The Mexican city of Valladolid is also known as the Sultaness of the East and is the third-largest city in the state of Yucatán. It was named after the city of Valladolid in Spain - which was the capital of the country at that time - by Spanish conquistadors who established the city back in 1543. It was built over an ancient Mayan site and material from the dismantled Mayan buildings was used to for the construction of the new buildings.
The city covers an area of over 1,000 square kilometres and is home to a population of over 40,000 residents. Valladolid features a rather hot and dry climate, with occasional showers of tropical rain and trade winds within the year. The rainy season is typically between the months of June and October.
Being a popular tourist destination in Mexico, Valladolid offers a number of attractions, sights and sounds for travellers. It is an excellent place to spend a few hours getting to know its rich culture and history and travellers to the city can witness a number of colonial era churches, museums and parks, in addition to an abundance of natural scenery.
The nearest airport to Valladolid is the Cancún International Airport located in Cancún and is around 150 kilometres away from the city centre. The Manuel Crescencio Rejón International Airport and the Cozumel International Airport are two other airports that are also in relatively close proximity to Valladolid and are located 170 kilometres and 230 kilometres respectively away from the city centre.
Finding Halal food in Valladolid will be quite difficult since there are no prominent Halal restaurants in Valladolid that are available for Muslim travellers. Though vegetarian cuisine is available at Mexican restaurants, Muslim travellers should be aware that animal fat is used in most restaurants and it is highly recommended that you enquire with restaurant owners about the preparation of food, prior to dining.
Prayer facilities in Valladolid will be quite scarce since there are no known mosques in Valladolid. The best option is for Muslim travellers to make use of the privacy of their hotel room or accommodation option during prayer times or simply enquire with locals for a private area that can be used when travelling outdoors.