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Hostal Sotopalacio
Discover Segovia
Just a few minutes away from Hostal Sotopalacio lies beautiful Segovia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985. Segovia is renowned for its Aqueduct, its Alcázar and its Cathedral, as well as for its unique and delicious cochinillo asado (roasted suckling pig) and other delicacies and specialities.
Our surroundings
Get to know our village, Madrona, where you will find different representative examples of the typical Castillian architecture. There is also a Romanesque church with a beautiful cloister and a Mudéjar ceiling. Do not forget to visit our Romanesque hermitage and its Cristo de la Salud statue, which dates back to the 15th century.

Not far from Madrona, you can also visit the palaces of Riofrío and La Granja. You can also enjoy different outdoor activities, such as cyling, hiking, horse riding, playing tennis, riding an ATV or even going up in a balloon. Moreover, wonderful Segovia is just a five-minute ride away, waiting for you to discover its marvels, which granted the city its World Heritage Site status back in 1985.

Do not hesitate to ask us about trips, activities, sightseeing and tours in our surroundings. All the staff at Hostal Sotopalacio will be happy to help you find more about tourist landmarks and bookings so that you can get to know both our village and the city of Segovia.
Must-sees in Segovia
Discover the three most representative landmarks in Segovia.

Aqueduct of Segovia

This architectural masterpiece was built by the Romans in the second half of the 1st century or early 2nd century AD, possibly during the reign of Emperor Claudius. Its aim was to supply the city of Secovia (today’s Segovia) with drinking water. It was taken from the Frío River, located about 18 km away. This is likely to be the best-preserved Roman aqueduct in the Empire.

There is no agreement regarding the chronology of its building. Some historians (including Menendez Pidal) believe it was built at the time of Emperor Augustus, while others link it to Emperor Claudius, or even suggest it was ordered by Emperor Trajan.

The Aqueduct is 728 m long and 28.50 m high at its highest point. Its foundations measure up to 6 m at the main section. The Aqueduct consists of two sets of arches. The lower set is made up of 119 arches, while the lower set (the main section of the Aqueduct) consists of 44 arches.

With it, the Romans created a new aesthetic reference, which would be later used in bridges and other structures throughout the Empire.

The first great reconstruction work was undertaken during the reign of Ferdinand and Isabella of Castile. The prior of Jerónimos del Parral Monastery, Pedro de Mesa, was in charge of the reconstruction between 1484 and 1489. At that time, 36 arches were rebuilt whilst respecting the original structure. In the 16th century, the statues of Saint Sebastian (patron saint of Segovia) and the Virgin of Fuencisla were also replaced. Currently, the stone is alarmingly deteriorating due to air pollution, so the Spanish Government, with help from other national and international organisations, has decided to protect the Aqueduct through a careful restoration process.

Alcázar

The oldest document mentioning the existence of the Alcázar dates back to the 12th century. In it, an old fortress above the Eresma River is mentioned. In a letter written 1155, it is already called “Alcázar”. Nevertheless, this fortress is likely to have existed even in earlier times and its origins may even date back to the Romans. During the Middle Ages, the Alcázar became one of the Monarchs’ favourite residences, due to its beautiful location and its military safety.

The Alcázar has two different sections. The first one consists of a courtyard, a moat, a drawbridge, the keep and two towers with spires. The second one is the inside of the building, which includes a stunning chapel and several noble rooms, named Sala de la Galera, Sala de las Piñas and Tocador de la Reina. Apart from this, there are four floors with vast attics and basements.

The Sala de los Reyes is particularly beautiful. It has a coffered ceiling with golden hexagons and diamonds, and a frieze with 52 polychrome images. In the Throne Room, there is an amazing mudéjar dome and yeserías, and its velveted walls are covered with the portraits of various monarchs.

The Keep was built by Juan II, in a time of transition between Gothic and Romanic. It is 80 metres high and it is decorated with beautiful sgrafitti and twelve splendid little towers. It can be accessed through a passage. Also remarkable is the Tower of Alfonso X el Sabio, from which the King used to study the skies.

Cathedral of Segovia

This Cathedral, known as “the Queen of Cathedrals”, was built between 1525 and 1577 in order to replace the old Romanic temple, which had been partially destroyed during the local wars. Together with the New Cathedral in Salamanca, it is the best example of late Gothic style in Spanish architecture.

It was designed by Juan Gil de Hontañón as a three-nave cathedral, with side chapels, a transept and an ambulatory with radial chapels. The Gothic cloister, dating back to 1470, belonged to the old Romanic cathedral and was taken to its new location stone by stone.

The inside of the Cathedral of Segovia hides marvellous treasures: masterpieces of painting and sculpture, 16-th century glass windows, 23 chapels with interesting artwork, a stunning High Altar and a still working pipe. The Cathedral was built over three different stages:

First stage: the first stone is set (8/6/1525) and Juan Gil de Hontañón draws the plans with the three naves and the chapels.

Second stage: after the death of Juan Gil de Hontañón (15/9/1526), his son, Rodrigo Gil de Hontañón, takes his place in managing the construction works. In 1567 the first transept Stone is set and the main nave is finishes, so the Cathedral is open for religious service.

Third stage: when Rodrigo Gil de Hontañón dies (1577), Juan de Mugaguren finished the transept, the side naves and the North Gate, Puerta de San Frutos. Other details were added all throughout the 17th century.

These stages are the reason why Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical styles can all be seen at the Cathedral.
Guided tours around Segovia
Hostal Sotopalacio suggests three guided tours which will enable you to discover different aspects of marvellous Segovia. Do not hesitate to ask our staff for more information and suggestions on sites and gastronomy.

TOUR #1: Segovia, UNESCO World Heritage Site

This may be the best tour to get to know the city, since it will take you through its main tourist sites and landmarks. We will begin our tour at the Aqueduct and walk down the main street, Calle Real. Our first stop will be the Mirador de la Canaleja, and then Casa de los Picos, few meters away. After visiting Plaza Medina del Campo and the San Martín Romanic Church, we will get to Plaza del Corpus, where you will see the Corpus Christi Church, once the Main Synagogue. We will then visit Plaza Mayor and the Cathedral (including the inside of the latter). After wandering though Canonjías quarter, our little tour will end visiting the Alcázar (inside and outside).

TOUR # 2: The Jewish Quarter

Through this tour, Hostal Sotopalacio suggests discovering the narrow, winding streets in the Jewish Quarter. We will evoke the Jewish cultural legacy of the city by visiting the former Main Synagogue, the Centro Didáctico de la Judería and then the Museo de Segovia.

TOUR #3: In the Shade of the Arches

This tour enables us to rediscover the Aqueduct and gives us the opportunity to see its degritter. It ends at San Antonio el Real, one of our oldest monasteries and former hunting castle for Henry IV. This tour also includes visiting the San Justo Church, famous for its Romanic frescos and its Cristo de los Gascones statue.