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The Territorial Commission of Heritage of Segovia today authorized the archaeological excavation in an open area of ​​the Prehistory site identified in the extension plot of the Los Huertos waste treatment center. In the archaeological control work, at least 50 structures of different dimensions excavated in the natural terrain were identified, such as post holes, buckets / silos, possible recessed hut bottoms, to which some ceramic and metallic elements are associated, with chronology of early Bronze Age, reports Ical.

From the Board they explained that "it has not yet been possible to delimit the area of ​​extension of the site, which seems large" and has only intervened in the central area of ​​the plot, where there is a notable concentration of finds.

The Heritage Commission considered it essential to authorize this excavation, in which the mechanical clearing of the vegetation cover will be carried out from the outer bands of the deposit towards its nuclear zone, in order to know the limits of the area of ​​dispersion of structures, and manual cleaning and excavation of archaeological structures and levels to document them.

On the other hand, in Nava de la Asunción, the green light was given to the preventive archaeological activity of a photovoltaic solar installation project, with intensive archaeological prospecting and total coverage of the lands affected by the plant installation project photovoltaic, located in the vicinity of the Roman town of Matabuey, and the mechanical excavation of 11 stratigraphic and archaeological test strips of 10 square meters each, on the foundation lines projected to hold the solar panels.

In Torre Val de San Pedro, the archaeological activity linked to the second phase of the infrastructure works project of the land consolidation zone of this municipality was also authorized. An archaeological preventive action will be carried out, consisting of systematic prospecting and total coverage of the areas affected by the infrastructure works plus a protection band of 50-100 meters, in order to determine archaeological incidents that could be produced and define the precise corrective measures.

The Orchards

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The most representative associations of the tourism sector of the province of Segovia (Association of Accommodation, Hospitality and Tourism of Segovia HOTUSE-AIHS, Association of Rural and Active Tourism, Association of Waiters, Association of Sommeliers ASUSEGO, Association of Tourist Guides, EURO-TOQUES , MASTERS of Cuisine, Association of Cooks FACYRE) have expressed their intention to participate actively in the decisions and proposals that are made on the sector in our province and have decided to launch the sectorial table of provincial tourism.

This sectoral dialogue table is open to other formations, some of them such as SEGOVIASUR, the association of travel agencies, the CIT of Cuellar and the Segovian countryside have already joined, and others such as CODINSE, HONORSE, AIDESCON and the center CIT tourism initiatives in El Espinar will be incorporated shortly, after consulting with their respective boards of directors about their incorporation and, in this way, participate in the decisions taken regarding the sector in our province.

This table is set up to convey to the institutions the needs of the sector, both in the preparation of the different projects and their demands, and with whom it will hold regular meetings. The creation of this dialogue table is urgent, especially in the times that we have had to live and with the need to relieve the tourism sector of the numerous burdens it supports, HOTUSE reports in a statement.

They consider it essential to have the tourism professionals of the province in the preparation of the different proposals that are carried out, such as requesting, once again, the different institutions that support the sector in creating the ideal conditions for its reactivation, also the bonus and exemption from fees and taxes. As well as, that they are counted on when preparing the different projects related to the sector, both for support and promotion.

One of the first actions that are proposed is to reiterate to the administrations, in general, and to the town councils of the province, in particular, that they support the companies that are having the worst time in this pandemic since their survival is vital for maintenance of employment in rural areas. Another objective of the Segovia Provincial Tourism Board is to support and contribute to the development of our province.

They trust that the creation of this platform will be useful to convey proposals, projects, needs and demands. Always trying to add through experience and knowledge of the sector.

Tourism table

Source: The Day of Segovia

A month after the hasty closure due to the lack of snow, the La Pinilla resort reopens its doors in this unusual season with nine days of skiing, and trying to take advantage of the rainfall that has fallen during the last week.

While waiting to publish the daily part on the morning of Thursday, February 25, from La Pinilla it is detailed that they will open "the upper area of ​​Gran Plató, Pinilla and Mirador, with snow limitations. While the return and front will be closed.

Only citizens of Castilla y León can attend and it is trusted that they can fill the quota and take advantage of the so-called 'white gold'.

The special prices of 20 euros for adults, and 15 for children, remain on Thursday and Friday.

The station has already requested the Junta de Castilla y León, in collaboration with the Community of Madrid, to allow access from this community using the pass purchased online as a safe-conduct to bypass the perimeter closure.

La Pinilla

Source: The Day of Segovia

In February the Christmas comedy directed by Álvaro Fernández Armero 'A thousand kilometers from Christmas' has resumed filming. He will do it first in Arties, a small town located in the Arán Valley, and then in Benasque and other nearby towns in the province of Huesca.

The film will extend its production for a few more weeks throughout different locations in Segovia, Madrid and Guadalajara. 'A thousand kilometers from Christmas' will hit Netflix on Christmas in 2021 and 'The Beast' and 'The Crystal Girls' from 2022.

The platform already announced last October seven new original Spanish production projects for 2021 that included three fiction series, two documentaries, a feature film and a 'stand up comedy' special created and starring Dani Rovira under the title of ' Hate'.

Peli 1000km away

Source: The Day of Segovia

National Heritage has approved a project for the recovery of the surroundings of the Palace of Santa Cecilia, within the municipal area of ​​the Royal Site of San Ildefonso. The project presented and finally approved by National Heritage and supported by the City Council of the Real Sitio de San Ildefonso, according to Europa Press, contemplates the recovery of the space of the Palace of Santa Cecilia, both of the palace building itself (affected by the years of inactivity ) as well as adjacent buildings, such as the stables or the old baths.

As reported by the promoters of this Palace, the action is "very respectful of nature and commitment to sustainability, it has planned the reforestation of the farm and with it the return to the banks of the reservoir of native flora and fauna species, lost to this day due to the passage of time and abandonment ”.

Through a note from the communication department of the Palace of Santa Cecilia, the project proposed for the Palace estate bases the immediate future of the space on a series of aspects that are closely linked to the conservation, promotion and care of nature, with water as a common nexus.


The Palace of Santa Cecilia was previously a hotel and the headquarters of the College of the Sacred Hearts, and the tribute to history will also be present in the project. Special emphasis will be placed on the development of spaces for children, intended for healthy learning in a natural environment through different workshops in writing, painting, music and other disciplines rooted in the tradition of artisan workshops that meant, and some still do. They do a large part of the activity of the Real Sitio de San Ildefonso.

The Santa Cecilia farm is located in the Real Sitio de San Ildefonso, bordering the Eresma River at the foot of the Pontón Alto reservoir. In it you will find the emblematic hotel or palace of Santa Cecilia, a historicist building built between 1904 and 1906 as a noble residence; equipped with brick facades and tower. It consists of four floors and is completed with a guard house and stables. Used as a residence and college of the Sacred Hearts, it is currently empty and unused.

The total area of ​​the plot is 55.370 square meters, of which 1.065,95 are occupied by buildings. A few have been the projects that were thought for this building that National Heritage has been trying to rent for years, but none have come true, so far. It will now be restored.

Santa Cecilia

Source: The Adelantado de Segovia

Nobles, bishops, monarchs ... They all had something in common: the desire to build luxurious residences with which to show their wealth, opulence and power. Thanks to its vanity, Spain can now boast one of the richest palace heritages in Europe. And the province of Segovia is not far behind, since the Royal Palace of La Granja is the fourth 'most beautiful' in Spain, according to the list prepared by Civitatis, the leading company in the sale of guided visits, excursions and free tours in Spanish all over the world.

“About 13 kilometers from Segovia is the Royal Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso, a majestic residence built by order of King Felipe V. The first Bourbon monarch brought a taste for elegant palaces from France and decided to apply it to this jewel architectural, entrusting the project to the architect Teodoro Ardemans ”. This is how the company defines the characteristics of the farmhouse palace.

At the top of the list is the Royal Palace of Aranjuez (Madrid), known to tourists as' the Spanish Versailles. It is followed by the Royal Palace of La Magdalena (Santander), in an eclectic style, which solemnly crowns the Bay of Santander. In third place is the Palacio de San Telmo (Seville), a building that houses the Presidency of the Junta de Andalucía.

Adelantado Palace

Source: The Adelantado de Segovia

Without a doubt, 2020 has been the star year of rural tourism. Despite the closure of accommodation during the harshest months of confinement and the consequent restrictions on mobility, travelers have opted more than ever for “proximity tourism” to enjoy their vacations and weekend getaways. According to the data extracted from the accommodation portal https://www.clubrural.com, this last year reservations have increased by 35% compared to 2019. If before, travelers took into account variables such as price, location, gastronomic offer and nearby places of interest to decide the destination “now most are looking for accommodation independent, with anti-covid protocol and that offers a flexible cancellation policy ", assures Aroa Salazar, communication manager of https://www.clubrural.com. Taking these data into account, the rural accommodation portal has published a list of the 50 most visited rural tourism capitals in the last year.

In the province of Segovia, the town of Ortigosa del Monte has become the rural capital of the year 2020, being the most visited and with the most demand for this type of accommodation.

At the level of Castilla y León, in addition to being the community with the most rural accommodation, it also has some of the municipalities with the highest demand. This is the case of Navaluenga (Ávila) which this year has become the most visited town in the community ahead of the Segovian town of Ortigosa del Monte, Candelario (Salamanca), Aguilar de Campoo (Palencia) or Soto de Sajambre (León), who have been the favorites of their province. In Burgos, the winner has been Villadiego (Burgos), where there is a district called Villalibado that was abandoned and recovered years later thanks to a rural tourism project promoted by a family and that now welcomes a significant number of tourists every year. .

Ortigosa del Monte

Source: The Adelantado de Segovia

The president of the Association The Most Beautiful Towns of Spain, Francisco Mestre, and the president of the Spanish Association of Mountain Municipalities, Marcel Iglesias have carried out a first contact to make decisions aimed at the necessary revitalization of rural areas and the protection of mountain villages. It is the response from the emptied Spain to the pandemic.

Both associations seek to advance in the design of policies and new programs that make it possible to restore local productive systems, promote new business opportunities, redefine the forms of relationship between the rural world and the cities, as well as fight against the depopulation that most of them suffer. of these municipalities. With this meeting, a way is opened for collaboration between both associations that together bring together nearly 400 peoples, all with a unique cultural and historical heritage.

The measures in which both associations are going to work together are aimed at addressing the serious problem of depopulation, especially in small municipalities, where differentiated taxation, a boost to the circular economy and services under equal conditions, as well as helps to improve telecommunications (in many of the towns, even ATMs are lacking) and to face the setback in the tourism sector that many of these towns have suffered due to the pandemic.


"Most of the most beautiful towns in Spain are also mountain towns," Iglesias stressed. "Both associations are going to work together towards projects that can benefit our peoples in inland Spain trying to be their speaker." For Mestre, there is an “urgent need for effective measures to be adopted in our towns to deal with the problem of depopulation, taking special care in the correct application of the funds that come from the EU, especially now when the pandemic has forced to limit, or even close, a large part of the productive fabric of these beautiful towns: tourism ”.

The Association The Most Beautiful Towns of Spain, which already has 104 unique towns, was born from the conviction and need to make the wonderful towns that dot the Spanish geography known to the whole world. The objective is to promote small municipalities, preferably rural ones, grouped under the same quality brand, through promotional actions and cultural events that the association undertakes both inside and outside of Spain. This network encompasses places of great beauty and personality that exude history and culture at the same time, villas marked by tradition that the traveler will be able to enjoy while walking its roads and mixing with the locals.

Maderuelo Puerta Villa 218x150

Source: The Adelantado de Segovia

The Junta Natural Heritage Foundation and the Ribera del Duero Route Consortium have signed an agreement to install a wildlife observation team, for informational purposes, at the Casa del Parque de las Hoces del Río Riaza, in Montejo de la Vega de la Serrezuela (Segovia). The camera will be installed in the Casa del Parque and will focus on one of the griffon vulture nests in this natural space and can be used by all visitors who come to the center.

hoces del riaza montejo park house in la vega de la serrezuela
House of the Hoces del Riaza Park, in Montejo de la Vega de la Serrezuela. / EA
Visitors will be able to contemplate the bordering areas of the nest in an autonomous way, and they will also be able to observe the birds online through the web pages of the Natural Heritage Foundation and the Ribera del Duero Route that is based in Aranda de Duero (Burgos). This project, framed within the development plan provided in the Sustainable Tourism Charter, has cost 7.600 euros, which will be fully financed by the wine route.

