Province of Valladolid
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|Autonomous community||Castilla y León|
|• Total||8,110 km2 (3,130 sq mi)|
|Area rank||Ranked 28th|
|1.61% of Spain|
|• Rank||Ranked 29th|
|• Density||66/km2 (170/sq mi)|
|1.14% of Spain|
Valladolid (pronounced: [baʎaðoˈlið]) is a province of central/northwest Spain, in the central part of the autonomous community of Castile and León. It has a population of 534,874 people in a total of 225 municipalities, an area of 8,110 km² and a population density of 65.80 people per km².
It is very famous due to its gastronomy (lechazo (veal or lamb), suckling pig, black pudding, sausage, breads, soups, vegetables ... ) and its wines with designations of origin, mainly the Ribera del Duero Denomination of Origin, the Rueda Denomination of Origin, the Cigales denomination of Origin and also the Toro Designation of Origin and the Tierra de León Denomination of Origin.
The province once served as the capital of the Castilian court and the former capital of the Empire during the reigns of Emperor Carlos I, Philip II and Philip III, which explains why to this day it remains pregnant with castles and strongholds. The capital has an important historical - artistic heritage and one of the more important museums of sculpture of Europe. The province of Valladolid is specially famous for his processions of Holy Week, as much in the capital as in the localities of Medina de Rioseco and Medina del Campo.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Government and politics
- 4 Demography
- 5 Patrimony
- 6 Gastronomy
- 7 Transport
- 8 References
- 9 External links
The first stable population that settled in the present province belongs to the people of the pre-roman Vaccaei (Spanish name: vacceos), who were residents of very advanced culture and, when the rest of Celtic peoples arrived in the peninsula from the north of Europe (there is evidence that indicates that they also occupied territories that correspond to other provinces). In the year 178 BC the Romans conquered the territory. Thus the lands that make up the current province came under their occupation, up to the barbarian invasions of the early 5th century AD when the province came under the control of the new Visigothic Kingdom. After the invasion of the Iberian peninsula by the Muslims in the year 711, this area was the subject of battles between the Muslims and the Christians Kingdom of León. Valladolid was founded in the year 1072 by Count Pedro Ansúrez. From here its history was linked to that of the Crown of Castile and did not know any invasions (excepting wars and dynastic family issues) until the revolt of the comuneros in the year 1520, which ended with the ringleaders of that revolt publicly executed in Villalar de los Comuneros. Then it experienced the War of the Spanish Succession (1700–1715), the Peninsular War against France (1808–1814), the Invasion of Hundred Thousand Sons of Saint Louis in 1823 (this was the shortest and least bloody of all the wars). In the Spanish Civil War (1936–1939) Valladolid was the "most significant regional nucleus" of Falangism in the Spanish Second Republic, garnering the second-highest provincial vote for the party in the otherwise dismal (for Falangists) elections of 1936, just behind Cadiz. The province was controlled by Franco's Nationalists throughout the Civil War. During the Franco period there was an exodus from the rural countryside to the industrial cities. A further exodus occurred with the arrival of democracy in Spain (early 1980s), when the province was made part of the new autonomous community of Castile and Leon.
Nowadays it is one of the best provinces in the country in terms of health, education, security, cultural and linguistic heritage and economic (ranking fifth in its index of convergence with the European Union).
Its Bordered by the provinces of Burgos, Palencia and Leon to the north, with Zamora, to the west; with the provinces of Salamanca and Avila to the south; and with the province of Segovia to the east. It is, therefore, the only Spanish province surrounded only - and entirely - by others in your same autonomous community (Castile and León).
Province has an area of 8,202 km², is located in the center of the Meseta Central, a plateau in the middle of the northern half of the Iberian Peninsula and is characterized by its uniform terrain (about 700 m on average), dominated by an extensive plain in which are distinguished: A limestone fells area defined by the valleys of different rivers, some of which stand out in altitude causing a mountainous landscape of hills witnesses, such as the Montes Torozos, San Cristobal hill (843 m) and the Sardanedo (854 m); a countryside location of soft hills; and by separating one and another, the so-called "hills", deep gorges with steep slopes, such as the width of Prado, Santovenia of Cabezon de la, de Pisuerga, etc.. The highest point is in Castrillo de Duero and is the Cuchillejos hill (933 m). The lowest point is the Douro river passing by Villafranca de Duero (626 m).
