If you visit Segovia during the Stork nesting season, make sure that you look out for the Storks that nest in the trees in the square in front of the Alcazar.
If the Alcazar is open and it is possible to climb the tower (it wasn't this last time I visited), you can get great views down into the Storks nests. The Storks seem to start building their nests in March time, although of course the view will be better later in the season when the babies appear and get fed by the parents.
The Alcazar Tower is higher than the trees the Storks nest in, so you get excellent views down into the nests.
Fondest memory: Everybody seems to love these majestic birds. The Spanish seemt to go out of their way to encourage them to nest.
Whilst it is very nice to see the Storks nesting in the trees, the best view of the Storks is when they fly. They tend to be creatures of habit and fly off in the same direction each time, so if you are patient and wait a bit, you can see the fly right overhead, although you have to be pretty quick to get a picture.
In March time they are building their nests, so they frequently fly off to get more twigs, with both male and female seeming to be responsible for building the nest. This of course means that they have to make frequent flights (but without the airmiles) to get the twigs, so you see them airborne frequently.
Fondest memory: Very graceful birds in flight unless they hit a headwind, in which case they need to flap quite a bit as they have a lot of wind resistance!
I have been to Segovia quite a few times, but never in late March time before. It adds another dimension to the views of the city with the flowers smothering the trees. They also have a very strong smell which is quite intoxicating.
If you haven't seen Almond Blossom before, it is bigger and thicker and more dense than apple, pear or cherry blossom, it also smells much stronger and has a smell that I cannot really compare to anything else.
This picture was taken from the mirador just below the Parador, which is well worth visiting anyway, but is definitely worth seeing in late March.
This tip is two in one really! If you go into the ticket offic e for the Alcazar you will see some very nice tiled pictures on the walls. This is one of them.
It maps out the Provinces of Spain and the big towns.
As you can see Segovia is fairly central and borders the Madrid Province. It is a nice day trip from the capital.
Fondest memory: Aquaduct, Cathedral, Alcazar and Suckling Pig!
The views from by the parador and just around it are exceptional on a bright day. This shows one of the best views you can get of the cathedral. I shot it from just by the parador (I had to hop over a safety barrier first - there's quite a drop down to the road.)
There are also excellent views to the Alcazar and most of the old town (although the view of the Aquaduct is not so good due to the angle).
If you view the cathedral from the Plaza Mayor, you will see the left hand side of the cathedral, so quite surprisingly you can't see the largest tower (right hand side), so I thought I would show the church in its full glory here.
Fondest memory: Go in early Spring time when all of the blossom is out (late March), this one isn't actually Almond, but similar in colour.
Favorite thing: 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.
Favorite thing: Segovia is the capital of the Province of Segovia, one of the 9 provinces that “build” the autonomous community of Castilla y León in central Spain. This beautiful city was classified by Unesco as World Heritage site in 1985. Situated on top of a hill, Segovia has 2 rivers running nearby: River Eresma and River Clamores.
Favorite thing: 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.
In case you’re out of money there are many banks around (at least 2 of them at Calle de Cervantes that leads to plaza Mayor) and even on weekends when they are closed you can use their ATM machines so to have some more euros to spend at the souveris shops or in one of the restaurants (come on you have to try the cochinillo!).
I think that Segovia is more cheaper than Madrid. One night in a nice bar I drunk 5 beers and I paid 5.50 euros…. Oh yes! :)
Fondest memory: staying with Brazilians and speaking turkish in a restaurant! :)
After your arrival by bus walk down the av. de Fernandez Ladreda till you reach the Tourist Information Office (right next to the Aqueduct).
The English speaking stuff were very friendly, they provided me with a nice free map, they showed me the basic parts of the town etc Inside the place there are some nice scale models of the city in the past and a small store with Segovia’s souvenirs. The office is open til 20:00 except Sundays that is open till 19:00
directions: next to the Aqueduct facing Candido restaurant.
telephone: (+34) 921 466 720
Fondest memory: This picture always makes me laugh because it reminds me of a funny moment that happened during our day in Segovia: that poor street performer was trying to entertain passersby, but the dog obviously had a very low opinion of his musical talent as it would start howling at the top of its lungs everytime the guy would play a note on his saxophone. I thought they might be putting on a funny act together until I realized that the saxophonist was doing his very best to ignore the dog and keep on playing. The result was rather cacophonic, but it did entertain us for quite a while!
There is a little tourist info hut at the left side of this Monumental Gate to the town, in the lower part of it.
To get there, turn right from the entrance roundabout and go down the slope till you see this gate...
Here you can get a map, a list of the tourist attractions, hotels, restaurants, schedules of the Palace...
It was constructed in the Gothic Style but was built on the remains of the old Cathedral which was destroyed by fire during the revolt of the Comuneros.
The building of this Cathedral started in 1525 under the direction of Juan Gil de Hontanon.
This city is only about 70 Km from Madrid and it's very well known for two main things: Aqueduct (from the Romans Period) and Baby Roasted Pig (translation from 'oOOo', or little pig, Gods' food for people).
If you want to have a pleasant day in Segovia, you can taste this food in a lot of places there. And to begin with, it's strongly recommended to ask for 'Judiones de la Granja', that's Big Beans from Segovia.
* 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).