The Minister of Development and Environment, Juan Carlos Suárez-Quiñones, has highlighted that actions such as these “allow the Park Houses to be further linked with the territory where they carry out their work and make it possible to bring the nature of Castilla y León closer to a public that appreciates the quality and uniqueness of things ”.


Suarez-Quiñones has also highlighted the international impact of this route "which is becoming an attraction for wine tourists around the world."

For his part, the president of the Ribera del Duero Wine Route, Miguel Ángel Gayubo, has indicated the satisfaction of being able to contribute to the preservation and dissemination of one of the main natural parks found in the Ribera del Duero.

"The Hoces del Río Riaza Park is home to the largest refuge for birds of prey in Europe and we must take care and make its charm known", he stated before concluding that this collaboration is part of the commitment that from the Wine Route "we maintain with sustainability and caring for our environment and that we will continue to develop in the coming months ”.

Montejo

Source: The Adelantado de Segovia

he Leader cooperation project 'Living Museums' has been selected by the National Rural Network of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to participate in the third edition of the Rural Inspiration Awards 2021.

Rural Inspiration Awards (RIA) is an initiative launched by the European Network for Rural Development (ENRD- European Network for Rural Development) that seeks to value good rural development practices at European level by rewarding projects financed with EAFRD funds that stand out for its contribution to rural development policy, making a European rural world more competitive, sustainable and inclusive.

In this third edition, the theme of the Rural Inspiration Awards 2021 is 'Our Rural Future' and it is divided into four categories: Green Future, Digital Future, Resilient Future and Socially Inclusive Future. In addition, a fifth award is granted by popular online voting. 'Living Museums' has been selected in the Digital Future category: digitization initiatives in agriculture and rural communities.


The European Network for Rural Development (ENRD), in charge of organizing these awards, will soon announce the projects selected to compete for the awards in March.

The Local Action Group ADRI Valladolid Norte launched a cooperation initiative to develop a Pilot Program called 'Living Museums'. After presenting the project to all the LAGs in Castilla y León, another seven groups have joined this initiative: Adeco-Camino, Adecoar, Agalsa, Adri Ribera de Duero Burgalesa, Segovia Sur, Cuatro Valles de León and Asopiva de Soria.

The objective of the project is to enhance and stimulate local and rural culture through the reopening of certain centers (ethnographic museums, interpretation centers, cultural spaces, etc.) located in the territories covered by the LAGs. At this time, 23 centers located in the provinces of Burgos, León, Segovia, Soria and Valladolid are included in 'Living Museums', six of them located in municipalities with less than 100 inhabitants.

An innovative project
Through the reopening of museums closed due to lack of resources, the project 'Living Museums', clearly innovative, revives these fundamental structures in the tourist promotion of rural territories.

The reopening of the centers has been carried out through the automation of all the stages of the visit: request to enter the center, identification of the visitors, opening of the buildings, monitoring of the visit and closing of the facilities. All of this has been achieved thanks to Smart technology.

This system allows these centers to remain open seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Visiting one of these museums is simple and comfortable. Through the website created for this purpose, hmuseosvivos.com, you select the center you want to visit, the day and the time. The web automatically generates an access code that has to be entered on a digital keyboard located at the center door.

Museums

Source: The Adelantado de Segovia

'Gardens with History' by La2 de Televisión Española, a program dedicated to garden architecture, art history and botany, will dedicate its next chapter to the gardens of the Royal Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso. The series can be seen this Saturday, February 13 at 18:00 p.m.

Presented by the architect Arturo Franco, it promotes awareness of plant heritage through biographies of historical figures who demonstrated their interest in nature and who have left their mark through the landscape treasures of our cultural heritage. On this occasion, the architect will discover the gigantic centenary trees with Nilo Fernández, delegate of National Heritage in La Granja de San Ildefonso, and will present the operation of the impressive hydraulic network with the person in charge of the Royal Site's fountain system, Luis Vallejo .

In addition, the mark left by Queen Isabel de Farnesio will be reviewed, both in the reign and in the decoration of the palace, explained by the Historian of National Heritage, José Luis Sancho. The episode will be attended by countertenor Gabriel Díaz Cuesta, who will test the acoustics of the Cenador de Mármoles, as a reminder of the concerts with which Carlo Broschi, Farinelli, entertained Felipe V at the Farm.

Grounds

Source: The Adelantado de Segovia

The Hay Festival in Segovia has been the most relevant cultural event in Castilla y León during 2020, according to the national and regional classifications, respectively, offered by the Contemporary Foundation within its Observatory of Culture in Spain.

The Hay Festival appears as the first cultural event in Castilla y León within the list corresponding to institutions, competitions, festivals and programs throughout Spain, drawn up from the responses of national experts consulted by the Contemporary Foundation.

One more year this ranking is headed by the Prado Museum (Madrid) and the Reina Sofía Museum (MNCARS), also in the capital of Spain, while the San Sebastián Film Festival has snatched the third position from the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao .

 
Within this national relationship, Castilla y León is represented by the Hay Festival Segovia, in the 23rd position to which it has access since 66 harvested in 2019, ahead of the MUSAC of León (25), of the Seminci of Valladolid (27) , the Castilla y León Theater Fair in Ciudad Rodrigo (46), the Delibes Year in various places (69) and the National Sculpture Museum in Valladolid (81).

On the other hand, the experts consulted in Castilla y León have set up a regional list that the Seminci leads ahead of the MUSAC, the Castilla y León Theater Fair, the Hay Festival Segovia and the National Museum of Sculpture, in the first five steps.

Next are the Patio Herreriano Museum, in Valladolid (6), the Museum of Human Evolution, in Burgos (7); the Alternative Theater Festival, in the province of Valladolid (8); the Calderón Theater, Valladolid, (9); the Esteban Vicente Contemporary Art Museum, in Segovia (10); the Art Noveau Museum and Art Déco-Casa Lis, in Salamanca, (11).

Tied for twelfth place is the Festival of Theater and Street Arts (TAC), in Valladolid; followed by the Fundación Cerezales Antonino y Cinia, in León (13); the Caja Burgos Art Center (14); and the International Circus Festival of Castilla y León, in Ávila (15).

It is followed by the International Festival of the Arts of Castilla y León, in Salamanca (16); the Forum of Culture, in Burgos (17); The 'Titirimundi' Puppet Festival in Segovia (18); the International Meeting of Street Artists, in Aguilar de Campoo (Palencia) (19); the Domus Artium, in Salamanca (20); the traveling festival Escenario Patrimonio (21); the Delibes Centennial, in Valladolid and other provinces (22); The Bergidum Theater, in Ponferrada (León) (23); the Ethnographic Museum of Castilla y León, in Zamora (24).

Hay Festival

Source: Adelantado de Segovia

In March 2019, the last phase of the Vía Verde Valle del Eresma (Segovia-Fuente de Santa Cruz) concluded, which runs along the old train line from Segovia to Medina del Campo, up to the limit with the province of Valladolid. Almost two years later, it has become a true escape route in times of pandemic, as an alternative to outdoor leisure.

Although over the past year it has not been possible to carry out marches organized by sports clubs, associations and other entities, due to the coronavirus crisis, there are many citizens who on foot or by bicycle have traveled a natural path that passes by Segovia, Valverde del Majano, Hontanares de Eresma, Los Huertos, Armuña, Yanguas de Eresma, Armuña, Ortigosa de Pestaño, Santa María la Real de Nieva, Nieva, Nava de la Asunción, Coca and Fuente de Santa Cruz, and by Fuente Olmedo, Aguasal and Olmedo, already in the province of Valladolid.

The Vía Verde Valle del Eresma Consortium, made up of the Segovia City Council and the provincial councils of Segovia and Valladolid, is the entity that manages and maintains this road. During 2020, extraordinary works were carried out to clean up the spring in the Yanguas de Eresma area, as well as ordinary works for the mechanical clearing of banks and gutters, and top-dressing of areas damaged by the rains. In addition, the corresponding permits were obtained for the Segovia Terractua Environmentalists Association, for the planting, by this group, of trees on the greenway, in the municipality of Nava de la Asunción. 252 units were planted, 126 on each side, in a stretch of approximately one kilometer, at the height of road 49, parallel to the SG-P-3432 highway, between the municipalities of Nava de la Asunción and Coca.

 
Another function of the Consortium is to promote this route as a project that offers the user new possibilities for leisure and an alternative and respectful form of tourism with the environment, environmental education and interpretation of nature, as well as providing a tool for the exercise of educational and cultural activities that help a greater integration and better knowledge of the environment. The greenway also favors the conservation of cultural and traditional heritage, providing new functionalities to abandoned infrastructures.

Looking ahead to this year, it is planned to replace the lighting in the Perogordo tunnel, and in addition to undertaking the ordinary maintenance and upkeep of the track, it is planned to improve a section through extraordinary top dressing to correct wear caused by the use of the road.

71 kilometers to enjoy
The Vía Verde Valle del Eresma is built on an old railway line used from 1884 to 1993. The purpose of this natural resource is to contribute to enhancing the tourist offer of the 71 kilometers through which it runs, linking the Segovian capital with the Valladolid municipality of Aguasal.

The Tragsa company was in charge of executing the project in its entirety, divided into three phases, with a budget that exceeded 2.300.000 euros, financed by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. The first of these phases ranged from the metal bridge over the Tejadilla stream (in the Fuentecilla-Puente de Hierro neighborhood) and the Yanguas de Eresma station; the second connects that point with Nava de la Asunción, and the third and last includes the section between Nava and Aguasal (Valladolid).

Different elements of the heritage have been recovered, among which the old iron bridges of the road stand out. The first, the one located in Yanguas on the Eresma River, 75 meters long, and the second, the one that crosses the Voltoya River in Coca, an infrastructure of the year 1900, 28 meters high, both prepared for pedestrian crossing and cyclists.

Green Way

Source: Adelantado de Segovia

The president of the Diputación, Miguel Ángel de Vicente and the deputy of Tourism, Magdalena Rodríguez have met this morning with representatives of the Professional Association of Rural and Active Tourism of Segovia to transfer to them the measures to support the tourism sector that from the provincial institution They have been carried out since the beginning of the pandemic and that, as Rodríguez already reported in the planning press conference of the autonomous body Prodestur, they have a vocation of continuity in 2021.

In this way, both the Provincial Council and ATURACSE, represented by its president, Domingo Asenjo, agree on the need to maintain aid for the sector and reformulate the Reinvent your vacation bonuses so that they report the maximum benefits for Segovia entrepreneurs in the sector. In this sense, the provincial institution undertakes that the financial allocation of both items is flexible, so that the unspent budget will not be dispensed with. Finally, they have been informed of the rural tourism promotion campaign in the province that will be launched by the Segovia Provincial Council as soon as the sanitary restrictions allow it, and the mediation that will be carried out with other administrations to achieve different benefits for the sector.

Meeting T. rural

Source: Diputación de Segovia

Proximity tourism has experienced notable growth during 2020, as a consequence of mobility restrictions and perimeter closures due to Covid-19. Although as the vaccination campaigns progress it is expected that the travel sector will gradually recover normality, everything seems to indicate that proximity tourism will continue to be a trend during this year.

But, in addition to the big cities and beach areas, what destinations will be the stars of 2021? Musement, a platform for booking activities at destination, has created a map with the most popular towns in each Spanish province. To select the 50 towns, one for each province, all the Spanish municipalities with less than 20 inhabitants and the data from the search volume in Google for the term 'what to see in [municipality]' have been taken into consideration.

From north to south and from east to west, Spain is full of charming towns that can become the ideal setting to enjoy the 'new normal'. For travelers who prefer to visit small towns, but with much to offer, Guadalest (Alicante), Pedraza (Segovia), Miravet (Tarragona) and Medinaceli (Soria), are the ideal option, since they do not reach 1000 inhabitants, but they have with many places of interest. Thus, Pedraza becomes the most popular town in the province of Segovia, which is visited by thousands of people every year. “Declared a Historic Site in 1951, this medieval walled town is a magnet for tourists, due to its beauty and rich heritage. Don't miss the town's jail, Ignacio de Zuloaga's castle and the Pozo de las Hontanillas! ”, They describe it on the platform.

