Crta. Soria-Plasencia s/n, Segovia, 40196, Spain
most typical near city-Segovia
I always have a car either from family or rentals, so look to stay in typical places, this is Segovia, Castilla and Leon at its best. Great friendly service always, wonderful local food the traditional way, and close to the city of Segovia en route to Soria and the French border.
I have been staying here since 1990 on my north south runs ,lovely, you will like it too
Unique Quality: freindly, central to get out on the car to Soria or Segovia and also the French border. Restaurant, great views of the countryside, and all modern commodities.
Directions: road 601 carretera avenue de la via roma,the carretera nacional 110 ,venta is on your left hand side coming from segovia
More about Segovia
From the time of Augustus, or a little later (!)
View from the terrace near Plaza de San Martin
The ceiling of "La Sala de Reyes"
The view from the patio at El Desvan
Travel Tips for Segovia
City from the distance
Seen from a distance, even in such a greyish day, Segovia looks fantastic – the Cathedral rising high above other buildings, the castle on top of a hill overlooking the surroundings and defending the town from invaders. The brownish colour of the stones that make these buildings gives a characteristic feel to the lovely town.
I arrived by car in Segovia after visiting Valladolid. Approaching Segovia from “this side” there is a breathless landscape “behind” the city: some huge, imposing mountains covered with snow. Unfortunately as the day was very grey my photos don’t do it justice. But believe me, it is something worth seeing.
This is what cought my eye almost immediately after I finished "WOWing" at the Aqueduct. Once I passed the most important landmark and went towards the city center I noticed that many buildings in the city have some interesting ornaments that decorate the exterior. Mostly geometrical shape and some that remind flowers covering almost every second building in the Old Town. I had to do some homework before I found out what it all represented.
Well, let me bore you with some history:
"Mudéjar" were Moors that remained in Spain after it regained its Christianity. They did not convert into a new, to them, religion but still were allowed to stay in the country. Their building style was conbined of many others like Gothic and Romanesque together, but what made their style different is the use of cheap and big bricks and the ornaments i.e carvings.
This is how Segovia got her Moorish look with augmented facades. Later I learned from the VT member Maurizioago that the ornaments are called "Esgrafiado".
If you want to know more about Mudéjar style you'll have to go to Toledo, where a big museum is located inside the Museo de Santa Cruz, formerly a church.
Go see vultures
Besides all the monuments in Segovia, there is a pictoresque village 55 kms north-east from the actual town, called Sepulveda.
There, in the middle of dry fields there is a natural park, specially cool for hiking. In the Hoces (little steep canyons), you will enjoy the Duraton river and the bunch of black popplars that guard it.
The hicking routes are 6 to 12 kms long. They're scarce signs but it's almost impossible to get lost, since it's a valley.
Not only the river is the awesome point about the Hoces, but the numerous huge griffon vultures that breed there. When you go into the valley, they'll follow you for a while, as you'll realize when the fly over you: ffflll! Of course the won't attack you. On the contrary, in the breeding season the vulture chicks are extremely vulnerable and just a loud scream from a human would scare them, make them fall off and die. So please keep the place pleasantly silent.
And, the village of Sepulveda is, as most of the villages around, genuine and architercturally cosy.
Quick snack before going home!
I wasn't looking for more than a quick snack before heading back on the bus to the train station.
I headed in here not knowing what I'd find and to my delight it was a bar with a few tables for people to eat food.
I tried the fried chorizo which was very authenic and quite satisfying!
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