Archivo General de Simancas

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(Medieval and early modern Spain's primary diplomatic archive)





C/ Miravete, 8
47130 Simancas (Valladolid)



+34 983 590 750
+34 983 590 003
+34 983 591 812


+34 983 590 311


Schedule & hours

Monday–Friday, 08:15–14:30 2009 holidays: 19 Mar, 9 Apr, 23 Apr, 13 May, 8 Sep, 2 Nov

Working language(s)

Castilian preferred; English possible

Directions to the archive

Best to stay overnight in Valladolid, the closest major city. From Valladolid, one can drive to the archive via either the A-62 toward Tordesillas or the Camino Viejo de Simancas. One can also take one of two buses from Valladolid:

  • La Regional Vallisoletana S.A. [1] Take the Valladolid-Simancas, Simancas-Valladolid line.
  • Autobuses Urbanos de Valladolid, S.A. [2] Take line 5, Pº Zorrila,10-Puente de Simancas-Entrepinos. Runs every 20 minutes.


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Research procedures


One needs the Tarjeta Nacional de Investigador, which is available free of charge to any serious researcher. It can be procured at any one of the state archives; bring a passport or equivalent identity document and two loose passport photos.

Permitted and prohibited items

  • Permitted: laptop computers, paper, pencils
  • Prohibited:

Document ordering and delivery

Photocopying, photography, microfilming

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Key individuals

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There are daily lockers available free of charge as well as vending machines in the lobby area. There is a coffee shop across the street and plenty of restaurants in Simancas.

See also

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