We love places, but we know that to see real ones we must go to Europe. So, we packed our bags and went to Segovia.
Segovia is located less than 100 km from Madrid. This old city has been declared a World Heritage Site, and it is located in the province of Castilla y León, in the central region.
We are where used to be the Roman Segóbriga, which means Victory’s city. Its icon is an impressive aqueduct, the biggest Roman monument in Spain, with 166 arches, built stone over stone, without any mortar!
As a tourist, you might find interesting the fact that Segovia’s province, since the beginning of time, is the residence of Spanish’s monarchy. In fact, there were eleven royal residences in the province, but some of them doesn’t exist anymore and others are very famous, such as the Royal House of the Alcázar de la Borgoña and Tastámara and the Bourbon palaces like Río Frío and Saint Idelfonso’s La Granja.
It takes 11 km from Segovia to arrive. Its history begins in 1450 with the construction of a chapel dedicated to San Ildefonso. According to a legend, Philip V visited this place and was so delighted that he decided to build a palace just as in Versailles.
Construction began in 1721; The gardens were designed by the sculptor RenatoCarlier and the gardener Esteban Boutelou, and although they resemble those from Versailles or Marly, they have their own style. The palace garden’s houses 26 fountains that offer spectacular dancing waters, mythological character’s sculptures and a 2 km labyrinth.
These gardens can be visited every day from 10 in the morning until sunset. Admission is free except when the dancing water fountains are enabled: Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 3 pm to 6 pm. We recommend phoning or get information before going because only four fountains are enabled each day. Other places to visit previous information, are the Partidas de la Reina, the Botanical Garden, and the Fish Farm.
We could not leave Segovia without tasting its more traditional sweet: the ponche, a traditional sponge base, made with eggs, sugar, and flour, filled with pastry cream, covered by a thin layer of marzipan and decorated with powdered sugar decorated with a red-hot,diamond-shaped iron that caramelizes sugar and gives it its unmistakable look and taste.
It is very easy to arrive at Saint Ildefonso Farm by road, bus or train. You have to reach Chamartin station and from there, it’s a bus to La Granja.