Segovia is one of the provinces in Castilla y Leon, one of the Autonomous Communities in Spain. For those of you who are not familiar with Spanish geography, it is located north-west of Madrid. Apart from the well-known aqueduct city, there are many places to explore through its territories. Either if you like to walk around old villages or hike through nature, there is a place for you here.
1. Hoces del Duratón
Some say this Natural Park looks like Horseshoe Bend in Arizona. The river Duraton cuts through the rocks and creates a beautiful canyon which you can see from up above at the Ermita de San Frutos, go kayaking through its calm waters or both. For kayaking we chose a guided tour with the company Naturaltur from Cantalejo.
Another very important highlight of the park are the griffon vultures, this park holds the largest colony of this species in Europe.
An old medieval village, with no modern buildings, where everything is kept in good condition and taken care of for over 700 years. It may look like a movie set for some, but it’s a real village where very few people live and everyone has to access the village through the same gate. The most outstanding highlight is the castle, at the end of the village. You will also find some restaurants, artisanal shops and local hotels managed by the locals.
It’s very small and it may take you only around half an hour to walk through its beautiful streets, but it’s definitely something worth seeing, because there’s no other place like it.
Located very close to the neighborhood province Valladolid, you can find this small beautiful town. Among other architectural structures there’s a medieval castle and its town walls. Walking around the old streets you can also find some cute shops, a variety of churches and nice town houses.
4. La Granja de San Ildefonso
The most outstanding place in this village is the 18th century Royal Palace and it’s huge gardens full of fountains, where the kings of Spain used to spend their summer. While there is a fee to enter the palace, the gardens are open to the public for free. It is also a good place to visit for a day trip from Madrid since it’s only one hour and a half by car.
In these gardens you can find some of the few Giant Sequoias in Spain (the most important ones named “the King“ and “the Queen”). This kind of tree is not native to Spain, these were brought to Spain from California by Spanish explorers in the late 18th century.
5. Las Calderas
This one is for the hikers. The “Calderas” are amazing natural pools from the Cambrones river, in La Granja de San Ildefonso and the higher you hike the better it gets. Most of the hike is on plain ground, but if you want to reach the top you will have to climb some rocks. If you want to enjoy some peace and quiet in the mountains with a place to have a swim, I really recommend you to do this!
Of course, the most outstanding place is the city of Segovia itself, with one of the best preserved Roman aqueducts, a ship shaped castle and the only Gothic style cathedral built in Spain. If you would like to know more about what to see in the city you can check out my post about Segovia.
Have you ever heard of these places? Which one would you prefer to visit?