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The Territorial Commission of Cultural Heritage of Segovia reports the discovery of a new site in Martín Miguel. The new documented archaeological record is that of 'Las Asomadillas', of an Ancient Bronze chronology and with an area of ​​4,49 hectares. This discovery increases the provincial inventory, as well as allowing the establishment of adequate protection measures and avoiding damage to this enclave.

The Commission has held a meeting this Thursday by videoconference, under the chairmanship of the territorial delegate José Mazarías, and, among other matters, has approved the technical report on archaeological activity linked to the project of a 90 MW photovoltaic solar power plant, in the municipalities of Valverde del Majano, Garcillán and Martín Miguel, where the new deposit has been discovered.

The approved report proposes, in general, the archaeological control of the entire solar power plant project during the earthworks phase. And as regards the location of the discovered site, it is proposed to exclude the project from the area corresponding to the archaeological site or not to carry out any type of earthworks in that sector.

On the part of the Territorial Service of Culture and Tourism, an operating permit will be opened in the Cultural Heritage application for External Companies (PEME), in order for the technical managers of the intervention to include the information of the new site in the database of the Junta de Castilla y León.

Wall of Segovia
Also in the section dedicated to archeology, the Commission has approved the technical report on the archaeological control linked to the works for the consolidation of a section of the wall adjoining the farm located at number 2, Calle Arquitecto Odriozola, in Segovia capital.

The approved report contains an archaeological assessment of the different phases of intervention on the medieval wall and its repairs, taking advantage of the occasion provided by the necessary dismantling of the factories. During the archaeological control, a set of carved architectural pieces of Renaissance or Baroque aesthetics have been recovered, reused in the construction of the lining of the original wall, of which a selection has been deposited in the Museum of Segovia.

Waste area in San Cristóbal de la Vega
Finally, among the issues to be highlighted at this Thursday's meeting, the archaeological activity linked to the construction project of an area for the contribution of construction and demolition waste, bulky and non-hazardous equipment has also been authorized in San Cristóbal de la Vega . It is about carrying out the archaeological control of the necessary earthworks (clearing, cleaning and grading) for the execution of the urbanization works planned by the Provincial Environmental Consortium.

It should be taken into account that, in the event of significant archaeological finds, the situations that arise will be analyzed, then determining the necessary corrective measures to guarantee the integrity of the assets that may be found, and the redefinition of the precise archaeological actions for this, even with the rethinking of the work itself.

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As La 8 Segovia has learned from sources of some employers, they have been informed of the intention to close the fortress to visits from Monday to Thursday and to open on Fridays and weekends, holidays and bridges, although there have not yet been any official confirmation and a press conference has been called for tomorrow, Thursday, by the colonel warden of the Alcázar of Segovia, Alejandro Serrano Martínez, where he will offer the details of the measure.

The new schedule will be accompanied by an ERTE for employees, a staff of around 35 people, due to reduced working hours, depending on the destination.

The situation was agonizing, sources close to one of the most representative monuments in Spain have recognized, which received 754.946 visits in 2019 and, currently, barely covered the figure of 15 visitors in one day, taking into account that the closure is in force perimeter of Castilla y León and, from this Friday, the fence is even tighter.

The lack of visits causes serious damage to the Alcázar, whose maintenance depends on the income from the box office, so, for now, no further improvement works will be considered, such as those that have been carried out years ago, the last one the remodeling of the Plaza Reina Victoria Eugenia, which will conclude around next January or February, a year after it was announced, due to unforeseen events.

Quarterdeck

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Segovia will have a leading role in the final sprint of 2020 of the streaming platforms, which have the last releases of a year in the oven about to release, which, with the pandemic, has finished catapult the 'series phenomenon'. Its consumption skyrocketed during confinement for the enjoyment of HBO, Netflix, Movistar + or Amazon Prime, which have multiplied their number of subscribers and are now preparing for a Christmas that promises to become the most homelike in decades.

Among the titles that are on the launching ramp to give the last bite to this 2020 are at least two that have been shot in Segovia, perfectly recognizable in the 'trailers' and the promotional images that have begun to spread to warm up engines and hook viewers. The arcaded square and the unique streets of Pedraza are unmistakable in the first images that have been seen of '30 coins', one of the most anticipated series. The combination of the HBO label with the director Álex de la Iglesia generated great expectations and the 'trailer' and the product bill that promises ends up putting long teeth.

Its premiere, which will take place on November 29 on the aforementioned platform, will be experienced with a special emotion in Pedraza, where its cast of actors shot some shocking scenes. '30 Coins' mixes mystery and terror from the hand of the actor Eduard Fernández, who plays Father Vergara, an exorcist by profession, boxer and ex-convict who, with the aim of forgetting his past, lives in a lost town where they soon begin paranormal phenomena to occur. The mystery of a coin that could be part of the thirty with which Judas was paid for his betrayal of Jesus Christ will place Father Vergara and the mayor and the town's veterinarian (Miguel Ángel Silvestre and Mega Montaner) at the center of a global conspiracy that involves the Vatican and that threatens the world.


The mayor of Pedraza, Pedro Martín, is confident in the success of the series, which was a shock to the entire area. «It was an injection for the City Council and our establishments, but also for other towns in our environment. They rented warehouses, rural houses ... It was extraordinary. It has been the best we have ever had, ”he stresses. The producers counted for the recording with extras chosen in individual castings that were held in Sepúlveda and Pedraza, where Álex de la Iglesia ended up being named a town crier. "We are very satisfied and we are waiting for you with open arms in case you want to return," the mayor insists on '30 coins', which will consist of eight chapters of approximately one hour each.

Much longer than it takes to list the filming that Pedraza itself has hosted in recent months, one of the province's film sets par excellence. This municipality charges 1.800 euros for a full day of recording - regardless of whether they also use night hours - and usually provides changing rooms, toilets and a storage room. "In September they came to take some pictures for publicity. I don't remember now which brand, but we haven't had any more filming and we don't have any requests in sight," says Martín.

Its situation contrasts with that of Segovia capital, where the Councilor for Tourism and head of the Segovia Film Office, Gina Aguiar, assures that "in the last quarter [the sector] has recovered and we have almost the same shootings as in the last quarter of last year. Although for reasons of confidentiality it cannot reveal the titles of the productions, it does indicate that the old prison has once again become the most demanded location. The cameras have also recently been deployed in the Artillery Academy, the Mint and the Alcázar. The latter, in addition, was visited a few weeks ago by representatives of 'The Wheel of Time' ('The Wheel of Time' in Spanish), an American production prepared by Amazon Prime based on the fantasy novels of the same name by Robert Jordan. This newsroom has learned that they finally plan to shoot in the fortress on November 30 and December 1 and 2.


The City Council has begun to consider the possibility of increasing the amount that the Segovia Film Office - belonging to the Municipal Tourism Company - charges the production companies for the information, support and advice they provide when they decide to record in the city. "We help them manage permits for the occupation of public roads, for example," explains Aguiar, who was not yet in office when in July of last year Segovia traveled to the Second Republic with 'Tell me who am I' .

This original series by Movistar + in collaboration with DLO Producciones is an adaptation of the 'best-selling' novel by Julia Navarro, which tells the story of Amelia Garayoa, a woman who, driven by her ideals, is capable of leaving her whole life behind to Fight for freedom. Through the encounter with the four men who mark her life, she will be involved in the most relevant events in the history of the XNUMXth century: from the Franco uprising to the liberation of Berlin, passing through the communist rise in Stalin's Moscow, the barbarism from the Warsaw of the ghettos, the Rome of the last years of Mussolini or the decline of Nazi Germany in occupied Athens.

In some of the images that Movistar + has shared, the entrance of the Cathedral is recognized by Marqués del Arco street, where a protest by supporters of the Second Republic was staged while the protagonist (actress Irene Escolar) accesses the temple. La Travesía del Patín and the old prison were the other two spaces in Segovia planned to shoot, but in this case we will have to wait for the premiere of the series (on December 4) to discover them.


A task that the residents of Aragonese, the district of Santa María la Real de Nieva, have already fulfilled in which, at the end of this summer, the video clip of the song 'Too many women', by C. Tangana, was recorded. «They called me from the production company. Apparently one of its members was linked to Aragonese, but they didn't even tell me the artist he was, "says the mayor of Santa María, Pilar Ares, who out of curiosity came to the shoot:" It was all in one day and they left everything even better than they had found it. As they were going to shoot in the cemetery, we asked them not to take any names from the tombstones and not to be irreverent ”. The video has almost 12 million views on YouTube and allowed to fix some swings with the money given by the production company.

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Skeletons from the XNUMXth century rise to the surface greeted by the music of a bluetooth speaker. It is the secular shock that lives these days the plot that the church of Sonsoto, in the municipality of Trescasas, occupied until well into the XNUMXth century. The archaeologists are there at work, making history live. After a week of excavation, the walls of the old temple and the human remains of its cemetery are clearly visible, since the churches of the time had a cemetery. One by one, the archaeologists thoroughly clean the bone tissue, photograph the remains and document the find on a file, including a drawing. It is the fine-tuning of some remains that will end their itinerary at the Provincial Museum and that have allowed us to locate on the map a parish that the passage of time turned into ruins.

The plot where the archaeologists work is not a site, but what their jargon describes as a chance find. What was a nuclear place of the town for centuries will be in the near future a spacious chalet. The promoter of the work interrupted his plans when the workers ran into the walls of the old temple. Once the Trescasas City Council was notified, the Heritage Commission approved the authorization for the archaeological excavation and documentation of the remains. The archaeologists started work last week.

Until the 1759th century, in the reign of Carlos III (1788-XNUMX), Sonsoto and Trescasas were two independent towns and each one had its own temple; Then the current church of the municipality was built and now Sonsoto is a neighborhood of Trescasas. The disappeared church of San Pedro dates back to the late Romanesque, around the XNUMXth century. Once the new joint temple was built, the old church fell into disuse and its structure deteriorated over the years. The church of San Benito, which until then was the church of Trescasas, was in turn transformed into the municipal cemetery and hosted the necropolis that until then were in each of the churches.

The construction of the new temple responds to a decision of Carlos III in all Spain: to remove the church cemeteries. The one from La Granja was the first to do so. “The two churches were in ruins, so take advantage of it and make one in the middle for the two towns. It is very good for them to use Trescasas as a cemetery because it is a little on the outskirts. And this is in disuse ”, underlines Miguel Yuste, archaeologist director of this excavation and a resident of Trescasas.

The Territorial Service of Culture and Tourism of the Junta de Castilla y León has worked together with the Trescasas City Council and with the promoters of the works, who are the ones who finance the archaeological works. After a prior assessment of the remains found, the work will be limited to the excavation of funeral contexts at risk of loss or destruction. In parallel, the construction remains and foundations are cleaned manually, as well as their archaeological documentation, prior to their protection.

In their research, archaeologists have found the foundations of the walls and the necropolis. The remains of the cemetery are skeletal. "They are human skeletal remains in burial graves that we are trying to value and can go from the XNUMXth to the XNUMXth century," explains Yuste. Regarding the church, they have found "the walls and voussoirs of an arch." As soon as the driver began to see things, he notified the promoter and he, following the law, notified the territorial archaeologist. That sometimes happens, archaeologists do not always have all the sites located ”. The historical conclusion of the find is not minor: "We have located a church that we did not have located, its dimensions and the funerary use it had."

Necropolis

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Through the signing of different agreements, the Provincial Council has certified in the last week its support for the archaeological and geological activity of the province, which, led by research in the Roman city of Confloenta, is complemented by other projects and interventions to throughout the Segovian territory that allow us to know how life was in the past in our province and to which, after the signing of these agreements, the Provincial Council has allocated a total of 2020 euros for this 24.000.

Bernardos, Armuña, Aguilafuente, Navas de Oro, Otero de Herreros and Castrojimeno have been the municipalities to which the Provincial Council has awarded a subsidy of 4.000 euros for each of the projects presented, ranging from the purchase of information support material to the writing of a technical report or radiocarbon dating of samples obtained.

These agreements, which come from the Area of ​​Culture, Youth and Sports of the provincial institution and were initialed by the president of the Provincial Council, Miguel Ángel de Vicente, and the mayors of the different Consistories, will allow financing expenses of various kinds without which it would result It is difficult to undertake all the work envisaged in initiatives of this type. Thus, in the first place, in Aguilafuente, they will be able to continue giving continuity to the activity of one of the most ambitious archaeological projects that have been carried out in recent decades in the province and that has made the Villa Romana de Santa Lucía and the Archaeological Classroom two references in the matter.

Regarding Bernardos, the amount consigned will contribute to the financing of the campaign carried out in the Dolmen de Santa Inés this summer, where the study of the megalithic tomb continues from a biographical approach to try to identify the different phases of occupation that They took place inside the monument, as well as the different funeral rite practices that took place in it. With a budget for 2020 close to 14.000 euros, among other actions, the documentation of subsequent evidence of occupation in the middle of the second millennium BC has continued, as was witnessed last season.

A month earlier, the team of archaeologist Raúl Martín Vela had been working on Cerro Tormejón, located in Armuña, to carry out a series of archaeological interventions in some municipal property plots located at the top of the Cerro platform. With these works, with which the Provincial Council is now collaborating, a research project is continued in this sector of the Eresma valley on the castellated settlement from the Bronze Age to late antiquity, complementing the investigations of this same team in the Dolmen de Santa Inés, in the Peña del Moro and in the town of Matabuey, and at the same time a review of the site in its Visigothic phase is deepened under new investigative perspectives.

The remaining grants will contribute, firstly, to carrying out analytical carbon-14 dating tests and the acquisition of different material for the excavations of Cerro de los Almadenes in Otero de Herreros and, secondly, to the recreation of two prehistoric dwellings. framed in the Bronze Age and Iron Age in the Peña del Moro archaeological project in Navas de Oro, where it is also intended to date with Carbon 14 a documented habitation context between the 2019 and 2020 campaigns.

