As it is now a tradition around this time of the year in Segovia, from the 25th of May and until the 3rd of June, a new edition of the Musica diversa festival will be taking place in town. A great opportunity to enjoy lots of live music at very affordable prices. See you out there! For more info, please go to www. http://festivalmusicadiversa.com/
From Thursday the 10th until the next 15th of May, Titirimundi, the international puppets festival will be back in town. This famous festival has been going on for quite a few years now taking place around the 15th of May. The streets and patios of Segovia are filled with this magic extravaganza of marionettes, artists and wonderful shows from all around the world. To find out more and download the programme and ticket offices, please go to https://www.titirimundi.es/
We would also like to remind you that next Saturday the 12th of May we will be holding the 2nd edition of the tour dedicated to the “Segovia of the 3 cultures”. Starting at the Main Square at 5 pm, and going through the very interesting history of cohabitation in medieval Segovia. Linguistic support provided for those who need it.
Don’t miss out, this Saturday, the opportunity of getting to know the three cultures Segovia back in medieval times. An official guide from the town will take you out and about in this very interesting tour, that will teach you many facts of the coexistence of Christians, Jews and Muslims; it will also give you the possibility of enjoying a quite relaxed language class for all our foreign visitors.
Please see facebook, twitter, web or meetup to make your booking. I already got mine!! See you this Saturday the 14th of April at 5 pm at the Plaza Mayor!
It is, without a doubt, one of the most stunning buildings in town, as well as one of the most scarcely known. We are talking of the Monastery of San Antonio el Real, located at avenida de Padre Claret, just where the aerial path of the aqueduct begins.
Built by the so called “Segovian king”, Enrique the 4th of Castile, half-brother of Isabella (the Catholic Queen) and a key figure of the history of this town, it was conceived as the convent where the Franciscan brothers would live until the time, after the king’s passing, that his sister Isabella would donate it to the Poor Clares, hence relocating the male Franciscans in the convent of Saint Francis (the Academy of Artillery these days).
This is an extremely beautiful monastery with a number of mudejar coffered ceilings dating back from the 15th century and miraculously almost intact.
A good portion of the building is used today as a hotel bearing the same name, amongst the most popular ones in town.
The convent is open to the public and it is well worth it paying a visit; the timetables are from Tuesday afternoon from 16:00 to 18:30, Wednesday to Saturday from 10:00 to 14:00 and from 16:00 to 18:30 to Sunday morning from 10:45 to 14:00. Entry fee is 2 euros per person, 1.50 euros por groups over 20 people and free for children under 12, disabled and unemployed people.
Picture taken from the website of the hotel http://www.sanantonioelreal.es
Don’t miss out, the 25th of this month, this joint tour of Castellum and Escuela Habla, held at the Museo Gastronomico de Segovia. You will get to try the tasty judiones de la Granja and will learn some interesting facts. The price of the tour is 15 euros per person and it includes the entry fee and tour around the Museo Gastronomico, an informative session on the judiones (large beans typical from this area) with the person who is responsible for the brand, specific language support and a full menu also including bread, wine and a special dessert. Just as well really, it is so cold lately that we could not think of a better plan for a Sunday morning, from 12:30 pm onwards. Limited tickets so book your space quick!
This week everybody in Segovia is talking about the weather, and the snow of course, tons of it. In fact many of us (including myself) had never seen anything like this before, with roof tops near collapsing under the weight of the snow. The fire brigade was out yesterday doing all sorts of job related to this ice and snow storm. However, we have decided to show you what the Alcazar looks like at times like this, beautiful isn’t it? The locals, especially those over 70 say that this was the usual thing in winter many years ago but it is also true that the last time Segovia was so deeply covered in snow was about 20 years back.
The forecast says that it will possibly carry on snowing all the way until the weekend (at least) so please try to understand if you do book a tour with us this weekend and we have to finally cancel should the roads be full of ice (we are reaching -7 and -8 temperatures) or a heavy snow storm. All those booking tours these days will receive an informative mail with the latest information based on the national forecast agency (AEMET) and whether or not the tour can take place. This is our job and we are really looking forward to going back to normal. In the meantime, why not going back to childhood days and enjoy a ride sledging down the aqueduct or making a snowman??
The exhibition “Segovia en estampas. Estampas de Segovia” starts today, the 18th of January at 8 pm in the Salas del Palacio at the Torreon de Lozoya.
It contains over 140 pictures of both the town and the province spanning from the 16th to the 19th century. The exhibition is sponsored by the Fundacion Caja Segovia together with the Diputacion Provincial de Segovia.
Yet another similar exhibition called “Imágenes de Segovia en las Artes de la Estampa” already took place in 2004, also held in the same lounge; it brought to light an important part of the collection belonging to Caja Segovia. The one launched today shows, as well as some pieces displayed at that time, another works never shown before in our town. These artistic draws, both pictures and books, shed light on visions of monuments, some of them no longer in place, works on the Aqueduct and the Cathedral of Segovia and the famous castle of Coca, amongst others, urban and rural landscaping by artists like David Roberts, Genaro Pérez Villaamil, Gustavo Doré o Vicente López. Until the 1st of May at the Torreon de Lozoya. More info at www.fundacioncajasegovia.es
We do know that quite a few of you will be spending this huge Bank Holiday weekend in Segovia. We are actually sold out for the 7th, 8th and 9th of December and we are glad you don’t fear the cold weather. Besides coming to our tours we have some suggestions for you spare time, this is two different markets you should pay a visit to.
One of them is the Christmas Market starting today until the 9th at the Torreon de Lozoya, organised by the Spanish Association Against Cancer right in the town centre, at Saint Martin’s Square. The other one is the Mercado del Marquesado in the Colegio de Arquitectos (calle Marqués del Arco número 5), an open space for designers and artisans to find many special ideas for gifts or simply to have a wander round.
The European Film Festival MUCES will be held in Segovia from the 15th to the 21st of November. This year we would recommend the “Filmed in Segovia” section. For more info, please see the following link: http://www.muces.es/index.php
Tomorrow night, at midnight, we will celebrate Halloween. This is a very short-lived tradition in Spain since we used to have our very All Souls Night. It is a very special night, full of mystery and magic, where the souls of the dead come back to spend a short time with the living. Everybody celebrates Halloween these days and there are so many different parties where people dress up, but if you want to live a terrifying Halloween night book a tour tomorrow night from eight pm with Sonia and the girls of Escuela Habla to hear, first hand, all those legends and ghost stories. It will surely be dead terrific!!