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The church of San Miguel de Fuentidueña has been restored, one of the most notable examples of the Segovian Romanesque.

On December 21, 1995, it was declared a BIC with the category of Monument.

The restoration intervention derived from the poor condition of the temple roof, displaced tiles, some broken and loose.
The roof of the central nave and the apse was also dismantled to renew their roofs, taking advantage of part of the material that could be recovered. A polyurethane projection thermal insulation was placed for greater thermal comfort, as an extra security measure for its maintenance and to prevent water leaks into the temple.

The tiles were replaced but 'a la segoviana' (also called 'a canal') and the files and meetings were carried out at the intersection of the skirt with the church tower.

The visit to the towns of Duratón and Sepúlveda, considered to be the Cradle of the Segovian Romanesque, has inaugurated last Saturday the 'Traveler, I will teach you Segovia' program of guided tours designed by Prodestur, the tourist body of the Provincial Council, in order to to promote and value the work of the official tourist guides of the province, experts who know all its secrets and historical, archaeological, monumental, landscape or museum resources and who are officially qualified to show them.

The program of guided visits of the Diputación 'Viajero, yo te teando Segovia' starts with a good reception
The proposal, in its first delivery, has been widely accepted and the places planned for the visit were quickly filled, in which 18 people participated, a figure set by the health protocols for this type of activities. The procession, which took about two hours to complete the journey, began its journey around eleven in the morning in the town of Duratón, a hamlet of Sepúlveda, next to the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption.

There, guided by the guides Mariano Vela and Ana Gómez, we visited this temple, built between the last years of the XNUMXth century and the first third of the XNUMXth century, a good example of Segovian Romanesque architecture with its arcaded gallery, also known as atrium. In the capitals that decorate it, the visitors were able to identify various scenes from the New Testament. The guides highlighted to the audience the importance of this place, since very close to it is the site of the Markets, which was the Roman city of Confloenta. Much of what was found there can be seen in the Museum of Segovia, as well as the tombstones of the Visigoth necropolis that was next to the Church of the Assumption.

Later the group moved to the Villa de Sepúlveda, head of the Community of Villa y Tierra that bears his name. Located at the top of the cliffs it is easy to imagine why its patron is the Virgen de la Peña. This town of great importance in the Middle Ages is considered one of the main exponents of the Segovian Romanesque with its Church of El Salvador, where the aforementioned atriums appear for the first time. The participants toured the town to recall the history of its Fueros, which are remembered every summer with a medieval fair and walked through its Plaza Mayor, dominated by the remains of its Castle, and some of the most typical emblazoned houses such as the Casa del Moro .

As other objectives of the activity is to promote trade, industry and hospitality in the different areas, the participants were provided with a list of the different establishments where they could stop once the visit was over on a radio of 20 kilometers, corresponding in this case to 31 localities in the area, housing 49 rural accommodations, 18 hotel accommodations and 43 restaurants.

The next appointment will be on Saturday 19 September in the towns Requijada and Pedraza, exponents of mountain and medieval architecture. Here you will visit, among other monuments and places, the hermitage of the Virgen de las Vegas, Requijada, one of the most unknown and best preserved Romanesque temples in the area, with its small atrium. Then, in the Villa de los Zuloaga, you will stop at the old Villa Jail, the Castle or the Church of Santa María.

The reservation request can be processed by sending an email to the address This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. until 21.00:18 p.m. on Friday, September 3. Registration is XNUMX euros and travel to the starting point of the visit must be done by private car.

Source: Diputación de Segovia

The Segovia Provincial Council has hired nineteen people to carry out tourism and cultural development activities in the province for six months, seven more than last year thanks to the lines of action framed within the 'ReinvenTa' Plan that is included in the Program ' Segovia, Reactive Province 'of socioeconomic recovery of the provincial institution. Adherence to this Tourism Employment Plan involves an investment of 190.000 euros, 70.000 euros more than last year, of which the Provincial Council contributes 40.000 euros.

These people, who have started their activity today, will be in charge of carrying out different actions, all of them aimed at the development of cultural tourism, food and wine tourism and agrotourism, with information points in tourist locations and developing an inventory plan of the different tourist attractions of the entire province for later dissemination in plans of 20 kilometers around each town.

It is not a secret that the province of Segovia is a territory with a great patrimonial, natural and gastronomic wealth, but it is seriously affected by depopulation, especially in rural areas. With the aim of helping to counteract this situation, the Diputación created in 2005 the guarantee brand Alimentos de Segovia, which brings together companies that produce or distribute quality products and are 100% from the province of Segovia. Currently, work is being done on developing a Strategic Food Plan for Segovia, which will serve to reinforce the implementation of the brand, consolidate its recognition and contribute to positioning the province on the map of the best gastronomic culture at a regional and national level. .

This undoubtedly results in an enhancement of both tourist resources and the intangible heritage of popular culture, as Alimentos de Segovia brings together products so characteristic and rooted in popular culture and tradition such as the Segovia suckling pig, the Lechazo, the chorizo ​​de cantimpalos and judión de la Granja, among others, all of them with recognized IGP. For this reason, and to continue reinforcing and developing the actions framed within this plan, two technicians have been hired with profiles of marketing and communication, advertising and public relations, commerce and marketing, business management and marketing, and audiovisual media management; and a third support person with an administrative profile to support all basic tasks.

Thanks to this call, the Department of Culture will also be reinforced with an administrative assistant to support the development of cultural activities in the province, since this area has been forced to reformulate all its programs as a result of the health crisis. These changes have taken the form of facilitating city councils the possibility of canceling large-capacity artistic activities, and replacing them with others of a smaller format that allow for safety distances. All this entails carrying out a large number of administrative procedures, regarding the adoption of new agreements, modification of the bases of the call or elimination of the same and the drafting of new bases that adapt to the new situation, with the consequent modification of databases and introduction of new data, so it was necessary to hire a profile of these characteristics.

On the other hand, four environmental guides have been hired for the study and design of agrotourism routes that allow us to enjoy our province through agriculture, livestock and gastronomy. Among the attractions of rural spaces, the agricultural exploitation maintains great interest in the demand of urban origin, involves experiences in agricultural life that are alien to them, knowledge of natural products in their production areas, as well as interacting with animal species with those who have lost contact. With the development and dissemination of these routes it is intended to meet the needs of society mentioned above and complement tourist activities with agricultural, livestock or artisan activities representative of the province. In them, tourism will be related to gastronomy, training and environmental education. Those hired will do a desk job that will focus on the search and study of information, surveys and personal interviews, geographic locations, inventory of resources, analysis of the results and writing of the proposal.

In the province of Segovia there are four Local Action groups that are developing a fundamental role in the settlement of the population and in the revitalization of the rural environment. For this reason, an area coinciding with that of one of these groups has been chosen, seeking mutual collaboration.

In addition, four informants have been hired to attend to the tourist and cultural needs of towns with great tourist influence in our province such as El Espinar, Cuéllar, Real Sitio de San Ildefonso and Palazuelos de Eresma. For this reason, a person has been hired in each locality who will support the organization and information of all the activities that are carried out, as well as to promote the tourist resources of each area.

The objective is to turn visitors into prescribers to increase overnight stays and retain visitors by trying to recommend the trip to our province among their friends and family. The four hired have knowledge of computer science and social networks, they also know the tourist and cultural activities that take place in each municipality and its surroundings, as well as those of the tourist and natural resources that the town has. On the other hand, it has been valued that they have their own initiative, teamwork capacity and experience with dealing with the public, as well as tourism studies and cultural management.

Finally, a team of seven people has been hired to develop an ambitious project for the inventory, digitization and dissemination of all tourist attractions in the province, which is divided into two sections. Four of them will carry out analysis, product creation and advice to the entrepreneur; so that they will visit the towns with tourist attractions and rural tourism accommodation to reorganize the offer in the province.

The objective of this activity is to create offers for the visitor around each locality with tourist accommodation, so that a virtual area of ​​twenty kilometers will be made around each municipality and on it all the gastronomic, heritage, natural, and activities offer will be analyzed. , industrial tourism, museums and interpretation centers. This work will lead to the organization of ideas of how, when and where to carry out the activities.

These people will telecommute preparing the areas and appointments for three days a week, and the other two will use them to travel to the province. During the trips, they will meet with entrepreneurs interested in appearing in these offers, as well as with those who wish to improve their web pages and their visibility in networks. In this way, they will be informed of all the offer that each area has that is interesting for the visitor and will sort it by areas. All these products that they develop will be worked on later by the other three people who have been hired with knowledge of web page management and social networks. They will be in charge of the design of the materials and their subsequent dissemination on web pages and social networks, not only of Prodestur, but also of the tourist establishments of the province, since they will also be in charge of advising entrepreneurs on the matter. communication to help them promote their product. It is intended that entrepreneurs who until now did not know how to sell their establishments digitally, have enough knowledge to carry out these promotional and marketing tasks online. The plan generated from each municipality will be posted on the segoviaturismo.es website and a QR code will be generated, so that when tourists arrive at a location, simply by bringing their mobile phone closer, they can have all the information they need to enjoy the environment. : routes, restaurants, activities, accommodation, museums, artisans, shops, etc.

Source: Diputación de Segovia

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The House of the Seal, headquarters of the office of the Tourism body of the Provincial Council, Prodestur, has hosted this morning the presentation of the initiative 'Traveler, I will teach you Segovia', a proposal that, as announced by Deputy Magdalena Rodríguez, "treats to promote and value the work of the official guides of the province, who are good connoisseurs of the secrets of our land and who are officially qualified to show them to us ".

The Provincial Council strengthens the work of the official guides of the province with the tourist initiative 'Viajero, yo te teaching Segovia'
At his side appeared, precisely, one of these guides, Eva Torres de Frutos, who thanked the project launched by the provincial institution at a time when the tourism sector has been seriously hit by the health crisis, affecting, with it to the work and billing of these guides.

For this reason, the Provincial Council has wanted to set up a calendar of fourteen routes that, from next Saturday, September 12, until December 19, will serve to show Segovians and foreigners the lands of Romanesque and churra sheep, the transition between Medieval and Neoclassical, the lands between pine forests, medieval architecture and nature, the town and land of Cuéllar or the Segovian mountains, among other areas. The historical, archaeological, monumental, landscape or museum resources of these places will be some of the aspects addressed by the guides in these guided tours, which will begin at 11:00 am and will last for a little over two hours. "To the objective of making known, from the hand of experts, the heritage of the towns through which the routes travel, we add that of promoting trade, industry and hospitality in the different areas, providing participants with the list of the different establishments where they can stop once the visit is over ", indicated Magdalena Rodríguez, for whom" invigorating tourism in the province implies spreading knowledge about the different sectors of each area that make it possible. " In this sense, in addition, the deputy explained that the accommodation and restaurants in the area will be notified well in advance so that they can disseminate the routes in their promotion channels, thus creating a synergy that can contribute to encouraging overnight stays in the province.

First destination: the cradle of Romanesque

The first of these routes will take place on September 12 and will begin in the church of Our Lady of the Assumption of Duratón, to where those registered - in order to minimize the risk of contagion - must travel by their own means. Under the title 'The cradle of the Segovian Romanesque', it will show, first, the temple, built between the last years of the XNUMXth century and the first third of the XNUMXth century, and very close to the Confloenta site. Later, the participants in this first route of 'Traveler, I will teach you Segovia' will travel to the town of Sepúlveda, where they will discover why the patron saint of the municipality is the Virgen de la Peña, why the town is considered the cradle of Romanesque Segovian or what is the history of the Fueros that every summer is remembered with a medieval fair.

During the press conference, Magdalena Rodríguez also explained that this first route is centered in an area that, within a radius of twenty kilometers, encompasses fifty rural accommodations, eighteen hotel accommodations, fourteen homes for tourist use and forty-three restaurants. located in a total of thirty-one locations; something that, he hoped, "visitors can take advantage of to do local tourism and discover the unknown if they come from Segovia or to stay two or three days in the province and get to know it, if they come from abroad."

Each registration in these visits will have a symbolic price of three euros for people over 8 years of age and the maximum number of admitted participants will depend on the restrictions established by the Junta de Castilla y León to combat Covid19 at that time, even if the Should any of the routes arouse great interest, a second guide would be hired. To participate in them, as indicated by the Prodestur deputy, interested persons should send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. until the day before the visit. Thus, reservations for the route 'The cradle of Segovian Romanesque: Duratón and Sepúlveda' can be processed until next Friday, September 11 at 21:00 p.m.

Through the campaign 'Traveler, I will teach you Segovia', the Provincial Council hopes to continue reinventing tourism in the province, offering an opportunity for Segovians themselves to get to know their land in depth and for 'foreigners' to discover the province at the same time. time that tries to boost the work of one of the professions most affected by the pandemic.

ROUTE CALENDAR 'TRAVELER, I WILL TEACH YOU SEGOVIA'

September 12, 2020.The cradle of Segovian Romanesque: Duratón and Sepúlveda
September 19, 2020. At the edge of the mountains: Requijada and Pedraza
September 26, 2020. By land of Romanesque and churras sheep: Fuentidueña and Sacramenia
October 3, 2020. Transition between the Middle Ages and Neoclassicism: Sotosalbos-Trescasas
October 10, 2020. Between pine forests: Fuentepelayo and Carbonero el Mayor
October 17, 2020. Medieval architecture and nature: Maderuelo and Languilla
October 24, 2020. Villa and land of Cuéllar: Sanctuary of Henar and Cuéllar
October 31, 2020. From the Cathedral of the Sierra to the land of the bargemen: Villacastín and El Espinar
November 7, 2020. Between the town and the palace: Valsaín and the Real Sitio de San Ildefonso
November 14, 2020. Through the Segovian mountains: Collado Hermoso and Navafría
November 21, 2020. Mountain and medieval architecture: Riaza and Ayllón
November 28, 2020. Bishops' Villas: Turégano, Aguilafuente and Escalona del Prado
December 5, 2020. Brick architecture: Samboal and Coca
December 12, 2020. The Segovian countryside, from the monastery to the winery: Santa María la Real de Nieva y Nieva

Source: Diputación de Segovia

VI PRODESTUR SEGOVIA PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST

"THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO IN THE PROVINCE OF SEGOVIA"

This year the theme of the VI Photography Competition will be on "The Camino de Santiago in the Province of Segovia."