 
Among the most popular towns, it is worth highlighting Peñíscola, the beautiful coastal town in the province of Castellón, which accumulates an average of 74.000 monthly searches on Google, and 3.600 searches for the term 'what to see in Peñíscola'. But this is not the only town by the sea that conquers hearts. Llanes, the beautiful fishing village of Asturias, and Hondarribia (Guipúzcoa), with the colorful balconies of their typical houses, also triumph inside and outside their provinces.

Mountain lovers will be happy to see on the map Jaca (Huesca), Cervera de Pisuerga (Palencia), Albarracín (Teruel), Cazorla (Jaén) or Lerma (Burgos), destinations that allow combining cultural visits and activities in nature .

Follow in the footsteps of the ingenious gentleman Don Quijote de La Mancha in Consuegra (Toledo), discover the Path of the Conquerors in Trujillo (Cáceres), or savor the best wines in Cambados (Pontevedra), Haro (La Rioja) or Laguardia (Álava) These are just some of the plans and experiences that can be enjoyed in the most popular towns in each Spanish province.

The Castle of Enrique II de Trastamara in Ciudad Rodrigo, the Arch of Medinaceli or the Ducal Palace of Lerma, are a small sample of the enormous cultural and architectural heritage of Castilla y León.

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As already assured by the deputy of the Prodestur de la Diputación tourism agency, Magdalena Rodríguez, during the presentation to the media of the planning for this 2021, the provincial institution is willing to meet and listen to all those tourist agents who have any demand or suggestion to move, in benefit of promoting the province as an ideal destination in the midst of the pandemic. In this way, both Magdalena Rodríguez and the president of the Provincial Council, Miguel Ángel de Vicente, held a telematic meeting yesterday with various representatives of SOS Rural Tourism.

The platform, to which rural tourism owners and employees from all over Castilla y León belong and is based in Ávila, currently has more than a hundred members from our province who have seen how the crisis derived from Covid19 is leading to a desperate situation for the sector. For this reason, a few days ago they requested a meeting with the heads of the Provincial Council that finally took place yesterday and in which, among other things, they transferred to the president and the deputy the need to receive direct aid or exempt themselves from paying some taxes.

Given the impossibility of the Diputación, due to the powers of each Administration, to respond to these requests, Miguel Ángel de Vicente and Magdalena Rodríguez proposed to act as intermediaries between the platform and the town councils, the Junta de Castilla y León and the Government of Spain and request local corporations to study the possibility of issuing aid lines that, within the law, allow these owners to benefit from them.

"Due to its proximity to citizens, the Provincial Council can serve as a bridge to send requests from the platform to other Administrations", points out Magdalena Rodríguez, who, like De Vicente, reminded -however- those present at the meeting, the aid lines convened by Prodestur as a result of the pandemic and aimed at the tourism sector of the province for the payment of mortgages and rents that, due to lack of requests, did not see their corresponding budget item exhausted.

In any case, and after assessing the requests of the owners of rural tourism establishments, the deputy for Tourism and the president of the provincial institution encouraged them to take advantage of the new discount vouchers that the Provincial Council will once again distribute among accommodation, restaurants and tourism activity companies, in order to attract and retain local tourism, once mobility restrictions allow it. In this sense, in addition, both Miguel Ángel de Vicente and Magdalena Rodríguez informed the members of SOS Rural Tourism of the intention of the Provincial Council to promote the province as a safe destination, with advertising campaigns that will be disseminated in the media, both in Castilla and León as well as other nearby Communities, such as Madrid or the Basque Country, which intend to help recover the activity of rural tourism establishments.

Dipu 3

Source: Diputación de Segovia

The evolution of living conditions, neighbors, populations and the environment, in addition to obtaining improvements and greater development, is leaving behind a collective memory that may in many cases disappear. It is the older neighbors, and some old archives in the form of documents, that give proof of what was there, what was, and what lasted and how it lasted. The fountains or old springs are part of that often intangible memory of the passage of time. The people of the field were the ones who generally took care of its maintenance, and its survival; because through them they assured the sustenance of water in the hard work of plowing, furrowing or traversing the lands, and staying in them for long hours. Resorting to water to quench personal thirst or that of animals constituted the spring of shepherds and farmers, who tried to have clear and clean water to drink, and arranged the trail of it as a trough for flocks, ropes of mules, males, horses, as well as for the benefit of other animals in the environment. The municipal or bread Guardian, and the hunters also had special zeal in its maintenance.

Development is the main reason why many of these sources or springs, which extended throughout the municipal term, were in some cases abandoned, neglected until they disappeared, swamped or semi-hidden. The arrival of the machinery to the field was one of the consequences that led to greater agility in labor and tasks, and with it less permanence in the crops. Also, the diminished sheep herd, which made many livestock disappear and likewise the number of shepherds, deprived attention to them. In the same way in the past, the muleteer, the swineherd, the goatherd and the cowherd went out to the field, who with the arrival of the more extensive cattle ranching stopped grazing with their flocks.

The sources, in addition to the people who went to the field permanently, were a resource for the summer reaper crews, both Galician and Castilian, who were common in the tasks. Another factor that made these springs diminish was the arrival of the Land Concentration in 1972. With the greater extension of the plots, boundaries and some slopes disappeared.

 
The liveliest spring closest to the urban area is El Caño, which gave its name to the neighborhood where it is located. In its day an area was located on the outskirts of the town that was later urbanized, and today it is fully integrated into the urban area. With molds and granite headboard, and two metal cañotes, it was built in 1903 and restored in 1997, as its inscriptions say. The spring that traditionally supplied it is located on the side of the Segovia highway, about three hundred meters from the ornament. The neighborhood drank water from it, and cattle drank from its basin and basins. Currently it is a decorative element, supplied with water from the network, and another part of the primitive natural channel. El Caño is one of the icons of Valseca, a very representative social vestige, a memory of the passing of the years and the life of the town, and also in this last period used in parties and celebrations for the joke and dip, of 'Tirar al pilón ', especially in the celebration of local festivals.

From the pipe we enter the municipal area. Two kilometers from the urban area, on the Camino de Segovia, we located some reeds next to the old glass of earth and a small stream, where the Old Fountain was located. The elders say, "that where there are reeds, there is water", and that if it were slightly excavated "this spring could continue to give water." Mariano Herranz, a resident of Valseca, reminds us that this fountain "was not very much to the liking of the people, because of its flavor it was not one of the favorites", however it was widely used by the horsemen as it was at the foot of a very alternate path, since it was the natural passage to Segovia, not only for the people of Valseca, but also for those of other nearby municipalities. Florencio Llorente, 'El Chato', a retired pastor, also agrees: "He created many leeches, he drank from them when there was no other choice." Llorente gives us the testimony of yet another source in this term sheet, "the one from the Andiguelas ravine, very small and of poor quality."

For his part, Mariano Herranz points us with the index further up, where we first find the disappeared Fuente de Boones, between reeds and some poplars and where the Lagunillas de Boones, slight sprouts of water, once stood just a few meters away. . The quality of it is described by Llorente as “bad, but if there was no other left, he would drink”, says the shepherd, with more than forty years in the trade, who recalls how in his harsh vicissitudes in the field and the transhumance of the herds , "The thirst was very fucked and I have even come to drink water from the footprint of a cow or a horse."

Very close, a kilometer and a half, we located the source that survives; is undoubtedly the reference. A walk to the Fuente del Pájaro completes the walk of the Valsequeño. The descent along the path of Doña Elvira presents us with a spectacular landscape, with a monument that looks at us: The Alcázar of Segovia, as well as the mountains and the valley towards the Eresma. The fountain is history and living memory for both Valseca and Zamarramala. It is located between the two municipalities, although it is true, that it is on the Valseca slope. The water flow is maintained throughout the year. Much of the blame for its current good condition was caused as a result of the voluntary rehabilitation carried out by a group of residents of Valseca at the end of the nineties. Later, a person anonymously attached to it, in a symbolic and decorative way, a beautiful sculpture of a bird in limestone. A few years later, the Agricultural Boards of Zamarramala and Valseca set up some basins on the slope as a cattle trough.

As we passed by, we left the grounds of the old depopulated area of ​​Boones, slightly contravening that saying collected by the ethnographer, Joaquín Díaz, in his Folklore Magazine, which says: “Between Zamarramala and Valseca, the water dries up”. Returning to the town, and looking towards it, next to the Camino Real and close to the place of Peñasquillo, it was located in the river that survives, the Fuente del Parralejo, some reeds give us clues about it. Also on a path further to the right, that of Carrero, a highway road, which connected the depopulated area of ​​Boones with Valseca, the source of the same name survived. But we do not separate ourselves from the rope that marks the Camino Real, on whose descent and making a collision with Hontanares, "the source of the Juanpreñá was located, in the place they called the Viñas de Pichón, since in the past there were vineyards", Florencio details Llorente. The area is completed by the source of the Barranco A Medias, in the old unpopulated Maletas, very close to the Eresma river, “with a lot of water and good”, Mariano Herranz clarifies.

One of the greatest dangers that a person could encounter when drinking water in these natural springs was that there were leeches, so it was necessary to set the water well and keep an eye on its transparency. Well, there have been some scares over time, "as in the case of Emilio, who was nicknamed Uncle Sopitas, who was made to go to the emergency room by a leech and had a bad time," reminds neighbor Sebastiana Herranz.

Next to the town, we take our steps along the La Peña stream and, to the right, a small meadow takes us up to the Barranco Carlos; among its runoff flowed the missing Fuente Carlos. In this more sandy geological strip, full of steep slopes, next to a fall, on the Camino de Roda de Eresma, with many brambles, was the Fuente de El Zarzal, “with an abundant trail that reached the meadow of the football field ”Recalls Llorente.

In another more advanced slope, between reeds, the Fuente de El Tejón was embedded, in the place of the same name, "with a lot of water, but of regular quality", qualifies the shepherd. And a jump from the road a fountain was dedicated to the patron saint of Valseca, San Isidro Labrador. Only his memory remains of the San Isidro fountain. Not so in the following, the Fuente de la Poza, "with a lot of water, but bad", our protagonists assert. And in this slope of the municipal term we end with the source of La Vega, "which flowed next to the limestone rock," says Mariano Herranz; “And to which we once placed a small spout, over which water poured”, Florencio concludes; both knew about the earth, the sweat, the rays of the sun, the parched skin, and the sips in this account of fountains and springs of water and life.

And couplets of the ingenuity of that permanence gave to do, as Mariano Herranz recites to us: "The sun is setting, the clods are already amazed, the master sends us home, our kidneys hurt".

The fountain of Uncle Guerras
Our next track heads towards the unpopulated San Medel. In these lands with more fluvial characteristics, on the Las Arroyadas slope, on mining and sandy lands, was the source of Tío Guerras, which, as pointed out by some farmers, "from time to time cries some water."

Valseca's neighbor, Urbano De Marcos, explains that the fountain “is named after my great-grandfather, Juan Hernangómez, who was from Encinillas, and the one they called Uncle Guerras”, who, according to him, “came down this slope with the plows and was making the gorge of the spring, hence it stayed with that name.

At the top of this fountain, the one of El Charcón was located, "it was a large pool that gave a lot of water and that made water run all over the slope of the ravine", Llorente recalls.

One kilometer below, in the area near El Vadillo, on a flat and clayey terrain, and on a high slope, three pools of clear water flowed over the tuff. People called it the source of El Riguelo.

They maintained their fluidity until the end of the XNUMXth century. The important works to improve the Cantalejo road, with which the dangerous curve of El Vadillo disappeared, skewed these springs with the cutting of the lindazos. Currently the spill and water stain can be seen in the lateral section.

Also in the ravine of Santa María, past the Vadillo, there was another spring. And further into the San Medel hunt, on the road that leads from Encinillas to the mill and Bernuy de Porreros, at a fork, the El Soto fountain remained.

The City Council is studying recovering several spaces
A desire of many neighbors and people is to see these sources and these natural spaces recovered in the future. From the Valseca City Council, the mayor, Alfonso Gil Benito, recognizes that one of the projects in mind would be the recovery of the municipality's sources, as well as the old mines. The idea "would be to rehabilitate, document and signpost them, making them more attractive to residents and visitors," he states, as well as "recovering natural or mining spaces intrinsic to the future of Valseca's collective memory."

To achieve this objective, "our idea is to see if Segovia Sur has new Feder Funds for the period 2021-2026, or if it is provided by another administration of items in this sense".