The Continental Mediterranean climate is typical of Meseta Central, which is located in the province of Valladolid. It is similar to the typical mediterranean but with characteristics of continental climates, of more extreme temperatures, although it does not go to be as different as to be classified separately. In addition this climate does not receive the influence of the sea, that is why the temperatures are the most extreme of Spain, with a lot of heat summers and winters quite cold with a swing of 18.5 Cº.
The summer season is the most dry and can be overcome with great frequency 30 °C, reaching sporadically over 35 °C. However, in winter it is frequent that the temperatures fall to 0 °C, producing ices in the cloudless nights in clouds and snow sporadic. When frost combines with the fog form is the Hard rime, a phenomenon very characteristic of the area also like Frost. This northern region of Spain along with the rest of the provinces of Castile and Leon is the coldest region in the south European. Rainfall follow a pattern very similar to that of the typical mediterranean climate and are among the 400 or 600 mm, with a peak during the spring and autumn. The declining influence of the sea, however, makes it a drier climate than the typical.
|Climate data for Valladolid|
|Record high °C (°F)||17.0
|Average high °C (°F)||7.4
|Daily mean °C (°F)||3.1
|Average low °C (°F)||−1.2
|Record low °C (°F)||−18.8
|Precipitation mm (inches)||42
|Avg. precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm)||7||6||5||8||9||5||3||3||4||7||7||8||71|
|Mean monthly sunshine hours||120||155||203||220||264||313||361||340||245||196||136||98||2,645|
|Source #1: Agencia Estatal de Meteorología (normals 1971–2000) |
|Source #2: Agencia Estatal de Meteorología (extremes only 1938–2012) |
Government and politics
Valladolid Province was established as such by the Royal Decree of 29 October 1833 driven by the minister Javier de Burgos as the rest of provinces of the country (see: 1833 territorial division of Spain). To do this took into account the common historic, cultural and economic characteristics of each territory.
The Government and the administration of the province of Valladolid corresponds to the Provincial Council of Valladolid, as outlined in the statute of autonomy of Castilla and Leon. Headquarters is located in the Palacio of Pimentel of Valladolid, since 1875, when the building was purchased by the Provincial Government.
- Tierra de Campos ("Land of Fields")
- Montes Torozos ("Torozos Mountains")
- Campiña del Pisuerga ("The Pisuerga Countryside")
- Páramos del Esgueva ("Esgueva's Moorland")
- Tierra del Vino ("Land of wine")
- Tierra de Pinares ("Land of Pine")
- Campo de Peñafiel ("Peñafiel Field")
- Tierra de Medina ("Land of Medina")
|Population by year of the Province of Valladolid|
Number of people
Valladolid is the most populated province of de Castile and León, with 529,019 people in 2008 (INE), representing more than 20% of the total population of the community. It has 1.1% of the national population and is the 19th most populous province.
It has one of the few growing populations in Castile and León and also one of the youngest. The population is also characterized by being one of the most long-lived of Spain and Europe.
Structure of the population
Total Population of the province (2007)
- Men: 255,983
- Women: 265,678
- Total: 521,661
- As a percentage:
- Men: 49.07%
- Women: 50.93%
Nº people by age
- 0–4 years: 22,379 = 4.29%
- 5–9 years: 20,911 = 4.01%
- 10–14 years: 21,125 = 4.05%
- 15–19 years: 23,762 = 4.56%
- 20–24 years: 30,782 = 5.90%
- 25–29 years: 41,545 = 7.96%
- 30–34 years: 45,430 = 8.71%
- 35–39 years: 43,062 = 8.25%
- 40–44 years: 41,180 = 7.89%
- 45–49 years: 39,285 = 7.53%
- 50–54 years: 35,279 = 6.76%
- 55–59 years: 34,005 = 6.52%
- 60–64 years: 30,061 = 5.76%
- 65–69 years: 22,472 = 4.31%
- 70–74 years: 23,853 = 4.57%
- 75–79 years: 19,958 = 3.83%
- 80–84 years: 14,799 = 2.84%
- over 85: 11,773 = 2.26%
Most populous municipalities
|Foreign population by nationality|
The twenty most populated municipalities in the province of Valladolid are the following ( INE of 1 January 2009):
|Municipality by population (greater to less)|
|2ª||Laguna de Duero||21,762|
|3ª||Medina del Campo||21,540|
|4ª||Arroyo de la Encomienda||11,716|
|6ª||Tudela de Duero||8,503|
|12ª||Medina de Rioseco||4,977|
|15ª||Santovenia de Pisuerga||3,732|
|16ª||Pedrajas de San Esteban||3.652|
|18ª||Cabezón de Pisuerga||3,355|
|20ª||Aldeamayor de San Martín||3,311|
Taking into account that the population of Valladolid, Laguna de Duero, Medina del Campo and Arroyo de la Encomienda represent almost 75% of the total of the 23 municipalities in the metropolitan area of Valladolid, there is a clear demographic contrast with highly depopulated areas of a marked rural character; among the more uninhabited areas of the province are Aguasal, Torrecilla de la Torre, Almenara Adaja, San Salvador, and Fontihoyuelo, which do not exceed the 40 registered inhabitants.
