Lifestyle & Parenting

Reign in Spain

November 29, 2012

Spains Castilla y León region is home to more medieval castles than
anywhere else in Europe. Segovia – 30 minutes north of Madrid via
high-speed train – is the jewel in this areas crown with scenic castles,
cathedrals and palaces. Like a fairytale come to life.


For a truly authentic experience, stay in a parador. Paradors
are Spanish state-run hotels converted from historic buildings- usually
convents, castles or palaces. The Parador de la Granja is housed in the
18th century palace used by Charles III for Princes Gabriel and Antonio.


Manchego, Jamón ibérico and morcilla (blood sausage) are regional
specialties. Sorry vegans! Roast suckling pig, or conchinillo asado, is
the most famous Segovian dish. The meat is so tender that it is
traditionally cut tableside with a dinner plate. Our favourite was at
Mesón de Cándido, a Spanish Inn founded in 1786.


Sangria, what else?! Throw a rock anywhere in Segovias Plaza Mayor and
you are bound to hit a pretty patio with a spectacular view. Prefer your
wine with less fruit? Tempranillo a good bet in this region. If you want
to wander around with a drink in hand, ask for yours para llevar (to go).


The Alcázar de Segovia is one of the most recognizable and beautiful
castles in Spain. Walt Disney thought so too- the Alcázar served as a
key inspiration for the iconic Cinderella castle.


The Catedral de Santa Maria is not to be missed! Literally. It is
massive, so really, you cant miss it. The cathedral was built starting
in 1525, making it the last Gothic style cathedral to be built in Spain.
The interior is ornate but light and bright- one of the most beautiful
Ive visited.


Segovias Roman aqueduct is one of the most important and well-preserved
ancient monuments in Spain. It is the symbol of Segovia, and one of the
many reasons the town is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Palacio Real de La Granja is an 18th century baroque palace, located 15
minutes outside of Segovia. Visit at dusk, when most of the turistas
have left and there is a beautiful dappled glow cast over the extensive
French-style gardens. You can still make it back to Segovia in time to
watch the sun set over the Alcázar.

Laura Cropper


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