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  • Segovia food bags

Prodestur Segovia and the Area of ​​Employment, Promotion Province and Sustainability we remind you of the rural accommodation in the province You can request the “Reinvent your vacations” packs with which to give the loyalty of your guests. These packs are free and contain a variety of cheeses, wine, pâté, honey, beer, sausages, pasta ... and information brochures on the different types of tourism that the province offers. All you have to do is send an email with your request and your details to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Name of the accommodation
  • Municipality of accommodation
  • Name and surname of the contact person
  • Contact phone number

Remember the importance of sharing on social networks (Facebook and Instagram) photos of the delivery of the bags to the guests.

The 'blown glass', proposal of Intangible Cultural Heritage

The Royal Glass Factory of La Granja, one of the European industrial buildings dedicated to glass, the most important from the 25.000th century and a true hallmark of the Royal Site and its surroundings, is a huge rectangle that houses a set inside of about 2 mXNUMX of constructed area.
With sober architecture, this majestic building was ordered to be built by Carlos III in 1770, according to the plans of the Royal Site surveyor Joseph Díaz Gamones. In 1997 the Junta de Castilla y León declared it an Asset of Cultural Interest (BIC).
It currently houses the FSP National Glass Center, a public institution whose main objective is to recover and preserve the old building, its history and its more traditional techniques. It houses the Technological Museum of Glass, the Library, the School of Glass, as well as Furnaces and Workshops.
The visitor's tour of the museum includes, in addition to the permanent and temporary exhibitions, a visit to the kiln, where the master blowers reproduce the well-known pieces of La Granja glass, using traditional artisan techniques. You can also access the old woodshed, where several carvers decorate the glass pieces with carvings and engravings, or the lamp workshop, where the well-known La Granja crystal chandeliers are manufactured and restored.
More information The Adelantado de Segovia

Personalities of art and sports linked to Segovia, such as the actress Lucía Jiménez, endorse the motto of the Provincial Council and support the tourism sector of the province.

Reinventing tourism has been the maxim chosen by the Segovia Provincial Council since Covid-19 threatened to destroy the province's main economic and employment engine and, in recent days, encouraged by Prodestur, the institution's Tourism body provincial, there have been several personalities of art and sports linked to our land who have wanted to support this reinvention of the promotional mechanisms of the sector and send messages to their followers so that they do not miss the opportunity to visit the province.

Emphasizing the slogans 'Without going further, province of Segovia' and 'Province of Segovia, naturally', chosen by the provincial institution for the advertising campaigns of these months, these public figures have recorded, in videos of just thirty seconds, messages that the Provincial Council of Segovia and Prodestur will launch on their different social media profiles in order to attract the interest and attention of travelers and tourists of all ages from all over Spain. "We hope that, encouraged by their artistic, musical or sports references, many people will bet to spend one, two or three days discovering our province," says the deputy of the Area, Magdalena Rodríguez, who emphasizes that "it is about of well-known characters who, in addition, keep a strong bond with Segovia, because they were born here or because they have been living in our towns for years, which gives credibility to their words and their invitation to discover our cultural, natural or gastronomic heritage ”. This, underlines the deputy, strengthens the media impact that the photos or videos shared by well-known faces on their social networks already have when they visit Segovia.

The videos of this initiative, which will be broadcast on a weekly basis, will begin with the participation of the Segovian actress, Lucía Jiménez, who made her film debut by David Trueba in 1996 with 'The Good Life' and is currently installed on Antena 3 after-dinner as part of the cast of the hit series 'Amar es para siempre'. The actress, who highlights the province as a place where plans abound at different times of the year, will be the first of a series of public personalities that will be revealed as the weeks go by.

"We would love for both Segovians and all the people who visit our province these days to record themselves publicizing the beauty and heritage of our peoples on their social networks, thus encouraging everyone to visit us," he added. the deputy, who encourages the sharing of those videos, mentioning the Provincial Council, under the hashtags # SinIrMásLejos, #Naturalmente and #ProvinciaDeSegovia, and recalls that the 'ReinvenTa' plan of 'Segovia, REactiva province' continues, with the bonuses' Reinvent your holidays' as the main claim of travelers.

Source: The Adelantado de Segovia

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After more than two decades of the latest actions, the Junta has resumed archaeological work in the Spanish-Muslim fortified site of Ayllón

After more than two decades, archaeological works are resumed in the Spanish-Muslim fortified site of Ayllón. The Board has begun an archaeological study and consolidation actions of the ramp that between the end of the XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries served as a link between La Medina and the old citadel.

Along with these actions, part of the wall that existed in this defensive compound has been discovered, in which it has come to light that at one point in its history this fortification doubled, it is possible that to avoid attacks by Christian catapults.

What is clear is that future actions may help to understand what life was like in this area, one of the strategic points of the peninsula, and now tourist revitalize the area.

Part of the remains found will serve to better date this area, thanks to Carbon-14.

Source: The Day of Segovia

The third campaign of archaeological excavations in the Roman town of Santa Lucia ends with new discoveries.

This weekend the third campaign of archaeological excavations taking place in the Roman town of Santa Lucía, promoted and financed by the Aguilafuente City Council and carried out through the scientific project of the Complutense University of Madrid, has been closed. The archaeological team, made up of around twenty professionals, has intervened in the eastern sector of the aristocratic residence of this town, one of the most significant late Roman archaeological sites in the province. This research project, which has been developing since 2018, also has the collaboration of the Junta de Castilla y León, which also makes an economic contribution to the project, and has also been supported in the past years by the Diputación de Segovia .

Archaeological work has allowed the western façade of this rural Roman palace to be exhumed, in the eastern wing of the complex, which had not yet been explored through excavation. Remains of the facade walls, about 45 meters long, a part of them looted in past times, have been documented during this campaign, allowing to define almost completely the perimeter of this Roman building organized around a peristyle or central courtyard in its day columns of 450 square meters. With this, it is estimated that the surface of this aristocratic residence of the town reached around 2.200 square meters. Likewise, the works have located several wall structures belonging to a previous Roman building from the XNUMXnd or XNUMXrd century AD, and related to a rural settlement that served as the seed for the sumptuary town built in the XNUMXth century AD.

Likewise, more than a dozen tombs belonging to the Visigothic necropolis have been documented, which during the XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries AD occupied what was then the ruin of the Roman building. In the northern sector of the excavation, the possible remains of the medieval and modern church of San Mamés have also been investigated, after Santa Lucía, which gives its name to the site, which was built in relation to the medieval village that developed from minus the s. XIII, at the time that the main medieval nucleus of Aguilafuente was already developing.

The Roman town of Santa Lucía constituted an important rural center located between the territories of the Roman cities of Cauca (Coca) and Confloenta (Duratón). Organized around this aristocratic main residence (which made up the so-called pars urban de la villa), a large set of buildings related to the exploitation of the countryside, pastures and forests dependent on it were installed, such as workshops, homes for slaves, stables, warehouses or barns, which made up the so-called pars rustica and which occupied a large space of up to 10 hectares around the main residence. They have been known thanks to the prospecting work carried out by the archaeological team in parallel with the excavations. The area later occupied by a Visigothic village and by a later medieval village are spread over other areas of this site, which as a whole occupies about 25 hectares.

The research project of the town of Santa Lucía constitutes one of the main axes of action for the Aguilafuente City Council in relation to the promotion of the cultural heritage of the municipality, while the scientific knowledge of the architectural ensemble is basic and necessary to continue with the work to enhance this site, aimed at guaranteeing the conservation of archaeological remains, its social enjoyment and its tourist attraction. The visit to this Roman villa is complemented by the visit to the Archaeological Classroom located in the church of San Juan, where you can see the Roman mosaics recovered in the villa after the work carried out on it in the late sixties.

Source: The Day of Segovia

Roman Village

The company Guides La Granja, a company of tourist and sports guides, located in the municipality of the Real Sitio de San Ildefonso, offers residents and visitors a series of unique experiences through a different view of this exceptional place.

From La Granja Guides, through its new website, you can make reservations for visits to the Royal Site of San Ildefonso, proposing a system of routes that allow a full experience in the town, with the union of cultural and natural routes unique. The company works for the Freetour typology, for three reasons:

- It is a way of evaluating visits; the user pays based on what he sees, and serves the company itself to be able to evaluate each designed visit in real time.
- It is a striking method and highly positioned in many tourist cities in the world, being easily recognizable to the visitor.
- The company considers that it is a fair method, which gives anyone access to be able to make visits and enjoy them.

From Guides La Granja, they invite the reader to take a look at the new website and enjoy a unique visit to a unique place, such as the Royal Site of San Ildefonso.
The domain of the web is: https://freetourlagranja.es

Source: Segoviaudaz

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The José María restaurant, in the city of Segovia, and the Moralejo Selección company, from Arcenillas (Zamora), won the 'Food of Spain 2019' National Awards, in the categories of Food Restoration and Internationalization, respectively. These awards are granted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. The jury decided to award the extraordinary prize to the Spanish Federation of Food Banks (Fesbal).

The Segovian José María Ruiz and his family receive a new national recognition. From the Ministry they recalled that this establishment in the capital of the Aqueduct, which opened its doors in 1982, is today "a true gastronomic benchmark", which does a great job of promoting Spanish gastronomy and Segovian cuisine and is in constant evolution , with first quality raw material, seasonal and preferably indigenous.

They also highlighted that the Ruiz Aragoneses family winery has a careful selection of wines from the area and its star dish, suckling pig, comes from its own farm, where it conducts studies to improve genetics and nutrition mothers in order to offer a differentiated quality, in addition to their social commitment to what it demonstrates with the elimination of barriers and the inclusion in their team of people with disabilities.

In addition, Castilla y León is also represented in these awards in the Food Internationalization category for the Zamora company Morajelo Selección, a meat processing industry that "has managed to boost the sheep sector in highly depopulated areas and which has increased its number since 2010 300 percent of business ”.

Morajelo Selección was created in 2005 and currently has one of the most innovative lamb processing facilities in Europe, with some 14.000 square meters from which it serves more than 40 countries, mainly in the Middle East and Europe. The jury highlighted his important social action, especially relevant during the state of alarm.

Special award

The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food awarded the 'Spain Food Awards 2019', which recognizes the work carried out by companies and professionals who have distinguished themselves by producing, offering and disseminating Spanish quality food, as well as their contribution to the development of the Spanish food sector in a sustainable and efficient way.

In this thirty-second edition the jury awarded the extraordinary prize to the Spanish Federation of Food Banks (Fesbal) and thus recognize the extraordinary work carried out by these entities on a daily basis and, especially, that which they have carried out during the state of alarm caused due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The first Food Bank of Spain was founded in Barcelona in 1987, until reaching the current number of 54 that currently exist. Its foundational objective is to recover food surpluses and share them free of charge through charities among the most needy people, avoiding their waste.

For its part, Fesbal, which was established as a non-profit association in 1996, is in charge of representing, coordinating, promoting and defending the work and figure of these entities throughout the national territory. Food banks are now focused on fighting poverty, reducing inequalities and supporting vulnerable groups, while contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the UN, within the framework of the 2030 Agenda.

Other winners

In the Food Industry category, the award went to Aceites García de la Cruz, from Madridejos (Toledo); the Second Prize to the Entrepreneurial Initiative, for Ei Xarsa Agrosocial, from Sant Vicenç dels Horts (Barcelona); Ecological Production, for the family business Ingeoliva, from Lora del Río (Seville).

In the Fishing and Aquaculture Production category, it was for the Guardeses Longliners Organization (Orpagu), in Pontevedra. Lastly, in Communication, for the Biela y Tierra Association, in Zaragoza.

Source: Segoviaudaz

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Paleolithic engravings have given life to a town that barely reaches the thirty registered inhabitants

Domingo García is the town of the petroglyphs; The engravings of the rock art site in the Cerro de San Isidro identify a place and a town to which many people have returned and now set their eyes to the chagrin of the cursed depopulation. Paleolithic art looks like it will defeat empty Spain.

The slate rocks speak in Domingo García and they do it in the Cerro de San Isidro through animal figures –most of them small in size–, engraved 20.000 years ago and among which the picketed horse stands out; or the rocks are also expressed through drawings of humans, somewhat more 'recent', from the post-Palaeolithic era; or with hunting or war scenes, located in the Iron Age.

A group that is the pride of the municipality and of the entire region, whose vision takes us on a journey back in time, helped by the explanatory panels that mark the hill and by an interpretation center located in the town, of a transcendent site for the study of our ancestors.

Romantic hermitage
We take a short jump in the distance, but great in time, to visit the ruins of the hermitage of San Isidro, on the same hill as the site. The temple was the old Romanesque church of a depopulated area of ​​the same name, which was also called El Casar.

Already in the urban area is the parish church of Santa Cecilia, Gothic from the XNUMXth century with additions in the Renaissance style and which distributes its floor plan in three naves; in the greater one it is the head with the chapel covered with ribbed vaults. The main altarpiece is columnar baroque, with the image of the patron saint.

In a chapel of the church of Santa Cecilia is the tomb of the wife of Juan Bravo

A baptismal font completes the interior wealth of a temple whose construction is attributed to the family of the commoner Juan Bravo, whose wife María de Virues lies on a tomb in the presbytery.

Source: North of Castilla Segovia

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'Confloenta' is presented in Sepúlveda
The cultural project is an initiative of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism that aims to show the heritage wealth of the Roman urban world in the Duero Basin

The exhibition 'Confloenta. The Roman city of Duratón 'has opened its doors to the public in the Interpretation Center of the Old Sepúlveda Prison.