"We are in a very initial phase, but with the idea of ​​developing even partially these projects," concludes the mayor.

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Source: The Adelantado de Segovia

Castilla y León was one more year, in 2020, the preferred rural destination in Spain, with 944.544 overnight stays, representing 48,2% less than the previous year, when it totaled 1.822.185, due to mobility restrictions coupled with the Covid-19 pandemic. Five of the nine provinces of the Community are among the 15 with the most overnight stays in the national group, with Ávila in fifth place with 201.418; León in tenth with 126.775; with Salamanca, Burgos and Segovia in the next three with 117.626, 110.468 and 110.100, respectively.

According to data published this Monday by the National Institute of Statistics (INE), in the national group overnight stays in rural tourism accommodation decreased by 46,4% in 2020; with a decrease of 34,8% for residents and 77,4 for foreign tourists.

Castilla y León closed 2020 with 340.355 travelers who opted for rural tourism in the Community, of them 326.691 nationals and 13.665 foreigners, with those 944.544 overnight stays, 917.498 from national tourism and 27.046 from abroad, with an average stay of 2,78 days , slightly below the national average of 3,03.


In 2019, Castilla y León added 1.688.265 overnight stays by national tourists in their rural accommodations, with which the fall in 2020 was 45,66%; and 133.921 foreign tourists, with a drop in 2020 of 79,81%. The offer of rural accommodation was 2.372 last year in Castilla y León, with 20.620 beds out of the 110.107 of the national total, with an occupancy rate per bed of 12,41, below the national average of 15,45; of 21,21 at the weekend (23,74). Regarding the personnel employed, it was 3.346 people.

Rural T.

Source: The Adelantado de Segovia

The sustainability and natural resources that the province offers will be the main bets of the Provincial Council for tourism, in an uncertain 2021 for the sector.

Among the novelties for this year, the Prodestur organism will launch a program of horse routes and will call a line of aid for those municipalities that wish to install a motorhome parking in their municipalities. The provincial institution will request a Tourism Sustainability Plan for the development of rural and active tourism in the area delimited by the Hoces del Duratón, the Hoces del Río Riaza and the Riaza municipality itself.

The Prodestur Laboratory will expand the soil map of the province, continue its work of collecting samples and analyzing water, and will design and study different agrotourism routes

Among the most uncertain chapters for 2021 is that of Tourism, which has already experienced a black 2020 and is facing the new year with a horizon in which, according to the
health situation, everything indicates that it will have to continue looking for resources with which to reinvent itself and try to save the economic crisis derived from the health crisis.
"We are talking about a sector that has been severely affected and, therefore, following the actions carried out since March of last year, we are going to continue dedicating all our
efforts to support the different agents that make up the sector ”, asserted this morning Magdalena Rodríguez, Prodestur deputy, in the presentation before the
means of planning for this year of the organism, to which the Provincial Council has allocated a budget similar to that of last year and close to one million euros.
As explained by the deputy, this support will materialize in the form of periodic meetings with representatives of the sector to attend and try to satisfy their demands, the hiring of personnel through the Employment programs convened by the Board or the continuation of two measures such as the cycle 'Traveler, I'll teach you Segovia' and the Reinventa Bonds, launched successfully in 2020.

Covid19, as expected, will mark many of the initiatives promoted by Prodestur, which, evaluating the possible scenarios derived from the restrictions
social and health, will try to value sustainability and natural resources offered by the province as tourist alternatives. “This year we will focus on
development, innovation and modernization of destinations and in the digitization of processes associated with travel for a new post-Covid consumer, full user of the
technology ", Magdalena Rodríguez announced, indicating that they will try to resume the marches along the Camino de San Frutos and the Camino de Santiago -" especially considering that it is a Jacobean year ", she pointed out - the celebration of the V Tourist Weekend and the promotion of the province as an ideal destination for bicycle tourism, improving the signaling of the routes and including the more than 2.500 kilometers of them in a personalized mobile application, and also as an ideal destination for astrotourism, installing more than two hundred signs reflective signs in the Cañada Real Soriana as it passes through Segovia; thus creating one of the first Starlight trails in Spain. In sum, and in order to continue making the province a destination in which nature is the main exponent, the Provincial Council will try that, this year, it can launch an environmentally friendly horseback riding program that complements these bets for cycling and astrotourism.

In addition, the Prodestur deputy reported that the Provincial Council will request a Tourism Sustainability Plan for the development of rural and active tourism in the triangle marked by the Hoces del Duratón, the Hoces del Río Riaza and the Riaza municipality itself, which, according to the deputy, would be around three million euros of budget, financed in three years by the state government, the Autonomous Community and the County Council.
 
To conclude with the measures focused on sustainability, Magdalena Rodríguez pointed out that Prodestur will continue the work to reduce, as far as possible, the printed promotional material and bet on information in digital format, increasing the number of information points with a QR code and promoting a project of 'microplanes' with this type of codes that will be placed in all tourist services in the province and will link to the website of the provincial tourism agency.
In its work of disseminating the province's cultural, heritage and natural resources locally and internationally, Prodestur will continue to publish brochures, contract advertising campaigns or make training available to members of the sector in different subjects that may be useful to them. In addition, in 2021 it will contract the creation of five promotional advertisements and will carry out the translation into English of a large part of its website, in order to reach the largest possible number of potential travelers.

Finally, and aware that tourism has changed in recent years for various reasons, the deputy reported that the body will continue the work of collecting information on accommodation and establishments that allow pets to accompany and, given the increase in tourism of motorhomes, announced the important creation of a line of aid for municipalities interested in installing car parks for this type of vehicle in their localities. "We will promote proximity tourism, but we will also position our province as a quiet, safe destination that offers the possibility of enjoying
a splendid gastronomy and luxury accommodation located in the middle of nature ”, affirmed the deputy ending the part referring to tourism that she directs from
Prodestur.
 
The Laboratory will continue its analysis and advice activity

With regard to the activity of the Prodestur Laboratory, for which Magdalena Rodríguez is also responsible, the deputy announced three new actions that 
will be developed throughout 2021 from the facilities located in El Sotillo. In the first place, and precisely linked to tourism, the Laboratory will work on the design and study of agrotourism routes, “with the aim of complementing tourist activities with visits to agricultural, livestock or artisan activities representative of
the province". On the other hand, and more related to its usual activity, the Laboratory will expand the province's soil map including analysis of irrigation water, increasing the soil database of the El Carracillo area in ten more municipalities. currently, in order to improve the information available on the solubility of fertilizers in the area and the availability of nutrients for plants.

As a last novelty –although it started at the end of 2020-, Magdalena Rodríguez pointed out that the Provincial Council will offer city councils a sample collection service for the periodic analysis of municipal wastewater that can allow an early detection of the presence of the SARS-CoV virus. -2. The Laboratory will also maintain the management of drinking water, the monitoring and sanitary control of the swimming pools in the province, and the provision of the more than one hundred analyzes that cover the analytical needs currently demanded to the agricultural sector. On the other hand, and with regard to quality brands, the work carried out in recent years will lead in 2021 to the first Autocontrol works for the Martín Muñoz de las Posadas' Tomato Collective Brands and for the Labajos Chickpea. Finally, the deputy announced that Prodestur will continue to advise on the interpretation of the results of the analyzes and will accredit new test methods, trying to position the Laboratory as a prestigious body in the field and a leader in the analyzes carried out.
 
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Since this Wednesday, the gardens of the Real Sitio de La Granja de San Ildefonso and the Real Sitio de Riofrío have been reopened, since they were closed due to the increase in the incidence of Coronavirus in the province of Segovia.

On the other hand, both the Royal Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso and the Royal Palace of Riofrío will continue to be closed until further notice.

 

 

The coldest escape

'Bajocero', a prison thriller starring Javier Gutiérrez and Karra Elejalde, sees the light this Friday with the old Segovian prison as the filming setting, with the steam of the coldest months.

The old Segovia jail in its most wintery outfit. The prison, a common setting in Spanish cinema, will see the light on Friday at the premiere on the Nexflit platform of 'Bajocero', a prison thriller starring Javier Gutiérrez and Karra Elejalde and directed by Lluis Quílez. The film will skip the movie theaters and features the performance of Luis Callejo from Segovia, part of a cast that suffered from harsh thermal conditions due to shooting in winter and at night.
 
The plot, which the whole team is very careful not to reveal, is fed by cases that have appeared in the press in recent years. For the director, it is "a film about crime, a harsh, dry thriller", which is inspired by news of crimes that, in his opinion, "deserve that social denunciation."
 
'Bajocero' is not just a title. It is the temperature at which an armored van that transfers a group of prisoners from jail circulates through a wasteland. In the midst of increasingly dense fog, and snow that makes the road impassable, the van is attacked by someone who wants to get one of the men out of there. It was filmed in the coldest months of the year in the Sierra de Guadarrama and in the Segovian prison itself, where it was not necessary to simulate the mist thanks to the icy sensation generated inside.
 
"Hard because of the cold, because of the weather conditions, because the shooting was at night and because we had a very demanding director, extremely demanding, very tough, who led us to exhaustion," he comments with Gutiérrez, winner of two Goyas. “With Karra I have made very physical films, such as 'The last of the Philippines', and in 'Red Eagle', at eight o'clock in the morning you were up on a horse giving blows with very freezing temperatures, but this has been the hardest and the hardest thing I've ever done. The director took us to the limit ”. So much so, Elejalde intervenes, “that we called him Lluis 'Killer'”. “I asked them to get out of their comfort zone, but I think all of that is on screen. Difficult things, if they go well, the viewer appreciates them ”, the director justifies himself.
 
This is not the first time that Gutiérrez has been a policeman, although he does not feel “especially gifted” for action, but he explains that, in this case, “the director was much more interested in the look of the character than the blows or the shots”.
 
Elejalde explains that his character “is a tormented man, and when he suffers and there is obsession, violence is borderline, and anger and the desire for revenge…; I believe that the relationship that is created between Javi and me and a prisoner in particular will create controversy of an ethical nature - what would you do in his place, it is legitimate to do something like that, besides being a policeman ... - It's complex ”, he considers.
 
They are accompanied by Patrick Criado, Andrés Gertrúdix, Isak Férriz, Miquel Gelabert, Florin Opritescu and Edgar Vittorino.


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Source: The Adelantado de Segovia
 

The sustainability and natural resources offered by the province will be the main bets of the Provincial Council for tourism, in an uncertain 2021 for the sector

Among the most uncertain chapters for 2021 is that of Tourism, which has already experienced a black 2020 and is facing the new year with a horizon in which, depending on the health situation, everything indicates that it will have to continue looking for resources with which to reinvent itself and deal to save the economic crisis derived from the health crisis. "We are talking about a sector that has been severely punished and, therefore, following the actions carried out since March of last year, we are going to continue dedicating all our efforts to support the different agents that make up the sector," said Magdalena Rodríguez, deputy this morning of Prodestur, in the presentation to the media of the planning for this year of the body, to which the Provincial Council has allocated a budget similar to that of last year and close to one million euros.

As explained by the deputy, this support will materialize in the form of periodic meetings with representatives of the sector to attend and try to satisfy their demands, the hiring of personnel through the Employment programs convened by the Board or the continuation of two measures such as the cycle 'Traveler, I'll teach you Segovia' and the Reinventa Bonds, launched successfully in 2020. 

Covid19, as expected, will mark many of the initiatives promoted by Prodestur, which, evaluating the possible scenarios derived from social and health restrictions, will try to value sustainability and the natural resources offered by the province as tourist alternatives. "This year we will focus on the development, innovation and modernization of destinations and on the digitization of the processes associated with travel for a new post-Covid consumer, full user of technology," announced Magdalena Rodríguez, indicating that they will be to resume the marches along the Camino de San Frutos and the Camino de Santiago - "especially considering that it is a Jacobean year", he pointed out-, the celebration of the V Tourist Weekend and the promotion of the province as an ideal destination for cycling, improving the signaling of the routes and including the more than 2.500 kilometers of them in a personalized mobile application, and also as an ideal destination for astrotourism, installing more than two hundred reflective directional signs in the Cañada Real Soriana as it passes through Segovia ; thus creating one of the first Starlight trails in Spain. In sum, and in order to continue making the province a destination in which nature is the main exponent, the Provincial Council will try that, this year, it can launch an environmentally friendly horseback riding program that complements these bets for cycling and astrotourism.

