Teresa Buquerin, the owner of Hotel Ayllón looks forward to welcome you to Segovia province
Located north of the great mountain range that bisects the central plateau of the Iberian Peninsula, Segovia is one of the nine provinces that make up the Community of Castile and León.
Occupying an area of 6,949 square kilometers, the province of Segovia has mountains, plains and valleys with a difference in height of almost 2,000 meters. It consists of river banks, nature parks, forests of oak trees, pine groves and grain fields. You will find monumental cities, royal palaces, castles and medieval villages with Romanesque churches, Moorish towers, emblazoned mansions. It’s a perfect place for active, relaxing and/or gastronomical tourism.
How to Get There
By car from Madrid:
Merge onto A-6 and AP-61 motorways to Segovia town or on the A-1 motorway to the province.
By car from Barcelona:
Merge onto AP-2 motorway to Zaragoza and A-68 toward Tudela/Logroño. Take exit 19 toward N-122/Soria. In San Esteban de Gormaz continue on N-110 passing Ayllón to Segovia town.
By car from the east/Salamanca:
Merge onto A-50 motorway to Ávila, continue on AP-51 to Villacastin and from there on N-110 to Segovia and Ayllón.
Segovia province: Plan your journey by public transport
Bus stop for buses coming from Madrid, Segovia and El Burgo de Osma.
Madrid-Barajas Airport is one of the main points of entry for tourists to Spain. The new extensions have consolidated Barajas as a “hub” airport where airlines can increase connectivity between Latin American, domestic and European markets. Being a true bridge between Europe and Latin America, the airport has consolidated its leading position among world airports.
Segovia province weather forecast
|Ayllón, España||48°F scattered clouds|
Wind 11 mph, SE
Pressure 764.32 mmHg
Places to go
Ayllón is a charming village in the province of Segovia, Spain, whose old town has been declared Property of Cultural Interest.
TO SEE: Ayllón’s old town, with its stately buildings and homes with traditional architecture, has been declared Property of Cultural Interest.
Especially worth visiting are the Palace of the Contreras with beautiful coffering on the inside and with an Isabellian facade that is also blazoned, the Plaza Mayor (main square) which has an irregular structure, the 16th century town hall and the Romanesque church of Saint Michael, which stands out because of its belfry and ball flowers.
TO DO: The best way to get to know the charms of Ayllón is to stroll through its narrow cobblestone streets.
RECOMMEND: At weekends, dramatised visits to the town are organised (Saturdays 12am and 7pm, from October Saturdays 12am and 5pm; Sundays 12am). Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
The town of Segovia, the old quarter of which, along with its Roman aqueduct, are World Heritage Sites, is always worth a visit.
TO SEE: Segovia is a World Heritage City, with unique monuments which alone make a visit well worthwhile. However, once in Segovia you will find the city offers much, much more. An old Jewish quarter, stately homes, outstanding views and a green belt which is ideal for a pleasant stroll in the sunshine.
TO DO: Visit the Aqueduct, the Jewish Quarter, the Cathedral, the Alcázar (and its tower). Go down from the Alcázar to the Eresma river, and cross the bridge to visit the church of Vera Cruz, the Fuencisla shrine and the Convent of the Barefoot Carmelites or the Parral monastery.
RECOMMEND: If you have lunch in town don’t miss typical dishes such as roast suckling pig or milk-fed lamb. If you prefer fish, trout is the best option.
Gorges of the Duratón River
The course of the waters of the Duratón has excavated deep gorges in this park, which today is a spectacular refuge for numerous forest birds of prey.
TO SEE: In this area the Duratón river is embedded in a deep canyon, which in some places reaches a difference in height of over 100 meters. The interest and scenic beauty is compounded by the archaeological and historical richness that encloses this gorge.
TO DO: Hiking: The easiest walking tour starts in the terrace where the road to Villaseca ends. From there you have to go towards the rocky outcrop, surrounded by cliffs, on which stands the church of San Frutos. After crossing a stone bridge over a deep crack, called La Cuchillada (the slash), the path ascends to the old Benedictine monastery. After having contemplated this 12 century construction you can continue to its nearby cemetery, which is home to several early medieval anthropomorphic tombs. To the left you find a rustic staircase carved into the rock that probably served the primitive hermits to go down to a river which, at present, is regulated by the small Burgomillodo reservoir.