Finally, and in this case in the case of a geological and not an archaeological intervention, the Castrojimeno town hall, where one of the most important coral reefs in Europe is located, intends to use the grant awarded for the acquisition of a projector, a screen of protection with monitor and a wall support for the Municipality's Reef Interpretation Center.

Dipu

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Riaza, with its mountain architecture, and the medieval town of Ayllón have been the destinations where the cycle 'Traveler, I'll teach you Segovia', the guided tour program organized by Prodestur, a Tourism Agency of the County Council. The guides Leticia González and Mariano Vela were in charge of telling the participants the main attractions and curiosities of the tourist heritage of both towns.

The Riazan village, with its characteristic arcades and bullring, was in charge of receiving the visitors, who gathered in the Plaza Mayor. The group walked through the urban area and stopped at the well-known Cervantes street to admire the typical mountain architecture and then move on to the parish church of Nuestra Señora del Manto. The temple, located behind the town hall building, is an impressive Renaissance complex, dated between the end of the XNUMXth century and the mid-XNUMXth century, with a rectangular Latin cross, apse, two chapels, bell tower, sacristy and baptistery.

Later, the expedition moved to feel the medieval atmosphere of Ayllón, beginning the visit in the arch that presides over the town next to the Romanesque bridge on the banks of the Aguisejo, to then enter the old town, with its cobblestones and emblazoned houses; such as that of the Contreras or the Palacio del Obispo Vellosillo, a building with a Renaissance façade that houses the Ayllón Library and Museum of Contemporary Art. The procession later arrived at the Plaza Mayor and visited the church of San Miguel, the town's main temple since the 1902th century, when its construction began, until 40, when it was suppressed for worship. Later, the participants in the tourist activity approached the neoclassical church of Santa María la Mayor, built between the end of the XNUMXth century and the beginning of the XNUMXth century and which has a majestic XNUMX-meter high bell tower topped with a belfry.

Since the philosophy of the program, apart from appreciating the heritage of each town, is to make known the most representative businesses and industries or artisans in the area, the day ended with a stop at the El hada Leanan de Ayllón leather workshop, where The members of the group were able to know first-hand the process of treatment and craft work with leather. In addition, the participants were provided with a list of the different existing establishments within a radius of twenty kilometers.

The next guided tour of the 'Traveler, I'll teach you Segovia' cycle is scheduled for next Saturday, November 28, and will take a tour of the so-called Bishops Villas: Turégano and Aguilafuente. In the first town, among other points of interest, you will see the church of Santiago and the popular fortress castle, while in the town of Sinodal you will visit the old palatial houses, such as the Pérez de la Torre and Las Conchas houses. , the remains of the Palacio del Marqués de Aguilafuente, the exterior of the Church of Santa María or the Archaeological Classroom in the church of San Juan. The visit to the artisan cheese factory of Celestino Arribas, in Escalona del Prado, will complete the day.

The reservation request can be processed by sending an email to the address This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Registration is three euros and travel to the starting point of the visit must be done by private car. It must be taken into account that, given the new mobility restrictions, the groups are reduced to a number of five people plus the guide.

Riaza Traveler

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After the latest research work carried out this summer in the Aqueduct, declared by Unesco as a World Heritage Site, the fence around the investigation of the origin of the granite with which this great work of hydraulic engineering was built is tightening, at the beginning of the second century after Christ.
During the seminar 'Lapides et marmora: the construction of an empire. The stone resources of Roman Hispania ', organized by the Museum of Segovia, dedicated to stone material and quarries that were used in Roman constructions, the head scientist of the group of natural stone and monumental heritage of the Geological and Mining Institute of Spain ( IGME), Javier Martínez Martínez, said verbatim that "the central part of the Aqueduct, seems to be the area with the fewest reconstructions and that shows the original Roman factory, has an exclusive use of both Ortigosa del Monte ashlars and La Granja-Valsaín" .
In his communication, Martínez referred to the preliminary results of the research line in which the IGME, the municipalities of Segovia and Ortigosa del Monte and the Junta de Castilla y León collaborate, which has not yet reached definitive conclusions. This geologist, who was a member of the team that worked on a crane this summer, points out that «it seems that four quarries –those in the neighborhood of San Lorenzo-Arroyo Cigüiñuela-Arroyo del Juncal, La Lastrilla-El Sotillo, 'El Berrocal' and La Granja-Valsaín– were the extractive areas that supplied stone for the construction of the Aqueduct ”, although the central part came from the last two.
The geologist assures that «we have encouraging data and it seems that we are going to obtain geochemical indicators that will allow us to discriminate the origin of those ashlars that come from 'El Sotillo' and the Cigüiñuela outcrop, as well as those from La Granja-Valsaín o ' El Berrocal ', it seems that it is going to provide us with a certain guarantee or reliability about the origin of the ashlars.
In his opinion, the textural indicators focused on the size of the crystal and its distribution have very similar patterns in La Granja and Ortigosa. Martínez explained that “there is a certain consensus when affirming that some of these granite outcrops were active in Roman times and that the ashlars on which the Aqueduct was built arose from these materials, it was not a quarry that supplied the material, but that there were several due to the large volume of stone used, around 1.500 cubic meters of stone ».
In the same communication from the geologist, in which the director of the Museum, Santiago Martínez, also participated, the archaeologist José Miguel Labadrador referred to the project in which they have been working, since 2016, in 'El Berrocal', - one of the best quarries conserved areas of Segovia, with more than 250 hectares, with granite bowls and motorboats–, with support from the Ortigosa City Council and the regional government.
Labrador spoke of finds of remains, which will be released shortly, which confirm that this quarry has been exploited at different times. It is located three kilometers from the Los Almadenes copper mine, which was used by the Romans.

 

Eight granite rock outcrops

The geologist Javier Martínez maintained in his speech at the seminar that granite in Segovia has been one of the main construction materials used to raise its architectural heritage. It is due, in his opinion, to the aesthetic characteristics, durability and resistance, as well as its high availability in the surroundings. In a radius of 20 kilometers from the center of the city are eight outcrops of granite rocks. In the capital, there is the outcrop on which the San Lorenzo neighborhood rises, as well as those of La Lastrilla-El Sotillo, Valseca and Torrecaballeros, La Granja-Valsaín, La Losa, Peña del Hombre, 'El Berrocal', of Ortigosa, and Otero de Herreros. In all of them there are evidences of having existed an exploitation of granite rock, throughout the ages.
Although they have been opened in recent times, in none of them are there modern cut brands, they were exploited with traditional systems.
For Martínez, the set of these farms offers a very charismatic sample of the methods of exploitation of granites, isolated bowling pins, domes and motorboats and intensive open-air holes. In all, the individualization techniques of blocks are common, they use wedges, grooves / slashes, bars and levers, among others.

Non-destructive techniques

According to geologist Javier Martínez Martínez, the only way to discriminate which quarries were active in Roman times would be by looking for the correlation between constructions of the time with the materials that are exploited in the different extractive areas. This is the point at which the Geological and Mining Institute of Spain (IGME) is working, in collaboration with municipalities of Segovia and Ortigosa del Monte and the Junta de Castilla y León, petrologically characterizing the different ashlars that were used for construction of the Aqueduct of Segovia.
After analyzing the different rocks of the granite outcrops around Segovia, the research focuses on the petrological study of the Aqueduct ashlars, looking for petrographic indicators –mineralogical, textural, geochemical–, genuine characteristics of the rocks that directly relate them to any of the The pits.
According to Martínez, mineralogical indicators are determined by X-ray fluorescence and disguise, but they are not too discriminatory to differentiate those from La Granja and those from Ortigosa, because they have very similar mineral compositions between them.
The geologist clarifies that the problem arises that to determine the mineralogical composition of the Aqueduct stones it is necessary to obtain samples and take them to the laboratory for analysis, which is a destructive technique.
In this sense, he emphasizes that "cultural heritage sampling is a problem because it limits us to a certain number of tests, right now we are working with non-destructive techniques that allow unlimited sampling."
The textural indicators are centered on the size of the crystal and its distribution, showing very similar patterns in La Granja and Ortigosa del Monte. Through digital image analysis, which is a non-destructive technology. Currently, the project is focused on geochemical indicators, as Martinez explained, which are based on obtaining evidence from the geochemical composition, using portable X-ray fluorescence equipment, a technology that is not destructive either.
This is the work carried out in August with X-rays, taking 300 references and, later, with the work of the archaeologist Néstor Marqués together with a team of surveyors, for photogrammetry and laser scanning of the monumental part of the Aqueduct, even with the use of drones.

Aqueduct

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The governing council of the Junta de Castilla y León has agreed to allocate 4.7M € to the Natural Heritage Foundation for the management of five theme centers and 28 visitor reception centers - park houses - in natural parks. Among the thematic centers is the Casa del Águila in Pedraza de la Sierra, an interpretation center for the imperial eagle as well as for environmental aspects of the mountains and located in the old convent of San Miguel.

The endowment of funds will also revert to the houses in Sepúlveda and Riaza park, the latter in Montejo de la Vega de la Serrezuela. The thematic centers that complete the foundation's interpretive network are the Casa de la Madera, in Burgos; Urogallo Center, in León; Aula del Bosque el Amogable, in Soria; and Centro del Lobo, in Zamora

Since 2015, the Natural Heritage Foundation has been in charge of the integral management of the activities, services and equipment, both of the Network of Park Houses and Thematic Centers and of the Rio Classrooms, all of which depend on the Ministry of Development and Environment .

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National Heritage has invested more than 1,9 million euros in the restoration of 169 easel paintings, belonging to the Royal Collections, located in 14 Royal Sites located in the communities of the Balearic Islands, Castilla-La Mancha, Madrid and Castilla y León . In the specific case of Castilla y León, actions have been taken in 43 squares of the Royal Palace of Riofrío (Segovia), in six of the monastery of Santa María la Real de las Huelgas (Burgos) and in one of the Royal Palace of La Granja of San Ildefonso (Segovia).

With this restoration campaign, which has been carried out during the last 32 months, National Heritage has wanted, among other objectives, to stop the deterioration processes that the works presented or to restore them in an integral way.

The restoration of these works has been carried out through a commissioning process carried out by the public company Tragsatec, through a team of twelve restorers, who have worked in premises of the main floor of the Royal Palace of Madrid.

In addition, as reported in a statement, National Heritage has selected the restored works taking into account that these will form part of the different restoration plans of the different Royal Sites or that they were of notable invoice and large dimensions, susceptible, therefore, of being exposed and that until now were, to a large extent, stored due to their degraded state of conservation.

National Heritage has created a space on its website that allows users to discover the restoration process of some of the main works of this campaign. Through a virtual tool, the public will be able to check the status of the work before its restoration and how it has been after the work carried out.

For her part, the president of National Heritage, Llanos Castellanos, assured that this restoration campaign "is an excellent example of the effort that this institution is making to recover its historical-artistic heritage, which is the heritage of all, and for the creation of a comprehensive and balanced management model ”. "The most obvious example of our commitment to promoting this new management model is that the restored works come from up to fourteen different Royal Sites located in four autonomous communities of our country."

La Granja

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After meeting with the agents of the tourist offices of municipalities with a strong tourist attraction in the province, the deputy for Tourism, Magdalena Rodríguez and the Prodestur technician Sofía Collazo, have completed this week the round of contacts with the rest of the action groups local of the province Segovia Sur, Honorse- Tierra de Pinares, Codinse and Aidescom; representatives of the main tourism associations and companies: Association of Rural and Active Tourism in Segovia and Association of Active Tourism Entrepreneurs of Castilla y León ATACyL and of rural tourism consulting companies.

The first appointments were also attended by the four workers hired by Prodestur to update the territory's tourist resources. Eva Matey, who collects information in the region of La Campiña; Lucía Velasco, in Tierra de Pinares; Aroa Alonso in South Segovia and Guillermo Iglesias in Northeast Segovia. These telematic meetings have had the purpose of drawing conclusions regarding the situation that the sector is going through in the face of the new movement restrictions that are being implemented to stop the expansion of Covid-19 and coordinate common actions and strategies to coexist with this reality. Magdalena Rodríguez presented the latest actions that are being carried out by her department to reactivate the sector, with the promotion of tourist resources compatible with this new situation. Among them, the promotion of hiking, astrotourism and cycle tourism, articulating and designing new routes or routes, and the empowerment of digital media and social networks to boost the offer.

Those responsible for Prodestur also explained the project that is being developed with the hiring of four professionals with a grant from the Junta de Castilla y León to make a detailed inventory of the province's tourist offer with all the resources, updated establishments and accommodation, services, monuments and places of interest of each of the municipalities of the province and its population centers.

With this information, a series of micro plans will be developed within the 20-kilometer area of ​​each establishment, the information of which will be accessed through QR codes placed for this purpose in each location that will also be disseminated on the agency's social networks and website. tourist. They also referred to the initiative to finance discounts in accommodation, restaurants and active tourism companies with the "Reinvent your Vacations" program, a measure that was launched for, among other purposes, to promote inland tourism, which, given the restriction of movements has increased.

Both initiatives have been well received by the representatives of the tourist business collectives and local action groups, who asked for their continuity for next year. These organizations also suggested the interaction of their social networks with those of Prodestur, which is already being carried out. In another aspect, representatives of the business associations of the sector exposed some of the demands and concerns that affect them, related, for example, with the reduction of capacity or with access to places where active tourism activities are carried out, which although They are not the province of the provincial institution, Prodestur expressed a commitment to transfer them to the competent administration in each matter.

The meetings with representatives of the tourism sector of the province began with the heads of the tourism offices of various localities, who transferred those responsible for Prodestur that, although at the end of October and the first days of November there was a considerable decrease of visits, the summer had been "good" in terms of tourist attraction, and they revealed that there had been a strong presence of inland tourism, which has translated into an increase in visitors from Madrid, the provinces of Castilla y León and especially of Segovia.

Deputy

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The last guided tour of the 'Traveler, I'll teach you Segovia' cycle, an initiative promoted by the Provincial Council's Tourism body, had enough ingredients to not disappoint its participants and, as could be predicted, it did not. In the first place, the expedition stopped in Navafría to visit the church of San Lorenzo and the martinete, a medieval hydraulic device that takes advantage of the strength of the Cega River to start operating, to later move to Collado Hermoso, where to contemplate, among others attractions, the remains of what was once the Monastery of Santa María de la Sierra, a majestic Cistercian building.

