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  • Segovia

    by ger4444 Written Jun 21, 2007
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    Segovia is situated upon a rock between the Eresma and Clamores River. The towns most impressive highlight is the Alcazar, a disney-like fairytale castle. its a reconstruction of the mideaval fortress. it has sevaral rooms decorated with wapons, paintings and furniture. in the squre formed tower you have a great view over the mountains. The second important monument is the 1 th century roman aquaduct. (Segovia wa in the roman area an important military town) The cathedral of Segovia is 16 th century and build in gothic style. build by Gil de Hontanon. it has an impressive altar. in the museum of the chaperroom there are brussels wallcarpets to see as well as paintings and statues)

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  • Toledo

    by ger4444 Written Jun 21, 2007

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    Toledo is a mediaval town within old townwalls, situated upon a hill at the river Taag. The romans have founded the town. the town has been the capital of the Visgoths. Highlights of Toledo: 1. the cathedral. (its one of the biggest in christianity. its most impressive feature is a 16 th century monstrans 3 meters high. it gets on the street once a year. The transparente is an old barroque altar in marble. the retable, in polychrome is one of the most beautifull in spain, depicting life of Jesus) and the choir, the benches are decorated depicting scnes from the fall of Grenada) 2. Alcazar (this was the palace of Carlos 5 th. it houses now a military museum). 3. Museo de Santa Cruz (the collection contains work from the middle ages and renaissance and work by El Greco, amongst the famous Assumption.) 4. Iglesia de Santo Tomé (here you find El Greco's funreal of count Orgaz. its a masterpiece) 5. Ermita del Cristo de la Luz (a small mosque dating from 1000). For the ultimate experience of viewing toledo you can hire a taxi and go to the mirador a place that overlooks the town.

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  • El Escorial

    by ger4444 Written Jun 21, 2007

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    This is a monastery of Phillips the second. its the biggest monastery of spain. its build in the 16 th century and keeps an enorm collection of art pieces of the royals. the monastery is build in a sober style called desornomentado. designed by Herrera and Bautista de Toledo. Highlights are: 1. the library (here the private collection of Phillips the second amongst which 40.000 books. the ceiling has impressive fresco's) 2. the art museum (with paintings by belgian, italian and spanish painters) 3. the royal pantheon (in this mausuleum the spanish kings are buried). 4. the basilica (very decorative church with statues of Phillips the second and Carlos 5 th) 5. the patio de los evangelistas (here you find a temple with statues of the evangelsis) 6. The glory of the spanish monarchy (this fresco by Giordano depicts Carlos the fifth and Phillips the 2 th. ) 7. chapterrooms (here you see an altar for Carlos 5th. the celing has fresco's of angels) 8. palacio de borbones (luxuriously decorated rooms with wallcarpets by Goya)

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    Toledo

    by barryg23 Updated Nov 23, 2006

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    Toledo

    Toledo is good choice for a day or overnight trip from Madrid. It's located about 70km south of Madrid and the best way to get there is by train. There are frequent fast trains from Atocha station which take about 40 minutes.

    Toledo was once the capital of Spain and has a good collection of Jewish, Christian and Moorish buildings and monuments. Despite all the visitors it receives, it's always possible to find quiet areas in the old part of the town, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986.

    Toledo was home to El Greco for many years and some of his paintings can be seen in churches and museums around the city.

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    Toledo - Old Capital of Spain

    by cherrybug Written Mar 27, 2006

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    Toledo is the old capital city of Spain and is about 1 hours drive from Madrid.

    The main interest in Toledo is the architecture which is heavily arab influenced and the city is entered by an impressive gate - Puerta de bisagra. The city is very beautiful (similar to Durham in England) and is an interesting and pleasant place to visit.

    The main square of Toledo (plaza de zocodover) provides shops and somewhere to get a coffee and in past times was the venue for burning witches.

    Toledo has many churches and a impressive cathedral. There is a entrance fee to the cathedral though alternatively if you enter via the chapel instead it is free of charge. There are also two synagogues worth a visit and San Juan de los Reyes church with it's gothic spires is very interesting.

    The view from Pasea del transito is also worth a look - the river curves around the outskirts of the town and the old bridge can be seen from here.

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    Toledo

    by fishandchips Updated Feb 7, 2006

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    Toledo from the main road

    Toledo is a great daytrip from Madrid and is only 45 minutes from the big smoke. It's feature building is the church which can be seen from quite a distance away. The area is quite warm being in the middle of Spain. Toledo is surrounded on three sides by a bend in the Tagus River . It was once the capital of Spain, though it lost its political status to Madrid in the 1500s. The big Cathedral is worth a visit here and it include El Greco's Twelve Apostles and Spoliation of Christ and Goya's Arrest of Christ on the Mount of Olives.

