Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A day out in Segovia, Spain

We visited the beautiful city of Segovia in November 2010 and as you'll see were again lucky with the weather as you'll see in the photos, incredible blue sky. Situated north of Madrid it only takes 30 minutes on the high speed train to get to Segovia so it's a great place to tie onto a visit to Madrid.

Segovia's Roman aqueduct

Sunglasses in November, what a beautiful day
Segovia stands for everything that is great about old Spain, oozing history. It is a wonderful place to spend the day wandering around its narrow winding streets, enjoying the views of the great plaza, the cathedral, its Romanesque churches and its mansions. Through the ages Segovia has been the meeting point for many cultures: Roman, Arabic, Jewish and Christian.

Iglesia de San Millan

The Catehedral of St. Mary
Segovia's cathedral is a great stone temple constructed upon the highest point of the city (1,006 metres above sea level) at the Main Plaza of Segovia. Construction began in 1525, it was inaugurated in 1558 and consecrated in 1768. 

Be sure and keep your energy levels high whilst wandering around the beautiful Segovian streets, stop for a tapas or if you're really hungry why not enjoy some Cochinillo. This is one of the specialities of Segovia, roast baby pig, crispy on the outside while the meat is tender and juicy, delicious! Highly recommended is Meson de Candido, check out their website www.mesondecandido.es/ingles.

Segovia is a city of many highlights, perhaps the most famous is the Alcazar. A fusion of palace and military fortress, it sits over an elevated promontory that is thought to have housed other structures since the times of the Celtic culture. It has multiple underground levels and secret passages that even reach the rivers and other palaces of the city. Even though it has been inhabited by Visigoths and Muslims, the first written reference to the Alcazar is Christian. 

Segovia Alcazar

Iglesia de la Vera Cruz
The photo above of the Iglesia de la Vera Cruz was taken from inside the Alcazar, the church is separated from the city by the River Eresma. It has a circular floor plan characteristic of the Templers who founded it in the 12the century.

Farewell from the Segovia Alcazar