Eva Torres and Begoña Horcajo were the guides who discovered all the details of these mountain enclaves, revealing, to begin with, that the Navafría copper hammer and smelter is a set of tools for the manufacture of copper cauldrons and other appliances, integrated by the building, the machinery or hammer itself, the foundry and the water collection system. The Navafría, as explained, is the only hammer that is preserved in Europe to beat copper. The visitors were able to hear again the rhythmic sound of the tapping of this ancient machine, a pylon hammer that comes to life moved by a hydraulic wheel against the piece of metal and the anvil, thanks to the courtesy of Eric Abán, descendant of that Victorian Aban reference of the dynasty of boilermakers with a hammer set in Navafría since 1708.

Regarding Collado Hermoso, the participants in the tourist initiative of the Provincial Council learned that the remains of the Monastery constitute the most important work of the place. This, which was rebuilt in the 1212th century when it became a Cistercian abbey in 1133, dates back to the year XNUMX, when the Benedictines settled there with the help of Alfonso VII.

The architectural remains of iconic pointed arches, pointed barrel vaults and a rose window on the main façade that the Monastery conserves correspond to the Cistercian period. In the middle of the XNUMXth century, when the walls began to collapse, as only two monks inhabited it, its decline began and the Confiscation ended up doing the rest.

As the guides let the visitors know, its ruins were declared a Historic-Artistic Monument in 1931 and the remains of the temple are part of the Ábbatte quality textile company, which integrated the visit into another of the objectives pursued by the activity, which is to promote and disseminate trade, industry and hospitality in the different areas. Therefore, the participants were also provided with a list of the different establishments that make up the area within a radius of twenty kilometers.

The initiative 'Traveler I will teach you Segovia', in addition to favoring local commerce, tries to promote and value the work of the official tourist guides of the province, experts who know all its secrets and historical, archaeological, monumental, and scenic resources or museum and that are officially qualified to display them.

The next guided tour of the cycle is scheduled for next Saturday November 14 and will take a tour of the mountain and medieval architecture of Riaza and Ayllón. The arcaded square and still bullring of the Riazana town will receive visitors, who will then move to contemplate the sanctuary of Our Lady of the Mantle. Later, the expedition will travel to the medieval environment of Ayllón, starting the visit at the arch that presides over the town next to the Romanesque bridge on the banks of the Aguisejo, to then enter the old town with its cobblestones and emblazoned houses.

The reservation request can be processed by sending an email to the address This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Registration is three euros and travel to the starting point of the visit must be done by private car. It must be taken into account that, given the new mobility restrictions, the groups are reduced to a number of five people plus the guide, as happened in this last visit, instead of ten as in previous weeks.

Viajero

Source: Diputación de Segovia

The Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Junta de Castilla y León is carrying out, throughout this year, the recovery of cultural heritage distributed by the capital and various points of the province within a wide range of projects that includes archeology to religious elements or that are part of the popular tradition.
Based on the PAHIS2020 Plan document, which is structured around five fundamental principles: society, knowledge, system, territory and cooperation, the head of the Territorial Service for Culture, Ruth Llorente de Andrés, stressed that this year «there has been a great effort so that the restaurant sector is not affected by the pandemic.
In this way, actions have been undertaken for preventive conservation, studies and documentation, restoration or knowledge and dissemination, among others, in order also to promote formulas for public-private agreement and social awareness of the value of cultural heritage.
According to Ruth Llorente, with regard to investment programming, the joint responsibility of the owners and managers of the heritage is taken into account, apart from a collaboration agreement that governs the programming with the Bishopric, owner of a large part of the cultural heritage. The head of the Territorial Service for Culture and Tourism shares UNESCO's criteria in the sense that “heritage constitutes a source of identity and cohesion for societies (...) it has to be something that concerns us all, a value not only of memory of history, but also of present and future ».
In addition to showing the work and commitment of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism in the conservation of the cultural heritage of Castilla y León, according to Llorente de Andrés, these projects also aim to offer professionals and all interested parties the processes and intervention procedures in cultural property and show models and intervention techniques that offer guidelines and examples of good practices.
With a cost of 370.233,21 euros, including some previous interventions and the expected completion in early 2021, the wallpaper coverings of the nineteenth century rooms of the Palacio de Quintanar, in the capital, are restored. The oldest decoration could correspond to a time in the last quarter of the 1775th century, around 1785-XNUMX.
With aid from FEDER Funds, like other projects, the roofs, gallery and interior nave of the 19th century church of Santa María de la Cuesta, in Cuéllar, which began on October 450.525,94, with a period of execution of one year, for XNUMX euros.
The waterproofing of the roof of the central nave and apse of the church of San Miguel, in Fuentidueña, from the 51.304th century, has also been done for 45.375 euros, and a structural intervention has been carried out in the choir of the church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, in Martín Muñoz de las Posadas, built in the Gothic style in the XNUMXth century, replacing the old Romanesque temple from the XNUMXth century, for XNUMX euros.
In the parish church of San Pedro en Cátedra, in Fuente el Olmo de Fuentidueña, from the Romanesque, a Renaissance altarpiece, popularly known as 'Of the Jews', has been consolidated in the nave next to the gospel, which was in poor condition of conservation, presenting important deteriorations, for 16.661,70 euros. They have also carried out the restoration of the decorative plasterwork of the remains of the Palace of Enrique IV, in Segovia (see THE DAY on the weekend of October 11 and 12).
With a budget of 41.160 euros, the archaeological site 'Abrigo del molino', baptized as 'First settlers of Segovia', has been closed, which housed the last representatives of the Neanderthal species in the interior of the Iberian Peninsula, for the protection of its elements of archaeological and geological interest, and for the redirection of runoff that damages its deposits. For 11.434,50 euros, a study of the Roman city of Confloenta and another of the door of the Hispano-Muslim fortified enclosure and its access ramp, in the castle of Ayllón, hill of 'La Martina', for 14.511,96 euros.
The inventory of archaeological sites in the municipality of Bernardos has been revised, for 17.968,50 euros.
Ruth Llorente has also explained that the General Directorate of Cultural Heritage has collaborated with archaeological research projects in Segovia: Cerro de Los Almadenes (Otero de Herreros), Dolmen de Santa Inés (Bernardos), Cueva de Enebralejos, Roman Villa Aguilafuente, Las Pizarras (Coca), Peña del Moro, Abrigo del Molino, Roman Villa of La Palatina, Acheulean site of Armuña and historical quarries of Berrocal, in Ortigosa del Monte.
Apart from the aid to local entities and individuals, among the cultural projects executed between this year and last, co-financed with ERDF funds, dissemination actions have been developed at the site of the Roman city of Confloenta (17.841,45 euros), Martinete de Navafría (18.000 euros), Cueva de La Griega and Torre de La Hontanilla, in Pedraza (39.950 euros), church of San Millán, in Segovia (12.708,63 euros) and Monastery of Santa María la Real de Nieva (10.430,20 euros).
In Confloenta, programs for school visits and educational workshops have been developed, among others; in Navafría, cultural heritage was promoted as a tourist attraction in the area where the Martinete is located, and in Pedraza, guided tours of the cave have been carried out with manifestations of rock art and epigraphy and the Tower, integrated into the medieval fortification. A didactic resource has been developed for the interpretation of the Romanesque church of San Millán, with the remains of the original XNUMXth century alfarje. In the Monastery of Santa María la Real de Nieva, the dissemination of this heritage enclave was proposed, an outstanding example of late medieval architecture in the Crown of Castile.

Dancers vests and Passion veils

In addition to the architectural interventions, work has also been done on other heritage elements, such as the restoration of three dancers' vests for drumming, which at least date back to the XNUMXth century, and two drums from Muñoveros brotherhoods, found in a chest that is kept in the upper choir of the parish church of San Félix.
For Culture, this type of communal clothing, linked to the brotherhoods and festive celebrations, constitutes an asset that must be preserved and restored, not only as heritage assets, but also as examples of intangible cultural heritage linked to paloteo dances. In the budget of 12.463 euros, the recovery of the drums of the Vera Cruz, and of the Blessed Sacrament and Virgen del Rosario has been included.
13.273,70 euros have been allocated to the restoration of the Passion veils in the parish church of San Vicente Mártir, in Hontoria, in Segovia.
It is the only remains that are preserved of the old Holy Week sergas that were used to display in the church during the days when the Passion of Christ is celebrated. There are three scenes, although one of them is shown in two fragments: The Crucifixion, Jesus tied to the column and Jesus before Herod. The twills were stored in the choir, in terrible condition, but a group of neighbors removed them from there, cleaned them and exhibited them.

Ayllon

Source: The Day of Segovia

The cycle of guided tours 'Traveler, I will teach you Segovia' moved on Saturday to the municipality of Real Sitio de San Ildefonso, in which its main centers, La Granja de San Ildefonso and Valsaín, offered the participants of the ninth visit what most outstanding of its heritage, explained in detail by the official guides Leticia Hernández Sánchez and Ana Gómez Martínez.

The visit began in the morning in the Plaza de Valsaín, at the foot of the Sierra de Guadarrama, where the Casa del Bosque was located, a hunting lodge of the Trastamara dynasty in the Middle Ages until it became a palace with Felipe II. The group was pleasantly surprised to discover the artistic and historical significance of this building.

The entourage later moved to La Granja de San Ildefonso, on a journey back in time that served to learn about the XNUMXth-century Baroque splendor of Felipe V, Isabel de Farnesio and Carlos III. The group walked and enjoyed the atmosphere of the town to the area of ​​the palatial environment to see the Stables, the old Barracks of the Guardia de Corps, or the place where the theater and the Old Market were located.

In addition, the participants visited the Church of Nuestra Señora del Rosario, the Casa de las Ánimas, where the embassies, the Casa de los Infantes and the entrance doors to the Royal Site were located; a whole compendium of buildings that testify to the relevance of the municipality at that time. The guides also included a tour of the Royal Glass Factory, a singular and unique space, built according to the plans of the Royal Site surveyor, Joseph Díaz, alias Gamones, between 1770 and 1784.

As one of the objectives of the activity is to promote and disseminate the trade, industry and hospitality of the different areas, the participants were also provided with a list of the different establishments within a radius of twenty kilometers in which they could make stop and inn once the visit is over.

The initiative 'I will teach you Segovia traveler' tries to promote and value the work of the official tourist guides of the province, experts who know all its secrets and historical, archaeological, monumental, landscape or museum resources and who are officially qualified to show them.

The ninth guided tour of the cycle is scheduled for next Saturday, November 14 with two mountain destinations: on the one hand, Navafría, where the participants will discover that the waters of the Cega River are the engine that moves the municipality's Martinete, a pylon hammer used ancestrally for the manufacture of cauldrons and other utensils; and, on the other, Collado Hermoso, where the remains of the Cistercian monastery of Santa María de la Sierra will be the main attraction.

The reservation request can be processed by sending an email to the address This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Registration is three euros and travel to the starting point of the visit must be done by private car. It must be taken into account that, given the new mobility restrictions, the groups are reduced to a number of five people plus the guide, as happened in this last visit, instead of ten as in previous weeks.

20201110 Real Traveler Site I will teach you

Source: Diputación de Segovia

The popular Samantha Vallejo-Nágera (Master Cheff) will open as the perimeter confinement of November ends - and if the covid19 and the authorities allow it - her new business venture, the restaurant-bar-guest house CasaTaberna, after several months of renovations in one of the most emblematic emblazoned houses in the Pedrazana square and whose ground floor housed Mariano's tavern for 200 years, closed in 2015.

Samantha herself explained it on the Discover Pedraza website, detailing that the new establishment responds to a triple concept. On the one hand there is what would properly be a tavern, with a range of breakfasts and beers and tapas, dinners, basically grilled, with desserts and pinchos, all "with a Samantha touch." "The tavern will have the usual terrace, a little bigger, the interior and the entrance hall", explained the gastro-businesswoman.

The restaurant is oriented as a grill, with the cutlet with peppers and potatoes as the star dish, but also a complementary menu, grill, and a non-meat alternative. Finally, the house has five rooms of great luxury "austere-country, very beautiful. All with its fireplace, its views, its window, its wonderful bathroom, its bathtub, its light. The truth is that it is a very desirable place to stay for a lifetime, almost ”, explains Samantha.

Pedraza “vendor”
Not all her life but almost half of it is what Samantha has been living in the village and already converted into its most mediatic prescriber. To the extent that this new adventure has a considerable recovery of Pedrazano heritage, although the television entrepreneur blames her husband, the winemaker Pedro “Peru” Aznar, for the adventure. Samantha explains “I have always wanted to have a hospitality business and the truth is that one day I went to see La Taberna with my husband and he said, come on, we do it, you and me together. I bring the letter, you bring the food, we leave it to our children… Come on, I almost fainted from laziness because I didn't want to work anymore. I'm on TV, I have a caterer, I have many children, I have a lot of work, many things to do, I am very busy and the truth is that my time in Pedraza is my sacred time of rest, although I also have a wedding estate. But he used his charms and proposed such a nice plan to rehabilitate him. And nothing, we embarked on an adventure, we bought the building with great enthusiasm and began with the work. It has been complicated with the covid but we are reaching the moment of opening and we are super excited ".

"My most beautiful business"
Magnificent news for Pedraza, which is endowed with a powerful claim -one more- to consolidate the Villa as a mandatory excursion in the center of the peninsula. Precisely enjoying it is the objective of Casa Taberna. “I think that right now leisure is more oriented towards non-consumerism and quiet enjoyment… I go to a town, light the fireplace, put on music, read a book, watch a movie, I'm calm in a super hotel room, like a few bananas, I take a walk around town that gives me the cool breeze on my face… I hope we all enjoy it together. It is a business that is not at all the most profitable I will do in my life, but it is the most beautiful, "he explains.