The exhibition is part of the cultural project 'Archaeological site of Los Mercados - Roman city of Confloenta in Duratón', which is promoted by the General Directorate of Cultural Heritage of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, in collaboration with the City Council of Sepúlveda and the Provincial Government, and is co-financed with funds from the ERDF Operational Program.

The actions included in the project were interrupted during the recent state of alarm and are now being resumed with the same objectives: to publicize the heritage wealth of the property and how the research that is allowing the recovery of the legacy of this important archaeological site is being carried out.

The sample is structured in nine panels whose explanations are complemented by archaeological pieces recovered in the different excavation campaigns that have taken place in the site. The idea of ​​this exhibition montage is to provide the public with interesting information about this enclave, its historical context and the different recovered assets. The information contained in the panels refers to the territory, urban planning, the excavated hot springs and their operation, the livestock forum, the Romanesque church, currently located in its vicinity, and the Visigothic necropolis linked to the Roman city.

All the informative activities contemplated by the cultural project are a complement to the archaeological research promoted by the Provincial Council of Segovia since 2016. These works have allowed the discovery of relevant archaeological remains to learn about the past of this part of the province.

The exhibition can be visited from Wednesday to Sunday, from 10:30 a.m. to 14:30 p.m., in the morning, and in the afternoon, from 16:00 p.m. to 18:00 p.m.

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The archaeological site of 'Los Mercados', in Duratón, site of the Roman city of Confloenta, was declared a Site of Cultural Interest with the category of Archaeological Zone on February 11, 1994. It is a unique exponent of the Roman urban world in the center of the Duero Basin.

The city of Confloenta was founded at the beginning of the 98st century BC by the Roman Republic, within the territorial reorganization program carried out as a consequence of the conquest by Rome of these territories assigned to the Celtiberian Arévaco domain between 94 and XNUMX BC.

Among other actions of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism linked to the project around Confloenta, improvements were made to the access, adaptation of a visitor reception area in the archaeological zone of the Visigothic necropolis and the site, works to consolidate the structures of the ramp, the southern baths and the signage of the area to promote its knowledge and tourism.

Source: The Adelantado de Segovia

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The Minister of Culture and Tourism, Javier Ortega Álvarez, the President of the Spanish Hotel Business Confederation, José Luis Yzuel Sanz, and the President of the Hotel and Tourism Business Confederation of Castilla y León, Angel Blasco Hernández, have signed Today an agreement for the promotion of safe and trustworthy tourism, through the coexistence of the 'Trusted Tourism' stamps, developed by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, and 'Safe Hospitality', promoted by the Hospitality Business Confederation from Spain.

The counselor has pointed out that this agreement, an example of public-private collaboration, responds to one of the demands of the sector at a particularly difficult time for him, such as the need to generate trust in hospitality establishments and in tourist activity in general . For this reason, the signing of this agreement supposes the promotion of safe tourism in Castilla y León, in addition to contributing to a safe reopening of hospitality establishments and transferring confidence to consumers about their safety.

The Castilla y León tourist trust seal is a key quality promotional and distinctive element, since, as a consequence of the health crisis, there are elements that have become more prominent in the promotional strategy, such as sustainability, tranquility, security, or the non-overcrowding. For the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, all these elements are what Castilla y León should project. The tourism promotion campaign 'Castilla y León. Inspires' and both stamps' Confidence Tourism 'and' Safe Hospitality ': “They convey the image of a Community rich in culture, gastronomy, quality wines, in historic cities, in natural spaces… and in turn, an image of Safe community, an ideal Community for the way of understanding leisure and the way of sharing time and spaces that this crisis leaves us ”, assured the counselor.

Ortega Álvarez has also highlighted that one of the pillars of the agreement signed today is training, since through the mutual recognition of these stamps, an entire online training package is made available to the sector to identify and analyze the risks inherent in its establishments, as well as to implement the best practices in the service, in its facilities and with the staff.

Source: Segoviaudaz

Movistar + shoots 'Paraiso', a production by Fernando González Molina, who on Tuesday has started filming some scenes at the National Glass Center at the Real Sitio de San Ildefonso. It is set in 1992 in a coastal town

The National Glass Center of the Royal Site of San Ildefonso hosts from this Tuesday the filming of some scenes from the last original series of Movistar +, Paraíso. Produced in collaboration with Globomedia under the direction of Fernando González Molina ('Palmeras en la nieve', 'Three meters above the sky', 'I want you') began filming before the pandemic, in January, in Valencia, Alicante and Madrid.

It has actors or actresses such as Macarena García, Gorka Otxoa, as well as Pau Gimeno, Cristian López, Le´on Martínez, Héctor Gozalbo or Patricia Iserte. The series will consist of seven 50-minute episodes.

According to the information issued by Movistar + "it is an ambitious production in which suspense and adventure go hand in hand with emotion and mystery. The series revolves around the investigation undertaken by a group of young people after the disappearance of three girls In the midst of the transition from adolescence to adulthood, the protagonists go through a moment of uncertainty and emotions, where everything is experienced for the first time and feelings such as loneliness, loss, love and friendship. A journey towards maturity, which will also appeal to the nostalgia of the spectators through the setting of the Spain of 1992 ".

Source: The Day of Segovia

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The Segovian town reaches the highest vote as the best rural vacation spot in 2020

Riaza occupies the first position with the highest number of votes from families as the best passage to stay on holidays in rural surroundings in an initiative of the online platform Vrbo, specialized in vacation rental for this tourism sector.

The northern town of Segovia received 33% of the votes, among more than 8.800 families. The indicators considered fundamental for the choice of the holiday destination have been the security of the area, a variety of natural and cultural activities, an environment of interest and culture, areas accessible to children and, in turn, guided activities towards them and a wide variety of catering services.

Riaza meets these requirements ahead of Cazorla (Jaén), Albarracín (Teruel) and Morella (Castellón). Among the natural activities in the area, you can tour the Riaza river and as for activities of interest is a visit to its Plaza Mayor to discover its magic and typical houses such as the manor houses built in the eighteenth century. This space becomes a festive place during the year, running of the bulls, a cut-out contest, dances, popular festivals and other events that take place regularly throughout the year.

A few kilometers away, you can also enjoy recreational places for family fun, such as the place of Hontanares, where the richness of nature in this area of ​​the province is added to the fact that it is the point of celebration of a pilgrimage that is Regional Tourist Interest.

For lovers of mountains and sports in contact with nature, the La Pinilla ski resort or the Sierra de Ayllón are enclaves that have great natural resources.

The Riaza region stands out for its great fauna, formed by numerous individuals from the main edges of the animal kingdom. This great wealth of biodiversity is due to the good state of conservation of the natural environment, so it is not unusual to see the animal that stands out the most for its macroscopic size, the wild boar, in addition to the fox or roe deer and privileged little birds. Common for their vulnerability such as the white stork that lives in the area throughout the year or the cuckoo.

María Caridad Berzal, councilor of the Riaza City Council has been proud of this first classification obtained, since the town is a leading destination for family tourism because children can enjoy the 'El Rasero' park, with its various attractions and good condition of the nature. In addition, the arrival of tourists from Madrid who spend the day there to eat and visit the area makes Riaza soak up the fresh air with a contagious effect on other families wanting to know the region.

"Riaza is accessible for tourism, it is easy to get to because it is one hour from Madrid," says Berzal.

Source: The Adelantado de Segovia

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Industrialists in the region create an association to enhance and boost their tourist attractions

The Association of Entrepreneurs of the Hoces del Riaza is born, a new group that has emerged in the northeast of the province, with the aim of putting in value the natural, historical, gastronomic and cultural heritage of this region, one of the most unpopulated and less known of Segovia, although with a rich tourist potential. Miguel Antonio Cámara is the president of the association, which integrates restaurateurs like him, and producers of wine, craft beer, honey, sheep and cheese, among others.

In January of this year they were launched after drawing up the statutes of the association last year. The coronavirus crisis has affected them enormously, since they have had to paralyze, for the moment, all the activities they had planned, to begin to make themselves known. But the enthusiasm and the desire to work are maintained and they want to energize the area, with new producers and entrepreneurs, who show their initiatives and projects in a wonderful environment. Undoubtedly, being in the Ribera de Duero Denomination of Origin area is an advantage, and thanks, for example, to the wine routes organized by the Denomination, establishments attached to them, such as the La Serrezuela restaurant, which runs Miguel Cámara, are known in Spain, especially with visitors from Madrid, as well as abroad, with tourists from the United States, Switzerland, Germany or France, and for years they have received many visits, attracted by the gastronomic and natural benefits that it offers. this region.

The president insists that they want to open the market and expand their area of ​​influence, placing their area of ​​influence between towns, such as Maderuelo, from Segovia, to Milagros in Burgos, throughout the area of ​​Hoces del Riaza.

These entrepreneurs are strongly committed to the products of the area in which they are located and for what they can offer to the thousands of people who already visit them, and they advocate that these visits be longer. In this sense, Miguel Cámara, whose establishment is located in Montejo de la Vega de la Serrezuela, affirms that in this town there is only one rural accommodation, so it is time to activate the sector.

They are aware that this year they will live on national tourism, due to the pandemic, but even so, they want people to come and know the area and give them the best services, because there is plenty of potential. "We know that everything is to be done, but we want to strengthen producers and value the heritage of this area," explains the president of the new association.

For this year they planned to organize different activities, such as a market for local products, musical concerts, wine and beer tastings, ..., but the Covid-19 has made these initiatives unfeasible. Although, Miguel Cámara points out that perhaps they can hold a talk about what the sheep sector brings to the environment. The idea was to also carry out other events related to the world of the sheep, but finally he will stay for a talk, which in all probability will be on August 30.

Source: The Adelantado de Segovia

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At the moment it has distributed more than twenty bonds and in total it plans to provide 666 reservations with discounts of 75 euros for those who stay more than three nights.

The Deputation of Segovia continues to execute its socio-economic recovery program 'Segovia, REactiva province' and one of the sectors in which it is betting most strongly is in tourism, as one of the most important economic engines of the province and which has suffered in recent months, the consequences of the covid-19 health crisis. For this reason, from the 'Reinvent' Plan, dedicated to Tourism, the provincial institution has allocated 70.000 euros to the 'Reinvent your holidays' vouchers to enhance the province of Segovia as a tourist destination, which can be used until the end of the year.

As reported by the Diputación in a statement sent this Sunday, since the president of the Diputación, Miguel Ángel de Vicente, presented this initiative on June 10, "there have been many calls answered at Prodestur offices requesting information about these discount for Segovians and visitors from all over Spain ". "And it is that, thanks to the efforts of the Segovia Provincial Council, 666 reservations in accommodation in the province of Segovia will enjoy 75 euros discount for those who book more than three nights in order to promote overnight stays in hotel establishments in our towns "Deputy Magdalena Rodríguez emphasizes. This campaign, which will run until December 13, is completed with discount vouchers of 20 euros for people who carry out Active Tourism activities or consume in restaurants in Segovian municipalities of less than 20.000 population.

One of the purposes of Prodestur Segovia with this initiative "is the promotion of proximity tourism since now is the ideal time for Segovians to get to know their own province and what better way than to enjoy a province highly valued by the rest of Spain as that offers nature, heritage, gastronomy, history ... ". The province of Segovia has many beautiful corners to discover and for this reason, "333 of the accommodation vouchers are exclusively for residents of Segovia", and "also from the vouchers of restaurants and those of active tourism Segovians can benefit ”, Points out the deputy of Tourism.

People interested in receiving these discount vouchers must first make the reservation of the service they want to enjoy to attach it to their request, along with their identity document. The participation bases and the affiliated companies will be available on the website www.segoviaturismo.es. So far 117 companies from the province have joined this promotion, of which 86 are accommodation, 15 restaurants and 16 active tourism companies; and more than twenty Bonuses have been awarded Reinvent your holidays. Magdalena Rodríguez has insisted that "the promotion ends in December, but the bonuses are limited and will be delivered in strict order of receipt of the request."

Synergy with Segovia Foods. The Reinventa plan has also contemplated the strengths of combining the Segovia Food guarantee brand with the excellence of rural and family tourism offered by our province and, therefore, “the stay of visitors will be rewarded with packs of Segovia Food products. that we will deliver to establishments that so request ”. In this commitment to promote overnight stays, the Segovia Provincial Council will give away two bags of local products to rural accommodation that wishes it, and will also make available as many lots as they want at a public price of two euros, adding a promotion “ which consists of giving away a lot for every two that are bought ”, explains Rodríguez. The organic cotton bag, with the slogan 'From the province of Segovia, up to the gates ... naturally', also contains an informative brochure edited for the occasion with tourist information and references to Segovia Food producers. Although Prodestur offices are contacting all the tourist establishments in the province, all those who wish to take advantage of this promotion can send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request your lots. Without a doubt, a great opportunity to promote our province and win prescribers through our gastronomy.

Source: The Day of Segovia

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The Association of Tourism Guides of Segovia celebrates a concentration in the main square to claim their role as ambassadors of the city for the revival of the local economy

The Association of Official Tourism Guides of Segovia concentrated this Wednesday in the Plaza Mayor with small signs reading 'Choose who guides you', an initiative that also took place at the regional and national level, as it was promoted by the Federation of Girl Guides from Castilla y León and Cefapit. The objective, "to make the city of Segovia participate in the important role that the guides will have as ambassadors of the city for the reactivation of the local economy, as well as the visibility of Segovia as a safe tourist destination".

The guides also wanted to dedicate this event to "pay a sincere tribute to all the professionals who in one way or another have contributed significantly to the fight against the pandemic."

The mayor, Clara Luquero, supported the concentration with her presence, and both she and the Councilor for Tourism, Claudia de Santos, valued the importance of this city, being a World Heritage Site, "to have great professionals, perfectly qualified and prepared to receive and serve those who visit us. "

Source: The Day of Segovia

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The month of July brings news to Aguilafuente and its relationship with the Roman world through the reopening of the Archaeological Hall, home to the largest collection of Roman mosaics in the province of Segovia.