In addition, the Prodestur deputy reported that the Provincial Council will request a Tourism Sustainability Plan for the development of rural and active tourism in the triangle marked by the Hoces del Duratón, the Hoces del Río Riaza and the Riaza municipality itself, which, according to the deputy, would be around three million euros of budget, financed in three years by the state government, the Autonomous Community and the County Council.

To conclude with the measures focused on sustainability, Magdalena Rodríguez pointed out that Prodestur will continue the work to reduce, as far as possible, the printed promotional material and bet on information in digital format, increasing the number of information points with a QR code and promoting a project of 'microplanes' with this type of codes that will be placed in all tourist services in the province and will link to the website of the provincial tourism agency. 

In its work of disseminating the province's cultural, heritage and natural resources locally and internationally, Prodestur will continue to publish brochures, contract advertising campaigns or make training available to members of the sector in different subjects that may be useful to them. In addition, in 2021 it will contract the creation of five promotional advertisements and will carry out the translation into English of a large part of its website, in order to reach the largest possible number of potential travelers. 

Finally, and aware that tourism has changed in recent years for various reasons, the deputy reported that the body will continue the work of collecting information on accommodation and establishments that allow pets to accompany and, given the increase in tourism of motorhomes, announced the important creation of a line of aid for municipalities interested in installing car parks for this type of vehicle in their localities. "We will promote proximity tourism, but we will also position our province as a quiet, safe destination that offers the possibility of enjoying splendid gastronomy and luxury accommodation located in the middle of nature," said the deputy, ending the reference part to the tourism that he directs from Prodestur.

The Laboratory will continue its analysis and advice activity

Regarding the activity of the Prodestur Laboratory, for which Magdalena Rodríguez is also responsible, the deputy announced three new actions that will be developed throughout 2021 from the facilities located in El Sotillo. In the first place, and precisely linked to tourism, the Laboratory will work on the design and study of agrotourism routes, "with the aim of complementing tourist activities with visits to agricultural, livestock or artisan activities representative of the province." On the other hand, and more related to its usual activity, the Laboratory will expand the province's soil map including analysis of irrigation waters, increasing the soil database in the El Carracillo area in ten more municipalities. currently, in order to improve the information available on the solubility of fertilizers in the area and the availability of nutrients for plants.

As a last novelty –although it started at the end of 2020-, Magdalena Rodríguez pointed out that the Provincial Council will offer municipalities a sample collection service for the periodic analysis of municipal wastewater that can allow an early detection of the presence of the SARS-CoV virus -2.

The Laboratory will also maintain the management of drinking water, the monitoring and sanitary control of the swimming pools in the province, and the provision of the more than one hundred analyzes that cover the analytical needs currently demanded to the agricultural sector. On the other hand, and with regard to quality brands, the work carried out in recent years will lead in 2021 to the first Autocontrol works for the Martín Muñoz de las Posadas Tomato Collective Brands and for the Labajos Chickpea.

Finally, the deputy announced that Prodestur will continue to advise on the interpretation of the results of the analyzes and will accredit new test methods, trying to position the Laboratory as a prestigious body in the field and a leader in the analyzes carried out.

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The Sierra de Madrid (before the Guadarrama)

Geographical limits of the province of Segovia and some historical uses in the Valsaín Mountains.

On the occasion of the recent controversy over the use of the Navacerrada port car parks, among vehicles from each of the two Castiles, as the intersection at this point that separated both regions was once called, we have once again become mediatized witnesses of a toponymic imposition that is very badly and for good reason on this side of the sierra. It is intended to change the name of an entire mountainous system through the action of fait accompli which, by dint of being repeated ad nauseam in the collective subconscious of listeners, intends to turn a lie that is not even half true : the worst and greatest of all lies.


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Alimentos de Segovia manufactures 15.000 "Kraft" paper bags for the points of sale of associated producers, shops and restaurants

At the official launch of the new Plan Resurge Alimentos de Segovia, a brand attached to the Diputación, where the new communication actions were reflected, a more modern and informative website was developed and the logo was updated, now the edition and distribution of a total 15.000 'Kraft' type paper bags among associated producers, businesses and restaurants for their respective points of sale.

These are paper bags with the FSC seal, which certifies that this product supports the development of a responsible forestry system, the use of controlled resources and recycled material, which are printed in a single color with the new logo of Alimentos de Segovia and made by two Segovian companies in two formats: one for bottles, of which 5.000 units have been published and which are intended for wineries and restaurants; and another for products, with a total of 10.000, mainly aimed at other producers and associated establishments.

The objective is to support the companies of the province in the face of the economic situation derived from the pandemic, also promoting the agri-food sector, a fundamental engine of our economic fabric. As highlighted by the deputy delegate of the Employment, Provincial Promotion and Sustainability Area, Noemí Otero, "at such a momentous time for our economy as this one, we believe that it is essential to support the partners of Alimentos de Segovia, who have greatly appreciated this initiative ".

In addition, Otero continues, "we cannot forget the concept of sustainability integrated into the brand's values: artisans, natural and authentic. For this reason, with the provision of these paper bags, the objective is to raise awareness among members so that they abandon the use of polluting materials such as plastic and opt for this type of sustainable alternatives ".

This initiative was born in response to the requests of the partners and as part of the campaign to promote the consumption of Alimentos de Segovia products. For the deputy, "it is a way of materializing active listening and the participation of our partners because, as has been demonstrated during 2020, they are the protagonists."

 

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The Government of Castilla y León has established three lines of aid to the tourism sector to counteract the reduction in income due to the pandemic, totaling 27 million and will affect both the maintenance of businesses and employment and the "mobilization of the demand".

The first line, the largest, is endowed with 25 million, consists of four sections and complements the aid of 2,2 million established during 2020 for the same reason and that "are already settled," said Thursday the Minister of Culture and Tourism, Javier Ortega, during a press conference.

The bases of this call, published this Thursday in the Official Gazette of Castilla y León (BOCyL), establish aid that ranges between 1.000 and 4.000 euros depending on the number of workers of the affected companies that may request individuals, legal entities and communities of goods.


Among the winning companies, which must be fiscally domiciled in Castilla y León and registered until October 25, include tourist accommodation, catering, active tourism, travel agencies and guide services, Ortega specified at the end of the meeting. of the Governing Council.

They may be requested from this January 22 and for a period of one month, and are compatible with the business grants arbitrated for the same purpose by the Ministry of Economy and Finance, and Employment and Industry, in the case of this Last up to a maximum of 3.500 euros for job maintenance and payment of Social Security contributions.

The second line, which, like the third, aims to stimulate the demand of visitors and users to reactivate the sector, will be convened shortly, adds a total of five million and aims to create safe tourist spaces through the enclosure, delimitation and heating of Indoor and indoor terraces during the low season, affected by low temperatures.

The establishments likely to adhere to this type of subsidy are approximately 8.500 that may be used retroactively by presenting expenses assumed in 2020 for this same concept, explained the counselor, who has appeared together with the vice president, Francisco Igea, and of the Minister of Health, Verónica Casado.

The third and last line consists of the implementation of what the counselor has called "tourist vouchers" to stimulate consumption "when mobility and exchange are allowed," he clarified. These grants add up to two million and will finance the spending of at least two nights in tourist accommodation reserved in travel agencies domiciled in the autonomous community.

Grants

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Cabanillas del Monte will house the Museo del Pastor del Agua, an exhibition center for dissemination and research on the traditional culture of water and linen, designed by the Tenada del Monte School of Naturalists. David Martín and Mar Pinillos are the promoters of this initiative that aims to "give a twist" to everything they have been doing to recover traditional knowledge linked to water and the culture of flax. And in addition, they will have a space in which they can develop the school workshops and other activities.
They have already acquired the site, an old barn with its corral, in which the museum will be located. “It is a good example of traditional mountain architecture, with stone masonry and wooden beams. We will undertake profound reforms that will take time and more with this very complicated situation we are in. We calculate that in a year, with great luck, we will be able to start the reform and gradually turn it into what we want, ”explains David Martín.

The Museum of the Shepherd of the Water, dedicated to hunting and the culture of flax, will have an exhibition that will show all the tools and work that have been collected and that they intend to expand through purchase or donations. In addition, this space will serve to hold workshops and some talks, courses and conferences.

To this part of exposure-dissemination, we must add another important leg: that of research. David points out that “we are in contact with university departments so that students or research groups can carry out work on collecting traditional knowledge (ecological, agronomic, cultural…) of our Sierra de Guadarrama and the rest of the Province".


Meanwhile, they are in the process of preparing a book on the traditional cultivation of flax. Mar is already doing the illustrations; the general script is designed and they already have the first versions of some chapters. They hope to present it in June.

The cultivation of flax in the Sierra de Guadarrama is a part of the traditional culture unknown to most of the current inhabitants of many Segovian towns. However, it was one of the great engines of the local economy for many centuries. In some towns on the Segovian side, its cultivation was maintained until almost the 60s of the last century and there are still people who have grown it. In fact, in most of the towns, on both sides of the Sierra de Guadarrama, the toponyms of linares are preserved, in which potatoes and legumes were subsequently cultivated.

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National Geographic magazine has compiled a list of the 15 most beautiful castles in the world, including two Spanish ones, and one of them is the Alcázar de Segovia.

In the review of the magazine, he refers to its antiquity (XNUMXth century) and its splendid location, as well as the Segovian historic center "full of artistic and gastronomic attractions."

The 15 castles selected are the following:

Warwich Castle in Great Britain.
Edinburgh Castle.
The Alcazar of Segovia.
The castle of Loarre.
The Portuguese castle of Guiamaraes.
Himeji Castle, in Japan.
Cardiff Castle.
Chillon Castle.
The castle of Gran, in Romania.
Hohenwerfen Castle.
Stahleck Castle.
Ashford Castle.
Dunottar, in Scotland.
Saumur.
Eltz Castle, in Germany.

Quarterdeck

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The most appropriate thing is to remember the motto that fifty years ago (1970) named and defined the town: “Cabañas de Polendos. The people of always at the rhythm of today ”. Many summers have passed since those lavish and unforgettable years, which is why those festivities in honor of the patron Saint Lawrence were a novelty and avant-garde. That golden age, with a population of just over three hundred and fifty inhabitants, broke with the insipid tradition and inaugurated years of freshness and modernity. Fireworks and dancing with a group of light music composed of drums, electric guitars and a singer, who went by the name of Los Sonados. In the town square the costume contest was inaugurated as well as different dance contests. Reading in the cup that you won in the soccer tournament, for example, that it was donated by the Ministry of Culture, gave a little more value to the trophy. If these and other shows made the party popular, together with the El Chopo and Los Galgos peñas, the visit of different hunters for the International Clay Shooting contest gave the celebration universality, everything included in the printed program showed the different shows that could be selected according to taste. The most remarkable thing about the program were the photos of what happened in previous years.

Yes, it all happened at the end of the sixties and beginning of the seventies of the twentieth century. But twenty years ago (2000), another prodigy at the rate of today, mobilized outsiders to settle in the town, in Cabañas de Polendos. It was intended to be the trigger against the depopulation of rural areas (emptied Spain). “You had to create something new that would attract the youngest. Organize an innovative project that will energize the life of the municipality ”. These are the words of Emilio García, architect of Las Caravas when he presided as mayor, today absent from the Consistory, the Town Hall of the town.

The Caravas? Empty and dilapidated corrals showed anything but modernity and cleanliness. Acquired by the municipality, these lands were used, which ended up turning, a thousand square meters, into a craft center in which different professionals will compose a series of workshops in which to develop their specialties. Jewelery works, world woods, engravings, graphic arts, potters, etc. and the essentials for a social life, the bar-restaurant. This meant that some artisans settled in the town, increasing the population in this way and an infantry, boys and girls, arose, upsetting the streets, giving life and future to the municipality. The idea took hold and years later, behind the parish church, Caravas II emerged where new and different artisans filled the new spaces created for this purpose, giving animation to Cabañas de Polendos. All this combined with the increase in rural tourism houses, currently there are seven houses and three apartments that make up the tourist activity and the restaurant El rincón del tuerto Pirón, which, recently renovated, encourages gastronomy and visits.


In short, Cabañas de Polendos is ahead of today's rhythm and repopulates Castilla before the proposals, always dubious, of the autonomous government. The current census amounted to 177 residents, 60 more than twenty years ago. Without a doubt, Las Caravas bring art to the rejuvenated neighborhood. Congratulations, twenty years is nothing.

