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City of Admirals

It may seem surprising, but it is so. Medina de Rioseco, a town situated on the plateau of Castile itself, two hundred kilometers away from the seaside, became the almiralty headquarters of the Castilian kingdom on April 19th, 1424, under its titular’s decision, Alonso Enríquez.

This city, natural capital of the Tierra de Campos, is located forty-five kilometers north of Valladolid, at an altitude of 735 meters (2,411 feets). The Sequillo river, sometimes a floods breeder and usually just a string of water, crosses part of the most modern part of the town.
The inhabitant’s census is over five thousand people. Its economy is based on dry and irrigation farming, tourism, agricultural food industry and above all, the city provides administrative and leisure time services for a vast area.

HISTORY

This land was already inhabited in Neolithic times, however its splendour began in the early 14th century. The fairs and markets, the rich merchants, the dukedom, the set up of temples and palaces. The artists, architects and artisans came under the trusteeship of the Enríquez family. In the middle of the 17th century the king Philip the fourth granted Rioseco a city title.

The construction of the Campos Canal ends in the middle of the 19th century and the Valladolid-Rioseco railway is inaugurated.

PATRIMONY

The oldest, narrow and uneven streets protect the passers-by from the sun and cold with long arcades that still maintain the same evocative air they showed in the past, when fairgoers and merchants traded there.

The old part of the city was declared historical whole in 1965.

The city of Medina de Rioseco has numerous magnificent buildings.
Museum of Sacre Art of Saint Francis. The Church, consecrated in 1520, represents the only remains of a grand convent financed by the Admirals.
It is gothic style, with an only nave, choir at the back and eight chapels. The convent was declared historic artistic monument in 1931.

Remarcable are the tribunes made by the Corral brothers from Villalpando or the stone-made altarpieces made by Miguel de Espinosa or even the main altarpiece by Fray Jacinto de Sierra.
Particularly the clay sculptures of Juan de Juni and the extraordinary colection of hispanic-phillipine ivory sculptures from the 17th century.
Saint Mary of Mediavilla Church belongs to gothic style, with three naves covered by vaults. Gaspar Solórzano directed most of the construction.
It was declared historic artistic monument on June 4th, 1931. Inside you can visit the Funerary Chapel of the Benavente family, one of the artistic jewels in Spain. It is decorated with polichrome and gold stucco.

The main retable is a Juan de Juni’s piece of work. The Museum of The Holy Week located at Iglesia de Santa Cruz, of the 16th century, is classicist style (herreriano), and was built by the architect Felipe de la Cajiga.
It has been wholly restored, and nowadays this church shelters the procesional “pasos” of the riosecan Holy Week, which was declared of International Tourist Interest in 2009.

Rodrigo Gil de Hontanón designed the general plan for the Santiago’s Church.
He presented the project in 1533. The exterior fronts show different styles: The Miguel de Espinosa’s plateresque style to the south; the Gil the Hontañón’s gothic style to the north; and the main one, the Alvaro de Tolosa’s classicist style.
The building belongs gothic style and its most surprising feature is its interior brightness and grandeur emphasised by its vaults height. It was declared historic artistic monument on October 8th, 1964.

Visitors may also get some historical and patrimonial highlights of the city by visiting the Interpretation Center of Medina de Rioseco. An interactive visit to enjoy the present, past and future of the city.

LEISURE TIME

For the visitor, there are different possibilities to fully enjoy nature and long resting periods, not only within the city itself but also in the surroundings.

In Rioseco you can explore the Campos Canal, the Torozos mounts or the river Sequillo route.

The Channel of Castile was one of the dreams of the Age of Enlightenment in the 18th century.
The plan was to create a net of navigable channels to make it easier to ship wool, wine and cereal from the then isolated Castile to the ports of the North, because Castile was an important centre of production for these products at that time.
The flora of the region is unique and the wide Castilian fields form a particular landscap, which is worth seeing in the different seasons, even though is especially beautiful in autumn when the channel gets admirable ochre tones.

The tourist boat “Antonio de Ulloa”, sails regularly from Tuesday to Sunday from the dock in Medina de Rioseco. The trips last an hour and cover 7 km. The timetable may change depending on the season.

The Channel offers other leisure time activities such as the hire of bikes and cannoes which provides the visitor a different way of enjoing the natural environment.

On the left bank of the dock you can visit “San Antonio” an old flour mill from the 19th century, which still preserves all the ancient machinery. On a guided visit to it you can discern the complex process of cleaning and grinding the wheat.

For further information or reservation, please contact us on the phone number + 34 983 701 923 or sending an e-mail to: canal.castilla@turisvall.com You should also visit some artistically rich towns such as Villagarcía, Urueña, La Santa Espina, Villalón de Campos o Montealegre.

In gastronomy, you can find old recipes that turn the most simple elements into exquisite dishes: Iamb roast, hunting pieces, cheese, pork, “embutido” (cold meat), bread and pastrymaking.

TOURIST OFFICE:
Paseo de San Francisco, nº 1
47800 – Medina de Rioseco
+34 983 720 319

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