After the recent health crisis, the Archaeological Hall of Aguilafuente reopens its doors on Saturday, July 4, opening new interior lighting, with new activities and eager to continue spreading Roman culture and the eaglet heritage. Thus, this Saturday at 12:00 noon, a guided visit to the Archaeological Hall and the historical and monumental heritage of this Segovian municipality will be held.

But the news does not end here. On the day of reopening, at 19:00 p.m., and also by appointment, the first “Piece of the quarter” is presented. The “Piece of the quarter” project is part of the revitalization of the Archaeological Hall of Aguilafuente through a series of measures aimed at promoting the quality of the visits and activities offered by the Archaeological Hall. The main objective of this project is to present, through a simple speech, one piece per quarter to enhance visits to the Archaeological Classroom. Thus, visitors will be able to enjoy new content every three months, thus returning to the Archaeological Classroom and turning it into a reference cultural space. The piece chosen to inaugurate this activity is a fragment of the peristyle mosaic, explained by Laura Frías Alonso, manager of the Archaeological Classroom. Through a comment on the piece and an information sheet, the location, description and curiosities about the chosen piece are presented, which will be explained in detail during the months of July, August and September.

In addition, between 6 and 26 July the excavation campaign of the archaeological site of Santa Lucía will take place, within the framework of the research project "Roman Villa of Santa Lucía (Aguilafuente, Segovia). Population and territory in Protohistory, Antiquity and the High Middle Ages ”. With this research project, the evaluation of the Roman imperial town of Saint Lucia and its archaeological and architectural components is proposed, as well as the analysis of the territory and its structure in Roman times (socio-economic, environmental and cultural aspects) linked to evolution of the Santa Lucía settlement and settlements in its immediate surroundings.

The Aguilafuente City Council, promoter of the research project, organizes a series of guided visits to the archaeological site to give visibility and spread the great work carried out by the researchers. These visits will take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays in the morning, and as in all activities, a telephone reservation will have to be made.

Thus, Aguilafuente once again becomes a cultural reference in our province, reopening its Archaeological Classroom on Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 14:00 p.m. and from 17:00 p.m. to 19:00 p.m., and on Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 14:00 p.m. hours, keeping all the security measures on your visits and in the famous escape room "A trip back in time", which can always be done by appointment, like the rest of the activities, on the phone 605 842 481.

Source: Segoviaudaz

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The research work "Eresma Arqueológico" is resumed in the four sites subject to study, Dolmen de Santa Inés, Peña del Moro, Cerro Tormejón and the Roman town of Matabuey.
More information at: El Adelantado de Segovia. (Monday, June 29)

Turismo de Cuéllar has created new tours on its guided tour starting from the Mudéjar Tower and they are going to cover a section of the Adarve.

The Cuéllar Tourism Office opened its doors to the public on Friday, June 26. All the tourists enjoyed the guided tour of the castle, which presented news such as the new tour.

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THEATRALIZED TOURIST VISITS TO THE VILLA DE CUÉLLAR RETURN WITH IMPORTANT NEWS

With the start of the new dramatized visits to the castle and the town of Cuéllar,
they offer all the tourist products that from the Department of Tourism have been proposed
for the summer of 2020


Starting Saturday, July 4
On Saturdays and Sundays we add to our proposals the Dramatized Route through the Town
Historical. Route with many characters unknown to us, but important for the
history of Cuéllar: Isabel de Zuazo, Arthur Byne, ...


Starting Friday, July 10
On Fridays we extend our proposals with the Dramatized Night Visits at the Castle.
A new way of getting to know the Cuéllar castle on summer nights, with groups
reduced, with special tours.


Starting July 18 theatrical visits for children
Saturdays and Sundays from the Tanneries Center. Espronceda returns to have fun with his
stories to the little ones.


Starting Saturday, July 25
On Saturdays, we complete our proposals with the Night Dramatized Literary Route through
the old town. Touring the historic center with the special atmosphere that the
night living with the literary characters who wrote and were inspired by our villa.

SUMMER SCHEDULE OF THE TOURIST OFFICE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30
• FROM 10.00 to 14.00 AND FROM 16.30 to 20.00 OPEN FROM MONDAY TO SUNDAY
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Since Saturday, June 27, the cathedral of Segovia is open to the public after more than three months closed to tourism.

The hours until the end of September will be from 9:30 a.m. to 21:30 p.m. last pass half an hour before closing.

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With the beginning of the summer period, the Coca City Council has launched a tourist campaign focused on promoting inland tourism in Villa de Coca and its surroundings.

To do this, they have carried out a virtual campaign, through social networks, under the slogan 'Villa de Coca. Live it and enjoy it ', since what they seek is to ensure that visitors have a close and healthy experience, despite being in an atypical year due to the Covid-19 health crisis.

From the City Council they assure that "it is our duty and responsibility to promote and publicize our identity, monuments, our history, the natural environment, our people, gastronomy", despite the circumstances.

Within the sanitary regulations imposed by COVID-19 (minimum safety distance, mask and handwashing), the Consistory's wish is that visitors find themselves in a place where they can also enjoy themselves on the terraces of bars, restaurants and the variety of accommodation they have, all of them well prepared to face the so-called 'new normality', hoping that the stay will be pleasant and safe for all outsiders, who will always be welcomed with open arms.

The Coca monuments are currently closed to the public. It is estimated that the castle will open in mid-July, but it will be the private company that manages it who will decide whether it will finally open by those dates or later. The City Council plans to open the tourist office when the castle is in operation. What is not clear is whether they will open visits to the Cerebosma forest museum to the public, due to the difficulty of disinfecting such a large building after each visit, as well as the Tower of San Nicolás, since it was previously free entry and now they would have to find a way to control access and disinfection of the same.

From the Consistory they point out that “the town is not only the monuments, which can also be enjoyed from outside. We want to promote walking routes and we are working on signaling one to be able to offer different alternatives in the municipality. In addition, we will continue promoting Coca through social networks, offering our town as a point of interest to visit. ”

Source: The Adelantado de Segovia

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From July 1, from the Caja Segovia Foundation and from the hand of Begoña, Mª Cruz and Rebeca, Segovian official guides, propose you to see, discover and enjoy our city with the tours:

Rise and Decline of Segovia in the 18.30th Century: Thursdays (11.00pm) and Sundays (1am) from July 2020, XNUMX.

“Real” and Legend stories: Tuesdays (18.30pm), Fridays (19.00pm) and Saturdays (11.00am) from July 15, 2020.
Recommended for all audiences

Women in the History of Segovia: Monday (19:00 p.m.) from July 1, 2020

Details:
Duration of the tours: 2 hours.
Groups: minimum 6 - maximum 20 people
Price: € 8 adults / € 4 children between 5 and 16 years (cash payment at the beginning of the visit).

COVID Note: in compliance with the official protocols established to minimize the hygienic-sanitary risks caused by COVID-19 in the development of our activity, the use of a mask will be mandatory for all attendees. Disposable headphones will be supplied for the follow-up of the visit, guaranteeing the safety distance.

Reservations:
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Begoña Horcajo - 636444892
Mª Cruz Benito Merino - 636842896
Rebeca Martín Nieto– 629306951

Rise and Decline of Segovia in the XNUMXth Century
On this route we will discover from the Barrio de los Caballeros, its nobles, hidalgos and large houses, passing by its humanist intellectuals, to the decline marked by the political, social, economic and religious differences that immersed us in the Community War.
Days and times: Thursdays (18.30pm) and Sundays (11.00am) from July 1, 2020.
Meeting point: Diablillo statue 10 minutes before the start of the visit.

"Real" and Legend Stories
A fresh and fun way to walk around Segovia discovering the founders who made the city you know today; secrets of our kings and queens, their hobbies, quirks and funny anecdotes.
Recommended to ALL KINDS OF PUBLIC.
Days and times: Tuesday (18.30pm), Friday (19.00pm) and Saturday (11.00am) from July 15, 2020.
Meeting point: cross next to the Aqueduct

Women in the History of Segovia
Do you know who was the first Princess of Asturias? What Castilian lady kept the keys to the city? Or who was the first woman to become a San Quirce Scholar?
We will visit the historic center of the city discovering these and many more curiosities of women who marked the History, not only of Segovia, but also of Spain.
We will stop at places that were relevant in some period of these women's lives and marked their trajectory, such as Isabel La Católica, Beatriz de Bobadilla, Sta Teresa de Jesús, Guiomar and Elvira Sastre, among others.
Days and times: Monday (19:00 p.m.) from July 1, 2020.
Meeting point: Diablillo statue 10 minutes before the start of the visit.

Source: Segoviaudaz

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The Aguilafuente City Council has launched a cultural revitalization plan in order to publicize the rich cultural and natural heritage of the town through innovative initiatives.

During the last months, marked by the health alert, a multitude of activities have been carried out encouraged by social networks both in the consistory and in the Archaeological Classroom, as well as from the distribution of cultural and entertainment material to the elderly, saving from this way the digital divide.

All this time, the Department of Culture, Tourism and Sports has been working intensively on a plan that values ​​the eagle heritage. For this, an improvement is being carried out in the facilities of the Archaeological Classroom, by replacing the LED lighting, and the Florentino Trapero museum, with a new distribution to make this space more attractive. Both museums will reopen next July coinciding with the start of excavations at the Santa Lucía archaeological site.

Until then, Aguilafuente does not stop taking news. This week it was the turn of a guide. It is an adventure through the streets of the town through the link https://www.guiaventuras.com where the visitor is the protagonist. Using a mobile or tablet, completely free of charge and without the need to download any application, the visitor will have to solve puzzles that will take them to visit various places with history and will make them notice curious details that often go unnoticed. Another self-taught and at the same time guided way to get to know Aguilafuente and which tries, in a very new and original way, to promote tourism in the municipality as well as spread its rich cultural and natural heritage.

Source: Segoviaudaz

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Tourism seeks to contribute a vision of culture, heritage and tradition under a prism of modernity

The Royal Site of San Ildefonso is promoted in the showcase of social networks, with the presentation of a new tourist plan, which includes a dynamic website and a new brand with a minimalist, clean, and orderly approach, in which “less it's more". The mayor of the Royal Site, Samuel Alonso, announced the project yesterday, accompanied by the Councilor for Tourism, Paloma Ramírez, and by the director of the Iomarketing company, David Rodríguez, awarded the contract. The website, which maintains the address (www.turismorealsitiodesanildefonso.com), already offers a very dynamic and participative App of the tourist destination of the Royal Site, with photos and videos, produced by Gran Angular Fotos and Valsan Videography, which show the tourist attractions of the town, among which the emphasis has been on natural tourism, taking into account that the Royal Site is part of the Sierra de Guadarrama National Park, and is a Biosphere Reserve.

The plan also includes the installation of large-format information panels in strategic places in the municipality, so that the thousands of visitors who come to the Royal Palace and Gardens also do so in the lower area of ​​the municipality. Thus, the mayor announced that these large panels will be placed at: the beginning of the Alameda, at the Medio Punto, the Plaza de Los Dolores, the Plaza del Matadero and the Puerta de la Reina.

And the website wanted to take a new step, with a section aimed at the little ones, that through a gymkana based on the book 'The crystals of time', by Ricardo de Pablos 'Almondróguez', covers all of history, legends, heritage ... of the Royal Site, with Rux as the central character.

Samuel Alonso also showed his enthusiasm for the new plan, which has created an online platform for small municipal businesses on the web, with the aim of promoting the tertiary sector.

All these initiatives are included under the Turismo del Real Sitio brand, which already presents a new image. As distinctive distinguishing values, we wanted to give special importance to the dynamism of an element such as water, a common thread in the history of the municipality and with direct visibility in the Monumental Fountains of the Royal Palace. On the other hand, reference is made to the heritage and historical culture through the Tuscan columns and Roman capitals, such as those that can be seen on the facade of the Royal Palace of La Granja, which merges with the fountain, in a pointed style based on the representation of the mosaics that make up the roads and streets, so characteristic throughout the municipality.

As a typographic solution, the name, we have sought to promote this approach to modernity through a strong and high impact typeface.

Source: The Adelantado de Segovia

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The president of the Rural and Active Tourism Association of Segovia, Domingo Asenjo, affirmed that the forecasts point to "it will be a better summer than others" for the sector, which saw all the reservations and events being canceled due to the declaration of the state of alarm and everything was "zero". The province of Segovia is preparing to take advantage of a summer in which "interior, proximity vacations" will be sought. Asenjo calculated that, for July and August, the reserves are between 35 and 40 percent.

"They are reserved and confirmed in many of the cases," said Domingo Asenjo, the most popular being rural houses with full accommodation and large gardens, with a lot of space thinking of spending a lot of time on the premises, in addition to making reservations. for longer periods of time, than in previous summer periods.

In addition, there is a high demand for swimming pools, which surprises owners of rural tourism accommodation in the province of Segovia. "They ask you about the pool when, in this sector in Castilla y León, there will be about ten percent of accommodation that can be rented with a pool," said Domingo Asenjo.

For the president of this group, the latest push for reserves is yet to come, which will depend on how the last days of this month pass, in terms of the evolution of the coronavirus once full mobility between territories begins. In his opinion, if things remain calm and controlled, without reoccurrences, many families and groups will be encouraged to find where to spend a few days of vacation. What they have noticed is that from the Community of Madrid, "at the moment it is going slowly."

What happens with the end of the alarm state and the first weeks of the so-called 'new normality' will mark the development of the activity of rural and active tourism because still, Asenjo warned, "mistrust and fear of regrowth can take its toll" , although the sector is convinced that it will be a better summer than others.

A good thermometer that the situation is improving is that many of the partners already have all the dates closed for the months of July and August and, given the demand and requests received from potential customers, they put this information at the service of their colleagues through your WhatsApp group. "We have been offering alternatives for about ten days because there are many people who already have it rented for those dates," he stressed.