Samantha

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At a time when the activity of tourist guides is being seriously affected by the health crisis, the Network of Jewish Quarters of Spain and Tourism of Segovia put at their disposal a tool that enables, recycles and complements their training around a heritage that is on the rise and is one of the most unknown and surprising in the medieval history of the region.

Three generic courses and one specific for each city will allow you to obtain the accreditation of Official Guide of the Network of Jewish Quarters of Spain. Access to the course must be requested, together with the Official Guide Card issued by the Autonomous Community, to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sepharad and Sephardi of yesterday and today, Knowing the Jewish culture and The Jewish History of Spain are the names of the three courses that have had the collaboration of eminent experts in the field: Don Pihas Punturelo, Rabbi of the Jewish College of Madrid, Mr. José Hinojosa Montalvo, Emeritus Professor and member of the Royal Academy of History and expert in Medieval History, and Mr. Miguel de Lucas, director of the Centro Sefarad Israel.

These courses, lasting 30 hours each, will not only be available to the group of guides, but are also open to anyone who may be interested in learning about Jewish history and culture in Spain. The courses can be booked on the web redjuderias.org for a price of € 18 each. At the end of them, a diploma certifying that they have passed it is obtained.

About the Network of Jewish Quarters of Spain - Caminos de Sefarad

The Network of Jewish Quarters of Spain, Caminos de Sefarad, is an Association made up of municipalities that have, in their medieval ensembles, an architectural, historical, environmental and cultural heritage, inherited from the Jewish Communities that inhabited them. The members of the Network act together in defense of the historical heritage and Jewish legacy promoting cultural, tourist and academic projects and carrying out a policy of exchange of national and international experiences that contribute to the mutual knowledge and respect of peoples, cultures and traditions. Ávila, Barcelona, ​​Béjar, Cáceres, Calahorra, Córdoba, Estella-Lizarra, Hervás, Jaén, León, Lorca, Lucena, Monforte de Lemos, Plasencia, Ribadavia, Sagunto, Segovia, Tarazona, Toledo, Tudela and Tui, have been recovering for years 20 years its Jewish quarters, investing time and resources in the rehabilitation of houses, streets, palaces and any buildings that can be saved from oblivion and recover the knowledge of the lives of Jewish families of all origins and conditions. Hidden history, revealed after five hundred years and now recovered. The Association acts non-profit and with full independence in defense of this legacy. The Network of Jewish Quarters of Spain, in its international projection, is a founding member of the European Itinerary of Jewish Heritage, and carries out an intense work of dissemination abroad.

More information at www.redjuderias.org and at juderia.turismodesegovia.com

Guides

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Paradinas wants to recover one of its greatest heritage attractions, such as its Roman mosaics. The smaller local entity, with 50 inhabitants, dependent on Santa María la Real de Nieva, asks the Junta de Castilla y León for help to carry out studies and restoration work. The territorial delegate, José Mazarías, met a few days ago with the pediatric mayor of Paradinas, Carlos Martín Pérez, to talk about the rich historical-artistic heritage of this town and, especially, about the research, conservation and dissemination actions of the Roman mosaics existing in the municipality of Paradinas.

The mosaics come from an extensive Roman villa that occupied part of the current urban area. This town is dated in the third and fourth centuries after Christ, although it is believed that it later went into decline, being ruined in Visigothic times. The first documented discoveries took place in 1865, although it was not until the 60s of the XNUMXth century that the first archaeological excavations were carried out.

The smaller local entity maintains the policy of acquiring urban properties on which there is evidence of mosaic remains, in order to proceed with their subsequent recovery. To this end, the pediatric mayor requested the inclusion of this site in the archaeological campaigns programmed by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, as well as the advice of its Territorial Service in Segovia for the administrative processing and subsequent execution of the works.

The town of Paradinas also has another first level heritage resource, such as the 1972th century Gothic church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, whose traces are attributed to Rodrigo Gil de Hontañón and in which the intervention of Diego de Matienzo. It was declared an Asset of Cultural Interest in XNUMX.

Paradinas

Source: Adelantado de Segovia

Prodestur, the Provincial Council's Tourism body, has held a telematic meeting with the heads of the Ayllón, Coca, El Espinar, Pedraza, Prádena, Real Sitio de San Ildefonso and Riaza tourist offices to coordinate tourist actions in the face of the new period movement restriction motivated by sanitary control measures that try to stop the spread of Covid-19.

In this meeting, the agents of the main tourist centers of the province have transferred to those responsible for Prodestur, the deputy Magdalena Rodríguez and the technician of Tourism Sofía Collazo, that the summer has been "good" in terms of tourist attraction, and they have revealed that there has been a strong presence of inland tourism, which has resulted in an increase in visitors from Madrid, the provinces of Castilla y León and especially from Segovia.

This incidence reflects how the habits of tourist movement are changing as a result of the measures established against the pandemic, taking preponderance of internal and short-distance displacements, something that Prodestur had already detected and had been taken into account at the time of reorienting the tourism promotion strategy of the province, for example with the discount voucher program 'Reinvent your Holidays', aimed at promoting inland tourism, among other aspects.

Faced with a forthcoming tightening of the measures, the tourism officials have agreed that, although face-to-face assistance would be abolished at the different service points, such as the Prodestur offices on Calle San Francisco in the capital, and in the province, will continue working on activating tourist resources compatible with this new situation. Among them, the promotion of hiking or cycling will continue, articulating and designing new routes or routes and with the promotion of digital media and social networks to boost the offer.

Prodestur coordination meetings with other agents involved in tourism promotion in the province will continue in the coming days. Thus, next Monday there will be another with representatives of the local action group Aidescom Campiña Segoviana and the Center for Tourism Initiatives of the same name. Eva Matey, one of the workers hired by Prodestur with a grant from the Junta de Castilla y León, will also attend this appointment to update the tourist resources of the territory, in this case the region of La Campiña.

It was the representatives of the Campiña Segoviana Tourism Initiatives Center themselves who, once they received the visit from the Prodestur dynamization agent informing them of the project launched, went to the provincial body to show their support in gathering information and giving ideas for how to take advantage of the effort being made in the digitization of the tourist resources of the Segovian Countryside in projects that are being developed by this entity.

The intention is that this type of meeting will continue to be held in the coming weeks with the rest of the local action groups in the province to coordinate common actions.

Reunión

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The project to adapt the architectural complex consisting of the Castle and Church of San Miguel de Turégano will receive a direct grant from the Ministry of Development and Environment of 500.000 euros. The initiative, carried out by the Town Council of the town, consists of the consolidation of elements in poor condition, the provision of complementary services and the organization of outdoor spaces to reinforce with these actions the use of the architectural complex as a container for new activities cultural and meeting point and initiatives of the town.

Therefore, the consolidation of pavements and walls that represent an obstacle or danger for users and the adaptation of existing spaces as receptors of activities will be carried out. Regarding the exteriors, the intervention enables some of the adjacent spaces located inside the protection perimeter to facilitate universal accessibility, parking for private vehicles and temporary parking for public transport vehicles.

To learn about the project first-hand, the town received this Thursday the visit of the general director of Housing, Architecture and Urbanism, María Pardo, and the territorial delegate of the Board in Segovia, José Mazarías, who, accompanied by the mayor Juan Montes, were able to verify the established process.

The project to adapt the architectural complex known as the Castle of Turégano, made up of the Castle and the Church of San Miguel, is part of the Strategic Plan for Architectural Assessment and Cultural Dynamization of the municipality that was launched by the City Council which, among other measures, aims to have the necessary spaces to host the reception of visitors to the town and establish a place to develop activities capable of awakening the involvement of the villagers towards their own heritage.

Turégano

Source: The Adelantado de Segovia

This morning the House of the Seal of the Diputación has hosted the awards ceremony of the Photography Contest of Prodestur, the Tourism body of the provincial institution, which in this 2020 edition has awarded the originality of those who have known how to seek a different perspective on the Camino from Santiago as it passes through Segovia.

Anticipating the next Xacobeo 2021 year, which both the Prodestur deputy, Magdalena Rodríguez, and the winners of the contest, have hoped that it can be held normally, the Provincial Council proposed in its bases as the theme of this edition a tourist route in the province that The institution hopes to be able to promote it through resources such as the cycling routes announced in January this year. "In 2020 promoting the Camino de Santiago is very important for the type of tourism that we are looking for from Diputación; a sustainable tourism that has its main supporters in hiking or cycling," said the deputy, before handing over the 1.000 Euros in prizes that the provincial institution has distributed among the winners.

For the jury, meeting on October 16, those who best knew how to look at the Segovian sector of the Camino have been, in this order, Eduardo Marcos, Blanca Pascual and Mario Antón Lobo. Today, the first two and a family member of the third on their behalf, collected their checks for 700 euros, 200 euros and 100 euros and revealed how they had come up with the perfect photo or how, simply, nature had put it before their eyes.

For the winner, who presented five images to the contest, the chosen photo, a panoramic result of the composition of six vertical photos in which pilgrims admiring the castle of Coca, well summed up his intention to "show the pilgrims witnessing Monument". "I tried to make the five photos have enough visual weight to attract the attention of the jury," said Eduardo Marcos, acknowledging that the winning image was the one that presented the greatest difficulty.

For her part, Blanca Pascual thanked the recognition, encouraging Segovians and foreigners to choose this route of the Camino and acknowledged having been "surprised by the colors and landscape of the Camino as it passed through Valsaín or Zamarramala". The panoramic view, a clear example of the Castilian landscape in summer, was taken at the end of August and the recently plowed land can be appreciated.

Magdalena Rodríguez thanked all the participants in the contest for their involvement, whose photos are displayed on the Prodestur website (http://segoviaturismo.es/contenidos-visuales/concursos), and has hoped that in its seventh edition the contest will continue to have great acceptance among fans of the province of photography. After the castles and the walls, the events, the Romanesque, family tourism, the main squares of the province, the Segovian night sky and the Camino de Santiago as it passes through the province, we will have to wait until 2021 to find out what theme it is the one chosen for the next edition of the contest.

Photography contest

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The eighth guided tour of the cycle 'Traveler, I'll teach you Segovia', organized by Prodestur, the Provincial Council's Tourism body, ended last weekend in El Espinar and Villacastín, where the majesty of the temples of San Eutropio and San Sebastián captured the attention of the participants. Raúl Rascón and Elena Mirón were the official tour guides who revealed to the participants all the details that this excursion hid.

The visit began in the Plaza Mayor of Villacastín, next to the town hall, where you could see the characteristic coat of arms of the municipality with four castles that recall that it was named Villa in 1627; then the procession stopped to admire the church of San Sebastián, called by the Marqués de Lozoya 'La Catedral de la Sierra' for its size and slenderness. The work of the maestro Rodrigo Gil de Hontañón, it was declared a National Monument in 1944 and has a Herrerian appearance on the outside, with the Gothic style prevailing inside. It highlights both the main altarpiece, with paintings by Alonso de Herrera, and its ribbed vaults, as well as relevant pictorial works and its Romanesque baptismal font.

After visiting the church of San Sebastián, the groups moved to El Espinar, a town with more than seven hundred years of history and deep-rooted traditions. Holder of three Pueblas Letters, the first granted in 1297 by the city of Segovia, today it is a young town with a privileged geographical location that celebrates the Fiesta de los Gabarreros, declared of Regional Tourist Interest.

In this town, the participants in 'Viajero, yo te teaching Segovia' were able to observe the church of San Eutropio, an imposing XNUMXth-century Herrerian construction, consisting of a single nave and several chapels. Inside, the main altarpiece by Francisco Giralte stands out, with paintings by Alonso Sánchez Coello, the organ from the XNUMXth century, by the master organ maker Pedro Liborna Echevarría, and valuable pieces from the sacristy. Outside you could admire the Pietà de Juan de Ávalos and later the Plaza de la Constitución, the seat of the Town Hall and the nerve center of the town's daily and commercial life. As part of the activity, the group ended up discovering the Gonzalo Menéndez Pidal Municipal Auditorium Theater.

One of the objectives of this project being to promote and disseminate the trade, industry and hospitality of the different areas, the participants were also provided with a list of the different establishments where they can stop and eat, once the visit within a radius of twenty kilometers.

The initiative 'I will teach you Segovia traveler' tries to promote and value the work of the official tourist guides of the province, experts who know all its secrets and historical, archaeological, monumental, landscape or museum resources and who are officially qualified to show them.

The ninth guided tour of the cycle is scheduled for next Saturday, November 7. On this occasion, the offer is to visit the municipality of El Real Sitio de San Ildefonso, with its two main centers: La Granja de San Ildefonso and Valsaín. In this one will contemplate the House of the Forest, hunting lodge of the Trastamara dynasty in the Middle Ages until it became a palace with Felipe II.

Afterwards, the delegation will go to La Granja de San Ildefonso to see the Stables, the barracks of the Guardia de Corps, the Houses of Canons and Offices. You will also go through the urban area to see the church of Nuestra Señora del Rosario, the Casa de las Ánimas, where the embassies were, the Casa de los Infantes, or the entrance doors to the Royal Site.

The reservation request can be processed by sending an email to the address This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Registration is three euros and travel to the starting point of the visit must be done by private car.

Visit El Espinar

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The Culture Commission of the City and Land Community of Segovia, at the proposal of the El Espinar City Council, will debate in its next plenary session to catalog and “value” the defensive devices that remain from the Civil War in the Espinariega Mountains.

The objective is twofold, similar to the work already begun with the trenches of the Real Sitio, the aim is to document the remains of trenches, blockhouses, casemates, sighting and logistical points that line the mountains. The municipality of El Espinar intends to catalog these remains and, as far as possible, expand the points of the network subject to urban protection.

But as the councilor Jesús Gascón explains, there is also a purpose of putting in value: to choose a section of the trenches, which is specially preserved to rebuild the fortifications and "revive" in it the conditions in which it was badly lived during the positional war of the conflict . "It is about recreating, for educational and tourist purposes, the appearance they had, with their barricades, surveillance points, bunkers ... The project that we present includes creating informative posters with an informative spirit," he says.

