Valladolid is a Spanish city of around 310,000 people, and is the capital city of a province of the same name. The name itself stems from a period of history when the city was under the caliphate of Al-Walid I, although many call it "Pucela", a nickname of somewhat obscure origins. Whichever name you choose, as an expatriate living in Valladolid you will be able to call one of Europe's most beautiful cities home. Each street is bathed in history, fine architecture and, of course, sunlight. Expats living in Valladolid should check out the city's stunning Cathedral, the Gothic-Plateresque Church of San Pablo, the wonderful Academia de Caballería and the exquisitely sculpted National Sculpture Museum. Alongside this tour de force of architectural beauty, the city's parks are hugely popular – the Campo Grande is particularly impressive – and for culture lovers there are theaters, galleries, museums and as much heritage as any expat in Valladolid could ask for.
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The central Spanish city is served by Valladolid Airport, which has frequent domestic flights to Barcelona, a major transport hub, as well as Belfast International in the United Kingdom and various flights to smaller holiday destinations. Expats moving to Valladolid can also take the city's new high speed train, inaugurated in 2007, which connects it with Madrid via the ultra-modern AVE network in a journey taking less than an hour and passing through some beautiful countryside. Settling in issues like insurance, finance, cross-cultural communication and so on shouldn't generally worry expatriates moving to Valladolid, which is used to welcoming visitors; also, our website has a dedicated Expat Magazine and general content section full of articles that should answer most expatriation questions. Plus, you also might like to browse our articles by InterNations members in other host cities, which offer helpful tips, stories and insightful glimpses into expatriate life.
As beautiful as the city is to visit, it is only when you settle in and adapt to working in Valladolid as an expatriate that its full charm becomes apparent. The Valladolid International Film Festival, Semana Internacional de Cine de Valladolid, annual Good Friday processions and vibrant sporting seasons give expats living in Valladolid plenty to get involved with, along with the city's vibrant working environment. The local economy is dynamic, with luxury sports car manufacturing, a vast tertiary sector and strong industrial and construction activity. Expats working in Valladolid can augment their vibrant local working life by contacting other global minds in the city's international community. InterNations is a useful platform from which to organize meet-ups, get in touch with local expatriates in Valladolid and network. Whether you prefer to contact InterNations members through our forums and messages system or head straight out into the city center to explore, you'll soon find yourself settling comfortably into life in this wonderful Spanish center of industry, culture and history.