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Pedraza Route and Serranos Towns

Pedraza Route and Serranos Towns

We start our route from Segovia by the N-110, this is a path full of aromas of the mountains and rich cuisine, Romanesque churches, arcaded galleries and of course, the best preserved example of a fortified town.

We went through the flourishing Torrecaballeros, well stocked of famous figures and a Church dedicated to San Nicolás de Bari; We are in the middle of Cañada Real and diverting 2 km until Cabanillas del Monte we would find the Rancho-Esquileo, building related to Migration and the wool trade.

We continue until Sotosalbos, scenario of experiences of the Archpriest of Hita, which is today a peaceful and well-kept mountain village of good hamlet and better yantars. It has the exceptional Romanesque Church of San Miguel Arcangel, beautiful porticoed gallery and peculiar museum inside, which houses the image of the Virgin of the Sierra del s. XII, belonging to the ancient Monastery of Santa María de la Sierra, whose ruins can still be seen among the low mountain of Beautiful Collado.

Next we move to Pelayos del Arroyo: protected by bushes of juniper and holm oak, and in which we find the Romanesque church of San Vicente, which was built with the simplicity of the calicanto, but with great artistic richness in the decoration of corbels, archivolts of the cover and especially in the frescoes of the interior of the s. XIII. He also treasures four Spanish flamenco tables, attributed to the master of the Carnations of the late s. XV We enter the route until Valdevacas and Guijar, which has the Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, with Romanesque and other parts of s. XVII. We let our vehicle run quietly through the soft calcareous hills, passing through villages with as much flavor as Pajares de Pedraza and reaching The Velilla, to deviate 3 km to the right, by the SG-P-2322, and contemplate the singular beauty of the porticoed Church of the Virgin of Las Vegas. Its construction rises on the site of a Roman villa, which then passed to Paleo-Christian mausoleum, continued by another Visigothic temple, to end with a Romanesque architecture of three naves.

We arrived in Pedraza

We return to La Velilla, to take the detour towards Pedraza, whose profile will immediately distinguish encastillada on top of a hill, looking like intact jewel the luster of his past; head of its Community of Villa and Earth, and possible cradle of the emperor Trajan, preserves the layout of its walls that we crossed through the Puerta de la Villa to be able to walk, submerged in its charm of golden stone, its streets formed by ancient houses emblazoned, reflection of its splendor of the s. XVI and XVII, when the Villa was inhabited by rich merchants, who dealt with wool and cattle.

In its wide porticoed square, we always find a good solace, to enjoy in its inns and old taverns, it is a place where the bulls run, celebrate celebrations, as well as the famous ones Candle Concerts, with more than 25.000 you are burning all over the Villa, on the nights of the first two Saturdays of July.

In the route that we propose, we can visit the Cárcel de la Villa, the Church of San Juan, Santo Domingo and Santa María, the Castle which houses a collection of paintings by Ignacio Zuloaga and the Imperial Eagle House, Interpretation Center of great interest, located in the old Church of San Miguel. Those who are most hungry for Romanesque can visit Orejana to taste the Church of San Juan Bautista, also an exquisite gallery porticoed in limestone.

And to finish …

To complete the day, we deviate to Navafría, area of ​​mountains full of wild pines, waterfalls and the curiosity of an old martinete to beat the copper blow by blow. Back to Segovia, we stop at Beautiful Collado, ideal place for a walk or buy some good buns; From here we can see the suggestive ruins of Santa Maria de la Sierra, old Cistercian monastery of the s. XII, today privately owned.

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