City Council and Community, owner of a good part of the land where the fortifications are located, go hand in hand in the project, which now has to go through the plenary sessions of both institutions. From there, the search for financing for the project would begin.

The front line

The front in the Guadarrama area went through two phases, in the first one the main and bloody combats were fought to seize the most strategic points of the mountain range. There are hardly any remains of this period, as the urgency of the operations made it impossible to consolidate the territory by both sides. It was in the second phase, when the strategic interest was relegated, in which the main constructions that have survived to our days take hold.

Thus, the defense device of the nationals come to coincide with the eastern limit of the municipality. From the slopes of La Mujer Muerta (Moros River Gorge) to Cabeza Lijar. A smaller number of positions are the so-called secondary or support positions. The latter are usually found in strategic enclaves within the municipality. Heading south, we find the positions of Cerro Piñonero, Collado de la Gasca that converge in Cabeza Lijar.

With regard to the republican forces, these were located on the peaks that go from the Matalafuente hill to the summits of La Mujer Muerta. The largest number of remains can be found on the first peaks closest to the national lines: Cerro de Matalafuente, Collado de Matalafuente, Peña el Cuervo and Cerro del Mostajo. There are numerous trench systems, parapets, houses and marksman posts. As we enter the highest peaks, the positions are limited to small parapets and observation posts that were only occupied at times of the year when weather conditions allowed it. The remoteness of its location means that these remains are still preserved in very good condition.

Bunkerespinar

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The City Council of the Real Sitio de San Ildefonso has included the La Granja cemetery as a heritage and tourist resource, in order to value and spread the historical importance and uniqueness of what is considered the first civil cemetery built in Spain.

Thus and with the aim of making known the historical importance of this space, the Real Sitio City Council has placed an information panel on the main access door to the cemetery with the aim of informing about the uniqueness of the La Granja cemetery, being the the first civil cemetery in Spain and the second outside the walls.

Access to the hermitage and the different chapels and barracks of the cemetery have been marked on each of the doors, taking as a reference the information contained in the lithograph documented in 1787 and which has been reproduced as a historical document on the information panel.

The history of the cemetery dates back to 1781, when a serious plague epidemic caused a great death, and it was attributed to the stench that exuded the bodies buried in the atrium of the parish church.

This fact forced the government of Carlos III to take a series of measures, through the Council of Castile, that affected public health. In this way, the cemeteries were separated from the populations, in order to preserve public health, being the Real Sitio de San Ildefonso the first municipality to carry out burials in a cemetery. From that moment on, numerous civil cemeteries took the Royal Site as a model and were located in places away from the towns, well ventilated, fenced and with a chapel inside, as well as an ossuary.

The fact of ordering and building the San Ildefonso cemetery before the issuance of the Royal Decree of April 3, 1787, which prohibited burials in churches except for prelates, patrons and people of the religious establishment, makes he, not only the first civil cemetery built in Spain, but also a center for experimentation, an example and a must-see in the rest of the buildings specifically dedicated to the reception of corpses.

The choice of the place for the construction of the first civil cemetery in Spain, in the Real Sitio de San Ildefonso, was not random. The definitive establishment of the Court, the consolidation of the urban layout, the increase in the population around the residence of the monarch, the presence of important personalities from the world of the Court and the possibility that some of them died there, were reasons for weight to implement a new project that placed the Real Sitio cemetery as an architectural example for all of Spain and it can be said that it is the most faithful cemetery to the illustrated postulates (away from the population, in a well-ventilated place, without contact with the population, fenced, with a chapel and its dependencies inside and with an ossuary).

In the configuration and structure of the cemetery, several stages can be distinguished, highlighting the classification of the so-called First Order niches (destined for the Abbots of the Royal Site, Prelates with Episcopal Jurisdiction, Grandee of Spain, Dispatch Ministers, State Councilors, Captains Generals, Lieutenants and Gentile Men of His Majesty), Second Order (destined for Canons of any cathedral or collegiate church, Councilors or Ministers of Audiences, Governors of the Royal Siege, Corregidores, Major Abbots, titles of Castile, Marshals, Brigadiers , Colonels, Commander of Arms and Knights of some Royal order) and Third Order (intended for the first employees of SM of the Royal Site, bosses and teachers of their establishments and other decent people, adults and toddlers of honest and honest families).

La Granja Cemetery

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The aim is to intervene by consolidating elements in poor condition, providing complementary services and organizing outdoor spaces that reinforce the use of the architectural complex as a container for new cultural activities and a meeting point and local initiatives.

The nature of the intervention and the special peculiarities of the activity to be subsidized and the beneficiary justify the direct granting of the subsidy.

The Turégano City Council has launched a Strategic Plan for Architectural Assessment and Cultural Dynamization of the municipality, which proposes intervention in the architectural complex known as Castle of Turégano, made up of the castle and the church of San Miguel.

Turégano Castle was declared an Asset of Cultural Interest in 1931, being the most visited heritage asset in the town. The intervention focuses on solving the aspects that allow its correct use and evaluation as a new visitor reception center and meeting point for the development of cultural initiatives in the town.

The Ministry of Development and Environment develops, through the General Directorate of Housing, Architecture and Urbanism, the 'Architecture' program, in which, in addition to the actions carried out through direct investment, the granting of subsidies to entities without Profit for the rehabilitation and restoration of buildings and urban spaces that are part of the architectural heritage of interest to the Community.

Turégano Castle

Source: The Adelantado de Segovia

National Heritage announced today the recovery of the guided visits in the Royal Sites that are open to the public, maintaining at all times all the health security measures as a preventive measure against COVID-19, expanding the type of visit modalities to four.

The individual visit is maintained, where family or coexistence groups are included, and three types of guided visit are incorporated: guided visit by National Heritage personnel, visit through agency groups and visit through cultural groups.

In all cases, the maximum number of members of each group with a guided tour will be set according to what the autonomous authorities of the Balearic Islands, Castilla y León, Community of Madrid and Extremadura have available at all times, depending on the location. of each Royal Site.

In addition, National Heritage will maintain all the health security measures that it applies from the reopening of its Royal Sites, such as the mandatory use of masks or hydroalcoholic gel. The institution may also establish permanent or random temperature controls, as it has done so far.

50% discount campaign

The recovery of the guided tours coincides in time with the extraordinary campaign that National Heritage launched on October 5 to reduce the price of tickets for all the Royal Sites by 50 percent and that will last until December 15 .

In addition to this campaign, it is worth highlighting the free hours for the Royal Palace of Madrid from Monday to Thursday, from 16.00:XNUMX p.m., while in the rest of the Royal Sites, full-time Wednesdays and Sundays are kept as free days. late.

The president of National Heritage, Llanos Castellanos, explained that the recovery of the guided visits, along with the rest of the measures adopted in recent weeks, is to “encourage visits to our Royal Sites, always offering all protection measures, which guarantee a safe visit against COVID-19, as has happened until now ”.

Castellanos remarked that they are ensuring at all times so that visits to our Royal Sites offer all the necessary preventive measures, while "we try to contribute, to the extent of our possibilities, to the maintenance of the economy where we are present", with his work to guarantee "a safe dissemination of the artistic-historical heritage of all Spaniards"

Real Sites

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The cycle of guided tours 'Traveler, I'll teach you Segovia' organized by Prodestur, the Provincial Council's Tourism body, continues its journey. On this occasion, the program entered Cúellar, the epicenter of Mudejar par excellence, and the Sanctuary of El Henar. Raúl Rascón and Eva de Frutos were on this occasion the tour guides in charge of discovering all the details that the vast heritage of the town contains.

The participants began the visit precisely in this baroque temple, presided over by the image of Virgen de El Henar, patron saint of the resin producers and the Community of Villa y Tierra de Cuéllar. Later, they traveled to Cuéllar where they walked through the streets of the Villa to see the Study of Grammar, the Church of San Esteban with Mudejar plasterwork, the Palace of Pedro I el Cruel, the area of ​​the tanneries and the different Mudejar churches until they reached the main square.

As one of the objectives of the activity is to promote and disseminate the trade, industry and hospitality of the different areas, the 'La Infanta' honey factory was visited. In this regard, the participants were also given a list of the different establishments where they can stop and eat once the visit is completed within a radius of twenty kilometers.

The initiative 'I will teach you Segovia traveler' tries to promote and value the work of the official tourist guides of the province, experts who know all its secrets and historical, archaeological, monumental, landscape or museum resources and who are officially qualified to show them.

The eighth guided tour of the cycle is scheduled for next Saturday, October 31. On this occasion, the proposal is to visit El Espinar and Villacastín, where the impressive natural heritage of the Real Sitio de San Ildefonso-El Espinar Biosphere Reserve, the Sierra del Guadarrama Natural Park and the monumentality of the churches of San Ildefonso stands out. Eutropio in El Espinar and San Sebastián in Villacastín, called the cathedral of the Sierra.

The reservation request can be processed by sending an email to the address This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Registration is three euros and travel to the starting point of the visit must be done by private car.

Visit Cuéllar

Source: Diputación de Segovia

The paralysis of the socioeconomic sectors as a result of the Covid-19 crisis led the Segovia Provincial Council to launch the 'Reinvent your vacations' tourism voucher initiative dedicated to the reactivation of Tourism within the 'Reinvent' Plan, a of the lines framed in the socio-economic recovery program of the Diputación 'Segovia, REactiva province'.

With this initiative to boost the tourism market, Prodestur, the Provincial Council's Tourism body, is financing direct discounts that can reach 200 euros in the joint use of accommodation, restaurants and active tourism companies in the province that are subscribed to the program. The initiative, a pioneer in the sector, which began its journey on July 13, has delivered 373 bonds and has managed to bring together 214 companies in its first three months of operation.

The discounts began by applying 75 euros in accommodation from the second night that he stayed in an establishment, but recently and coinciding with the arrival of a season in which, a priori, stays are less prolonged, the provincial institution decided to do still more advantageous the conditions of the vouchers and now offers discounts of 30 euros from the first overnight stay. To this are added 20 euros for lunch or dinner and another 20 in active tourism companies, so that in a weekend the discounts can reach up to 200 euros.

'Reinvent your vacation' has also worked on the strengths of uniting the guarantee brand Alimentos de Segovia, which brings together food companies in the province, to the excellence of rural and family tourism offered by the province and, therefore, also rewards the stay of visitors by giving them packs of products with the quality seal of the Provincial Council, which are delivered to establishments that request it. These packages are made up of a selection of cheeses, wine, pâté, honey, beer, sausages or sweets made in the province. For all these extraordinary actions, the tourist body of the Provincial Council has allocated 410.000 euros, in collaboration with the Provincial Promotion Area.

The recovery of the tourism sector of the province, as an economic engine and population fixation of the municipalities and the promotion of rural, family and nature tourism offered by the province is one of the essential lines that the County Council is developing as an antidote to the consequences of the crisis. The Prodestur deputy, Magdalena Rodríguez has reiterated that "we know that these are hard times, but the establishments that offer discounts on their web pages and social networks tell us that they are having an increase in the number of visitors."

For this reason the discount campaign 'Reinvent your vacations' is repositioning the tourist offer of the province in a more advantageous place, since this promotion is hardly being offered in other places, which makes the traveler opt for this destination, but also to the Segovians who decide to discover a little more the charms of our province. Those interested in benefiting from the discounts must send an email to the address This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., once the reservation has been made in an accommodation, attaching the confirmed reservation of the establishment and the DNI to the email.

Once the applicant's details and their reservation have been verified, Prodestur Segovia will notify the recipient of the acceptance, sending him a nominal document specifying the dates and the establishment where he will enjoy his stay, as well as a satisfaction questionnaire. In order for the discount to be applied, the beneficiary will deliver both documents to the person responsible for the accommodation. Only one voucher can be presented per booking.

One of the purposes of the Diputación de Segovia with this discount initiative is the promotion of proximity tourism in the face of the paradigm shift that is taking place in which the internal market and nearby trips are booming.

bonds

Source: Diputación de Segovia

The Provincial Council's "Reinvent your Vacation" program, a pioneer in the sector, reaches 373 deliveries and 214 member companies

The stoppage suffered by Tourism as a result of the Covid-19 crisis led the Segovia Provincial Council to create the “Reinvent your vacations” program, with which, to reactivate the market, it finances direct discounts that can reach 200 euros to tourists visiting the province of Segovia and using accommodation, restaurants and active tourism companies subscribed to the program. The program, a pioneer in the sector, began its journey on July 13 and will last until December 13. At the moment, Prodestur, the Tourism body of the Segovia Provincial Council, has delivered 373 vouchers and has managed to bring together 214 companies in the first three months of operation.

The discounts began by offering 75 euros in accommodation from the second night that they spent the night in an establishment, but recently and coinciding with the arrival of a season in which a priori stays are less long, the Provincial Council decided to make the stays even more advantageous. conditions and now offers discounts of 30 euros from the first overnight stay. To that are added 20 euros for lunch or dinner and another 20 in active tourism companies, so that in a weekend the discounts can reach up to 200 euros.

The “Reinvent your Holidays” plan has also worked on the strengths of uniting the Food of Segovia guarantee brand, which brings together food companies in the province, to the excellence of rural and family tourism offered by the province and, therefore, also rewards the stay of visitors by giving them packs of products of this brand, which are delivered to establishments that request it. These packages are made up of a selection of cheeses, wine, pâté, honey, beer, cold cuts and sweets made in the province. For these extraordinary actions the tourist body of the Provincial Council has allocated 410.000 euros.

The recovery of the tourism sector of the Province of Segovia, as an economic engine and population fixation of the municipalities and the promotion of rural, family and nature tourism offered by the province is one of the essential lines that the Diputación de Segovia is developing as an antidote to the consequences of the crisis.

The Prodestur deputy, Magdalena Rodríguez, has warned in this regard that "we know that these are hard times, but the establishments that offer discounts on their web pages and Social Networks tell us that they are having an increase in the number of visitors."

The “ReinvenTa” discount campaign is repositioning the province's tourist offer in a more advantageous place, since this promotion is hardly being offered in other places, which makes the traveler opt for this destination.