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    Valle de los Caidos

    by cfuentesm Written Dec 9, 2005

    Take a cab from El Escorial to visit this stounding place. Franco built the monument of Santa Cruz del Valle de los Caidos (Valley of the Fallen) as a memorial to those who died during the Civil War. It's the most amazing granite sculpture I have ever seen. Really imposing. Also visit the church interiors.

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    OUT OF TOWN

    by markeveleigh Written Sep 22, 2005

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    A small plaque on the southern edge of Puerta del Sol marks ‘Kilometre Zero’ and, as befits the country’s spiritual and geographical heartland, Madrid is well-connected by bus and train.
    An hour to the south is the ancient city of Toledo, the Imperial City of Roman Spain and once the headquarters of Visigoths, Jews, Moors and, very nearly, modern Spain itself. The labyrinth of the medina is still reminiscent of a Moorish city but the starkly monumental walls of the Alcázar are as unmistakably Castilian as the palace-monastery of San Lorenzo de el Escorial (on the other side of the capital). Just beyond El Escorial is Franco’s ‘Valley of the Fallen’ war-monument and further up in the Sierra de Guadarrama (an hour from the city) there are miles of un-trodden forest trails and wonderfully wild, windy ridges.

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    Valle de los caidos

    by gasca Updated Aug 13, 2005

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    Built with the express desire of dictator Franco in memory of combatants of both sides of Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). There are aproximately 40.000 bodies, half each side, including the graves of Franco himself and Jose Antonio Primo de Rivera (another dictator).

    How to get:

    From San Lorenzo de El Escorial:

    Bus: Escorial-Valle de los Caídos; Line 660 in the Square Virgen de Gracia s/n (AUTOCARES HERRANZ)

    Road: San Lorenzo de El Escorial-Valle de los Caídos; M-600

    From Madrid
    Road: A-VI, detour to M-600

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    San Lorenzo Del Escorial

    by gasca Written Aug 13, 2005

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    Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo Del Escorial

    An off the beaten path for most tourists but very common one-day activity at the same time.

    Considered the eigth wonder of the world, was built by Juan de Herrera, and was the center of the empire of Felipe II, the king whose empire was so vast that it was said to be the empire on which the sun never set.

    Address:
    C/ Juan de Borbón y Battemberg, s/n.
    28200 SAN LORENZO DE EL ESCORIAL (MADRID)

    How to get (from Madrid)
    Buses: 664 & 661 from Moncloa station(AUTOCARES HERRANZ)

    Road: Madrid-San Lorenzo de El Escorial; A-VI, until las Rozas, detour to M-505; A-VI, detour to M-600

    Train: Madrid-El Escorial; Suburban Train C-8 (Atocha Station)

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    Spend the day in Chinchon

    by temi Written Nov 2, 2004

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    the main square

    Chinchon is a lovely town about 1/2-45mins by bus from Madrid. Absolutely beautiful!

    There are lots of 'Cuevas'. Caves that serve wine for ridiculously cheap.
    I paid 5 euros for all you can drink wine.

    Be careful however, in the caves, you are unlikely to know how drunk you are getting!! Until you have to get home!1

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    San Lorenzo de El Escorial

    by Carmela71 Updated Nov 11, 2003

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    Just one hour north-west of Madrid by bus or train.

    The palace was designed between 1562 and 1584 by Renaissance master-architect Juan de Herrera, on the orders of Felipe II, who died there in 1598.

    It includes a basilica, Felipe II's palace, the royal mausoleum, several art collections, a library and a museum

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    Alcalá de Henares

    by Carmela71 Updated Nov 11, 2003

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    Alcal? de Henares university is one of the most important monuments to see, was founded by Cardinal Cisneros, under the reign of Isabelle la Cat?lica.

    he main sites to visit in Alcal? de Henares are the old university with its famous renaissance fa?ade and the buildings of the old Colegios Mayores.

    Alcal? de Henares can be reached by the Cercan?as trains on lines C2 and C7

    Buses leave from Continental Auto.

    To get there by car one should take the N-II

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    Navacerrada again

    by Carmela71 Updated Nov 11, 2003

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    Navacerrada, wonderfull mountains , just outside Madrid, where you can just walk, do skying ....

    I have gone always by car, but I imagine you an get there with bus or train.

    For hiking is a good place if you know the itinerries or you go with a proper guide, Read previous tip to know why i say it lol

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    Navacerrada

    by Carmela71 Updated Nov 11, 2003

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    Navacerrada, wonderfull mountains , just outside Madrid, where you can just walk, do skying ....

    I had gone twice, but a long time ago lol, to do hiking. On my first time I trusted in my guide (well I was supposed to lol after so long toguether) and we got lost, finally we found the train line and got safety to where we left the car.

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