The Cáravas

Author: Juan Pablo Roda

Source: The Adelantado de Segovia

The Royal Sites of La Granja de San Ildefonso and Riofrío received 2020 visitors in 86.529, in a year marked both by confinement, which allowed it to open only nine months, and by sanitary restrictions, with limited capacity and groups.

According to the National Heritage, the Royal Palace and the La Granja Gardens and the Riofrío Palace are the fourth most visited National Heritage monuments in all of Spain. The Royal Palace of Madrid was once again the most visited year, with 304.308 visitors, followed by the Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial (147.062) and the Royal Palace of Aranjuez (103.455).

Behind the Royal Farms Sites, those that received the most people over the past year were: the Valley of the Fallen (64.336), the Monastery of San Jerónimo de Yuste (44.908), the Royal Palace of Almudaina (37.543) , the Pantheon of Illustrious Men (20.708), the Monastery of Santa María la Real de Las Huelgas (17.740), the Royal Palace of Pardo (17.155) and the monasteries of Santa Clara de Tordesillas (11.889), Las Descalzas Reales ( 9.057) and the Incarnation (3.281).


Last year the Royal Palace of La Granja was one of the stages of the first edition of the 'Jazz Palacio Real' cycle, which was very successful between the months of July and September, guaranteeing limited capacity and the rest of the sanitary measures for the 7.000 people who enjoyed the 28 scheduled performances, such as those of Ara Malikian, Zenet, Andrea Motis and Dulce Pontes.

In 2020, the National Heritage monuments received the visit of a total of 867.971 people, of which almost half, 423.162, visited them after the reopening from June. For months, during the pre-confinement stage, in January and February, National Heritage experienced an increase of 5.000 visits each month compared to the same period of the previous year. After the reopening, as of June, the busiest months were August and December with 103.273 and 69.918 people, respectively.

To these data must be added the visit in 2020 of more than 1,5 million people in the nine green spaces where National Heritage has implemented an access count system, highlighting the gardens of the Island and of the Prince of Aranjuez, with 355.750 and 208.163 visitors.

Since the reopening in June, Patrimonio implemented in its spaces a health prevention plan against Covid-19, with measures to reduce capacity, the suppression of guided visits, the signaling of circulations, the mandatory use of gears and a mask and the temperature control, always in accordance with state regulations and with the instructions of the five autonomous communities where the Royal Sites are located.

Since October, when the campaign to reduce the price of tickets by 50% was launched, the Royal Sites registered the visit of almost 167.700 people. This promotion helped increase visits compared to previous months in monuments such as the Royal Palace of Madrid and the Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, and will continue in force until March 16, 2021.

The National Heritage social networks have been another of the institution's great bets to reach citizens. The year 2020 closed with more than 50.000 followers on Twitter and almost 10.000 on Instagram.

Yesterday the Royal Site of La Granja and Riofrío reopened its doors, after a few days closed to the public, due to the consequences that the passage of the storm 'Filomena' has generated in the center of the country. Visitors can discover the beauty of La Granja covered in snow.

Palacios

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The documentary 'Luis Cernuda, inhabitant of oblivion', by the film and television director, Adolfo Dufour, chooses the House-Museum of Antonio Machado as one of his settings for the filming of the audiovisual piece that will pay tribute to the Sevillian poet and the Generation 27 on its 120th anniversary, and which is scheduled to see light in 2022.

In this way, filming is resumed on the Segovian stage, owned by the Royal Academy of Art History of San Quirce and managed by the Tourism area of ​​the City Council, which began in 2019 and had to be postponed during 2020.

Segovia is one of the towns that Cernuda visited with the pedagogical missions of the Second Spanish Republic, hence it is one of the settings chosen for the documentary promoted by the Andalusian production company 'Dreamcatcher' (founded in 1999), for which it has the authorization and support of the heirs of Luis Cernuda, as well as of various local and supra-municipal institutions.


In addition to the capital, the filming extends to the town of Pedraza, and throughout this month of January it will be filmed at La Residencia de Estudiantes in Madrid and Rivas-Vaciamadrid. In spring it is expected to carry out the gross filming of Andalusia with different scenarios such as Guillena (Seville), Seville, Manilva (Malaga), Campillos (Malaga), Malaga capital, Puente Genil (Córdoba), among others.

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The Paradores de Segovia and La Granja expand their offer so that residents can get to know it first-hand due to the good reception of this promotion by local tourism. The offer was launched after restrictions on mobility throughout Spain to control the pandemic, restrictions that remain in force in 2021. The beneficiaries will be residents of the
Autonomous Community of Castilla y León, always taking into account the restrictions set by the autonomous community.

This rate offers standard double rooms for one or two people at 67 euros per night (optional breakfast at a special price of 9 euros per person) as long as the current mobility restrictions continue in force. In addition to the free extra bed for children under 12 years old, the offer includes a 20% discount on the menu of the restaurants in both paradores (drinks not included) or the possibility of enjoying a superior room for a small supplement per night.

In addition, the Parador de La Granja offers a special discount of 50% at the entrance to the Spa by staying at this rate (check opening hours with the Parador itself).
To qualify for the promotion, it is necessary to indicate when the reservation is made that you wish to enjoy this offer for residents, either through the Customer Relations Center (91 374 25 00 / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at the Paradores themselves (Segovia phone 921 443737 and La Granja phone 921 010750), and show your ID or registration certificate upon arrival at the reception. This promotion is subject to a limited number of rooms and is not applicable to groups or other types of discounts or special prices.

Parador

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The Minister of Culture and Tourism, Javier Ortega Álvarez, visited Astorga today, where he held a meeting with its mayor, Juan José Alonso Perandones, to address issues such as the promotion of the Camino de Santiago through the Vía de la Plata, during the Jacobean 2021-2022. Accompanied by the general director of Tourism, Estrella Torrecilla, the counselor has had the opportunity to present to the Astorian councilor the project 'El Camino de la Plata', in which the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Junta de Castilla y León participates, along with Andalusia, Extremadura and Galicia. The objective of this project is to promote the transit of pilgrims along this Road, which crosses the four Communities, and to spread the wealth that exists throughout the route to help municipalities and businesses to show themselves as part of the route, encouraging this option for the Jacobean 2021 and 2022, the next two years. The counselor highlighted the importance of this project "which has been launched on the basis of adding, with four Communities and four political colors that exemplify the idea of ​​Spain and institutional collaboration for the Junta de Castilla y León, always betting on what unites us ”.

According to the data provided by the different tourist offices and the Santiago de Compostela Pilgrims Office, the total number of pilgrims who arrived in Santiago using the Mozarabic Way and the Via de la Plata has decreased considerably in recent years, going from a percentage from 5,22% of the total number of pilgrims in 2010, to 2,79% in 2018, which has meant that the Vía de la Plata goes from occupying a fourth place in terms of pilgrimage routes in Spain in 2010 to a seventh place in 2019. In Ortega's opinion, these data corroborate the need for joint collaboration between the four administrations, to reactivate this route as a pilgrimage route.

Among the different actions that have been put in place, the website www.elcaminodelaplata.com is included "to value the wealth of this Way and at the same time serve as a link between our territories". It is a dynamic website, in which we work continuously, enriching it, providing events and all kinds of information of interest to encourage pilgrims to make the Camino to Santiago de Compostela from Andalusia, Extremadura and Castilla y León.

Open, dynamic and inclusive project

The counselor has assured that since its launch, 'El Camino de la Plata' has been presented as an "open, inclusive and dynamic project, always ready to listen." In this sense, he explained that at the start of the project they worked on the information of the municipalities of the Mozárabe or Sanabrés Way, from the deviation of the Vía de la Plata in the province of Zamora, and at present they have already been incorporated the municipalities, both in the province of Zamora and León, through which the Vía de la Plata runs until it joins the Camino Frances de Santiago, as stated by the Astorgan mayor. Arrived at Granja de Moreruela, the walker will have to decide whether to follow the Mozarabic Way, which goes through Sanabria and Ourense, or to continue to Astorga to join the French Way. The website offers extensive information on both branches, which in the case of the latter are divided into the stages Granja de Moreruela-Benavente; Benavente-Alija del Infantado; Alija-La Bañeza and La Bañeza-Astorga.

In addition, the project includes the creation of a group of 'Sentinels', who contribute the human side and close to the Camino, representing the interests and curiosities of the pilgrims, as well as a real vision of what happens on the Vía de la Plata. Currently, there are 50 active sentries, who are protagonists of the live broadcasts, with which it is intended to help value the Camino de la Plata, its customs, its jewels and its people.

The website collects useful information on how to plan the Camino, curiosities and stories about the Camino, news and current news on cultural issues and the development of restrictions due to COVID, a calendar of live virtual events and a section for the 'Sentinels '. But it also provides direct access to the pilgrim's diary on his way through 'Las Joyas de la Plata', an initiative starring the Sentinel Sergio Flores, who delves into the adventures of the Camino de la Plata and invites users to share with him his journey live. It is a diary that is published biweekly, Thursdays and Sundays, in which the feelings and emotions that a pilgrim may feel when crossing Las Joyas del Camino de la Plata are detailed. This adventure is documented through photographs and videos that provide the web and social networks with original content. Due to the pandemic and inclement weather, this sentry's route had to stop at the Port of Béjar and will continue its journey once the situation normalizes.

During his visit to Astorga, the counselor has visited the Roman Museum, the Chocolate Museum and the Episcopal Palace with the mayor.

The Santiago Way

Source: Segoviaudaz

The National Heritage steering committee, which has met online today, has decided to extend the closure of its monuments in the Community of Madrid and in the province of Segovia, respectively, until next Friday, inclusive, as a security measure before the wave of polar cold caused by the storm 'Filomena'.

The closure affects the royal palaces of Madrid, El Pardo, Aranjuez and the Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, in the Community of Madrid; and to the Royal Palaces of La Granja de San Ildefonso and Riofrío, in the province of Segovia.

The measure also includes the gardens of all the monuments. People who have purchased their tickets through the institution's website may request a refund of their amount or, if they prefer, their exchange for others for another date.

palace

Source: Segoviaudaz

Today, January 13, marks the 46th anniversary of the inauguration of the Montejo Refuges and the Linares Reservoir, administered respectively by WWF Spain and the CHD. Dr. Fidel José Fernández Fernández Arroyo has witnessed its evolution since 1997 when he was born with a great "illusion".

In an article written on the occasion of the anniversary, he recalls the importance of this space for its natural and scientific values, and as a place of reserve for many animal species.

According to the data of the president of the Fund for the Raptor Refuge of the Hoces del Riaza, Fidel José Fernández, the Refuge, or works done in it, has appeared in 4.651 printed publications (including several of the main scientific or informative journals of the world), 55 congresses (19 international, and another telematics is planned in February), 17 doctoral theses and different final degree projects, 335 conferences, 1.547 papers or naturalistic reports (not counting those of censuses, which are many more; only between the 38 autumn censuses have participated 832 ornithologists), 276 television programs and 813 radio.


It has also deserved 25 awards, and 18 titles or protection figures (from ZEPA to Natural Park). In addition, a new book by Antonio Ruiz is being prepared, as well as reports and circulars (with results of the latest work by GREFA and others).
“During 46 years I have verified that 80 nests of griffon vulture, 64 of Egyptian vulture, 31 of raven, 28 of eagle owl, 21 of kestrel, 20 of golden eagle, 19 of peregrine falcon, 18 of booted eagle, 11 of black kite, 9 of buzzard, 6 of goshawk, 4 of alcotán, one of little owl, one of gray heron, three of crow, eight of jackdaw, and two of chough, have been used, sooner or later, by other species of birds. Long-term alternation seems natural. When discussing the possible competition between species that have always coexisted, it can be useful to know that the reintroduction of the griffon vulture in the French central massif, or in some area of ​​the Balkans, led to the spontaneous return of the Egyptian vulture ”, he explains.
Other of the peculiarities that the naturalist contributes is that in this space the year 2020 has verified the longevity record known for a free griffon vulture (published in Circular 25 of the Fund, in Naturalicante).

In his memoirs, he recalls that the Refuge was created “almost at the same time as the French reserve of Ossau, when Jesús Garzón was fighting to save Monfragüe; it was inaugurated the year the Algerian climber was discovered ”. “Keeping it was even more difficult. It has moved wills, studies and illusions "to incredible extremes", as Dr. Valverde said of Doñana.