Travelers interested in benefiting from discounts must send an email to the address This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., once the reservation has been made in an accommodation, attaching the confirmed reservation of the establishment and the DNI to the email.

Once the applicant's details and their reservation have been verified, Prodestur Segovia will notify the recipient of the acceptance by sending him a nominal document specifying the dates and the establishment where he will enjoy his stay, as well as a satisfaction questionnaire. In order for the discount to be applied, the beneficiary will deliver both documents to the person responsible for the accommodation. Only one voucher can be presented per booking.

One of the purposes of Prodestur Segovia with this discount initiative is the promotion of proximity tourism in the face of the paradigm shift that is taking place in which the domestic market and nearby trips are booming.

bonds

Source: Hosteltur

The plenary session of the Board of Trustees of the Sierra de Guadarrama National Park met this Wednesday by videoconference, chaired by the Minister of Development and the Environment, Juan Carlos Suárez-Quiñones. After the delays suffered as a result of the pandemic, the meeting was held to discuss various issues, including the management plan for the mountain goat populations, the accreditation procedure for the National Park guides and the expansion of the sections of roads suitable for bicycle traffic in 18,58 kilometers of Castilla y León.

Since its reintroduction in the 90s of the last century, the population of ibex in the protected area of ​​Guadarrama has increased exponentially, with growth rates and densities that are out of balance in certain sectors of the Park, especially in the Community. from Madrid. The overabundance of ibex has resulted in increased erosion and has negatively affected many rare and threatened flora species, also constituting a potential risk of the appearance of epizootics and / or zoonoses, reports the regional Administration.

The prepared management plan is presented in view of the need to conserve the protected values ​​of the National Park and in compliance with the provisions of current regulations. The text has been drawn up from technical studies and research carried out both by the Community of Madrid and by research entities and universities. This plan has obtained a favorable report from the board of trustees and will be definitively approved through the corresponding resolutions of the competent bodies, once the corresponding administrative processing has been passed.

On the other hand, the formalization of the procedure for accreditation of the guides of the Guadarrama National Park responds to what was established in 2016 in the Master Plan of the Network of National Parks, later transferred to the Master Plan for Use and Management (PRUG) as an obligation for the development of professional activities for the interpretation of natural or cultural heritage, or active tourism, which will enter into force in 2021.

The managing administrations are committed to the professionalization of this type of activities, in line with the regulations already existing in Castilla y León for tourist guides or active tourism companies, including the need to have specific knowledge of the Park and its regulations, what will be accredited through a test or having passed a specific training course.

The National Park guide register will be public and may contribute to the socio-economic revitalization of the area, through visitors who will be able to hire professional services with all the guarantees of quality and safety.

Finally, a report has been sent to the Board of Trustees that proposes the "expansion of a discrete number of road sections so that they can be considered suitable for bicycle traffic," the Board highlights after the meeting. For this, an evaluation of each of the sections proposed by cycling groups has been carried out, studying their physical characteristics, sensitive values ​​and compatibility with other uses of the Guadarrama National Park.

This study has resulted in thirteen sections and more than 18 kilometers that meet the inclusion criteria set out in an annex to the PRUG as roads suitable for cycling. The board of trustees has informed in favor of this proposal and will continue its processing as formal approval by resolution of the General Directorate of Natural Heritage and Forest Policy.

Cyclists Guadarrama

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A couple of weeks ago, Cuéllar became a filming set for an international series and its effects are already counted as "very positive" given the negative situation that exists at the national level in all areas. In the absence of a more exhaustive accounting, the mayor commented on what this filming has meant in the town, with an impact at the regional level in its early phases, and that it will advance to international levels when it is broadcast on digital platforms. At this regional level, Carlos Fraile explained that the repercussion has spread to both provinces, both Segovia and Valladolid, in terms of consumption in their hotels and accommodation. For the town it has been a shock and has also been noticed in some businesses; For example, Fraile spoke of the rental of platforms necessary for some filming tasks, the rental of portable toilets or even the consumption of fuel at gas stations. "It seems silly but in addition to the refueling itself, they had to use cylinders that were purchased in Cuéllar," said the mayor.

"We are delighted, a more than positive balance after the most immediate impact and from the economic point of view," said the mayor. "It is an issue that has a spaced return," said the mayor while thanking all the local media for the follow-up carried out to frame Cuéllar in this context, as a scenario. "That Cuéllar has appeared so many times in a week in the national media is very positive"; In addition, Fraile commented that we must wait for the series to be broadcast and the attraction of Cuéllar as a chosen place of tourism act.

However, the most satisfactory consequences have not only come in the economic sphere, but also in the social sphere "in a year as flat as this one." This is how the mayor explains what has meant that a team of 300 people traveled to Cuéllar and chose its monuments as the filming set of a series that, as its own producer -José Luis Moreno- commented, “they say is the new 'Game of Thrones' ”.

Finally, the mayor took advantage of this balance to also thank all the staff of Tourism and Culture, in addition to the Local Police, for their work, dedicated those days to everything the production company needed. "The producer himself said it: they had been very comfortable." The company will provide the City Council with a dossier of Cuéllar's media impacts on all types of media that will complete the balance.

Filming Cuéllar

Source: Adelantado de Segovia

The sixth guided tour of the 'Traveler, I'll teach you Segovia' cycle organized by Prodestur, the provincial council's tourism organization, explored Maderuelo and Languilla last Saturday. Enclaves of medieval origin, attractive landscape, hidden places and Romanesque in its purest form in the northeast of the province whose details were described and discovered by Leticia Hernández and Ana Gómez, the two guides who accompanied the 16 participants on the route.

The expedition began in Languilla, where the church of San Miguel, in Romanesque style, was seen, with its splendid archivolt portal supported by interesting carved capitals in which scenes of Adam and Eve in Paradise, the Slaughter of the Innocents and the beheading of San Juan Bautista and believed to be the work of the same stonemasons who intervened in the cathedral of El Burgo de Osma.

Later, the groups moved to Maderuelo, where they contemplated the Templar hermitage of Vera Cruz, which housed one of the best sets of Castilian Romanesque frescoes. Although these are in the Prado Museum in Madrid, the temple maintains its restored imprint. From here the visitors contemplated part of the wall and the Linares reservoir.

Then they entered the town through the Arco de la Villa, the emblematic entrance of Maderuelo, to stroll through the medieval streets, contemplate the church of San Miguel, the Puerta del Barrio and the Casa - Torre del Hospital, the church of Santa María del Castle and the fantastic viewpoint.

As one of the objectives of the activity is to promote and disseminate the trade, industry and hospitality of the different areas, the Artisan Leather Workshop 'Lespi', in Maderuelo, was visited. In this regard, the participants were also given a list of the different establishments where they can stop and eat once the visit is completed within a radius of twenty kilometers.

The initiative 'I will teach you Segovia traveler' tries to promote and value the work of the official tourist guides of the province, experts who know all its secrets and historical, archaeological, monumental, landscape or museum resources and who are officially qualified to show them. The seventh guided tour of the cycle is scheduled for next Saturday, October 24, and will enter the Cuéllar region to visit the Sanctuary of El Henar and the town of Cuéllar, the epicenter of Mudejar in the province.

The reservation request can be processed by sending an email to the address This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Registration is three euros and travel to the starting point of the visit must be done by private car.

Arch of the Villa de Maderuelo opt

Source: Diputación de Segovia

Eduardo Marcos Quevedo, a resident of Cuéllar, with his work 'Peregrinos en Cauca', a composition made with the castle of Coca in the background, has been the winner of the XNUMXth edition of the Prodestur Photography Contest dedicated to the Camino de Santiago. The second prize went to Blanca Pascual Bermejo, from Prádena, with a panoramic titled 'Arriving at Valseca' and Mario Antón Lobo, from Segovia, won third, for a silhouetted photograph titled 'When the sun goes down'.

The contest has distributed 1.000 euros in prizes; 700 for the winning work, 200 for the second and 100 for the third classified. A total of 46 works have been submitted to this call. In said photos, the surroundings of the province of Segovia where they have been made with the presence of pilgrims or other characteristic elements of the route should be identified, as best as possible.

The jury has been chaired by the deputy for Tourism, Magdalena Rodríguez, and has been made up of photographers Antonio Tanarro, from El Norte de Castilla, Ángel Camarero, from El Adelantado de Segovia, Sergio de Frutos 'Kiko' Misis, the technician of Prodestur, Sofía Collazo and the secretary of the Provincial Council, Lourdes Merino.

Taking advantage of the fact that 2021 will be the Xacobeo Year, and to promote the Segovian itinerary of the Camino, the Tourism body of the Provincial Council decided to dedicate its usual photography contest to capture moments, picturesque corners or landscapes of this 60-kilometer itinerary that crosses Valseca, Los Huertos , Añe, Pinilla Ambroz, Santa María la Real de Nieva, Nieva, Nava de la Asunción, Coca and Villeguillo.

The promotion of the Camino de Santiago as it passes through the province is one of the actions carried out by Prodestur to promote hiking as a form of sustainable tourism and this event is intended to help spread this message. In July 2019, the signaling of the Segovian section of this route was completed, when 65 signs of different sizes were placed, as well as three posters, a general panel of the entire route, 32 milestones and 60 tiles indicating the route that will serve to guide and guide the pilgrims in their transit through Segovian lands. It also includes information on monuments, picturesque sites and places where you can find hostels or other types of accommodation and catering establishments.

The castles and walls of the province, the events, the natural spaces, all the Romanesque that our municipalities keep, the experiences that our territory offers, the alternative of family tourism that exists in the towns, the life of the Segovian main squares or the The impressive night panorama of the province's sky has already been portrayed by the cameras of many Segovians participating in contests organized by the Provincial Council in previous years.

The winning works will be used in the different promotional graphic supports that Prodestur uses, both on the website www.segoviaturismo.es and in calendars or brochures that are also distributed and illustrate the spaces of the different fairs that the organization attends, such as Intur or Fitur. The tourist photography contest started in 2015.

Competition

Source: Diputación de Segovia

The City Group Heritage Commission, made up of the Heritage Councilors of the 15 cities that make up the network, in the case of Segovia, the Historical Heritage Councilor, Clara Martín, and chaired by the Mayor of Mérida, Antonio Rodríguez Osuna , has met electronically. In it, it has been approved “to promote the management plans of our World Heritage, at the request of the Ministry of Culture and at the direction of Unesco, to put our exceptional value under that protection. Those management plans that must be complied with by the cities are already beginning to be elaborated through the recommendations collected by a consultancy firm hired by the Group ”.

The preparation of management plans for each of the 15 cities in the Group is a direct commission from the Ministry of Culture. For this reason, the group intends to develop a base study that facilitates the elaboration of these management plans for each city, since it is mandatory that each World Heritage property has its own management plan in accordance with the guidelines issued in the published practical manuals by the Unesco World Heritage Center.

As explained by the president of the Heritage Commission, “we have also approved the tender for a tender for the contracting of homogeneous tourist plans in the 15 World Heritage Cities so that each of the cities can have their own tourist plans integrated under the same corporate image of the Group and that can be offered to tourists in 2021 ”.

The aim is that both tourist offices and visitor reception centers can offer travelers these guide maps with scientific, educational and informative information that show the Universal Exception Values ​​of cities. The maps and illustrations will also be accessible in digital format, on websites and in tourism apps.

After the telematic meeting, Antonio Rodríguez Osuna explained that another of the agreements consisted of “creating a working group to continue with the elaboration of recommendations so that tourist signage in our cities is homogeneous and allows us to have our own identity sign in all of our historical cases ”.

The consulting firm Braintrust is working on a common base proposal so that the 15 cities have a common and homogeneous World Heritage signage for their monuments, with the characteristic of accessibility. The replacement and modernization of current signals; the expansion of signage to other places of interest for tourists, allowing for the diversification of flows and improving the experience or creating comprehensive experiences for tourists with special needs, are some of the objectives of the new signage.

It is also intended to “generate quality tourism by providing differential experience; achieve greater profitability and improvement of tourist services, promote a new way of "understanding" the city and tourist places of interest through technological resources, as well as create experiences of differential value for tourists, defining new routes that in addition to generating other flows avoiding agglomerations, improve the tourist experience by highlighting all the areas of interest in the city ”.

Finally, these are measures that seek to create new opportunities, in the sense of giving visibility to each city as part of the GCPHE; increase the number of overnight stays and improve the tourist experience by providing updated and modern information.

Precisely aspects such as identifying the potential impact of the crisis on cities, defining the Group's positioning, as well as the opportunities and lines of work aimed at national tourism, will be some of the issues that will be addressed in the General Assembly of the Group that is celebrated this Saturday, October 17 in Úbeda and which will be attended by mayors of the 15 World Heritage Cities.

The Úbeda Assembly will also present the Tourism Operational Plan for 2021, which will be open, flexible and adaptable to the changing health evolution of the issuing markets, and to the indications of both Turespaña and the Strategic Plan underway.

The Group of World Heritage Cities of Spain, which celebrated its 2018th anniversary in 15, aims to act jointly in the conservation, enhancement and tourism promotion of the XNUMX Spanish cities recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. Humanity: Alcalá de Henares, Ávila, Baeza, Cáceres, Córdoba, Cuenca, Ibiza / Eivissa, Mérida, Salamanca, San Cristóbal de la Laguna, Santiago de Compostela, Segovia, Tarragona, Toledo and Úbeda.

Heritage Cities

Source: The Day of Segovia

The Hispanidad Bridge has exceeded the expectations of the Department of Tourism in terms of data by collecting that a total of 409 people visited the town. The collection amounts to 2080,59 euros, not a negligible figure. The visit to the Castle has been the most demanded with 258 people participating, followed by dramatized visits with 144 people. In 2019, the Pilar bridge accumulated up to 532 people who gave Turismo de Cuéllar a collection of 2403,1 euros, which is only 13,42% less than the collection compared to last year.