RECOMMEND: Do a canoe trip on the river.
Hayedo de Tejera Negra Nature Reserve>
The Park comprises the rivers Lillas and Zarzas, born in the Buitrera glacier valley, as well as a representative and exceptional beech-tree forest
TO SEE: Hayedo de Tejera Negra Nature Reserve is situated to the north-east of Guadalajara province, in the township of Cantalojas. The Reserve’s microclimate, together with its isolation, has enabled the preservation of the beech groves planted in remote times, when the climate was colder and more humid than it is now. Nowadays, these trees find shelter in shady valleys and northern slopes, with fog, wind, rain and very little sun.
TO DO: Apart from the beech trees, you can encounter other protected species, namely the yew, holly, birch, oak , hazel or pine. The undergrowth consists of heather, broom and thickets. The most characteristic fauna of Hayedo de Tejera Negra are the daytime birds of prey: golden eagle, red kite and goshawk. Roe deer, the fox, wild cat, marten, badger, weasel, wild boar and nocturnal birds of prey, for example the tawny owl, long-eared owl and little owl abound.
La Pinilla ski resort
La Pinilla, located in the province of Segovia, is ideal for skiers in the Central Mountains of Spain.
TO SEE: La Pinilla is in the Sierra de Ayllón Mountains massif, in the municipal district of Cerezo de Arriba (Segovia). It is a fun, welcoming and uncrowded resort. Visitors will be able to sample the exquisite cuisine of Riaza, five minutes from the resort, and discover all the charms of this mountain range. It is easily accessed via the N-I main road.
TO DO: Skiing, enjoying the beautiful views and having lunch in Riaza.
Gorges of the Riaza river: River Trail (PR-SG-6)
Linear hiking route along the gorges of the Riaza river in the province of Segovia, Spain.
The Gorges of the Riaza river are a valuable natural space due to its spectacular scenery and bird communities, amongst which the griffon vulture.
The route is a linear along the gorges of the Riaza river with start in Montejo de la Vega. It can be done bidirectional, with a total distance of about 21 km. Or only one way, if another vehicle is waiting for us at the parking of the Linares reservoir. To reach this parking take the road from Ayllón to Fuentelcésped. Shortly before leaving the province of Segovia, on a curve to the right, take a track to the left with a sign that says “Pie de Presa”.
The signposted route is mostly along a comfortable and plain path, except for a small stretch of narrow and steep path.
Note: If you want to do this route between 1 January and 31 July you need to apply for a permission in the Casa del Parque (Address: C/ de las Eras nº 18, 40542 Montejo de la Vega de la Serrezuela; Phone +34-921 532 459).
Type of route: Bidirectional
Distance: 21 km
Time: 7 hours
Difference in height: 264 m.
Montejo de la Vega de la Serrezuela
Sierra de Ayllón hiking route
Circular hiking route in the Sierra de Ayllón mountain range, Castile-León, Spain.
Access: N-110 toward Soria. Having passed the village of Cerezo de Arriba trun off to the La Pinilla ski resort and leave your car at any of the car parks closest to the resort in direction east.
Start walking skirting an apartment building with a red roof. On the left, a fairly steep path leads within minutes to the slope leading up the hill in the south of the Aventadero. At this point the path turns in direction southwest and ascends to Las Peñuelas. The views are spectacular!
Continue on this path and in approx. 30 minutes you’ll reach the Pico del Lobo peak – the highest point in the region of Castile-La Mancha. You’ll see the ruins of what was to be a hotel (Mother Nature took care to prevent its construction). From there you’ll enjoy stunning views of hundreds of kilometers: On clear winter days you’ll see the Urbión peaks, the Sierra de La Demanda, El moncayo and even the Cantabrian mountains.
After a brief descent towards the west you get to the steep Alto de Las Mesas, composed of a series of small peaks. From the last of these peaks a hill delimitates the western part of the ski resort. Descend next to the ski slopes until reaching the Las Focas hill. With snow it’s convenient to continue west to the hill and from there go to the Las Focas hill towards east along the hillside to avoid the great inclination of the first stretch. From there continue in the same direction but on the brink of the resort and following a path that leads down to the Cerezuelo river.
Distance/Time: Type of route: Circular
Distance: 10 km
Time: 5 hours
Difference in height: 800 m.
La Pinilla ski resort – Pico del Lobo peak