León, Spain - Travel & Accommodation Guide
Hotels in Segovia
& Province, Castilla y León, Spain
- after Toledo, SEGOVIA
is the outstanding trip from Madrid. A relatively small city, strategically
sited on a rocky ridge, it is deeply and haughtily Castilian, with a panoply
of squares and mansions from its days of Golden Age grandeur, when it was
a royal resort and a base for the Cortes (parliament). It was in Segovia
- in the unremarkable church of San Miguel, off the Plaza Mayor - that
Isabel la Católica was proclaimed queen. For a city of its size,
there are a stunning number of outstanding architectural monuments. Most
celebrated are the Roman aqueduct , the cathedral and the fairy-tale Alcázar,
but the less obvious attractions - the cluster of ancient churches and
the many mansions found in the lanes of the old town, all in a warm, honey-coloured
stone - are what really make it worth a visit. Just a few kilometres outside
the city and reasonably accessible from Segovia are two Bourbon palaces,
La Granja and Riofrío.
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|After being a military trading
centre under the Roman Empire, Segovia lived its golden age during the
Middle Ages, when it became the place of residence of the court of the
Trastámaras and an important centre for cattlebreeding and textiles.
This period was responsible for the construction of a large number of Romanesque
buildings, a wealth of heritage that is still conserved today.
Inside the city are important
medieval and Renaissance buildings, such as the Casa de los Picos, the
Corn Exchange or the Tower of los Lozoya.
On our way to the Plaza Mayor
and the Cathedral, called "the grand lady of cathedrals", don't miss the
Medina del Campo square, the church of San Martín, where Mozarab,
Romanesque and Mudejar elements are spread around the series of arches
and capitals. The old Segovian Jewish quarter must have been in an area
near the city walls since the Convent of Corpus Christi is built over a
former synagogue. San Miguel, incidentally, was the place chosen for the
coronation of Isabel the Catholic Monarch as the Queen of Castile.
Alcazar, Segovia, Castilla-Y Leon, Spain
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|A short distance away from
the arcaded Plaza Mayor we find one of the last gothic buildings to be
constructed in Spain, the Cathedral. Started in the XVI century in flamboyant
Gothic, in its execution are some pieces of the old cathedral such as a
gothic Hispano Flemish cloister, the choirstalls and the main façade.
More recent additions are
the San Frutos gate, the apse, the high reredos (a work by Sabatini in
the baroque style) and the Neoclassic retrochoir by Ventura Rodríguez.
In the side chapels we can observe sculptures by Juan de Juni and Gregorio
Hernández. These names belong to some of the greatest craftsmen
of the Spanish baroque and neoclassic periods. The Cathedral Museum also
offers us a large collection of religious art from various periods of history.
|The los Caballeros quarter
is also inside the city. Here you can find luxurious large houses and palaces
belonging to noble families such as the palaces of Floresta, Count Cheste
or Uceda-Peralta. Numerous Romanesque churches can be found in this quarter,
such as the church of San Juan de los Caballeros (which houses the Zuloaga
Museum), San Nicolás (now the Municipal Theatre Workshop) or San
Esteban, a XIII century building whose tower and atrium are one of the
jewels of late Spanish Romanesque. Among the beautiful displays of medieval
military architecture, such as the Hércules Tower and the Arias
Dávila Tower, is the church of la Trinidad, one of the best preserved
vestiges of Romanesque in the city.
At one end of this walled
enclosure is the profile of the Alcazar fortress behind the Queen Victoria
Eugenia gardens (this is where the old cathedral was located). On the outside
is the impressive group formed by an 80 metre high tower with twelve more
smaller towers, and a moat for defence. Several courtyards, halls and rooms
can be visited, and you can even go up to the top of the crenellated tower
and admire the Segovian landscape.
Any point in the province
is a good place to try Segovian cusine. La Granja broad beans, Castilian
soup (made from garlic and bread) and roast lamb and suckling pig, are
added to calderetas (meat stews) and game dishes. Cantimpalo spicy sausage
is well known as is ponche Segovian (a typical cake). Designation of Origin
wines from the Ribera del Duero will accompany these delicious dishes.
Inspired Alcazar, Segovia
The restaurant at the Parador
in Segovia offers us a wide menu from which we can try some of these
dishes, prepared in a wood oven. Its modern facilites offer us one of the
best views in the city.
