The most natural Segovia

The most natural Segovia

Approximate length: 10 kilometers.
Duration: 4 hours.
Slope: Maximum height: 993 m. Minimum height: 918 m.
Character: Hiking, mountain bike in the 90% of the route.
Places of interest: Church and neighborhood of San Lorenzo, Monastery of San Vicente, Monastery of Our Lady of El Parral, Casa de la Moneda, Church of Vera Cruz, Jewish Cemetery, Sanctuary of Fuencisla, Convent of Santa Cruz la Real.
Viewpoints: Mirador de los Altos de El Parral, Mirador de la Judería and Mirador de los Altos de La Piedad.
Botanical notes:
Alameda del Parral: Castaño de indias (Aesculus hippocastanum), Banana (Platanus x hispánica), Sauces (Salix sp.) And Chopos (Popolus sp.).
Alcázar, Plaza de la Merced and Casa de Castellarnau: Cedros (Cedrus x libanotica)
Pinarillo: Pine, Thyme (Timus sp.) And Ivy (Hedera helix).

We suggest starting this itinerary in the same square in the neighborhood of San Lorenzo, at the foot of its beautiful Romanesque portico church in Segovia. The once outpost of artisans and millers and who owned his own parish, today is a neighborhood more attached to the modern city. We direct our steps along the Calle del Puente del Río that a few hundred meters further on is called Calle San Vicente. Crossing the second bridge we went down a street on our left. Very soon to our right is the Monastery of San Vicente. Continuing down the street, you will come to one of the most delicious and best-preserved parks in the city: the Alameda de El Parral. A lush vegetation of horse chestnuts, bananas, willows and poplars, among others, will make these first moments of our route an unforgettable walk at any time of the year.

Arrived at the height of the bridge that crosses the river next to the Casa de la Moneda, we go up the cobbled path next to the walls of the Monastery of El Parral that ends at the facade of the Monasterio church. A note: it was the work of the architect Juan Guas, the same who was responsible for the facade of the Convent of Santa Cruz la Real and later we will see.

Right in front of this, a narrow cobblestone path marked with a stone landmark and a red dot leads us to one of the obligatory stops on our route, the Mirador de los Altos de El Parral. With the help of the mosaic placed in a huge stone as a table, it is worth losing a few minutes trying to identify the milestones that describe us when contemplating from this point the old town.

We are now guided by the red landmarks to the church of Vera Cruz. Here the contemplation of the strange fantastic figures carved in its stone will transport us to a world of mystery and riddled with enigmas.

We descend now to the neighborhood of San Marcos. Crossing the road we can read the following section on one of the sides of the house opposite: "Today I was able to walk around Segovia, the mall of Eresma, San Marcos, Fuencisla, the Camino Nuevo ..." Letters to Guiomar - Antonio Machado.

From the back of this we descend to a wide meadow at the foot of the Alcazar. Impressive your vision from here! We go to the river to cross it through an elegant wooden bridge that will lead us to the Clamores valley. A pleasant walk under a lush vegetation will go back to the head of the valley. Passed the orchards to our left, and arrived at the height of a stone bridge, where the vegetation opens, we will go up by a comfortable stone staircase located to our right and that, crossing the road of the Cuesta de los Hoyos, will lead us to the second of our viewpoints, the Mirador de la Judería, in the old Jewish cemetery of the city. From here the appreciation of the multicultural cities of the Middle Ages becomes more evident; Moors (most converts), Jews and Christians living in peace and harmony in the same physical space, and the city of Segovia was no exception!

Alcazar of Segovia

We continue along a well-marked path that runs parallel to the road. At the end of this we take the path that goes up a gentle slope to our right and that ends in a paved street. From here to the Altos de la Piedad, our third viewpoint.

After admiring the beautiful views of the city and the Sierra de Guadarrama that are enjoyed from this point we go to the roundabout of the General Hospital. We continue along the right bank of the Arévalo road to the height of the end of the city sign and take the first road that goes to our right to a wire fence that we will cross by its pedestrian access. Here we take the path on the left and a hundred meters further on we will turn to our right direction north. This is the highest point of our itinerary. To the north we can see the neighborhoods of Zamarramala and La Lastrilla. In one more kilometer following this road we will have to take another road that goes out to our right, in north direction, and that after a few meters begins to descend by recently reforested slabs. From this point we can see right in front of us the Sale of San Pedro Abanto. We descend to the river. From here and going up its right bank and through the new layout that is being upgraded, we will reach the stone bridge of the Arco de San Lázaro.

From the Alameda de la Fuencisla and to return to our starting point we propose to do it by the Eresma river bank perfectly enabled for the walk, to the stone bridge of the San Marcos neighborhood. From this bridge and going up the promenade of Santo Domingo de Guzmán we will reach the Convent of Santa Cruz la Real, whose façade, recently restored by the Heritage Foundation of Castilla y León, we find the footprint of our architect of the church of Parral . Founded by Saint Domingo de Guzmán, he had as prior to Torquemada, and inside it is the cave where the saint prayed and where the tradition tells that Saint Teresa had one of his famous ecstasies.

Not in an ecstasy, but in a sigh, we will stand again in the Plaza de San Lorenzo to close this magic circle that will end our walk, although not to our amazement for so much beauty.

Route route

When: any time of the year is good, especially recommended during the summer months, enjoying the freshness of the malls on the banks of the river Eresma and autumn, where the fall of the leaf represents a real delight for the senses.

Who: Circular itinerary suitable for anyone, always remembering the recommended precautions at each time of the year.

Mapping: sheet 483-I scale 1: 25.000 of the National Geographic Institute.

Curiosities: all cedar species present in the province of Segovia have been introduced for use in gardening. The first specimens were planted in the 19th century in the Parterre of the gardens of La Granja during the reign of Amadeo de Saboya. A little later, in the middle of the XIX and beginning of the XX, those of the Plaza de la Merced were planted, some copy in the Alcázar, garden of the house of Castellarnau and gardens of San Roque. (Mario Sanz Elorza, Environment Magazine, 2º Semester). They are, therefore, already centenarian specimens and silent witnesses of the history of our city. Surprising, right? The horse chestnut is another story, because this tree is not a chestnut tree, nor its fruits are edible and neither is it from the Indies (as the New World lands were known). That it is called chestnut is because of the similarity of its fruits with those of the real chestnut, and of the Indies because it was believed that it came from India. In fact it is original of the south of Albania, north and center of Greece and Bulgaria, having been mentioned in the Caucasus, north of Persia and Himalayas. So, look how much, also in the vegetable world there are species that are not what they seem !!!