An attractive and safe province

Building trust and security is “everyone's business”, in the opinion of Domingo Asenjo, who has been demanding in meetings with the Provincial Council and the Board, to do everything possible to give that security to the owners and clients of their businesses against the coronavirus, thus as in the territories and in the monuments and natural spaces that are open to the public. "Let it be known that care is taken, that there is a protocol, that access and gauging are controlled, for example in a very visited place such as the Hoces del Duratón Natural Park," he argued.

For the Rural and Active Tourism Association of Segovia, it is also essential that this summer, marked by longer stays by visitors, they be offered adequate health care that helps generate that image of a safe province against COVID-19, opening all local medical consultants.

Asenjo explained that for a weekend, no one thinks that he will need to use the doctor but if you are a long season, there are clients who ask how to process the papers to go to the center. For this sector, private initiative and public administrations have an opportunity, this summer, to create "loyalty" among people who have come little or never, giving a good image of the territory and its services.

From scratch

The sector began to see the light at the end of the hard tunnel of the crisis generated by the pandemic in May, when the different territories began to go through the phases of the de-escalation, a good number of people were registered who began to call and write interested in planning an indoor vacation in rural accommodation.

The previous months were very hard. “We had a cancellation of everything there was, how much or little there was for events or weddings for June, July and August everything was canceled. Everything was left to zero, signals had to be returned and everything was a process that for people who are professionals of this was a very hard stick, ”said Asenjo.

According to the data of the Junta de Castilla y León, corresponding to 2019, the province of Segovia, had 473 rural tourism accommodations, with 4.301 beds, with increases of 2,6 and 2,8 respectively in relation to the data of 2019.

Source: Segoviaudaz

Rural T.

The Covid-19 crisis has shaken the city and province of Segovia mainly in the field of health, but we must also not forget the economic sphere.

Tourism is one of the most affected sectors, since it began to suffer the consequences of the health crisis from the end of January and throughout the month of February, when the magnitude of the pandemic was not yet present.

Within the tourism sector, the Official Guides were among the first to stop working from the moment in which the visits of Asian clients, congresses and meetings that traditionally save our low winter season were reduced since January.

Once the state of alarm was declared, the tourist guides realized that they had entered the crisis before anyone else and, given the circumstances of low mobility, we would be the last to leave it.

Presentation of the “Segovia Imperdible” project

It is at this time when a group of guides with experience for years saw that our future work was going to be very different from the recent past and we decided to act.

There have been four official guides: Ana Gómez (www.visitasegovia.com); Leticia Hernández (www.leticiateguiaporsegovia.com); Elena Mirón (www.segoviaconguia.com) and Eva Torres (www.descubresegovia.com) who, backed by their experience and their active presence in the networks, decided to take a step in another direction and propose new guided routes in Segovia under a new common brand “Segovia Imperdible”, which already has profiles on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/segoviaimperdible/) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/segoviaimperdible/)

Guided routes proposed.

Three different routes have been designed at various times. Two of them in Segovia:

● The Heritage and Legends Route combining the most common route in the city from the Aqueduct to the Alcázar but without presenting only art and history but also some of the legends of our city. It will start on July 1.

○ From Monday to Friday at 11:00 and 17:00

○ Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00, 13:15 and 17:00.

● The Anecdotes and curiosities Route at sunset, which changes the usual itinerary of those who first arrive in the city and focuses on that other Segovia that they will not know if they do not tell it to them. It will start on July 10.

○ Monday, Friday and Saturday at 20:00 p.m.

● And the last route they propose leaves the city to take a walk through the gardens of the Palacio de la Granja, its history and the mythology of its monumental fountains. Starting July 15.

○ Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30.

Free guided visits to toilets

The professional activity of this group of four tourist guides is experiencing a very important moment in their professional itinerary and comes after some hard moments. We are all aware that some of those who have given more than 100% in their jobs these months have been the toilets and that is why "Segovia Imperdible" has decided to start this new journey by thanking them for their work by giving them theirs. Free guided tours for the group of toilets are scheduled on June 29 and 30 at various times, to "celebrate" in a special way on St. Peter's Day. They are open to Segovian health workers, among which are all the staff of the General Hospital, as well as that of the different Residences of the province and, of course, also to pharmacists.

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The recreational park of 'La Panera' will reopen its doors tomorrow Sunday, coinciding with the end of the state of alarm. The more than likely possibility of a massive arrival of tourists from large cities and specifically from Madrid, has led those responsible for the park to rush to have everything ready for tomorrow.

In the afternoon yesterday, the operators worked to have the pool water as clean as possible, and the barbecues had already been marked with the rules of use and closed which cannot be used to maintain the safety distance.

Throughout the park, various posters have been installed with the permitted activities and with fines in case of non-compliance. In addition, an access control on arrival has been installed, plus another exit control that will allow the park capacity to be controlled at all times.

For some residents of El Espinar, the decision to open the facilities as soon as possible has been quite shocking, but for others it will be a source of income in their businesses that have been affected by the Coronavirus for so many months.

The desire of the town council is that the safety rules are complied with and that with civility and responsibility you can live a summer as normal as possible, taking into account the circumstances. From the City Council remember that interpersonal distance, the use of a mask and hand washing are the basic rules that everyone must comply with.

Source: The Adelantado de Segovia

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“This has been going on for centuries, it is what you dream of when you close your eyes. Life as it should be, beauty without artifice. A legacy of art and nature. This is the result of our entire history. It really is life, and it is waiting for you ».

The Minister of Culture and Tourism, Javier Ortega, presented this afternoon the new tourism promotion campaign 'Castilla y León. Inspires', with the aim of promoting the positioning of the Community as a safe destination and the best vacation option in the new situation. The health crisis suffered in recent months has changed the way of understanding leisure, the way of sharing time and spaces. As the councilor has pointed out, sun and beach tourism, so historically important in the country as a whole, will be completed this year by a great offer of inland tourism: “It is the year of the other Communities. It is the year of the different vacations, of the tranquility, of the flight of the massive ”.

For the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the current circumstances place the Community in a privileged situation and "we must take advantage of the opportunity for the Community to emerge stronger." Ortega Álvarez has assured that the work has been "intense" to be "fast and flexible" in adapting to the new reality and in promoting Castilla y León to the national tourism market.

The campaign is nationwide, with special emphasis on the closest communities, since the market is looking for short trips and in cars and private vehicles. "Castilla y León borders nine communities and Portugal, which places us in a privileged place, facing this paradigm shift in the type of tourism that lies ahead."

'Castilla y León. Inspira 'is an “ambitious and far-reaching” campaign, whose slogan summarizes “what we are, an inspiring land”, with innumerable patrimonial, cultural, landscape, food and wine-making, historical attractions… It will consist of two phases. A first one, which begins today and will end on August 31, and a second one that will be planned for the months of September and October. As for television, it will have a presence in the main national and regional media. On radio, the campaign will be aimed at national channels, musical themes and with reinforcement in generalists in neighboring communities. In the written press, with different formats, it will be present in national, regional and provincial and national sector media associated with travel-related content

Outdoors, a spectacular marketing action will be carried out with the placement of a large canvas at the Puerta del Sol in Madrid, a meeting point par excellence for Madrid residents and tourists.

In digital marketing actions, the campaign contains integrated formats both in the main information sites in Madrid, as well as the most visited blogs and sections. Marketing actions will also be carried out to develop the different qualities that Castilla y León offers for its tourism.

On social networks, through the generation of content on Instagram, Facebook, twitter, etc., as well as the collaboration of family influencers who will tour the community sharing their experiences.

All the provinces are represented in the campaign, “with the focus centered on our art, our culture, gastronomy, wines, cities, natural areas, outdoor sports, and the suitability of territory for family tourism, in the vicinity, in flexible plans, on short breaks from 3 to 7 days. In attracting everyone because we have everything. " The counselor has trusted that the campaign contributes to energizing the tourism sector of the Community and has shown all the support of the Ministry for its recovery.

Source - Segoviaudaz: WATCH VIDEO

This Friday, June 19, the Sepúlveda Tourism Office will reopen its doors to the public. As they declare: "With enthusiasm, with great responsibility and complying with health and safety protocols, we began this new normality."

This weekend only the Tourist Office will remain open but for the coming week and the beginning of July the museums, some of the Romanesque churches and the Park House of the sickles of the Duratón river will be opened, always following the safety and health protocols set by the authorities.

From the Tourist Office they affirm that «Sepúlveda is a destination for all audiences and that Sepúlveda combines art, history, nature, gastronomy and living culture. Without a doubt, a perfect setting to enjoy this summer of freedom, rest, fresh air, friends, family, gastronomy, heritage and the many walks and routes that exist in the town and its districts and that make it a perfect place for this desired summer to become a unique summer. Enjoy with tranquility what Sepúlveda offers and its natural environment. »

More information about Sepúlveda: www.turismosepulveda.es

Source: Segoviaudaz

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Last February, the presentation of the Strategic Plan for the Royal Site of San Ildefonso (2019) took place, prepared by the University of Valladolid Science Park Foundation with the collaboration of the University of Oviedo. This document included the need to prepare a Strategic Tourism Plan to plan the tourist activity of the Royal Site. The preparation of this Strategic Tourism Plan has been directly affected by the emergence of Covid 19, a health crisis that has caused a serious economic crisis worldwide and where the tourism sector is one of the most affected.

In this context, it has been considered a priority to prepare a plan to reactivate tourism activity. This has been divided into eight strategic lines that will include a series of measures proposed for its immediate execution. As a complement to this plan, a series of actions have been included for its development in the medium and long term with the aim of planning tourist activity once the so-called 'new normality' is reached, this document being the starting point and a document framework to which new measures will be incorporated depending on the needs that are detected in the different axes of action.

The main objective of this plan is to strengthen the destination's competitiveness, making La Granja and Valsaín a benchmark of quality, safe and trustworthy destinations for visitors. The document has been presented and has the support of the different political groups that make up the Municipal Corporation and the Institutional Collaboration Council, made up of the main public entities based in the municipality and who coincide with the main tourism agents in the Royal Site: National Heritage, Sierra de Guadarrama National Park, Valsaín Mountains and Sawmill Center, National Center for Environmental Education (CENEAM), National Glass Center Foundation-Royal Glass Factory of La Granja and Parador de Turismo de La Granja .

The proposal of actions in tourism matters starts from a transversal approach, inherent to the activity itself, which complements other economic activities of the municipality, and which goes beyond the municipal sphere, based on a more sustainable tourism model, taking into account the following lines strategies in planning the revival of the tourism sector.

In this sense, the commitment is to carry out actions to achieve the involvement and coordination of the main agents involved in the tourism activity of the Royal Site, promote social dialogue in the sector, collaborate and grant direct aid, sensitize and raise awareness about the importance of the tourist activity, position the Royal Site as a quality, safe and trustworthy destination, face the challenge of seasonality and use new technologies to promote sustainable management.

Source: The Day of Segovia

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Segovia Tourism reopens its exhibition centers this Wednesday, facing the new security and capacity reduction measures established by the Government. Starting today, you can visit the Royal Mint, the Francisco Peralta Puppet Collection, the Antonio Machado House-Museum, the Jewish Quarter and the Wall Didactic Center.

All centers will have protective screens at the customer service counters and hydroalcoholic gel dispensers at their entrance. In addition, a new signage will remember the capacity allowed in each space and will mark the direction of the visit itinerary to avoid crowds.

On the other hand, the Visitors Reception Center continues with works, works that will allow its integral transformation and adaptation of the space to universal accessibility measures, as well as its adaptation to the new situation fostered by Covid-19. The works continue their established course and the center plans to open its doors at the beginning of July, so the services provided by this space, such as customer service and ticket sales for guided tours, will be carried out at the information points and exhibition centers that will open from June 17. On the other hand, regarding the sale of tickets for guided tours, it is recommended to purchase them in advance through the website www.turismodesegovia.com.

'THE SWEET LIVING'

The new special program of guided tours 'Sweet living', which will take place from June 22 to 30, is aimed at Segovians who want to know in depth the heritage of their city. It comprises a total of 6 new itineraries. Each part of one of the exhibition centers managed by Turismo de Segovia, where you can also buy the ticket, although to guarantee participation in the visits - the capacity is small - it is recommended to purchase them in advance, starting this Wednesday, through from the web www.turismodesegovia.com.

Tickets for the 'Sweet living' guided tours have a one-time fee of 5 euros and the offer covers the following itineraries: 'El Río Escondido' (from the Puerta de San Andrés) - Monday, June 22 and 29, and Friday, June 26 at 11.00 am–; the Senda del Asombro (part of the Royal Mint) - Tuesday 23rd and 30th, and Wednesday June 24th at 11.00am and Sunday June 28th at 17.00pm; 'Between Gardens and Walls' (from the Puerta de Santiago) –Thursday June 25 at 11.00 and Saturday June 27 at 17.00–; 'Secretos de Arrabal' (Puerta de San Andrés) –Saturday, June 27 at 11.00 am and Monday, 22 and 29 at 17.00 pm–; 'Jews, Moors and Christians' (part of the Jewish Quarter Teaching Center) Sunday, June 28 at 11.00:23 am, Tuesday, June 30 and 25 and Thursday, June 17.00 at 24:26 pm; and 'Torres de Segovia, Storks to the Sun!' (from the Antonio Machado House-Museum) –Wednesday, June 17.00 and Friday, June XNUMX at XNUMX:XNUMX p.m. -.

Source: The Adelantado de Segovia

The Cantosal campsite facilities, in Coca, are preparing to resume their activity

The couple formed by Berta Herranz and David Pérez hope to open the facilities of the Cantosal campsite, in the Segovian town of Coca, next week. They closed on Friday, March 13, two days before everything came to a standstill and people were confined to houses. The phone has been ringing for several days and requests also come through the internet and social networks. There are good expectations for this small family camping, but the best months are already lost.

Berta and David currently have the public concession for this campsite, located among pine forests in the surroundings of the town of Coca, in full contact with nature. An option for these holidays after the de-escalation of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the option of renting a bungalow, setting up a tent or parking a motorhome in one of its 26 pitches.