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Plaza Acueducto, Segovia
The Eurostars Plaza Acueducto
is a stylish, contemporary hotel occupying a classic honey-coloured Castilian
building in Segovia's old town, in front of the famed aqueduct and 500
metres from the historic Cathedral. The hotel is in an excellent position
to explore the surrounding area; the 15th-century Casa de los Picos, St
Martin's Square, St Lorenzo's Church, and the Cathedral can all be found
within 700 metres. Guests can relax in the stylish, modern ambience
of the air-conditioned public areas, enjoy a drink or snack from the café-bar,
use wireless Internet connections, and work out on the fitness equipment.
The 72 modern guestrooms, over four floors, feature neutral decor with
coloured fabrics in muted shades, parquet flooring and contemporary furnishings.
The Hotel Alcazar is located
in the World Heritage city of Segovia surrounded by wonderful natural landscapes.
Set in a 17th century building, its stones walls, granite and marble columns,
wooden beams and impressive glass windows, contribute to the warm and intimate
atmosphere, that guests breath as soon as they arrive. Due to its
strategic location, stunning views of the city, and historic buildings
can be observed from its windows and balconies. Antiques, works of art
and regal furniture decorate the spacious and elegant lounges. The
exclusively decorated and spacious rooms which have been named after important
queens of the Segovian history, are filled with plenty of antique details
blended in perfect harmony with the added modern facilities.
San Antonio El Real, Segovia
Hotel San Antonio El Real
is located in the historic Spanish city of Segovia, 500 metres from the
Roman Aqueduct and one kilometre from the Cathedral. This two-storey
hotel is housed in the cloisters of a former monastery from the 15th century.
The air-conditioned public areas have complimentary wireless Internet;
laptop and mobile phone rental is available. Cars can be parked securely
nearby complimentary and there are laundry facilities. Hotel San
Antonio El Real Cloister Restaurant serves Castilian specialities in a
historic setting. Guests wake up to a complimentary buffet breakfast each
morning. Guests enjoy complimentary use of the hotel fitness centre.
Puerta de Segovia (2 kms from Segovia)
The Hotel Husa Puerta de
Segovia is housed in a modern, four-storey building sited two kilometres
from the historic centre of Segovia. On sunny days, guests can enjoy a
dip in the outdoor pool. In the evenings, guest can enjoy a range of Mediterranean
and international dishes in the Puerto de Segovia Restaurant. Complimentary
newspapers are provided in the lobby and public Internet access is available
for a charge. Multilingual staff at the front desk can exchange currency
and store valuables in the safe-deposit box. Other practical amenities
include shoe-shine and dry-cleaning services and laundry facilities.
The 205 guestrooms have neutral decor and functional furnishings including
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Parador de Segovia Modern,
welcoming and surprising, this Parador rises up in one of the most monumental
cities of Spain, declared a World Heritage Site. From it can be seen the
best panoramic view of Segovia. It is moreover an ideal setting to approach
the numerous natural spaces of the province. The bedrooms of the
Parador are spacious and comfortable, and enjoy splendid views of the city,
as does the dining room and the outdoor swimming pool. The very spacious
lobby displays modern paintings and design elements, in clear contrast
to the simple, circular lines which frame the heated swimming pool. The
splendid conference centre stands out, with several living rooms and congress
rooms, and the dining room, an extensive display of regional products:
'judiones de La Granja' (beans), Castilian soup and roast lamb or suckling
pig in a wood-fired oven.
Infanta Isabel, Segovia
The Sercotel Infanta Isabel
is located in Segovia, Spain, within 50 metres of the 16th-century cathedral
and San Miguel church. The hotel lies five kilometres from Guiomar train
station where the high-speed Madrid-Segovia line passes. Overlooking
the town square, this 19th-century building, spread over five storeys,
opens to plush interiors with gilt-framed mirrors and floral sofas.
A spa tub can be found on the top floor and there is a lounge bar. Meeting
rooms can cater for up to 50 delegates theatre-style, or 65 people for
a banquet or cocktail party. Parking is provided for a surcharge.
Restaurant Casares serves regional dishes and tapas in modern surroundings
with dark wood furnishings and parquet floors.