Valladolid Airport is an airport located in the municipality of Villanubla, 10km northwest of Valladolid, Spain. The airport has seen a significant increase in passenger numbers over the last decade, due to the advent of low-cost airline companies, the inauguration of a new passenger terminal, and more tourist and holiday flights serviced. Currently, there are five airlines that operate at the airport: Air Europa (charter flights to Belfast-International and Tenerife-South), Air Nostrum-operated Iberia (Barcelona, Menorca, Tenerife-North and seasonal flights to Gran Canaria and Palma de Mallorca), Ryanair (Barcelona and seasonal flights to Lanzarote and Malaga), Volotea (seasonal flights to Ibiza), and Vueling (Barcelona).
Valladolid is the capital of the province of the same name and the de facto capital of the autonomous region of Castile and Leon in Spain. It is a reasonably large industrial city that has a population of 309,714 people. The city is located at the confluence of the Pisuerga and Esgueva rivers, and within five winegrowing regions. It also serves as a convenient gateway to the northern part of the country. Although Valladolid focuses on industry than tourism, the city surely does not lack the authentic Spanish charm, especially with its extraordinary monuments and places of interest.
Visit Plaza de San Pablo, an open square dominated by the Iglesia de San Pablo. See the church’s main façade, an exquisite Isabelline Gothic masterpiece. At the front of the square is Palacio de Pimentel, where you can see a tiled mural that displays scenes from the life of King Felipe II. Another Isabelline Gothic style building, Museo Nacional de Escultura, features polychrome wood sculpture and houses a two-storey galleried courtyard. Visit the four-storey Casa-Museo de Colón, which houses interactive exhibits and maps that will guide you through the journeys of Christopher Columbus.
How to get around within Valladolid
The city is integrated into the Spanish high-speed network AVE via the Madrid–Valladolid high-speed rail line, which includes a 28km tunnel at Guadarrama, the fourth longest train tunnel in Europe. This makes the country a hub for all AVE lines that connect the north and north-west of Spain with the rest of the country. The trainsets utilised in this line include S-114, S-130, and the S102 – which connects Valladolid to Madrid in less than an hour, 56 minutes to be exact.
How to get there
The airport is located 15 minutes away from the city centre. You can take a daily bus shuttle to the city at 5:15 a.m., 4:15 p.m., and 7:20 p.m. – with different timetable during weekends and holidays. If you’re coming from Madrid, you can reach the city via train, which is ran by Renfe – a Spanish rail company. There’s also AVE, a high-speed Spanish train network that links Madrid and Valladolid in less than an hour. You can also take a regular bus from Madrid to get into the city. There are plenty of highways that connect the city to the rest of the country. Autovía Ruta de la Plata, or Autovía A-66, is a new highway where you can travel all the way to the southern part of Spain in just around six hours.