Monday, April 23, 2012

SPAIN: TOLEDO, EL ESCORIAL, SEGOVIA AND MADRID


Visiting Toledo, San Lorenzo del Escorial monastery and Segovia I enjoyed a sort of time travel to the Middle Ages. Churches, synagogues, mosques, convents, walls, bridges, towers are really well preserved in Toledo and there you can visit fantastic places. Get lost in its narrow streets, squares and gardens make your visit to Toledo a wonderful experience.

Segovia is also a really beautiful city, but smaller than Toledo. However, I strongly visiting it because of its impressive aqueduct, its really beautiful alcázar, the gothic cathedral and some lovely romanesque churches.

Below you can see the most interesting places I visited in Toledo, Madrid and Segovia.

 - Day 1: Toledo
  • Alcántara bridge
  • Zocodover square
  • Alcázar
  • Cathedral
  • Judería (Jewish quarter)
  • Night tour (strongly recommended)
- Day 2: Toledo
  • El Entierro del Señor de Orgaz (El Greco)
  • Santo Tomé church
  • Santa María la Blanca sinagogue
  • San Juan de los Reyes monastery
  • Cristo de la Luz mosque
  • Puerta de Bisagra and Santiago del Arrabal church
  • San Martín bridge
  • Views of Toledo from El Parador
- Day 3: Toledo
  • Tránsito sinagogue
  • San Salvador church
  • Círculo del Arte
- Days 4 and 5: Madrid
  • Prado and Reina Sofia museums
  • Cibeles Palace
  • San Miguel Market
  • Sabatini Gardens
  • Debod Temple
  • Campo del Moro
  • El Retiro 
- Day 6: San Lorenzo del Escorial
- Day 7: Madrid
  • La Casa Encendida
  • Plaza de España and Liria Palace
  • Matadero
  • Microteatro por dinero (Microtheatre for money)
- Day 8: Segovia
  • Aqueduct
  • San Martín square and church
  • Gothic cathedral
  • Alcázar
  • Vera Cruz church and Santa Maria del Parral monastery
  • Judería (Jewish quarter)
  • San Millán romanesque church

And next I would like to show you some pictures of some places of the previous list. In following posts I will upload more images of all those places.

Toledo



Puente de Alcántara in Toledo
Alcántara bridge in Toledo

Plaza del Zocodover in Toledo
Zocodover square in Toledo, probably the most lively place in the town

 Alcázar de Toledo
The Alcázar of Toledo is a reference you can see from almost anywhere in the city

Gothic cathedral of Toledo
Inside the gothic cathedral of Toledo

Mudejar church of Santo Tomé in Toledo
Mudejar bell tower of Santo Tomé church. Inside you can visit the masterpiece of El Greco:" El entierro del señor de Orgaz"

Alcázar de Toledo lit at night
The Alcázar of Toledo lit at night

Cristo de la Luz mosque in Toledo
Detail of El Cristo de la Luz Mosque

Puente de San Martín in Toledo
San Martín bridge 

Toledo from Los Cigarrales
From los Cigarrales you can enjoy views of Toledo like this one of the Alcázar and the cathedral

Jewish quarter in Toledo
A typical narrow street of the jewish quarter in Toledo

Tránsito sinagogue in Toledo
Detail of Tránsito sinagogue in Toledo


Madrid

Cibeles palace in Madrid
The ceiling of Cibeles palace in Madrid

San Miguel market in Madrid
Enjoying our meal in San Miguel Market in Madrid: delicious iberian ham with a glass of red wine

Sabatini gardens in Madrid
Sculpture in Sabatini gardens

Debod Temple in Madrid
Debod Temple in Madrid

Campo del Moro and Royal Palace in Madrid
Campo del Moro gardens in Madrid. From here the view of the Royal Palace is quite nice

El Retiro in Madrid
People enjoying a sunny afternoon in El Retiro, a large park in Madrid


San Lorenzo del Escorial



San Lorenzo del Escorial monastery
Overview of San Lorenzo del Escorial monastery


San Lorenzo del Escorial monastery
Main entrance of San Lorenzo del Escorial Monastery


Segovia




Segovia aqueduct
The impressive aqueduct of Segovia


Gothic cathedral in Segovia
The gothic cathedral of Segovia

Alcázar de Segovia
The Alcázar of Segovia

Vera Cruz church in Segovia
Vera Cruz church in Segovia

Jewish quarter in Segovia
Walking along one street of the jewish quarter of Segovia near the cathedral

San Millán romanesque church
San Millán is a romanesque church in Segovia I liked a lot

Cathedral and San Millán church in Segovia
The cathedral of Segovia behind San Millán church


I also would like to give you some useful information:

- Where to eat in Toledo:
  • La Abadía (here I saw Iker Casillas and Sara Carbonero)
  • Alfileritos 24

- Where to have a drink in Toledo:
  • Círculo del Arte
  • Parador of Toledo
  • La Venta del Alma

- Where to eat in Madrid:
  • El Marciano (Cádiz street near Puerta del Sol)
  • San Miguel Market

This post is a summary of all the interesting places and nice towns I visited during my trip to Toledo, Madrid, Monasterio del Escorial and Segovia. In future posts I will give more information and show more pictures about all the places I visited.



Finally, other beautiful places you can visit in Spain are:



- Catalonia

- Basque Country

- Cantabria

- Granada

- Sevilla, Córdoba, Cádiz and Costa de la Luz

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