“It is small, more family style to see nature, surrounded by pine forests. It is calm and it is what people are looking for, tranquility ”, explains David Pérez. A good part of its clients are people who walk the Greenway of the Eresma Valley, between the city of Segovia and Olmedo, in the province of Valladolid, through the old Segovia - Medina del Campo railway line.

This natural path is included in the framework of the Natural Roads Program, which also has its appeal for many foreigners who travel the interior of Spain to discover its natural landscapes.

According to the managers of the Cantosal de Coca campsite, they also have the profile of clients interested in cultural tourism, families who rent a bungalow for three or four days and move to plan excursions and discover Medina del Campo, Olmedo, the cities of Ávila and Segovia and the town of Coca. It is an area with many attractions thanks to its impressive castles and Mudejar art.

These options are becoming the great alternatives for this atypical summer of 2020, marked by the end of the de-escalation and the first months of 'the new normal'. David Pérez and Berta Herranz acknowledge that the phone is ringing and they are already receiving the first requests for information to know when the campsite will be open to the public.

The activity at the 'Cantosal' campsite will return at the end of this month of June and the beginning of July, and there is also movement on its website and Facebook profile.

Three months of inactivity. The people in charge of this camping in Coca made the decision to close its doors on March 13. At the time, they had no clients. David Pérez narrates the anecdote that they had with the last person who left the campsite before the state of the alarm came into force. A man from Catalonia had reserved several days of that week, with the aim of being able to visit his mother in the residence where he lives.

“His car broke down. The man, really, was scared because he did not know if he was going to be able to return home or if he was going to have to stay here during the quarantine, ”says David Pérez. Finally, he got a rental car in Madrid and thanks to a friend he was able to travel to the capital of Spain, pick up the vehicle and return to Catalonia.

David and Berta admit that they had good prospects for the following months because for them spring is high season at the campsite. "All reservations were canceled", summary, including a large event that they were organizing at the regional level, in collaboration with an association from the Valladolid town of Laguna de Duero, to hold a meeting with up to fifty caravans in their facilities, with reason for the bridge for the festivity of Villalar, the Day of Castilla y León, on April 23.

All prepared. Those responsible for the campsite are encouraged, despite past circumstances. They were lucky and their agency quickly processed the government aid that it made available to the self-employed. In these weeks, they took the opportunity to continue making improvements because there is still "a lot to update at the campsite and we are still at it." A few words in which he does not hide that, due to the crisis of the coronavirus pandemic, his best months of the year escaped and "everything went to waste."

Work and hours invested to adapt and prepare the facilities for the new demands and sanitary measures, for example in the bar and the terrace or to take advantage of a small car park to “also be a terrace and have more space”. So they have been told to their followers, friends and potential customers through Facebook of Cantosal bar, camping and bungalows.

Berta and David, on the campingcantosal.es website, define their facilities as "a camping site in its purest state, without preservatives or dyes", as well as small, family-friendly, very economical and with large plots, not forgetting their bar-restaurant which is "all a delight ”.

In a few days they will reopen their doors, after the break on the COVID-19, and they will again propose "a holiday in the heart of nature", either renting a bungalow, with all its equipment, or arriving at the campsite with the tent and the motorhome and settle on their plots.

Tourism-related businesses in rural areas come out of the “fridge” in which they were closed when the confinement began. Holidays are just around the corner and camping sites are in high demand. Blogs and Websites passionate about this type of accommodation do not forget to remind campers to include in the suitcase: masks, hydroalcoholic gels, gloves and disinfectant cleaning products.The new way of traveling postcovid.

Source: The Day of Segovia

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The Board develops a contingency plan to guarantee the health of workers and visitors. On the occasion of the reopening, a discount will be applied to the rates, valid until August 31. The use of a mask will be mandatory.

After three months closed to the public as a measure to prevent the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus epidemic, the Alcázar de Segovia will reopen its doors to the public on Monday, June 15.

This has been announced today, in a statement, the Alcazar Board of Trustees, which has drawn up a contingency plan that establishes a series of hygienic-sanitary procedures, the main objective of which is to guarantee the health of both visitors and workers and the rest of people who attend on your premises.

This plan complies with the legal requirements in force for each phase of the process of transition to the new normal and will be modified if, in the future, these rules vary.

As for the control of gauging, to comply with the limitations of attendance inside museums and monuments, the Alcazar will use specific computer tools integrated into its management software. Control of the number of people who visit the fortress simultaneously will be carried out by selling tickets by time slot: groups must purchase their tickets in advance, through the website oficialentradas.alcazardesegovia.com. In this way, the sale at the box office is reserved exclusively for individual visits.

The use of personal protective equipment by both workers and visitors is also contemplated. The use of a mask will be mandatory throughout the Alcazar grounds, including the outdoor access area, for all persons over the age of six.

Among other measures of this plan, the Board of Trustees has installed protective partitions in the public service posts. On the other hand, for the control of interpersonal distance, safety distances have been marked in waiting areas. The capacity of each of the rooms will also be controlled and physical surveillance inside the museum will be reinforced.

In addition, body temperature controls may be established at the access to the enclosure. Another measure is the reduction of physical interpersonal contact, with the implementation of brochures in digital version and validation of contactless entries. Although cash will continue to be accepted as a means of payment, card payment is recommended.

Cleaning and disinfection procedures have also been reinforced. In this way, the constant disinfection of the most susceptible points of contagion will be carried out (toilets, counters, seats, railings and handrails, electronic sales devices, dataphones ...). In addition, a general disinfection plan will be implemented for common areas and rooms, using in each case products that are homologated as well as respectful of the heritage assets that are kept in the fortress. Another intervention is the installation of disinfecting mats and hydroalcoholic gel dispensers for use by visitors and staff. On the other hand, the continuous disinfection of the audio-guide devices and the phone systems for groups will be carried out, once the current regulations allow the use of these devices and the carrying out of group visits. Along these same lines, ozone disinfection of workers' uniforms and other textile items for personal use will also be carried out.

The plan includes specific measures for the transit of visitors through the tower of Juan II, to prevent visitors who go up from crossing the inside of the tower with those who go down. To ensure the maintenance of the interpersonal security distance, visits to the tower, which will begin in the Patio de Armas, will take place at the pre-assigned times when purchasing the tickets. The spaces of the fortress open to public visit will not be altered by the application of the contingency plan.

Promotional rates. On the occasion of the reopening, the Alcazar Board of Trustees has approved a reduction in the price of tickets to the monument: the general entrance to the Palace and Museum of the Royal College of Artillery, whose price was 5,5 euros, will cost 3,5, 2 euros; group admission will cost 31 euros. These promotional rates will be in force until August 2020, 14. The Alcázar de Segovia will maintain its regular opening hours free of charge for citizens of the European Union who visit the Alcázar individually and acquire the entrance to the Palace and Museum of the Royal College of Artillery at the Alcazar box office, every Tuesday except public holidays from 00:16 p.m. to 00:XNUMX p.m.

The reopening of monuments and cultural spaces in a city like Segovia, in which the historical-artistic heritage and cultural tourism have great weight, “is an important factor for the recovery of normality. The promotion of actions aimed at promoting knowledge of the Alcazar among Segovians has always been an important objective for the Board of Trustees, "indicates the agency. In this sense, the entry for residents in Segovia and its province will maintain the special price of 1 euro after reopening. "Until restrictions on mobility are lifted," the agency adds, "residents in the province of Segovia will have an exceptional opportunity to visit the Alcázar practically exclusively, as they have never been able to before."

Source: The Day of Segovia

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CyLTV viewers have already chosen the 18 finalist towns of the IV edition of the contest "The most beautiful town in Castilla y León", organized by regional television, in which 98 towns from all over the Community have participated this year. Since March 19, the date on which the provincial phase began, until this morning, which has ended, almost 20.500 votes have been registered through the contest's website.

The 18 finalists correspond to the two most voted towns in their province, one in the category of towns with up to 1.000 inhabitants and the other in the category of 1.000 to 10.000 residents. Thus, in the category of small towns, they will represent their province in the final phase Bonilla de la Sierra (Ávila), Sedano (Burgos), Balboa (León), Fuentes de Nava (Palencia), San Felices de los Gallegos ( Salamanca), Caballar (Segovia), Romanillos de Medinaceli (Soria), Mucientes (Valladolid) and Castroverde de Campos (Zamora).

In the category of large towns, from 1.000 to 10.000 inhabitants, the spectators have chosen Madrigal de las Altas Torres (Ávila), Villadiego (Burgos), Sahagún (León), Villamuriel de Cerrato (Palencia), Alba de Tormes ( Salamanca), El Espinar (Segovia), El Burgo de Osma (Soria), Tordesillas (Valladolid) and Toro (Zamora).

All of them will be the protagonists of the program 'The most beautiful town' that can be seen on CyLTV's La 7 in October. Through television they will show their beauty, their heritage and their tradition and argue why they deserve to be 'The most beautiful town in Castilla y León'. This year, as an aperitif, during the months of July and August, 'The most beautiful town' programs with excerpts from all the participating towns in previous years will be broadcast on La 7 and La 8 on CyLTV.

The contest will continue until December, when the voting will end and the names of the winning towns will be known. 3.000 euros in electronic material and the desired plaque that accredits them as 'The most beautiful town 2020' will be taken to their towns.

You can leave your vote at: https://www.elpueblomasbello.es/

This is already the fourth edition of the contest promoted by Castilla y León Televisión to show the value of heritage, nature, culture, traditions and human quality that exists throughout the Community. In previous years, the winners were the Segovian towns of Pedraza and Coca in 2019; Peñaranda de Duero (Burgos) and Villalón de Campos (Valladolid) in 2018; and Salduero (Soria) and Villafranca del Bierzo (León) in 2017.

Source: Segoviaudaz

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Monumental fountains will not function to avoid crowds

The Royal Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso and its Gardens have reopened to the public this Wednesday after almost three months closed due to the coronavirus health crisis and will offer free access to its facilities until the end of this week. As the mayor of El Real Sitio de San Ildefonso, Samuel Alonso, commented in an interview with Efe, this is an unprecedented opportunity for Segovians to visit the enclave without tourists from the rest of Spain and from abroad, who cannot go through the alarm state mobility restrictions.

The alderman has compared this circumstance with the time of the XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries, when the kings who resided in the Palace ordered the Gardens to be closed in order to walk inside them: «In modern times there has been no other opportunity like this for the residents of the province ”, he pointed out.

Specifically, it was Felipe V who created this Royal Site as a personal work in order to retire in 1724, but as he returned to the throne immediately after the death of his son Luis I, this retreat constituted his summer residence, a use that continued until Alfonso XIII's reign.

In search of an experience more or less this majestic, some visitors such as Sofía López, 18 years old and a native of La Granja, came early this Thursday morning, who admitted that she was "very excited" to return to the Palace Gardens, even more with this unusual calm. "It feels very calm to be able to admire the Gardens in peace," said the young woman, who, however, pointed out that they expect a speedy revival of tourism from the municipality because it is "necessary for the city."

The reopening of the Royal Palace of the Farm of San Ildefonso coincides with those of the rest of the enclosures dependent on National Heritage such as the Palace of Riofrío, in the same town, the Royal Palace of Madrid, those of El Pardo and Aranjuez or the Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial.

All of them will be governed by similar security measures around the prevention of contagion of the coronavirus, which was detailed this Wednesday by the delegate of National Heritage in Segovia, Nilo Fernández. Visitors must keep safety distances at all times and wear a mask, the toilets will be closed and the 70 wooden benches have been removed from the Gardens and the historic ones have been disabled so that no one can sit down.

They will monitor compliance with these and other restrictions such as the prohibition of practicing sport in the Gardens or making "circles" of people the usual security device of the enclave, formed by agents of the Civil Guard, the National Police and others from a private company that has the service awarded.

Restrictions on capacity have also been established, of 322 people in the case of the Gardens and 90 per hour in the Palace, and visits should be booked online only in the second case: «I would like it to be today 90 people in the Palace ”, Fernández commented on the matter.

The delegate of National Heritage in Segovia, also announced that this year there will be no season of sources as he cannot guarantee that there are no crowds and in view of the decision of the mayor of the Royal Site to suspend the patron saint festivities of San Luis, in the month of August .

Fernández explained that the issue of water games in the garden fountains "cannot be handled", which is why National Heritage has chosen to cancel the season this 2020. "It is a shame but it is so, you have to accept things as it comes, "he argued, although there is a feeling of sadness at the unique pairing between the fountains, the gardens and the Palace, reports Ical.

On the occasion of the reopening, the sub-delegate of the Government in Segovia, Lirio Martín, went to the facilities this Wednesday, who has invited all Segovians to imitate her example in statements to the media: «Come to enjoy this environment, because we We all deserve it, "he said.

Source: North Castilla Segovia

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The actions programmed within the 'REactiva' plan have an investment of 410.000 euros

One of the sectors hardest hit by the Covid-19 crisis has been tourism. For almost three months, the province has seen hotel and restaurant establishments slow down their activity. In order to reactivate the economy in this area, the County Council, through the 'Segovia, REactiva Province' program, launches the 'REinventa' plan, which aims to promote rural, family and nature tourism offered by the Province.

In the words of the president of the Provincial Council, Miguel Ángel de Vicente, this program is presented as "the best alternative to mass tourism, since in our province you can enjoy this tourism of rest and without crowds, from which we must flee in these moments ”. For this reason, the provincial institution, through its Prodestur organization, is going to launch six aid lines endowed with 410.000 euros that add to the work of accompaniment, advice and information that has been carried out during all these months with the different agents involved in the sector.

In addition, since the beginning of the state of alarm, different audiovisual campaigns have been carried out to keep the province of Segovia in the retina of visitors, images so that they do not forget that Segovia is the ideal destination that is waiting for them when mobility is allowed. For De Vicente, "this year we must focus all our efforts on achieving the '4S': safety, health, sustainability and solidarity, when planning our tourism strategy."