Immigrants in Valladolid represent 6% of the population. Today immigrants with a residence card in Valladolid number 32,235. It is estimated that the immigrants from the province of Valladolid exceed 35,000
Castles of Valladolid
- Castromembibre Castle (Castromembibre)
- Peñafiel Castle (Peñafiel)
- Curiel de Duero Castle-Palace, (Curiel de Duero)
- Curiel de Duero Castle, (Curiel de Duero)
- Canillas de Esgueva Castle (Canillas de Esgueva)
- Encinas de Esgueva Castle (Encinas de Esgueva)
- Foncastín Castle (Foncastín)
- Fuensaldaña Castle(Fuensaldaña)
- Fuente el Sol Castle (Fuente el Sol)
- Íscar Castle (Íscar)
- La Mota Castle (Medina del Campo)
- Mota del Marqués Castle (Mota del Marqués)
- Montealegre Castle (Montealegre)
- Mucientes Castle (Mucientes)
- Portillo Castle (Portillo)
- San Pedro de Latarce Castle (San Pedro de Latarce)
- Tiedra Castle (Tiedra)
- Tordehumos Castle (Tordehumos)
- Torrelobatón Castle (Torrelobatón)
- Trigueros del Valle Castle (Trigueros del Valle)
- Urueña Castle (Urueña)
- Villafuerte de Esgueva Castle (Villafuerte de Esgueva)
- Villagarcia de Campos Castle (Villagarcia de Campos)
- Villavellid Castle (Villavellid)
- Simancas Castle (Simancas)
- Castroverde de Cerrato Castle (Castroverde de Cerrato)
- Villalba de los Alcores Castle (Villalba de los Alcores)
- Barcial de la Loma Castle (Barcial de la Loma)
- Alaejos Castle (Alaejos)
- Pozaldez Castle (Pozaldez)
- San Martín de Valvení Castle (San Martín de Valvení)
- Eván de Abajo Castle (Siete Iglesias de Trabancos)
- Eván de Arriba Castle (Siete Iglesias de Trabancos)
- Alderete Palace-Castle (Tordesillas)
- Villagómez la Nueva Castle (Villagómez la Nueva)
- Walls of Curiel de Duero (Curiel de Duero)
- Walls of Medina de Rioseco (Medina de Rioseco)
- Walls of Medina del Campo (Medina del Campo)
- Walls of Olmedo (Olmedo)
- Walls of Peñafiel (Peñafiel)
- Walls of Portillo (Portillo)
- Walls of Tordesillas (Tordesillas)
- Walls of Torrelobatón (Torrelobatón)
- Walls of Urueña (Urueña)
- Walls of Valladolid (Valladolid)
- Walls of Villabrágima (Villabrágima)
- Walls of Villalba de los Alcores (Villalba de los Alcores)
The gastronomy of the Valladolid province is typically Spanish, although each area presents a different picture. In the northern area of the province, especially in the region of Tierra de Campos ("Land of Fields"), is the development of traditional sheep's cheese, among which is the cheese of Villalón de Campos, curing or cured; it is a fresh cheese also known as "Pata de Mulo" ("leg of mule"). They are also the usual garlic soup, stew developed slowly in stew to the Firelight, the lentils stewed elaborated with the variety pardina own of Tierra de Campos and pigeon or palomino made with different techniques. Within the typical cakes include the rolls of the Virgin of the sources used in Villalon of fields, the donuts of palo, appendages, oil cakes and greaves. In Medina de Rioseco you can taste the traditional sugared almonds or marinas, puff pastry cream filling and covered with sugar.
