus to Valladolid.
- Train: www.renfe.com
- Bus: www.alsa.es
You can take the train or the bus to go to visit other interesting cities near Valladolid like Segovia, Santander, Bilbao San Sebastian, Gijon, Oviedo or Salamanca.
Inside Valladolid you can use the urban buses (http://www.auvasa.es/) . If your clerkship is going to take place in Hospital Universitario Rio Hortega you’ll have to go by bus there. Your contact person will tell you how to get the bus card which is cheaper than buying a single ticket every day.
The historic centre of Valladolid, the city on the Pisuerga River, is home to an interesting collection of Renaissance buildings comprising houses, palaces, churches, and one of its most emblematic buildings, its cathedral.
The city has an intense cultural schedule thanks to its status as a university town, and hosts events such as the Seminci, the International Film Festival, one of the highlights of the Spanish film calendar.
Another event that marks life in Valladolid and awakes the passions of its inhabitants is Easter. Its processions, declared of International Tourist Interest, are real parades of works of religious art. Valladolid has twice been the capital, firstly with Carlos I (16th C.) and later when Felipe III came to the throne (17th C.).
The capital of Castella-León preserves an important heritage of monuments in its old quarter, especially aristocratic houses and religious buildings. Outstanding among them is the unfinished Cathedral. The architect Juan de Herrera was commissioned by King Felipe II to design the original scheme in the 16th century. The death of both left the church unfinished and its central body was not opened until 1668. Years later, in 1730, Master Churriguera finished the work on the main front. Inside the cathedral, the great chapel houses a magnificent reredos made by Juan de Juni in 1562. From the complex you can get into the Diocesan Museum, in which the outstanding features are various carvings attributed to Gregorio Fernández and to Juni himself, as well as a silver monstrance by Juan de Arfe.
Other interesting churches are the Gothic church of Santiago, with an important reredos depicting the Adoration of the Magi, created by Berruguete in 1537, and the church of Santa María la Antigua, with its unusual pyramid-shaped Romanesque tower.
The 16th-century Plaza Mayor, presided over by a statue of Count Ansúrez, is right in the heart of the city. On one side of it stands the City Hall, a building from the beginning of the century crowned by the clock tower. In the nearby streets are many large houses and palaces. The Palace of Los Pimentel, today the seat of the Provincial Council, is one of the most important, as King Philip II was born in it on 21 May 1527. The 16th-century Palace of the Marquises of Valverde, and that of the banker Fabio Nelli - a building with a Classicist stamp built in 1576 - should also be pointed out. The Museum of Valladolid occupies this complex, exhibiting a collection of furniture, sculptures, paintings and ceramic pieces.
The University, whose Baroque façade is decorated with various academic symbols, and the Santa Cruz College, which as well as housing a valuable library forms one of the first examples of the Spanish Renaissance, say much about the cultural importance of Valladolid.
Santa Cruz college:
The city preserves houses where great historical characters once lived, like the Casa de Cervantes, where the author of Quijote lived with his family between 1603 and 1606. As a curiosity, it was in this house where the writer gave his masterpiece the finishing touches. A visit to the house-museum enables you to get to know the way of life of a noble family in the 17th century through possessions and furniture from the time. You can also visit the Christopher Columbus House-Museum, where the navigator spend the last years of his life. Nowadays the palace exhibits various pieces and documents related to the discovery of America.
From nineteenth century Valladolid, the house where one of the provincial capital's most illustrious characters - José Zorrilla - was born is preserved. The house, which is open to the public, brings together various personal possessions, furniture and documents that belonged to the Romantic writer.
As a city that has experienced notable urban growth in the last few decades, Valladolid offers a wide range of leisure and cultural opportunities: cinemas, theatres and museums, like the National Sculpture Museum, at its site in San Gregorio College. This splendid Flemish Gothic style building - one of the most outstanding buildings in the provincial capital - is important for its exhibition of polychrome carvings made by artists like Alonso Berruguete or Gregorio Fernández. The Museum of Contemporary Spanish Art, located in the Herreriano Courtyard, one of the cloisters of the former Monastery of San Benito, preserves more than 800 paintings and sculptures from the 20th century.
What to eat?
The main speciality of Valladolid is lechazo (suckling baby lamb). The lechazo is slowly roasted in a wood oven and served with salad. Valladolid also offers a great assortment of wild mushrooms. Asparagus, endive and beans can also be found. Some legumes, like white beans and lentils are particularly good. Pine nuts are also produced in great quantities.
Sheep cheese from Villalón de Campos, the famous pata de mulo (mule's foot) is usually unripened (fresh), but if it is cured the ripening process brings out such flavour that it can compete with the best sheep cheeses in Spain.
Valladolid has a bread to go with every dish, like the delicious cuadros from Medina del Campo, the muffins, the pork-scratching bread and the lechuguinos, with a pattern of concentric circles that resemble a head of lettuce.
The pastries and baked goods from the province of Valladolid are well-known, specially St. Mary's ring-shaped pastries, St. Claire's sponge cakes, pine nut balls and cream fritters.
Valladolid is also a producer of wines. The ones that fall under the Designation of Origin Cigales are very good. White wines from Rueda and red wines from Ribera del Duero are known for their quality.