A TOTAL OF 1.234.000 EUROS
The autonomous body Prodestur had a budget of 1.033.000 euros for 2020, but the consequences of the pandemic and the need to support the sector have made it increase by 210.000 euros, reaching a total amount of 1.243.000 euros, although the contribution to carry out these extraordinary actions amounts to 410.000 euros. Of these, 200.000 euros come from other items in the budget that have been modified, 150.000 euros from the ELTUR of the Junta de Castilla y León and the remaining 60.000 euros correspond to the remaining treasury of 2019.

Within these six aid lines, the Provincial Council joins the Tourist Employment Plan (ELTUR) promoted by the Junta de Castilla y León, from which 19 jobs will be created, almost 60% more than in the last call in Twelve workers were hired. These contracts will be 190.000 euros, 10.000 euros per worker. Thus, the regional administration will take over 150.000 euros and the provincial institution will contribute the remaining 40.000 euros, for contracts of 180 days.

The contracted professionals, who will have different profiles, from computer scientists or community managers to laboratory analysts, through graduates in Tourism and commercials, will perform different functions in the province so that some will work in direct contact with tourism entrepreneurs, helping them to create and market their products, so that they can promote their establishments collaboratively with companies in their environment. Others will analyze the opportunities, strengths, weaknesses and threats of the establishments, making development plans for them, and others will focus their efforts on the promotion and commercialization of all the initiatives that go ahead. In addition, positions will be created for the development of agrotourism routes. Finally, four people will be hired to collaborate in the tourist management of the towns of the province with more than 5.000 inhabitants: San Ildefonso, Cuellar, El Espinar and Palazuelos de Eresma.

Regarding economic and fiscal measures, aid for a total amount of 50.000 euros will be granted to pay rentals or mortgages to self-employed persons with exclusive activity and entrepreneurs in the tourism sector with at least three people hired. Aid will be a maximum of 500 euros and will be granted provided they have not received aid from other Public Administrations.

On the other hand, the 'Reinvent your vacation' bonuses will be launched, which are articulated in three directions. The first, endowed with 25.000 euros, which will go to the first 333 Segovians (75 euros each) who book their holidays in rural accommodation in the province of Segovia during 2020. The second, also endowed with 25.000 euros, but aimed at the first 333 visitors from the rest of Spain (75 euros each) who book their holidays in our province this year. And the third, with a budget of 20.000 euros, aimed at catering establishments and activity companies, so that the first 750 customers who book their lunches / dinners in restaurants in the province of Segovia will have a discount of 20 euros, at charge of the County Council, like the first 250 people. In all cases, a maximum of five checks will be allowed per accommodation / restaurant. This line of aid represents a total amount of 70.000 euros.

Source: The Adelantado de Segovia

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The Royal Palaces of La Granja and Riofrío reopen their doors tomorrow, Wednesday, after having been closed to the public during the health crisis caused by Covid-19. National Heritage has decided that the visit to these Royal Sites is free from that day until next Sunday, June 14. In addition, the institution reminds that access will be free during all opening hours for different groups, such as people in legal unemployment, large families, people with disabilities or children under five, among others.

The opening hours of the La Granja and Riofrío palaces will be, from Tuesday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 16 p.m., and on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 19 p.m. Starting next week, admission will also be free for all visitors, on Wednesdays, all day, and on Sundays, from 15 to 19 pm. Mondays will be closed. Tickets can be purchased online through the National Heritage website.

The reopening of the Royal Sites coincides with the passage to Phase 2 of the province of Segovia. The plan to reopen throughout the country began on May 11 with the opening of the Jardines de Aranjuez to the public, and more recently, with the Jardines del Campo del Moro, in Madrid; that of the Almudaina Palace, in the Balearic Islands; and that of the Yuste Monastery, in Extremadura. To carry out this plan, National Heritage has followed the security protocol and the new access regulations for the prevention of Covid-19 contagion. Designed following the indications of the Spanish Government's Plan of Descaling, it offers maximum security for both visitors and employees.

The president of National Heritage, Llanos Castellanos, explains that the decision to offer free visits to all visitors until next Sunday, "responds to the desire of this institution to promote visits to the Royal Sites after the situation caused by the coronavirus" .

A walk through these spaces will undoubtedly help recharge energy and move forward in a more positive way.

The construction of the Palace and Gardens of La Granja, according to the initial form intended for the retirement of King Felipe V, was carried out between 1720 and the end of 1723. On January 10, 1724, Felipe V announced in San Ildefonso that he abdicated in his son Luis I, whose premature death in August of that same year forced the 'King father' to return to the throne. The Farm had to adapt to this change as well, since being the residence of a former sovereign it became the Royal Favorite site of the reigning monarch. The Palace, initially of modest dimensions, had to be expanded, and so was the garden at the expense of the park, adding new and more magnificent fountains. During the following years, the constructive and decorative activity was constant, slowed by the death of the King. His widow, Isabel de Farnesio, then enjoyed the Palace, and when his son Carlos III acceded to the throne, he returned to the Royal Site all its splendor. The life of the Court in La Granja has continued, in another way, throughout the XNUMXth century.

Source: The Adelantado de Segovia

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The Tourism Commission of the Group of World Heritage Cities of Spain, in which the Councilor for Tourism of the City of Segovia, Claudia de Santos, participates, has approved the launch of an advertising campaign aimed at the national market that is going to develop from June to December 2020.

As explained by the Group President and Mayor of Ibiza, Rafael Ruiz, "we are going to allocate an investment of 243.000 euros to promote our cities in the different territories of the country, since we are a Group of 15 cities whose historic centers are World Heritage by Unesco, but sometimes the Spanish are unaware of our treasures. In this phase of new normality, in which we will travel differently, we want our visitors to know all the monumental and natural resources that our cities offer, which are also close and safe tourist destinations. ”

"THERE IS A WISH TO TRAVEL"
The President of the Group added that the cancellation of the promotion in international tourism fairs has allowed this investment to be made: “We know that this year there is a desire to travel and in a different way. Given that we are all going to travel more within our borders, we have chosen three important cities with a large volume of population such as Valencia, Madrid and Bilbao for an advertising campaign that will also be carried out in the means of transport and more specifically in Metro stations, buses and urban furniture so that its citizens know about us ”.

At the meeting, Ruiz recalled that the request to improve rail, air and maritime connectivity for destinations with the Unesco seal has already been transferred to the Government of Spain. Along the same lines, he indicated that "we know that Turespaña will launch a campaign for the national territory in which the heritage wealth of our cities will also be present and we want to thank the fluid communication channel that we have maintained with the Minister of Tourism and the secretary of state in these uncertain times ”.

HERITAGE NIGHT
On the other hand, the president of the Group encouraged to participate in the celebration of 'The Heritage Night': “Although many events that the Group had planned have had to be suspended, we are excited to celebrate one of our stellar initiatives on September 12 : the Heritage Scene Dance Festival and all the activities that will take place in the historic quarters of our cities within the framework of a landmark and consolidated event in the cultural panorama of our country, such as The Heritage Night, La Nit del Patrimoni , A Noite do Patrimonio ”.

Source: The Adelantado de Segovia

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The fortress already has a contingency plan to guarantee the safety of visitors when it decides to open to the public.

Since last March 13, the doors of the Alcázar de Segovia have been closed to the public, in response to the covid-19 health crisis that has indiscriminately hit all sectors, forcing them to adopt preventive measures to prevent the expansion of the spread of the virus. After a historic 2019 in the history of the fortress, which exceeded its historical record of visitors with almost 755.000 people, the almost three months of closure will mean a severe setback in the revenue managed by the governing board of the fortress, which is nourished not only for the maintenance and conservation of the historic property, but also for the expenses of personnel who care for, display and protect its valuable historical heritage.

Advances in the de-escalation process until the 'new normal' situation brings the date of reopening closer to the public of the Alcázar; and in fact phase 2 into which Segovia enters tomorrow already allows the opening of monuments and cultural facilities, provided that the visits do not exceed a third of the capacity.

But the governing board has opted for prudence and has not yet determined when it will reopen its facilities for visits; But if you have prepared a contingency plan in which the application of the sanitary and social distancing measures established by the sanitary authorities is foreseen.

The mayor of the Alcázar and director of the Academy of Artillery colonel Alejandro Serrano, assured that the board "is already in contact with regional and municipal tourism managers to discuss common strategies for relaunching tourism in the province," among which will be framed the opening to the visits of the monument.

For this, the adaptation of the facilities has been provided in the contingency plan in accordance with the requirements of the authorities, in terms of capacity limitation, the installation of physical protection barriers at accesses and control places for the protection of personnel. or the mandatory use of a mask and the dimensioning of the interpersonal distance points.

Colonel Serrano pointed out that during this time the cleaning reinforcement will be "fundamental" in the most common areas of the monument, and gel dispensers will be available, and the audio guide service will not be available to avoid contagions.

In the most difficult areas such as a visit to the tower - one of the most demanded by visitors -, Colonel Serrano explained that access will be made in small groups of no more than 20 people and an entry itinerary will be established and exit that will prevent tourists from crossing in the narrow space of the access stairs, as well as the time of stay at the top will be limited to speed up the presence of visitors.

In addition to these measures, the Board of Trustees plans to open with a reduction in the price of admission to stimulate the arrival of new visitors, since, “although we believe that the current price is not excessive -5,50 euros general admission and 3.50 euros for students, over 65s and children between 5 and 16 - we believe that now it can help us to make an effort to make the visit more attractive if possible ”.

REMODELING WORKS ADVANCE TO A “REASONABLY NORMAL” RHYTHM

The remodeling works of the Plaza de la Reina Victoria Eugenia - one of the most ambitious projects undertaken by the Board of Trustees in recent years and which will diametrically change the appearance of the environment that precedes the entrance of the monument - have also been affected by the pandemic, as work had to be suspended for 10 days due to the state of alarm decree that suspended work in non-essential services in its first weeks. Despite this, Colonel Alejandro Serrano assured that the hiatus has not reduced efficiency at work and the works are proceeding at a "reasonably normal" pace, given the circumstances. Thus, he indicated that the area next to the southern walkway of the wall is "practically finished", and will be open to the public for the summer, since it includes access to the monument and restoration services.
As for the northern zone, work continues to progress with the carrying out of archaeological tastings and the installation of pipes and cabling for the different supply services, which is why Colonel Serrano was "reasonably satisfied" with the current state of execution. of the project.

Source: The Adelantado de Segovia

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The Minister of Culture and Tourism, Javier Ortega, and the General Director of Tourism, Estrella Torrecilla, today presented the 'Trusted Tourism' stamp, promoted by the Junta de Castilla y León as a free alternative to the 'Safe Tourism Certified' payment stamp. launched by the Institute for Spanish Tourist Quality nationwide and which costs between 300 and 800 euros. The objective of this proposal, pointed out Ortega, is "that the tourism of the Community recovers its strength and leadership as soon as possible, in the best possible conditions of safety for travelers." So far other autonomies such as Andalusia, Galicia, the Valencian Community or Catalonia have already launched their own labels.

On a voluntary basis, they can request this distinctive hotels, hostels, camping sites, rural accommodation, restaurants, travel agencies, active tourism and ecotourism, guides and autonomous tourist offices, provided that they comply with the specific protocol of their activity, approved by the Secretary of State for Tourism in the eleven guides that are already available for the sector. Among other issues, they must have mechanisms to inform the staff in the implementation of the measures set by Health; they will have to have an explicit commitment from the management of the company or entity in matters of tourism security and trust; and have a protocol known to all workers, to act in the event that clients or employees with symptoms compatible with COVID-19 are observed, in any case following the guidelines for the prevention of occupational risks and of the health authorities.

The requirements will be published "soon" in the Bocyl, according to the director, with the aim that it can have an "immediate implementation", in the words of the general director, who explained that suddenly the professionals of the establishments are already participating in training courses in this regard.

The seal will have three phases in its implementation. The first of them will be the evaluation, which will have to be carried out by the establishment itself, signing a responsible declaration of compliance, which it will send to the Ministry. Once the responsible declaration has been presented, without further ado the seal will be granted to those establishments that meet the requirements established for the subsector to which they belong. In this phase, a system will be established by which the tourist will become a 'validator' of the seal and will be able to communicate their complaints and suggestions privately, through a QR code system, which will connect with a simple survey, in the They will ask you about the most important protection measures against illness taken by the establishment where you have stayed.

Finally, the audit system will be defined so that those establishments that obtain bad scores by "four or five" clients, will receive the visit of an auditor specialized in the regulation of the seal and will evaluate the situation to decide on its maintenance or withdrawal.

"The seal will not have a sanctioning effect, but focuses exclusively on promotion, since it will be present in all the campaigns we carry out, such as the one that will begin on June 20 and which will be powerful, at the national level, with a presence in social networks, television, written press and radio. It is voluntary and we will make a list of the establishments that comply and have that seal of trust. If they do not meet the requirements, it could be withdrawn and they could recover it later when they meet again, ”explained Torrecilla.

The counselor pointed out that the badge "was born with COVID-19 but has a clear vocation of permanence", since "the current situation required giving an extra guarantee of confidence to the tourist or visitor to the Community, that certain requirements are met that they go beyond those that already existed ”. "The seal is here to stay", completed Torrecilla, who explained that the stamp seeks to "stimulate tourism in the Community and relate it to trusted tourism"

The logo of this seal is circular with the name 'Trusted Tourism' in Spanish and English, on a "very simple" image of the roof of a house with a chimney from which a small heart emerges, all of it "with distinctive colors of her own Board ”. This seal will certify that the tourist establishment or activity complies with the recommendations established by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, through the Institute for Spanish Tourist Quality, to minimize the risk of contagion of the disease.

Request to expand capacity

The director general confirmed that they have transferred to the Secretary of State for Tourism the request of the Hospitality Association of Castilla y León that in phase 2 the capacity of these establishments can rise from 40 percent currently set to 50 per cent, a measure that in his opinion would allow him to continue to maintain safety distances.