Wines from the province of Valladolid are among the best in the world due to its taste and quality. An example of the fame of these wines is due to Vega Sicilia winery. The province has 5 wines with denomination of Origin. Wines of Rueda Denomination of Origin were considered as the wines of the court at the time of the Catholic Kings. For its elaboration is used the range of verdejo grape and to a lesser measure both the Sauvignon blanc. Under this appellation wines there are white, sparkling, reds, pink and liquor. For their part, the wines of Ribera del Duero are elaborated with the ink on the country and you can taste red wines young, reserve wine and old vine. Wines of the Toro Designation of Origin are mainly white, rosé and red, the wines of Tierra de León Denomination of Origin are white, rosé and red and finally, there are the rosé of the Cigales denomination of Origin.
The province is also famous due its meats, mainly lechazo (veal or lamb), suckling pig, steaks, meat chop, veal ribs, pork ribs, black pudding, or embutidos. There are numerous restaurants that specialize in lechazo and feature "hornos de leña" (Wood-fired ovens or wooden stoves), in which the lamb is roasted. The typical restaurant where the meat is traditionally cooked its called "mesón castellano" ("Castilian tavern").
Bread made in the province of Valladolid has a great tradition that goes back to the ninth century (see also: History of bread). In fact, Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, during their retreat in the monastery of Yuste, made him get the bread in Valladolid and during the sixteenth century the master bakers members were financially supported by the Crown.
The typically castilian bread receives the name of "Candeal bread", "sobao o bregado" ("sobao or labored"), because since remote times in Castile the wheat variety most used is the durum. It is a thin crust of bread and lightly toast, miga very white and compact with a fine texture and distinctive flavor. This type of bread is suitable to accompany red meats, stews or legumes accompanied by wines from the province. Traditionally it is made by hand, with an amassed slow fermentation and a prolonged, finished cooking in the wood-fired oven.
Under this denomination, fall different varieties; among them the most prominent is the variety of "lechuguino bread", characterized by its typical drawing and care that gives the name to the variety, since it was formerly known as, especially in rural areas, "lechuguino" to those people who were overly arranged.
Other varieties are the typical bread of four beds, with a characteristic splitting of the earth on which the central part is separated from the four masons or edges, the bread of tables, the bread of pulley, with a slit made with a string that imitates a pulley, the white bar or peaks and the Fabiola, created in 1961 by a baker from Valladolid in honor of Queen Fabiola of Belgium.
Other types not so traditional in the province but very consumed in the zone are the rustic bar and the bar of flame, that in Valladolid takes the common name of toolbar riche.
The province has one airport; the Valladolid Airport, located in Villanubla, which handled 462,504 passengers in 2011. has become one of the core subjects of passengers of Castile and Leon. Has travel to destinations such as Alicante, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca, Gran Canaria, Tenerife South, Lanzarote, Valencia, Malaga.
Also there are number of small private airfields.
The path of the Spanish High Speed (AVE) stops in the town of Valladolid as part of the Madrid–Valladolid high-speed rail line. This line was inaugurated on 22 of December 2007. It is expected that in the future other localities such as Olmedo and Medina del Campo have another high-speed lines that are at different stages of project.
|Name||From/Until||Important towns of Valladolid where it passes|
|N-VI||Madrid-La Coruña||Medina del Campo, Rueda, Tordesillas, Mota del Marqués, Villardefrades|
|N-122||Zaragoza-Portugal||Peñafiel, Quintanilla de Arriba, Quintanilla de Onésimo, Tudela de Duero, Valladolid, Tordesillas|
|N-601||Madrid-León||Olmedo, Mojados, Laguna de Duero, Valladolid, Medina de Rioseco, Mayorga|
|N-620||Burgos-Portugal||Valladolid, Tordesillas, Alaejos|
|Name||From/Until||Important towns of Valladolid where it passes|
|E-80||Lisboa-Gürbulak||Valladolid, Tordesillas, Alaejos|
- Payne, S.G. The Franco Regime, 1936–1975. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 1987. p 65.
- "Valores climatológicos normales. Valladolid Aeropuerto" (in Spanish). Agencia Estatal de Meteorología. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
- "Valores extremos. Valladolid Aeropuerto" (in Spanish). Agencia Estatal de Meteorología. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
- Look it List of Spanish provinces by population.
- Datos procedentes del Informe de Datos Económicos y Sociales de los Municipios de España, made from Caja España (2008).
- Aeropuerto-Valladolid /is/Page/ 1048607593445//Presentation.html Valladolid Airport
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