"I have seen foreign experts admire our large population of vultures, and the immense effort made to conserve it," adds this lover of the Refuge, who has counted the more than 51.328 hours that he has spent in these lands, "counting the nests and studying the fauna, since the incredible Refuge project gave me back my hope ”.

He quotes Dr. Xavier Batllori, now a professor at the University in Barcelona, ​​who wrote in 1995 that "a part of the environmental awareness that exists today in Catalonia was born in the Montejo Raptor Refuge." And he adds that something like this could be said of other areas. “The amazing history of the Refuge makes it even more valuable. We want it to continue to exist, with all its fauna and beauty, flown over daily by hundreds of vultures ”, he adds.

In his letter on the 46th anniversary, Dr. Fidel José Fernández expresses his gratitude to many people and companies that allow this space to continue to be alive and contribute scientific and environmental wealth. Appointment to Cárnicas Minchán, who collaborates with WWF to provide viscera with which carrion birds feed. “I thank many people and entities that have protected and investigated its diverse wildlife (335 species of vertebrates have been cited); from exceptional guards such as Hoticiano Hernando and now his son Jesús, from WWF, teachers of many ornithologists who convinced local poachers with their word and the example of their life; even the Swiss naturalist Daniel Magnenat, who wrote, having visited some of the main reserves in Europe, Asia, Africa and America, that the Montejo Refuge is a “totally exceptional achievement, of international value”.

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Source: The Adelantado de Segovia

 

Shortly before the end of 2020, on December 29, the Geological and Mining Institute of Spain (IGME) published online the Geological Guide of the Sierra de Guadarrama National Park, in digital, readable and free format, not only for scholars, but also especially for visitors to this natural space that is largely located in the territory of the province of Segovia.

As a result of a collaboration with the National Parks Autonomous Organization, the guide is coordinated by the head scientist of the aforementioned public institute Roberto Rodríguez Fernández and among its authors is the Segovian researcher Andrés Díez Herrero, from the Geological Risks Area of ​​the IGME.

Díez, who 'warned' on social networks and through messaging applications such as WhatsApp of this "gift from Kings" in the form of an electronic book, has informed El Adelantado that the printed edition is ready but will not be on sale until in a few days.


He also emphasizes that "we have taken care that there is a lot of Segovian content", one more step in that 'fight' that the province maintains against the 'plague' of naming, in a completely incorrect way, Sierra de Madrid to Sierra Guadarrama by the media and the general population of the state capital.

The 282-page guide is structured in four chapters and includes numerous photographs, graphics, illustrations, and scientific and historical data on the geology of the Sierra de Guadarrama in an entertaining way, as well as simplified topographic and geological maps for a better understanding.

After an introduction about the Sierra de Guadarrama National Park and its visitor centers, including the one located in the Boca del Asno recreational area, in Valsaín (Real Sitio de San Ildefonso), Chapter I addresses some basic concepts for understand the guide. Thus, it introduces the reader to basic concepts of Geology and describes in a simple and informative way the origin of the rocks, the deformations they have undergone and the other processes that make up the different landscapes of the Sierra de Guadarrama.

Chapter II is dedicated to the Geology of the National Park to explain the most outstanding features of the formation and structure of the Central System in general and of the Sierra de Guadarrama in particular. It is also illustrated how the Alpine Orogeny, responsible for the lifting of the Central System, is a global process on a planetary scale.

Chapter III includes 12 itineraries, as well as places of geological interest and important enclaves. For their selection, the authors have taken as main criteria the ease of access and its popularity, as well as the quality of the geological observations.

These are Las Casiruelas and La Pedriza (in La Pedriza de Manzanares), Peñalara and the Lagunas de Peñalara (in the Peñalara Massif), Siete Picos, Cuerda Larga and Pico del Nevero (Ports and mountain peaks); The Royal Fisheries, El Chorro, Valle de la Fuenfría and Valle de la Barranca (The valleys) and one circular drive (through the Ports of Navacerrada, Cotos, Rascafría, La Morcuera, Soto del Real, Manzanares, Cerceda and Navacerrada) .

Each itinerary contains a summary with a brief description of the route and the most relevant geological aspects of the visit, as well as information displayed with icons that represent the general geological typology of the elements (mineralogy, petrology, etc.), as well as the type access (on foot, vehicle, motorcycle, bicycle). When the itinerary is supported by facilities for public use, they are also identified with the corresponding icon (viewpoint, refuge, recreational area, path, etc.).

Chapter IV includes a glossary, bibliography and notes.

In addition to the coordinator and Díez, other authors of the texts are Fabián López, Luis González Menéndez, Ángel Salazar, Francisco Rubio. Javier Luengo and Isabel Rábano. The illustrations are by Albert Martínez Rius, Ana Belén Pérez Muñoz and Jorge Soler Valencia.

Geological

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National Heritage has since yesterday closed its monuments in the Community of Madrid and in the province of Segovia, respectively, until Wednesday, inclusive, as a safety measure for its workers and visitors in the face of the polar cold wave caused by the storm 'Filomena '.

As reported today in a statement, people who have purchased their tickets through the institution's website may request a refund of their amount or, if they prefer, their exchange for others for another date, as collected by the Ical Agency .

Royal Palaces

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The La Pinilla ski resort opened its doors this Friday. From early in the morning, the Segovian winter center opened its season, with special rates between 18 and 25 euros. From the Riaza Town Hall, taking into account the Community's perimeter closure, they encourage “Castilian and Leonese people” to visit La Pinilla and “enjoy skiing safely”.

"For Riaza, and its region, La Pinilla is a very important economic engine, its activity is a direct cause of wealth in many sectors, as well as being a sports and tourist resource both in winter and summer," they acknowledge from the City Council.

For the start of the campaign, La Pinilla launches prices reduced to 25 euros for the full-day adult pass, from 9.00 a.m. to 17.00 p.m., and to 18 for half a day. The child has a cost of 19. This price relationship will last throughout the weekend.

the pinilla

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The series 'Gardens with history', the new space led by the architect Arturo Franco and dedicated to the architecture of the gardens, art history and botany, opens tomorrow, Saturday, January 9, on La 2 de Televisión Española. The series, which is directed by Sonia Tercero Ramiro and which has the advice of the landscaper Mónica Luengo Añón and the botanist Javier González García de Ángela, will be spread over 13 chapters in which it will try to create awareness about the importance plant heritage.

It will be Arturo Franco who will lead this space, according to Efe, presenting the biography of historical figures committed to the environment, whose legacy has been inherited through landscape treasures of cultural heritage.

'Gardens with History' is an evocative combination of landscape and botanical architecture made throughout the ages in geography, in which scientific and humanistic concerns converge marked by climatic diversity and agricultural techniques that have defined the style of cultivation in orchards humble, royal gardens, artists' farms, recreational farms, land for farming or natural forests.


Among its locations and historical figures will be Felipe II and the Gardens of Aranjuez, in Madrid; Felipe V and the Gardens of the Royal Palace of La Granja, in Segovia; Amalia Heredia and Jorge Loring and the La Concepción Botanical-Historical Garden, in Malaga; Eduardo Chillida and Chillida-Leku, in Hernani (Guipúzcoa); Salvador Samà Torrens and the Parc Samà, in Cambrils (Tarragona), and Muhammad I (Alhamar) and the Gardens of the Alhambra and the Generalife, in Granada, among many other spaces.

Along with Luengo Añón and García de Ángela, the technical team is made up of the director of photography and camera Ignacio Giménez-Rico; the operator Lionel Almiñana, Yeray Martínez Perdomo with the aerial images and the musician Jeansy Aúz, in charge of the original music of the series.

The header design, animations and graphics have been made by Victoria Oliver Franer and the scripts are by the novelist and screenwriter Silvia Herreros de Tejada (author of 'La Otra Isla' -2020-) and the also screenwriter Belén Sevillano.

'Jardines con Historia' is a series produced and developed by Televisión Española in collaboration with the Time Zone production company and shot throughout the summer of 2020.

The Farm Series

Source: The Adelantado de Segovia

 

This Tuesday, January 5, will be the last day on which the general public can visit the Castle of Turégano (Segovia) until the completion of the adaptation and improvement of accesses to the complex. These works are possible thanks to the 1,5 percent Cultural grant from the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda granted in 2019, amounting to just over 500.000 euros, in addition to the aid of the Junta de Castilla y León and the Diputación, according to information published by Ical.

According to the Turégano City Council, the project that has a global budget of 1.006.076 euros still does not have an exact start date, although it is expected to be in the first months of 2021, and its execution period may be extended to least two years from its inception.

With these works in the Castle of Turégano the accesses to the complex and to different spaces such as the church will be improved, in addition to creating new routes through the castle and the perimeter fence closest to the building, making the part that can be visited even larger. The complex, owned by the Bishopric of Segovia, although currently ceded to the Turégano town hall, was declared a historical-artistic monument in 1931. Its origin is in the Romanesque church of San Miguel, from the second half of the XNUMXth century and unparalleled in the province of Segovia.

On this church a series of encastillaciones were settled that culminated with the castle of the end of the XV century that we see today and that we owe in good measure to Bishop Juan Arias Dávila, exiled from Segovia by King Enrique IV in 1968 and settled in the town of Turégano, head of the extensive episcopal dominion that occupied a good part of the central area of ​​the province. Its construction over the centuries is very complex and is still fraught with unknowns that today researchers continue to unravel through recent studies.

The fact that this castle has not been used since the seventeenth century led to the preservation of its original structure, which makes it a unique space. Currently the castle can be visited until January 5 through guided tours that must be arranged in advance by calling 634460215 XNUMX XNUMX.

Castle

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Last year, the Gardens of the Royal Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso received a total of 320.407 visitors. The balance presented by National Heritage reflects a 20 percent decrease in visits compared to 2019, when 403.841 people walked through the gardens and the set of fountains. The reduction caused largely by the effects of the health crisis caused by the coronavirus has been noted in all the green spaces of the National Heritage.

During 1,5, more than 2020 million people visited one of the nine green spaces where National Heritage has implemented an entry count system. The final figure (1.545.913) represents a decrease of almost 33 percent compared to the data registered a year ago, according to National Heritage in a statement. This decrease was mainly due to the mobility restrictions caused by the pandemic and the declaration of the State of Alarm during the months of March, April and May, as a result of which the historic gardens remained closed. The figure takes into account the three counting systems incorporated by the National Heritage, added to the existing ones.

Specifically, during this year, 335.750 visitors enjoyed the Garden of the Island (Aranjuez), 320.407 people visited the Gardens of the Royal Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso (Segovia) and 213.508 the Park of the Casita del Príncipe (El Escorial). There were also 208.163 visits to the Jardin del Príncipe (Aranjuez), 148.975 to the Jardines del Campo del Moro (in the Royal Palace of Madrid), 131.674 to the Jardin de los Frailes (El Escorial), 110.324 to the Jardines del Palacio Real de El Pardo, 29.800 visits to the Garden of the Casita del Infante (El Escorial) and 27.302 to the gardens of the Casita del Príncipe (El Escorial).


National Heritage has other natural spaces that can also be visited, although they have a counting system. These are the Jardines de la Quinta and the free area of ​​Monte de El Pardo, both in Madrid; the Bosque de la Herrería (El Escorial), the gardens that surround the Monastery of Yuste (Cuacos) and the Bosque de Riofrío (Segovia).

National Heritage currently has more than 18.000 hectares of green spaces distributed in the autonomous communities of Castilla y León, Madrid and Extremadura.

La Granja

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The province's ski resorts awaken from their icy lethargy due to the lack of natural snow and restrictions on mobility from the Community of Madrid, an irreplaceable source of income. The Puerto de Navacerrada station opened on Friday with four tracks (in total, 1,5 kilometers) in its lower part and the La Pinilla station began to make snow yesterday to open in the next few days.

La Pinilla picks up the glove of the weather conditions, but sighs for a safe conduct with Madrid. "That is the key. The Madrilenian represents 80 percent of our business. From there up. We are interested that the Madrilenian can come; if not, it will be a very difficult year to maintain. Only with the people of Castilla y León it will be very difficult ”, underlines the Chairman of the Board of Directors of La Pinilla SA and Mayor of Riaza, Benjamin Cerezo, who is grateful for the recent snowfall. “It is what we were waiting for. Yes, it is true that temperatures may drop too much, and that in the end causes more ice sheets to be prepared. We have to take advantage to prepare the installation ”.