The closure of Madrid meant that the forecasts for this bridge were worse and, nevertheless, tourists have arrived from other locations: Basques, Navarrese and Aragonese, among others. The number of elderly tourists is drastically reduced and the number of couples and families who decide to visit Cuéllar increases. This situation denotes the effort made in the multiplication of the guided visits, as well as the operation of the promotional campaigns carried out by the City Council, which

they have led to the extension of the location radius of potential visitors. National and international magazines, as well as blogs and travel pages echo the wonders of Cuéllar. The Department thanks the entire team for their effort and passion for the job.

Cuéllar Bridge

Source: Segovia Advance

The Segovia Provincial Council continues to promote the Segovia Food guarantee brand and, in this line, the president of the provincial institution, Miguel Ángel de Vicente and the Provincial Promotion deputy, Noemí Otero have presented this morning the Plan 'Resurge Alimentos de Segovia '2020-2023. The colonnaded courtyard of the Provincial Palace has been the setting chosen for the launch of this new approach that, as Miguel Ángel de Vicente began his speech, "was born from our firm intention to make the partners of the guarantee brand of the Diputación from Segovia feel proud to belong to this great family ".

Food of Segovia

Source: Diputación de Segovia

The deputies of Tourism, Magdalena Rodríguez, and of Sustainability, Noemí Otero have represented this morning the Diputación de Segovia in a workshop on 'Sustainable Tourism in our Territories' that took place within the framework of the first entirely digital edition of the European Week of Cities and Regions (SECR), co-organized by the Committee of the Regions and the Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy (REGIO) of the European Commission of the European Commission.

In this workshop, coordinated by Partenalia, the European network of intermediate governments to which the Provincial Council belongs, both leaders have defended the application of sustainability both in tourism and in public administration. Given the importance of the tourism sector for the provinces and the strong commitment of Partenalia partners for the transition towards a more sustainable economy, the different participants presented good practices that aim to achieve a sustainable model for tourism and administration in their respective scopes. The forum has been focused on sharing political strategies, experiences and good practices and facilitating cooperation and networking, which has included contributions from the audience.

Deputy

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The Board and the Fair Institution of Valladolid have agreed to adapt the INTUR celebration to the exceptional current circumstances and have decided to postpone the commercial exhibition or activities for the public to 2021 and will celebrate this year, exclusively, the conference aimed at professionals, which will take place on Thursday, November 19.

On that day all the activities planned in the new model will be concentrated, which already contemplated a clear reinforcement of the professional profile, according to a statement from the Board.

The decision has been agreed with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the Executive Committee of the Fair Institution at the meeting held this Tuesday.

In this way, a single day will be held focused on the more business aspect of the fair, which will allow both companies in the tourism sector of the Community and the nine destinations through the Provincial Councils, to continue in contact with companies , national and international operators and buyers.

In the opinion of the general director of Tourism, Estrella Torrecilla, “the fair will be able to offer in this 2020 edition an optimal business space perfectly adapted to these health circumstances. Intur Negocios will concentrate in a single day an attractive and dynamic business space for the Tourism of Castilla y León ”.

The Intur Negocios model will combine the face-to-face format with the virtual one to guarantee the participation of buyers from international markets.

Intur Business structures its contents in different spaces, articulated around the B2B contracting market, in which nearly 70 tour operators from Spain, Portugal, Australia, the United States, the Philippines, Indonesia, Norway, Russia and Singapore have already registered.

The sectors most in demand by buyers are nature and active tourism, food and beverage, rural, adventure, meeting and business tourism and religious.

The training will be another of the pillars of Intur Negocios and the program of activities, which will be transmitted by streaming, includes, among others, a conference on COVID protocols by the Spanish Tourism Quality Institute (ICTE); the VI Forum of News in the tourism sector; a day of OPC Spain and presentations such as the Rural Tourism Observatory prepared by Escapadarural.com.

Intur

Source: The Adelantado de Segovia

XXIII International Fair of Rural Women, PRONATURA

On the occasion of Covid-19 this year it will be carried out in an online format, with the aim of internationally digitizing the defense and promotion of rural women.
Pioneering project with a free online commerce platform for 50 rural women in Spain so that they can sell their more than 2.500 products directly to consumers.
This organization coincides with the International Day of Rural Women, on October 15.

More information in  www.femur.es 

"Traveler, I'll show you Segovia" in Fuentepelayo and Carbonero el Mayor, emblems of the Land of Pinares

 

The heart of Tierra de Pinares, with two of its most identifying emblems, such as Fuentepelayo and Carbonero el Mayor, was the destination chosen last Saturday for the fifth stop of the cycle of guided tours 'Traveler I will teach you Segovia' of the Diputación de Segovia. From the hand of the official tourist guides, Begoña Horcajo and Leticia González Calabaza, travelers learned first-hand about the intrahistory of these places and their most representative heritage.

 

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Fuentepelayo and Carbonero el Mayor, emblems of the Land of Pinares, hosted the fifth visit of the 'Traveler, I'll teach you Segovia' cycle by the Diputación

From now on, accommodation users in the province who are members of this initiative will be able to benefit from a 30-euro discount from the first night and 75 euros from the second.
Therefore, it will not be necessary to spend the night three consecutive nights to benefit from this product, but one will be enough. The tourist body of the Provincial Council thus intends that, although the stays are shorter at this time and they tend to weekend trips, these are not left out of the promotion. These vouchers are completed with discounts of 20 euros for each lunch or dinner in restaurants and 20 in activities organized by active tourism companies.

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The Royal Palaces of La Granja de San Ildefonso and Riofrío reduce the ticket price by 50% until December 15. The National Heritage has decided to launch this initiative for all Royal Sites and Royal Patronages, maintaining all the security measures that have been applied since the reopening that took place last July, with the aim of encouraging visits and contributing to favor the recovery of national and international tourism during the coming months.

In addition, both palaces, like the rest of the Royal Sites, will continue to offer two days of free admission a week: full-time Wednesdays and Sunday afternoons.

"We want to collaborate in the emotional and economic recovery"
The president of National Heritage, Llanos Castellanos, assures that this campaign "responds to the commitment of this institution to continue supporting citizens at a difficult time as a result of the pandemic produced by Covid-19"; and adds: "We want to collaborate in the recovery of both the soul and the economy of the population and make it easier for them to go out and visit everyone's heritage."

Royal Sites and Royal Patronages included in the campaign:
• Royal Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso, in Segovia. (Free access on Wednesday full day and Sundays from 15.00:18.00 p.m. to XNUMX:XNUMX p.m.).
• Royal Palace of Riofrío, in Segovia. (Free access Wednesday full day and Sundays from 15.00:18.00 p.m. to XNUMX:XNUMX p.m.).

Royal Palaces

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Cuéllar has become the setting for the series 'Glow and darkness' for two days and the deployment of media is not leaving the population indifferent. Last Tuesday, the Parque de la Huerta del Duque and the surroundings of the Castle were the enclave of several scenes in which stars of the stature of Jane Seymour could be seen. On horseback, the actress filmed throughout the morning in the presence of dozens of cuellaranos who, from strategic locations, did not want to lose detail.

The famous producer José Luis Moreno, who has been present on the two days of filming, wanted to chat with the media before filming an interior scene in the church of San Martín. Moreno explains explained that in Cuéllar he has found wonderful things and the first to highlight have been its inhabitants. "When all the deployment that you are seeing arrives, it is very important that where we are, we are comfortable, because large shootings have many daily conflicts," he commented. Then he praised the Castle that was behind him. "It gave us a lot of options, there is a moment in a citadel like this that no longer exists, where Ricardo Corazón de León was killed," Moreno explained, praising the monuments and settings that Cuéllar has provided them.

The blockbuster 'Glow and Darkness' is a series set in the XNUMXth century, "and we have realized that nothing has changed." Moreno has spoken of the figure of Saint Francis of Assisi as a “revolutionary of love more than a saint”, and of the way of resolving conflicts from before as something that could be used today. He has also commented on how the figure of women is praised as "generator of life and order". Just when Moreno was commenting on this issue, the actress Jane Seymour appeared, dressed in the period costume necessary for the scene; she plays Eleanor of Aquitaine, Queen of France and England, "with a character, personality and defense of women's rights that would now sweep away everything," commented the producer. He highlighted the actress who is currently working with Michael Douglas on 'The Kominsky Method', as well as having finished a film in Australia. Moreno once again praised the actress, who described Cuéllar and his Castillo as "magnificent and fantastic."

Filming Cuéllar

The scene that was shot yesterday inside a temple totally set for the occasion was that of the farewell: they have killed his son, Ricardo Corazón de León, and the temple would be the rottenness of the time, where they dismembered the kings. "The series is about great people who have changed the world so that today's Europe is what it is," explained Moreno. The scenes of the previous day were a battle in which Ricardo was wounded and the one in the Parque de la Huerta del Duque, with the actresses on horseback, is the departure of his daughter-in-law to Sicily: “The wall, the olive trees and the type of land is very similar to that of the time, and in the background you will see the port of Sicily ”.

In a month, more scenes
The huge production team of 'Glow and darkness', which up to Cuéllar displaced more than 350 people, reached Cuéllar thanks to the work of the documentation team. "Historically it was a communication hub for all of Castile, there is a very important story that I did not know" and the team guided them. He also praised that after meeting him, they have tasted “an impressive hospitality industry, easy, open people; yesterday there were 200 people silent while we were filming, with incredible respect ”, he clarified.

In addition to Cuéllar, other filming locations will be Turkey, France or England, to return in a month and a half to shoot inside the Castle. Thus, Cuéllar will have an international projection given the success of the series in Asia and the United States; "They call it the new 'Game of Thrones', but I hope it is better, this has much more basis," joked the producer. The mayor of the town, present at the meeting, greatly appreciated Cuéllar's choice for this shoot, which has very positively revolutionized the town.

Source: The Adelantado de Segovia

The participants of the fourth guided tour of the 'Traveler, I will teach you Segovia' program organized by Prodestur, the Provincial Council's Tourism body, were able to see in this last outing the change in the form of architectural construction and in thinking between the Middle Ages and neoclassicism with the trip they made last Saturday morning in Sotosalbos and Trescasas. The official guides Mariano Vela Bautista and Eva Torres de Frutos were in charge of discovering curiosities and details that surprised travelers.

The itinerary began at eleven in the morning in the medieval town, visiting its spectacular Romanesque church of San Miguel from the s. XII, in which its historiated capitals stand out. Here it is believed that Juan Ruiz "Arcipreste de Hita" (XNUMXth century) was a priest who already spoke of Sotosalbos in his book "Buen Amor." He passed the port of Malagosto from Lozoya and on the way to Segovia, following the transhumance route. He came across a mountain range called "La Chata." The pilgrimage, the highest in Spain, is celebrated on the Malagosto on the first Sunday in August.

Later, the groups made a stop at Trescasas, where according to tradition, the town has a church because Carlos III ordered it to be built to hear mass when he came hunting for those payments. Its privileged location in the foothills of the Sierra de Guadarrama at the beginning of the old road to Puerto de Malagosto, made the place an important landmark of the Cañada Real Soriana, which is why three houses of Esquileos were installed there. The visited church, from the XNUMXth century, is dedicated to the Immaculate Conception. It is a sober neoclassical building with paintings in its interior of Ramón Bayeu, Goya's brother-in-law, as well as that of the main altar that was a gift from King Carlos III himself.

The initiative 'Traveler I will teach you Segovia' carried out by Prodestur tries to promote and value the work of the official tourist guides of the province, experts who know all its secrets and historical, archaeological, monumental, landscape or museum resources and that are officially qualified to display them.

Another objective of the activity is to promote commerce, industry and hospitality in the different areas, so that participants are provided with a list of the different establishments where they can stop and eat once concluded. the visit within a radius of 20 kilometers. In this regard, the entourage ended their tour by visiting the traditional bakery Empanadas Trescaseras Nuria, in this town.

Fuentepelayo and Carbonero el Mayor, in the heart of Tierra de Pinares will be the destinations chosen for the next guided tour of the cycle. The route will begin in Fuentepelayo. Surrounded by pine forests, grain and irrigated crops, it still celebrates every year a famous agricultural fair, the Angel Fair. Then we will visit Carbonero el Mayor, one of the main towns in the area, which was part of the Community of City and Land of Segovia. At the end, a stop will be made at the Monte Nevado ham factory.

The reservation request can be processed by sending an email to the address This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Registration is 3 euros and travel to the starting point of the visit must be done by private car.

Traveler I'll show you Segovia 4

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The town of Cuéllar, its streets and monuments, will be filled with cameras and extras during the next week, since it will be the setting for a period series recording. Little more details about the initiative have emerged, although the Councilor for Culture and Tourism, Maite Sánchez, pointed out that it will be a television series and that at the moment the producer is still looking for locations. In principle, the filming will last for a week. In fact, during the morning of yesterday, members of the team continued visiting different points of the town, getting to know its monuments and analyzing the possible plans and scenes that could be recorded in each of them. Sánchez confirmed that part of the filming will take place in the surroundings of the castle of the Dukes of Alburquerque and also advanced that "many historical monuments will be involved", noting that the search for areas was still open.

Although some of the exact locations of the filming are still pending confirmation, Sánchez said that all of this is scheduled to take place during the next week. In fact, the production company has launched an advertisement seeking extra actors for the day of Tuesday, October 6. For this particular shoot, they are looking for men between 18 and 45 years old who will act as soldiers in a period series, so they are asked not to go shaved or with modern haircuts. As marked in the advertisement, it will be a paid job according to the agreement and will be registered with Social Security.

Those who meet the profile and may be interested should contact by instant messaging at 665 29 41 56, sending photos and full name. The announcement also specifies that transportation is not paid, so it is requested that it be people from Cuéllar or its surroundings who can travel to the town with their means. It is also clarified that it is essential to have a valid DNI or NIE to be able to work.

The filming will mean a significant economic boost for the town, since it will involve about 150 people from the recording and production team. To these will be added the extras and all the services that they use from the villa. Sánchez stressed that the City Council has asked them, to the extent of their possibilities, to cover their needs with companies in the municipality and its region, for which they have been provided with contacts in the area “so that whatever they require, they can buy it here".

