Cultural visit to Segovia y La Granja

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Segovia is rooted in its Roman past; the superb aqueduct is still evidence. Other popular attractions include the Cathedral, very similar to the New Cathedral of Salamanca, and the Alcázar (castle), whose silhouette is impressive on the rivers Eresma and Clamores.

The Real Sitio de La Granja de San Ildefonso is located in the north of the Sierra de Guadarrama, about 90 km from Madrid. In 1721, Felipe V ordered the construction of a palace of singular majesty and beauty, image of Parisian palaces that were built by his grandfather’s -Luis XIV of France, demand, as the late Marly Palace. The king retired to the palace in 1724 and from then until 1918 -date in which the building suffered a devastating fire- was the official summer residence of the kings of Spain.