As he explained, for the moment the Castilian and Leonese establishments are receiving requests and inquiries from travelers from Madrid, the Basque Country and Castilla-La Mancha, who “are looking for spaces in rural areas, with single-family homes, and long-stay homes, with a average of between ten and fifteen days. In addition, he explained that the Ministry is still working to try to re-form an entity of regional scope that represents rural tourism, since "it would be a very important bet" to have a single interlocutor, and opted to relate that new figure with ecotourism.

Source: Segoviaudaz

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The public chain establishments located in Segovia and the Royal Site will thus resume the activity, after undergoing work to strengthen their hygiene and safety protocols.

Paradores will reopen all its hotels and gastronomic spaces on June 25, after reinforcing its hygiene and distancing protocols in order to guarantee the safety of customers and employees.

The establishments have been closed since March 15 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Once the de-escalation of the containment measures began, the public network has decided to reopen all the Paradores to the public at the same time.

The fact that most of the Paradores are located in remote places, as well as the size of their hotels, almost all medium or small, “facilitates the rigorous establishment of security and hygiene controls to make them the safest tourist place where to be able to spend the holidays ”, as the chain has highlighted. “We are a trusted destination. We have reinforced our hygiene and cleaning protocols so that our clients have the maximum security guarantees with a personalized treatment and the quality that characterizes Paradores, ”said the president of the hotel chain, Óscar López.

Coinciding with the announcement of the reopening of all the paradores, the hotel chain presents the fourth phase of its brand campaign under the title 'Veraneadores' and launches an offer that allows rooms to be booked from 65 euros (accommodation for two people for stays from June 25 to July 31), which is now on sale for the Amigos de Paradores -loyalty program of the hotel company- and from May 30 for other customers. As confirmed by the public hotel chain, on that date, June 25, the Parador Costa da Morte (Muxía, A Coruña) will open its doors for the first time and will reopen the Parador de Aiguablava (Begur, Girona) after a complete rehabilitation.

With this reopening it is expected that from next July its activity will intensify due to the arrival also of foreign tourists, habitual in this hotel chain.

Source: The Adelantado de Segovia

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On Tuesday the museum will do it. The historic building adjusts its offer to the security measures and gauging allowed in phase 1

Coinciding with the day of San Fernando, date indicated in the festive calendar of La Granja (Segovia), the Royal Glass Factory reopens its doors today with the intention of continuing to offer visitors the legacy of its history and the good work of its artisans, with a reduced schedule from 10.00 to 15.00. In addition, on Tuesday June 2 the museum will do it, with the same hours.

With the arrival of phase 1, a new stage begins in which the Royal Glass Factory wants to re-emerge to give the best of its human team. The store reopens this weekend, with reduced hours from 10.00:15.00 to 2:XNUMX, closing its doors on Mondays. The Glass Museum, another of the pillars of this building, will receive visitors again on Tuesday, June XNUMX with the same hours.

From the Royal Glass Factory of La Granja they explained that the reopening of the store and the museum occurs after the implementation of all the sanitary protocols required by the central government, which guarantee the safety of workers and visitors. Throughout the more than 16.000 square meters of the museum's area that can be visited, a reduced capacity of one-third is marked during phase 1, which will be expanded as progress is made in the subsequent de-escalation phases.

Following the recommendations of the Government, the museum is periodically cleaned and disinfected, with the necessary care towards surfaces with historical or artistic value. On the other hand, and to guarantee the safety of workers and visitors, there is an alteration of routes, entrances and exits are ordered and the exclusion of rooms that do not allow maintaining the minimum safety distance. The visits will be free, not guided, while didactic workshops and other cultural activities will be activated later depending on the evolution of the epidemic.

Another of the established measures is a waiting system at the access with the aim of guaranteeing compliance with the 2-meter safety distance. Finally, the museum and store staff will be protected with methacrylate or glass partitions, disinfecting solutions, masks and gloves. The masks will be compulsory for visitors, those over 60 years of age will have priority and for visitors registered in the province of Segovia, a reduced rate of 50 percent will apply and residents of the municipality will be able to enter for free.

During the visit you can see the permanent exhibitions on glass techniques, La Granja glass, Maumejean stained glass, Central European glass, and contemporary glass, in addition to the temporary exhibition by Toni Zuccheri, which lasts until the end of August. The visitor will be able to admire both the glass blowing technique and the carving technique.

Throughout the confinement, the doors of the factory were virtually opened through the #CulturaADomicilio campaign, to discover this singular building through brief and interesting stories, anecdotes and events that occurred within its walls during its almost three centuries of history and even know some of their techniques.

Source: The Day of Segovia

The possibility of doing tourist activities returns with phase 1. The owner of the balloon flight company 'Always in the clouds', Cristian Viosca, stressed that they have noticed the desire of people to participate and leave, always asking for all the sanitary measures. For the first weekend of June, they launched their first three options to fly over Segovia, Toledo and Aranjuez (Madrid). Participants in these flights must be from the province itself.

“We go from 100 to zero in an instant, from one day to the next. The tourist activity stopped completely and for us it was a very serious stick because we came from a growing tourism situation, from a planning period, from new projects ”, summarizes Cristian Viosca.

With the entry of the entire province of Segovia in phase 1, the "end of the tunnel" begins to be seen and the desire of people to do things again is more than evident, the desire to leave. "This change is quite positive," said the head of 'Always in the clouds', making it clear that "it is not easy to return."

On their website and social media profiles they were explaining to their potential clients how the situation was and now that it is possible to schedule and offer events they launched three flights that are, according to Viosca, "in the process of completing the minimum groups", since only a maximum of ten people are allowed during phase 1.

The balloons of 'Always in the clouds' will see the cities of Segovia, Toledo and Aranjuez (Madrid) with a bird's eye view. The members of this aerial adventure must be from these same provinces since vice-provincial movements are not yet possible. At the moment, the response is being positive.

For Cristian Viosca in his sector, as has happened in many others, there are "many generic regulations but very few specific ones" on the part of the administrations, in addition to missing the balloon manufacturers to "get more wet", noting that they opted for take into account and adopt one hundred percent all the tourist, health and aeronautical guidelines, since it should not be forgotten that their work material "does not cease to be aircraft and must follow all the laws of navigation and air safety".

Issues that carry many complications that they have been overcoming and facing to return to their activity with all guarantees. "Another measure that we have implemented is that all passengers have to sign a document to ensure that they have had no symptoms from COVID-19 in recent days," he said. The company will be given a sanitary 'kit' with a mask, gloves and hydroalcoholic gel.

A new protocol that will accompany all activities and events offered by all active and leisure tourism companies, to cover all health needs but always, Viosca insisted, "respecting and maintaining the fun and playful part" of undertake a balloon trip.

Common protocol

The owner of 'Always in the clouds' emphasized the collaboration of companies in this sector, which are clearly competitive, but “it is common for there to be a close relationship, that we know each other well, we are friends and we even share free time and the holidays". The result of this close collaboration is how the elaboration and drafting of the protocol that they have sent to the Aviation Safety Agency and to the tourism organizations emerged.

“We understand that it has served to let them know that we are doing things the right way and collaborating as much as possible because not all companies are the same size and have the same problems. Collaborating a lot to get ahead ”, he remarked, a path that begins to clear with the possibility of starting again, since everyone's feeling is more or less the same,“ you have to push forward and overcome all the obstacles that Sometimes there are many but there is no other because it is what we have had to live. "

Appointment for 2021

In collaboration with the Segovia Tourism Area, 'Always in the Clouds' launched the Accessible Hot Air Balloon Festival 'Ciudad de Segovia', which this year started its third edition but took a break. "We did not know when the state of alarm would end, we were not clear about anything and it was difficult to have the participations, the interested public, the sponsors with this uncertainty. The most reasonable thing was to postpone, let 2020 pass and return in 2021 ', declared Cristian Viosca.

The organizer of this festival remarked that there were many participants who were pending until the end but right now they also have to face many doubts about the future of their own businesses. "Everything is going to have to be retaken and you have to take advantage of every business opportunity to get ahead", he explained, it will not be so feasible to have a weekend to enjoy his passion from the point of view of competition and fun .

Viosca also pointed out that they had 50 percent of foreign pilots for this III Accessible Balloon Festival in Segovia. The illusion is still intact and they are looking forward to coming next year, keeping their registration.

The museums managed by the Junta de Castilla y León, the provincial and the Zuloaga, will be free until July 31.

The world of culture, with so much weight in Segovia, is gradually completing its own de-escalation plan. Yesterday, May 29, the Segovia Museum and the Palacio Quintanar design center opened. They did so with strict hygienic-sanitary measures, in accordance with the protocols that the Ministry of Health has established for this type of facility. The Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Junta de Castilla y León has also decided that the museums it manages are free until July 31. This measure of grace affects the Segovia Museum (open from yesterday, from Tuesday to Sunday, only in the morning, from 10:00 a.m. to 14:00 p.m.) and the Zuloaga Museum, located in the old church of San Juan de los Gentlemen, which will reopen next Wednesday, June 3 (this museum is only open on Wednesdays), also from ten in the morning to two in the afternoon.

It has not been an easy week for the managers of the Segovia Museum, who have had to work on developing a strict reopening plan to adopt the most demanding security requirements. "The objective was to guarantee the safety of visitors and of the museum's own employees," says its director, Santiago Martínez Caballero. At the moment, the museum, installed in the Casa del Sol, the old slaughterhouse, can only accommodate one third of its capacity, which is equivalent to about forty-five people spread across the eight rooms that the facility has. “We have provided a signage on the floors and walls indicating the itineraries that visitors must follow to avoid the accumulation of people in a certain place. These indicators also guarantee the safety distance between people, "explains Martínez Caballero. Lockers, lockers, buttons or buttons for videos or models have also been disabled, and only one person can get on or off in the elevator. "It's about minimizing risks."

Of course, visitors and workers are required to wear a mask at all times and there is hydroalcoholic gel at the reception desk to disinfect their hands before entering the rooms. Museum staff will also monitor compliance with the regulations and clarify any queries that may exist. The same measures will apply to visits to the Zuloaga Museum.

Yesterday was the first morning, and adaptation to the 'new' normality became rare. The activity will return little by little, although, in fact, Segovia has remained active since the beginning of the pandemic through social networks and the Internet, with a virtual space that has allowed visitors to access numerous resources, from virtual visits and the contemplation of the most significant pieces, up to the participation in community initiatives, or the possibility of consulting informative texts and audiovisuals that expose in a didactic way the work of investigation and study that the museum carries out. Free admission for the next two months also seeks to "re-engage" the public and encourage visits.

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The Palacio Quintanar center also returned to activity yesterday after two and a half months closed to the public. At the moment, only the rooms on the ground floor, where the exhibition 'This is not a poster', by the designer Isidro Ferrer, can be visited. “We opened it on January 31st. As it was only open for a month and a half, until March 13, the last day before closing, the artist has agreed to extend the exhibition period, so he will remain in the center until the last day of September, "explains Gianni Ferraro, director Palacio Quintanar, center managed by the Fundación Siglo of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Junta de Castilla y León.

This installation has also adopted the measures required by postcovid reality. The visitor has masks, gloves and hydrogel at the reception desk. Printed vinyl on the floor and walls indicate the route to follow, in order to avoid that each room accommodates more people than allowed. “This ground floor only has the capacity to accommodate a maximum of twenty or twenty-two people. In some rooms there is the possibility of accessing up to five at a time, but not more. It is very important that we guarantee the safety distance. Quintanar Palace can be visited quietly as long as the rules that the health authorities have established are respected, "recalls Ferraro.

There is still time for the center to resume its program of cultural and educational activities. «There are no activities planned throughout the summer, nor guided tours. For the more immediate future we are considering different scenarios, but it is soon to enter them. We don't know what will happen after the summer. Depending on the situation, the evolution of events, we will act in one way or another, "reveals the director of the center. Palacio Quintanar will probably host a "reduced" activity in September corresponding to the Hay Festival or some puppet show in Titirimundi, but it is not yet known for sure. In any case, it is not for me to say. I hope it can be done, because it will be a good sign, "adds Ferraro, happy with the return:" We really wanted to return. "

Source: North Castilla Segovia

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Maderuelo, Pedraza, Ayllón and Sepúlveda are the Segovian towns integrated into the association.

With the arrival to phase 1 of confinement in some communities or the jump to phase 2 in others, the door begins to open to greater mobility between towns and cities. Faced with this scenario, the association 'The Most Beautiful Villages of Spain' encourages tourism to return to their localities, but they request that security measures continue to be complied with to avoid a spike in infections and endanger the citizens of rural enclaves. .

Maderuelo, Ayllón, Sepúlveda and Pedraza are the four Segovian municipalities that are part of 'The Most Beautiful Villages in Spain' and are ready to receive again the thousands of visitors who come to their towns throughout the year, but they insist from the association in which the majority of the population of many of these small towns belong to the most vulnerable age groups, "which forces us to take extreme precautions towards them."

The network of pretty towns has created a manual of recommendations for the visitor. In this compendium of good practices, the way to act in different situations is remembered: how to park, what to do or avoid in exterior or interior spaces or how to interact with residents. In addition, the association is promoting a campaign that will use the hashtags #Tourism Responsible and #DestinoSeguro, which includes a new video created for the occasion, shot in the town of Liérganes (Cantabria) and where it will be insisted, through the social networks, the importance of coming to these locations in a responsible way.

The network of most beautiful towns in Spain, which in 2020 already brings together 94 charming towns, is preparing to receive tourism again. "We look forward to a national and proximity tourism this summer and we will be delighted to receive these people who are looking forward to enjoying our privileged surroundings again," says the association's president, Francisco Mestre.

The reactivation of the trade of the peoples of the association is being done in a staggered way and, from the network itself, the need is stressed to be at this time, more than ever, with the local and proximity trade of the towns and encourages visitors to consume and buy these products. "We have to realize that the local, artisan and quality product is already the future and it is time to bet and help our producers and merchants, because in our towns you will find, without a doubt, the best raw materials and production more ecological and artisanal ”, explains Francisco Mestre.

Source: The Adelantado de Segovia

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