Segovia, the Castilian of Spain

As I am with Spain,lets continue should we? Yes. Thank you.

Segovia is the cradle of Castile and Leon, worth a kingdom and a very nice day trip from Madrid. It is UNESCO heritage site and for good reason.  Here was the seat of the kings of  Trastamara ,and one of them the queen Isabel I the Catholic was crowned here at the church of San Miguel  queen of Castile in 1474! , and one of my favorites Spanish cities.

From Madrid you can come by car as I do, on the AP6 or AP61.  Parking is by the avenue Fernandez Ladreda near the aqueduct) There are buses La Sepulvedana  that runs daily from Madrid, webpage http://www.lasepulvedana.es/ . There is also Cercanias trains on RENFE from Madrid at http://www.renfe.com/EN/viajeros/index.html ,and a high speed train station just outside the city at about 300 meters from the road A61 at Segovia-Guiomar.

Some of the sights to see and not missed are the Aqueduct (Acueducto)  from the 1C or early IIC  AD, it has 818 meters long ( 2699 ft)with more than 170 arches and its highest point is at Azoguejo with 29 meters (95.7 ft) , also, the most visited. The Alcazar de Segovia, a fortress castle records show it from 1122 AD but probably it was there before,and was a favorite home of the kings/queens of Castilla/Castile.  The official webpage is here http://www.alcazardesegovia.com/index.htm . The monasterio de San Antonio el Real, old hunting lodge of king Enrique IV before becoming a monastery, the rooftiles dates from 1455AD all of them!  you can see it at the regional tourist office webpage here  http://www.turismocastillayleon.com/cm/turcyl/tkContent?pgseed=1245322537136&idContent=5412&locale=es_ES&textOnly=false  The Catedral de Santa Maria, the last gothic church built in Spain and it is known as “the lady of the Cathedrals” , the chapel to Saint Barbara is of my devotion. The walls or murallas of Segovia, they used to be  3 kms long ( about 1.8 miles); today it is still visible the doors (archway towers) of San Cebrián, of  Santiago,and the San Andrés, as well as three doorways such as Consuelo, de San Juan, del Sol, and de la Luna.

There are many other wonders here but the above are my favorites in town. Plenty of churches and civil buildings including the Casa de la Moneda, the oldest industrial building in Europe.  The best garden in town is Los Jardines del alcazar forming just where the old cathedral was and started due to the wedding of king Felipe II with Anne of Austria in 1750 however it was not finished until the reign of king Fernando VII in the 19C.

You,also,have some nice museums such as the Museo de la Academia de la Artilleria inside the Alcazar castle, Museo de Segovia, with a history of the city and surrounding areas, and the Casa Museo Antonio Machado ,the great Spanish poet who lived here from 1919 to 1932 before been killed in the Spanish civil war.

Nearby do not miss the Granja de San Idelfonso, about 11 kms or 6,8 miles from Segovia and bus from bus station in town will take you there. This is the palace king Felipe V built in 1731 as he was used to Versailles whre he was born as grandson of king Louis XIV,and needed something similar but smaller.

There are many hostals, ventas, and hotels in Segovia, however over the years I always go to my old reliable at Venta Magullo, lodging and restaurant on site for road travelers that is what a venta is. webpage http://www.ventamagullo.es/

As far as eating if not at the above Venta Magullo, then we head for the famous Meson de Candido for its cochinillos, at the foot of the aqueduct, very touristic but still very good. webpage http://www.mesondecandido.es/  For a good tapas, light meals and drinks we stop by Meson Mayor at Plaza Mayor very near the Cathedral, http://www.mesonmayor.com/

The official tourism webpage for Segovia is at http://www.turismodesegovia.com/  and the webpage for the region of Castilla y Leon area is at http://turismocastillayleon.com/cm/

Hope you enjoy this beautiful part of Spain,Cheers!

 

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