Valladolid, Spain, the city where Ferdinand married Isabella and where Columbus died, is rather prosaically set in the middle of a dusty plateau on the Pisuerga River. Lying 100 mi/160 km northwest of Madrid, much of Valladolid is modern, but it deserves a visit for the National Sculpture Museum. Outstanding works are on display there.
In the Christopher Columbus House-Museum, history buffs can see the house where the discoverer of the New World lived in his later years. The San Pablo church, Santa Maria la Antigua (Gothic) and the never-finished main cathedral are all also worth a visit. The town also has an interesting Museum of Contemporary Spanish Art.