Valladolid is located approximately three hours north of Madrid and within easy access to other important cities of the region such as Burgos, Leon, Salamanca, Zamora and Segovia. Rich in artistic and historic heritage, the city is ideally suited as a center for studying the language and culture of Spain. Valladolid is known as the area where the purest “Castellano” form of Spanish is spoken.
Historically, the city has played an important role since the years of struggle for the unification of the Iberian Peninsula. Now an agricultural and industrial center of about 400,000 inhabitants, the city is located on the Castilian meseta or central plain.
Valladolid offers a diverse array of important museums, including the world famous National Religious Sculpture Museum (situated within the splendid frame of the Colegio de San Gregorio), the Oriental Museum, the Contemporary Art Museum, and the Wine Museum of Peñafiel. The Cathedral of Valladolid and the churches of San Miguel, La Cruz, and Las Angustias conserve many objects of great artistic value, while the churches of San Pablo and La Antigua are true architectural treasures in themselves. Valladolid offers the visiting student and its permanent residents alike a wide range of recreational and cultural activities, including ceramics workshops, live theatre, regional dance, concerts, and various other performances. Each October, the city hosts a major film festival: the Cinema International Festival (SEMINCI). In the spring, it has one of the most impressive Holy Weeks (Semana Santa) in the world.