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Meson de Candido Restaurant

on May 22, 2013 in Eat and Drink | 2 comments

Meson de Candido restaurant is the most famous place to eat roasted suckling pig in downtown Segovia and its fame is well deserved.  This bicentennial establishment is located next to the magnificent Roman Aqueduct in the Azoguejo Square.  The actual old-style Castilian house is a formal monument building of the royal city of Segovia.  Meson de Candido offers a traditional Segovian cuisine experience that you will never forget. When you order the roasted suckling pig, at the table at the time of serving your dish, there will be a very interesting small ceremony.  First, Mr. A. Candido (the son of the original chef and innkeeper, Candido) will deliver a speech and then he will cut the pig with a plate.  I will not tell you more details of the ceremony so I do not spoil the surprise.  Even though the most popular dish is the roasted suckling pig, I will also encourage you to try: the...

The Old Quarter of Segovia

on May 3, 2013 in Sights | 0 comments

A visit to the old quarter of Segovia is a must if you come to Spain.  The Roman aqueduct, the Cathedral, and the Alcázar Fortress are just a few of the World Heritage Sites that you can visit inside the old city walls.  There are so many important sites in Segovia that I would probably need more than a hundred posts to cover the entire city.  In this post in particular I tried to take some pictures in general of the main sites around the old quarter of Segovia.  Think of this post as what you can see in one quick day if you stop by Segovia. When you arrive to the main entrance of the historic quarter of Segovia you first encounter the Roman aqueduct.  It was built during the Roman Empire more than two thousand years ago.  It is a magnificent piece of engineering that until very recently it was still working and providing with water the elevated part of the city.  During the Roman...

Cañada Real Nature Center

on Apr 24, 2013 in Sights | 2 comments

The Cañada Real Nature Center (or in Spanish: “Centro de Naturaleza Cañada Real“) is a farm dedicated to the study and knowledge of the Guadarrama mountain range´s plant and animal life.    The center is located next to a town named Peralejo within the municipality of the Escorial.  Furthermore,  it’s about 29 miles from Madrid Capital and three miles from the Escorial downtown.  The easiest way to get there is by car, however there is a bus-stop (669A) right in front of the farm. The Cañada Real Nature Center is open to the public almost every day of the year, please double-check their webpage before you go.  There are many activities during the day for the visitors that involve professional guides and teachers that explain and help you understand the habitat.  However, you can also visit the farm on your own.  There is a path of about a mile and a half that circles the farm and...

La Granja of San Ildefonso

on Jan 8, 2013 in Sights | 0 comments

 La Granja of San Ildefonso is a quiet and calm small town located on the northern foot of the Guadarrama Mountains. La Granja has a variety of places to eat, sleep and shop that you will enjoy exploring.  It is very near Madrid about a 50-minute drive no matter which way you go through and a 7 minute drive from Segovia. You can go by bus or train; with a first stopover in Segovia and then taking a local bus towards the site. However, the quickest and easiest way to get there is by car. The most famous and important attraction to visit is The Royal Palace of La Granja of San Ildefonso and its gardens. However, the Glass and Tapestry Museums are worth taking a look. I personally enjoy walking around the town and breathing the fresh air coming from the mountains. These days there are plenty of different places to eat and for all budgets. Recently I tried Casa Zaca Restaurant and had a...

Royal Palace of La Granja of San Ildefonso

on Jan 8, 2013 in Art, Sights | 0 comments

The Royal Palace of La Granja of San Ildefonso is probably one of the best maintained 18th century palaces in Europe. When you walk around the site, it resembles the court of Versailles and the truth is that King Philip V actually wanted these similarities. However, you can also perceive an influence from Spanish baroque and a touch of Italian decor. When you approach the royal residence through its front entrance, you see a beautiful garden with very tall trees brought from many parts of the world. When you continue to walk around the palace towards the back, you get to a large area full of gardens and fountains. I have been several times in these gardens in different seasons and I am always amazed of how beautiful they are. However, if you want to see the fountains working and many of the statues in the gardens, you have to come after the winter months (after April). I will be honest...