* Plaza del Azoguejo, 1
- Tel.: (+34) 921 46 67 20/21/22/23
* Plaza Mayor, 10
- Tel.: (+34) 921 46 03 34
- Fax: (+34) 921 46 03 30
- Internet: www.segoviaturismo.es
- E mail: email@example.com
- www.spain.info/TourSpain/Destinos/TipoII/Datos%20Generales/H/RP/0/Segovia.htm?Language=es (several languages).
Visiting the gardens
The gardens are a nice place to take a relexed walk around. If you go further, there are quiet pine woods and tracks to go around the place. The further you go from the palace the less crowded this lanes are and the more sense of being in a wood you get.
Check out the tiled roofs!
My Spanish teacher in Madrid actually came from Segovia and she's the one who made me aware that people in Segovia have traditionally built their tiled roofs upside down - or maybe I should say downside up! If you look at most roofs, you'll notice that the tiles are laid down facing upwards instead of downwards. The important thing is that it keeps the rain out all the same, but it does look kind of different!
Bring a Jumper (sweater) !!
I visited in April and although most of my day was sunny with clear skies, it was also, at times, very chilly and the wind was always blowing.
It is worth noting that Segovia is 1000 metres (3300 feet) above sea level.
I have to admit to finding this tip a little sad, and it is also a bit past its sell by date in some respects.
Back around 10 or so years ago when I first started going to Spain and I started learning Spanish, I saw a Spanish video on Segovia (educational) and it featured a little old manwho had a very old box camera on a tripod. He would take photos of people poking their head through a decorated background that made them look like they were dressed in traditional costume.
After seeing this video and the other attractions on Segovia, I was keen to visit, and made it a priority the next time I was in Spain. Over the next few years, I actually had my picture taken by the old guy twice. I remember how on later occasions he would proudly jab his finger as this new plaque that was on the wall that dedicated the corner of the square to him. In the video he had appeared as a rather charming old man, in actual fact he was rather cantankerous!
The plaque basically states that this corner of the square is dedicated to the "Minute Man" (so called because it took him about a minute to expose the picture (and a few more to develop and print it!). He had been working there for over 50 years.
I haven't seen him for the last several years, so I can only assume he has died, and all that is left is this rather poorly looked after plaque that has not stood the test of time very well at all. If you want to see it, it is in the Square with San Martin church, and is next to a big yellow postbox alongside the road that leads down to the aquaduct.