Located in Central Spain, Tordesillas is a town in Valladolid province, Castile and Leon. The municipality of Tordesillas sits on the Douro River and is linked by highways to major urban areas such as Valladolid, Madrid, and Salamanca. It is, therefore, an important transit hub. Tordesillas economy is service based and offers tourism services particularly. There is a fertile valley in the north of the municipality, created by the Douro River, where widespread irrigation takes place. The town also provides services that support the agricultural activities in the surrounding area. This place has an abundance of hotels, restaurants, hostels and camping sites.
The name Tordesillas came up after the Treaty of Tordesillas was signed between The Crown Of Castile and The Portuguese on June 7, 1494. This is the treaty that divided colonies outside of Europe between Portugal and Castile. The lands to the east of the boundary were declared to be under the Portuguese Empire while the lands to the west would be under the Crown of Castile. This treaty was signed at Tordesillas, and the area has been known as such ever since.
The town is well known for its Toro de la Vega tournament, a bull slaughtering festival where the bull is led into an open area, and hundreds of participants chase after and try to kill it. If the lancers can’t kill it within the specified parameters, the animal is pardoned. Animal rights activists have opposed this festival for years citing it as cruel treatment of animals.The town also holds a festival in honor of La Virgen de La Pena (Our Lady of the Rock). Participants arrive on the other side of the river for the pilgrimage in horse carts. They’re also popular for some of the best Christmas main dish recipes.
At night, the competing crews form a big parade where the compete at carrying faroles along the streets. The faroles are painted on each side with images about the town. The team with the most outstanding farole is awarded. Celebrations begin on the eighth day of September.The convent of Santa Clara is a popular site in Tordesillas. King Alfonso XI constructed Santa Clara in 1344. His son, Peter the cruel, had it decorated by Mudejar artists. A beautiful patio, a chapel, and baths still remain of this palace. After 1363, two of Peter’s daughters turned Santa Clara into a convent, but it was still used as a royal palace. Perhaps one of the most controversial association with this royal palace was the confinement of Joanna I, Queen of Castile and Aragon.
Her father had her restricted within Santa Clara because he believed she was insane. In hindsight, it is likely that Queen Joanna was just depressed or schizophrenic, probably due to marital problems with her husband, Philip I of Castile.The town boasts of the Plaza Mayor, an outstanding central community space encircled by an arcade. It has existed since the 17th century. Tordesillas also has exceptional churches that include Santa Maria, San Juan, San Pedro, and Santiago.