For the moment, in addition to resting in accommodation in the town and eating in its restaurants, they have also hired various machinery in local companies. Cleaning staff has also been hired.

Source: North of Castilla Segovia

The Prodestur website already houses one of the most ambitious studies of the Diputación Laboratory, the electronic edition of the four inventories from all sources in the Province, which correspond to its four regions: Segovia Sur, Tierra de Pinares, Campiña Segoviana and Northeast Segovia. The works can be consulted or downloaded at the address www.prodestursegovia.es/noticias/publicaciones.

With the publication of these works, carried out by the Agrarian and Water Quality Section of Prodestur, the Diputación tries to inform the population and interested localities of the definitive study on the quality of water from the most representative sources of the region. province and the best known touristically. It also aims to make known natural sources abandoned or unknown by the population because they are in low-traffic areas, with a high landscape, historical and tourist value.

Prodestur considers that a fundamental advance has been made for the conservation of this cultural asset. The entire province has been covered, publishing four volumes, each one dedicated to the sources, springs, wetlands and channels of the four geographical areas of the province that coincide with the scope of action of the development programs: South Segovia , Tierra de Pinares, Segovian Countryside and Northeast of Segovia.

For each of the inventoried sources, a file has been formalized that collects information on its location (UTM coordinates), altitude, average flow, description of the construction and all possible data of interest, in addition to the quality of its waters. With the geostatistical treatment of all the data collected, maps have been prepared with the main parameters analyzed.

Having these points identified has two purposes. On the one hand, it will serve as another complement to tourism that seeks contact with nature and rural environments; a type of visitor who shows interest in the history of the elements that were key to the establishment of population centers, while appreciating the artistic value and ingenuity that has often been used in these constructions.

On the other hand, the Laboratory obtains information on the parameters that must be controlled to guarantee the quality of the drinking water: potential hydrogen, electrical conductivity, nitrates, arsenic, ammonium and microbiological parameters such as total coliforms and E. Coli.

These results can be used to detect a problem in the underground aquifers and to monitor how the movements of the affected water body are. With the geostatistical treatment of all the data obtained, it will also be possible to develop indicative maps of the water quality of the aquifers in the province of Segovia.

To carry out all the inventories, the Employment Council was assisted, which provided funds to hire eighteen environmental guides who carried out the respective field work between 2016 and 2020 and which were first published on paper.

During all this time the guides made numerous field trips to visit all the municipalities and search, together with bailiffs and neighbors, the most representative sources and springs of each area.

The first study to be carried out was in the Segovia Sur region where one hundred sources were cataloged, including pylons and springs; The quality of its waters was analyzed and all outcrops of the phreatic level that are enabled for their use and exploitation were counted.

Next, the Tierra de Pinares area was studied, where the inventory and location of 127 sources, springs or pylons of 49 municipalities and 72 population centers was carried out, and a hydrological study of the three basins in the area, Cega, Pirón and Duratón, to determine its periods of drought and its avenues. In addition, the existing lagoons were referenced and a physical-chemical analysis of the water in the Lagunas de Cantalejo natural area was carried out.

In this space, one hundred and eleven lagoons of the region were classified and a general census of the most representative flora and fauna species in these wetlands was carried out. Twenty-four (21%) of the total lagoons collected are included in the catalog of wetlands of Castilla y León, remaining under the RAMSAR agreement.

In the Campiña area, 127 natural sources were registered and analyzed, completing the work with a hydrological study of the Eresma and Voltoya basins and a description of the Coca-Olmedo lagoon system, the Tierra de Pinares lagoons and the lavajos.

This study rediscovered one of the great treasures of the region, which is the abundance of small wetlands, often seasonal, which are an important refuge for species of birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals.

The work focused on the Northeast Region completed the inventory. Here the one hundred sources of the fifty-seven municipalities that group a total of one hundred and nineteen population centers that make up the region were listed.

Laboratory Sources

Source: Diputación de Segovia

The passage from the medieval period of Sotosalbos to the neoclassicism of Trescasas, center the fourth visit of the cycle 'Traveler, I will teach you Segovia' of the Provincial Council. The fourth guided tour of the 'Traveler, I will teach you Segovia' program that takes place this Saturday, October 3 in Sotosalbos and Trescasas, proposes to check the change in the form of architectural construction and in thinking between the Middle Ages and Neoclassicism. Participants will know surprising details of these two towns from the hand of the official guides Mariano Vela Bautista and Eva Torres de Frutos.

The itinerary will begin at eleven in the morning in Sotosalbos, with its spectacular Romanesque church of San Miguel from the s. XII, in which its historiated capitals stand out. Here it is thought that Juan Ruiz 'Arcipreste de Hita' (XNUMXth century) was a priest. In his book 'Good Love' he talks about Sotosalbos. It passed the port of Malagosto from Lozoya and on the way to Segovia, following the route of cattle transhumance. He came across a mountain called 'La Chata'. On the first Sunday of August, the pilgrimage, the highest in Spain, is celebrated on the Malagosto.

Later the groups will stop at Trescasas, where according to tradition, the town has a church because Carlos III ordered it to be built to hear mass when he came hunting for these payments. Its privileged location in the foothills of the Sierra de Guadarrama at the beginning of the old road to Puerto de Malagosto, turned the place into an important landmark of the Cañada Real Soriana, so three Shear Houses were installed there. The church is from the XNUMXth century and is dedicated to the Immaculate Conception. It is a sober neoclassical building with paintings of Ramón Bayeu, Goya's brother-in-law, as well as that of the main altar that was a gift from King Carlos III himself.

During the visit, it is planned to enter the interior of the churches of San Miguel in Sotosalbos and the Immaculate Conception in Trescasas.

The initiative 'Traveler I will teach you Segovia' carried out by Prodestur tries to promote and value the work of the official tourist guides of the province, experts who know all its secrets and historical, archaeological, monumental, landscape or museum resources and that are officially qualified to display them.

Other objectives of the activity is to promote trade, industry and hospitality in the different areas, so that participants are provided with a list of the different establishments where they can stop and eat once concluded. the visit within a radius of 20 kilometers.

Fuentepelayo and Carbonero el Mayor, in the heart of Tierra de Pinares will be the destinations chosen for the next guided tour of the cycle. The route will begin in Fuentepelayo. Surrounded by pine forests, grain and irrigated crops, it still celebrates a famous agricultural fair every year, the Angel Fair. Then we will visit Carbonero el Mayor, one of the main towns in the area, which was part of the Community of City and Land of Segovia. At the end, a stop will be made at the Monte Nevado ham factory.

Source: Segoviaudaz

The Segovia Provincial Council has, as of today, thirteen new scholarship holders who will join the different Areas of the institution in the next few days to carry out their training practices and who today were received in the Plenary Hall of the Provincial Council by the president, Miguel Ángel de Vicente, for several of the members of the Provincial Corporation and also for those who will be his tutors.

Provincial Council Fellows

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Prodestur will participate in an important forum of tourism professionals to present its tourism management model in the province

 

The Spanish Association of Tourism Professionals (AEPT) has invited Prodestur, the tourism body of the Provincial Council, to present its tourism management model that it develops in the province in a virtual international meeting between tourism professionals that is going to take place on September 28th on the occasion of the celebration of World Tourism Day.

On this occasion, the AEPT wants to highlight and celebrate the exceptional capacity of tourism to create opportunities outside the big cities and preserve the cultural and natural heritage around the world, with the motto "Tourism and Rural Development". The Provincial Council, through Prodestur, is the only institution that will participate in this meeting, since the rest of the guests belong to the private sphere.

For this reason, it promotes this virtual meeting between tourism professionals, during which a round table will be held with prominent speakers from the sector, which will focus on the importance of tourism in rural communities, and even more so at such a time. critical as the current one.

It will be Sofía Collazo, the Prodestur Tourism technician who will explain the model that the Provincial Council is developing in the round table 'The pillars of Rural Tourism' in which José María de Juan, director of the Tourism and Leisure Area of ​​Horwath HTL, will also participate Spain; José Carlos de Nicolás, CEO of Ideatur and consulting partner of Desvacia and Klaus Ehrlich, Secretary General of Eurogîtes-European Federation of Rural Tourism.

The deputy of Prodestur, Magdalena Rodríguez has stressed that "it is an honor for us that this Association has thought of Prodestur Segovia when presenting a provincial tourism management body as a model. We must be doing things well, as a destination for Reference rural tourism has chosen only us, since the rest are companies and associations ".

From Prodestur the latest actions that have been carried out to reactivate the province's tourism sector will be explained. On the list is the creation of the ReinvenTa discount vouchers, with which anyone who wishes has a discount on their reservations of 75 euros in accommodation, 20 in restaurants and 20 in active tourism activities. They will also talk about the distribution among tourist establishments in the province of Segovia Food product packs to give as gifts to customers.

In the same way, it will be explained that the figure of the official tourist guides of the province is being promoted and given value as experts with knowledge of tourist heritage. For this, the 'Traveler, I will teach you Segovia' program has been created, consisting of 14 guided visits to different tourist destinations representative of the provincial territory. As another of the objectives of the activity is to promote commerce, industry and hospitality in the different areas, it will be said that participants are provided with a list of the different establishments where they can stop and eat once completed your visit within a radius of 20 kilometers.

Likewise, the ambitious project that Prodestur has just started will be explained with the hiring, with the help of the Junta de Castilla y León, of a group of four professionals to make a detailed inventory of the province's tourist offer with all the resources, establishments and updated accommodation, services, monuments and places of interest in each of the municipalities of the province and their population centers. With this information, three other hired professionals will develop a series of "micro plans" within 20 kilometers of each establishment, the information of which will be accessed through QR codes placed for this purpose and which will also be disseminated on social networks and on the website tourist agency website.

The exhibition will be completed by an explanation of the initiatives that are being carried out in terms of promoting star tourism, such as the construction of two new stellar viewpoints, and in tourism promotion, such as attendance at fairs, organization of the photography contest on the Camino de Santiago, digitization of tourist brochures to avoid their manipulation, advertising campaigns in specialized magazines or the edition of promotional videos of the province with prominent sports professionals, such as the canoeist David Llorente, culture, cinema, such as the actress Lucía Jiménez, or television, like the chef and presenter Samantha Vallejo-Nágera, all of them linked to Segovia.

With more than 50 years of experience, the Spanish Association of Tourism Professionals is an entity whose objectives are to monitor and protect the professional interests of each and every one of the men and women in the Spanish tourism sector. The group has more than 500 associates, has an exclusively professional scope and wants to promote the identity and social recognition of Professionals in the Tourism Sector.

The church of San Miguel de Fuentidueña has been restored, one of the most notable examples of the Segovian Romanesque.

On December 21, 1995, it was declared a BIC with the category of Monument.

The restoration intervention was derived from the poor condition of the temple roof, displaced tiles, some broken and loose. 
The roof of the central nave and the apse was also dismantled to renew their roofs, taking advantage of part of the material that could be recovered. A polyurethane projection thermal insulation was placed for greater thermal comfort, as an extra security measure for its maintenance and to prevent water leaks into the temple.

The tiles were replaced but 'a la segoviana' (also called 'a canal') and the files and meetings were carried out at the intersection of the skirt with the church tower.

 

The visit to the towns of Duratón and Sepúlveda, considered to be the Cradle of the Segovian Romanesque, has inaugurated last Saturday the 'Traveler, I will teach you Segovia' program of guided tours designed by Prodestur, the tourist body of the Provincial Council, in order to to promote and value the work of the official tourist guides of the province, experts who know all its secrets and historical, archaeological, monumental, landscape or museum resources and who are officially qualified to show them.

The program of guided visits of the Diputación 'Viajero, yo te teando Segovia' starts with a good reception
The proposal, in its first delivery, has been widely accepted and the places planned for the visit were quickly filled, in which 18 people participated, a figure set by the health protocols for this type of activities. The procession, which took about two hours to complete the journey, began its journey around eleven in the morning in the town of Duratón, a hamlet of Sepúlveda, next to the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption.

There, guided by the guides Mariano Vela and Ana Gómez, we visited this temple, built between the last years of the XNUMXth century and the first third of the XNUMXth century, a good example of Segovian Romanesque architecture with its arcaded gallery, also known as atrium. In the capitals that decorate it, the visitors were able to identify various scenes from the New Testament. The guides highlighted to the audience the importance of this place, since very close to it is the site of the Markets, which was the Roman city of Confloenta. Much of what was found there can be seen in the Museum of Segovia, as well as the tombstones of the Visigoth necropolis that was next to the Church of the Assumption.

Later the group moved to the Villa de Sepúlveda, head of the Community of Villa y Tierra that bears his name. Located at the top of the cliffs it is easy to imagine why its patron is the Virgen de la Peña. This town of great importance in the Middle Ages is considered one of the main exponents of the Segovian Romanesque with its Church of El Salvador, where the aforementioned atriums appear for the first time. The participants toured the town to recall the history of its Fueros, which are remembered every summer with a medieval fair and walked through its Plaza Mayor, dominated by the remains of its Castle, and some of the most typical emblazoned houses such as the Casa del Moro .

As other objectives of the activity is to promote trade, industry and hospitality in the different areas, the participants were provided with a list of the different establishments where they could stop once the visit was over on a radio of 20 kilometers, corresponding in this case to 31 localities in the area, housing 49 rural accommodations, 18 hotel accommodations and 43 restaurants.

The next appointment will be on Saturday 19 September in the towns Requijada and Pedraza, exponents of mountain and medieval architecture. Here you will visit, among other monuments and places, the hermitage of the Virgen de las Vegas, Requijada, one of the most unknown and best preserved Romanesque temples in the area, with its small atrium. Then, in the Villa de los Zuloaga, you will stop at the old Villa Jail, the Castle or the Church of Santa María.

The reservation request can be processed by sending an email to the address This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. until 21.00:18 p.m. on Friday, September 3. Registration is XNUMX euros and travel to the starting point of the visit must be done by private car.

Source: Diputación de Segovia