Cerezo emphasizes that the opening does not depend on the capital. “Everyone is saying that we have not opened because people from Madrid cannot come, but we have not opened because there has been no snow. Now that we have it, as soon as we can, we will open, whether or not we have an audience from Madrid ”. Still, assume the uncertainty. “We will open, but we will have to see if the company is feasible or not. If few people come from Castilla y León, maybe you have to make the decision not to open. What we are clear about is that we are going to take the risk. Maybe for Three Kings Day or already thinking that next weekend all the tracks will be ready ”.
The logistics part of the installation, from the chairlifts to the rest of the machinery, was in place. “We were wondering these days whether to start manufacturing. As we knew that snow was coming, we waited to see what snow fell ”. Yesterday there were already half a meter in the intermediate areas, the so-called Great Plato. Above 1.800 meters there is enough snow, but below this altitude there is little. For this reason, those responsible for the installation began yesterday to make snow to supply the area that ranges from 1.800 meters to 1.500, where the entrance to the Super Express chairlift is located. I had between 15 and 20 centimeters of snow yesterday.

Despite the abundant snowfall, the problem at La Pinilla, which is very exposed to the wind, is distribution. The result is that there are areas with more precipitation and others in which the wind has displaced the snow. That is why the operators spent yesterday 'stepping on' to distribute it equally. "The air hums a lot," summarizes Cerezo. As there are slopes with more snow than others, this distribution and the forecast of visitors will depend on how many slopes can be opened at first.

The opening date will depend on the days of snow and the restrictions due to the passage of Segovia to level four of health alert. "We would like us to have a corridor or for the administrations to speak so that the people of Madrid can come to ski, but we are going to open for the people of Castilla y León." Snow is sold as a contagion-free space. "In the end it is an individual sport, here people are covered up. We believe that there will be no problem ”. No changes are foreseen in the accesses to the chairlift. "We will try to have as few people as possible in the queues." The cafeteria will comply with the regulations like any hotel business.


One week making snow
The Puerto de Navacerrada station opened on Friday; for the moment, these days the public tended more to sledding or simply enjoying the snow than skiing. The organizers have opened three blue tracks (Telegraph, Showcase and Initiation), classified as easy, and one red (El Bosque), more difficult. Four other red tracks remain unopened: Rain Gauge (under repair), Pala Montañeros and Guarramillas I and II. All the slopes are open in the lower area and the operators have been making snow since December 24. If humidity and temperature accompany it, snow production can be carried out 24 hours a day. The chairlift for these slopes is at 1.935 meters; the unopened slopes are above two thousand meters and the station does not have artificial snow systems at that altitude.

On the other hand, the Navafría cross-country ski resort announced its final closure last fall with the hope that some other institution or company could take over its management. It was the only facility for this modality in the province.

La Pinilla

Source: The Adelantado de Segovia

Last Thursday they began with the installation of its base, concrete on which a wooden hut of  5 × 2,5 meters. The base has already been located on the right-hand side of the wetland, in some dunes that have been leveled in order to delimit the space that the observatory will occupy and proceed with its installation. The final structure is expected to be placed in the middle of this month.

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The Group of World Heritage Cities of Spain has joined the Smart Tourist Destinations Network, which has held its Executive Committee in Madrid, chaired by the Secretary of State for Tourism, Fernando Valdés.

The president of the Group of Heritage Cities and Mayor of Ibiza, Rafael Ruiz, has assured that “being part of this Network is another step in our work of conservation and dissemination of cultural heritage, through new tools that will also allow us advance in challenges such as digitization, sustainability and the promotion of our tourist destinations, with criteria of innovation and accessibility ”.

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Since it began its activity in 1770, the Royal Glass Factory of La Granja (Real Sitio de San Ildefonso, Segovia) became a benchmark in the artisan technique of hand-blown glass. Throughout this period, it has attracted talent from all over Europe, bringing together the great masters of each era and accumulating a wealth of artisan knowledge of unequaled value.

To celebrate, the presidency of the National Glass Center Foundation convened a small group of representatives of the various interest groups of the institution, among which were some public officials, patrons of the Foundation itself, the director of the Royal Factory. de Cristal, the director of the Royal Tapestry Factory (with which a magnificent relationship is maintained), factory workers and other collaborators, according to a statement.

The event was held in a small group due to the recommended security measures given the current situation of the pandemic, surrounded by the most select pieces from the Royal Factory catalog, in the recently opened store in the ABC de Serrano Shopping Center (Madrid) and that will remain active until the end of January.

There was no shortage of a toast to the history, but also the present and future, of this unique Factory that continues to produce its pieces by hand, one by one, with techniques inherited and perfected over the centuries.

 Glass

Source: The Day of Segovia

 

The wine culture, so deeply rooted in the Nieva region, was the guiding thread of the visit with which the cycle 'Traveler, I'll teach you Segovia' culminated its journey, the program of guided visits devised by the Tourism Agency of the Provincial Council, Prodestur, in order to promote and value the work of official tourist guides and to show the best kept secrets of the province's heritage. Nieva and Santa María La Real de Nieva were the destinations chosen to conclude the activity. In both, the participants verified by the hand of the guides Leticia Hernández Sánchez and Ana Gómez Martínez the internalization that the art world has made of the wine resource in the area.

The cloister of the monastery of Santa María la Real de Nieva was the starting point from which this fourteenth and last visit of the cycle began. The Dominican enclosure offers a wide iconographic repertoire that was shown to visitors, both in its eighty-five capitals, as well as in the cymbals, arches, imposts or in the spandrels of the arches. All of them keep geometric or plant motifs and scenes of medieval low society, with special attention to the rural world and especially the agricultural calendar, whose main phases are captured in stone. Visitors were able to find scenes related to wine production, such as the pruning of the vine and the transfer of wine, a hallmark of the region since time immemorial.

Later, the procession moved to neighboring Nieva, stopping first at the well-known Mudejar church of San Esteban. The guides detailed the origins of the temple built in the XNUMXth century in the Romanesque style of brick interspersed with slate stones. The participants were able to discover that in the portico located on the south side there are some brick arches with capitals carved in limestone that represent fantastic animals and they also admired the semicircular apse of blind bent arches topped by a beautiful eaves of corner pieces.

As the philosophy of the program, apart from appreciating the heritage of each town, is to get to know the most representative businesses and industries or artisans in the area, the day ended with a stop at Herrero Bodega, owned by the Herrero brothers, with the Rueda designation of origin. . The winery is one of the most representative in the area and the participants in the visit were able to learn first-hand about the process of treatment and production of the wine made from Verdejo grapes.

 

Thirteen weeks

The cycle 'Traveler, I will teach you Segovia' began its journey on September 12, with a visit to Duratón and Sepúlveda, the cradle of Segovian Romanesque. From there, and during the following thirteen weeks, they have visited the towns of Requijada and Pedraza, exponents of mountain and medieval architecture, Fuentidueña and Sacramenia, Romanesque lands and churras sheep, or Sotosalbos and Trescasas, where the change in the form of architectural construction and in the thought between medieval and neoclassicism.

In mid-October, the cycle visited Fuentepelayo and Carbonero el Mayor, in the middle of Tierra de Pinares, and, the following weekend, Maderuelo and Languilla showed their attractions to the participants on the sixth visit. The next route went into the Cuellarana region to admire the Sanctuary of Henar and the town of Cuéllar, the Mudejar epicenter in the province, and the cycle continued in El Espinar and Villacastín, where its parish temples captured the attention of the participants.

November began with travelers enjoying art and architecture at the Real Sitio de San Ildefonso, with its main centers of La Granja and Valsaín, and continued in the martinete de Navafría and the Cistercian sanctuary of Collado Hermoso. The mountain and medieval architecture of Riaza and Ayllón were the destinations chosen a week later and the XNUMXth visit took the groups to Turégano and Aguilafuente, the Villas de los Obispos, whose monumentality greeted the participants of the activity.

Finally, on December 5, the penultimate visit was made, in which the Mudejar of Samboal, with the church of San Baudilio, and Coca, with the castle of the Fonseca, could be seen.

The excursions, which have been varying in the number of participants as established by current health regulations, have had the professionals of the Association of Tourism Guides of Segovia, who have been in charge of entertaining them with legends, anecdotes and knowledge, without forget the historical rigor.

Route Sta Mª

Source: Diputación de Segovia

The Prodestur deputy, Magdalena Rodríguez has recently participated in the first segovia ecotourism conference, organized by the Trino de Ecotourism Club of Castilla y León, led by Carlos Sánchez Alonso and which brings together the main entities of the ecotourism sector in Castilla y León. León, including several Segovians.

The list of participants from the province in the meeting, held electronically, has been made up of directors of the companies Abantos Senderos del Duratón; Naturcleta, from La Granja de San Ildefonso; Naturaltur de Ayllón and Más que Monte de Peñarrubias de Pirón, together with representatives of the Campiña Segoviana Center for Tourism Initiatives and the Natural Heritage Foundation of the Province of Segovia.

In said forum, Rodríguez had the opportunity to congratulate the organizers of the conference for their work, for making known the companies linked to rural and nature tourism, defending the interests of the sector and choosing to support the quality products of each region . In addition, he recalled that Prodestur works continuously to offer new work tools to the entrepreneur in this sector and valued the activities that the Provincial Council's Tourism body is carrying out to preserve sustainable tourism.

In this sense, the deputy cited the use of QR codes to access tourist information avoiding the consumption of paper. Rodríguez also emphasized the main bets and tourism initiatives promoted by the Diputación, many of them sustainable and respectful with the environment, such as inventorying all the tourist resources of the province and making them available to the visitor in their digital media, financing for the Visitors discounts on accommodation, restaurants and active tourism companies with the 'Reinvent your Holidays' program, the delivery of Segovia Food lots to retain customers and promote the economy called kilometer zero, the revitalization of the resource through the updating of website and social networks aimed at the greater dissemination and knowledge of the offer, the promotion of 'slow driving' tourism to reduce CO2 emissions into the atmosphere and the commitment to hiking, nature tourism, cycle tourism -with 2.500 kilometers routes- and astrotourism.

The Trino Ecotourism Club of Castilla y León is the materialization of the TRINO Project (Inland Rural Tourism and Ornithology), a proposal of thirty Local Action Groups in Castilla y León that was born with the objective of promoting ornithological tourism in the Community of Castilla y León and that the establishments could adequately promote this type of offer. Now the philosophy of the Club opens, in addition, to other alternatives related to sustainable tourism and ecotourism.

In Segovia there are 452 rural accommodations, of which 314 are involved with the project, to which thirty-one active tourism companies and three travel agencies are also added. All of them take into account as a tourist attraction resource the four natural spaces classified in the province (Sierra de Guadarrama National Park and Las Hoces del Duratón, Hoces del Río Riaza and Sierra Norte de Guadarrama) the four Houses of the Park, the Real Sitio de San Ildefonso-El Espinar World Biosphere Reserve, the seven special protection zones for birds (ZEPA) and sixteen special conservation zones (ZEC) of the Red Natura.

Dipu ecotourism

Source: Diputación de Segovia

The natural parks 'Hoces del Río Duratón' and 'Hoces del Río Riaza' renew for another year the 'Q' for tourism quality, as agreed by the Sector Certification Committee for Protected Natural Areas of the Institute for Spanish Tourism Quality (ICTE). In 2004, this body, at the time, dependent on the Ministry of Economy, decided to grant the 'Q' for quality to the Hoces del Duratón park. In the case of Hoces del Riaza, it was distinguished with the 'Q' for tourist quality by the ICTE in 2015.

The protected natural areas managed by the General Directorate of Natural Heritage and Forest Policy of the Government of Castilla y León, which have just renewed, for yet another year, the 'Q' for tourist quality, are the Valle de Iruelas Natural Reserve and the Regional Park Sierra de Gredos, both in Ávila; the Ojo Guareña Natural Monument and the Monte Santiago Natural Monument, both in Burgos; the Picos de Europa Regional Park in León; the Montaña Palentina natural parks, in Palencia; Las Batuecas-Sierra de Francia in Salamanca; Hoces del Duratón and Hoces del Riaza, both in Segovia; and Cañón del Río Lobos, between the provinces of Soria and Burgos.

'Q' for quality
The 'Q' for quality is a certification that represents a commitment by the parks to the distinction of maintaining, caring for and promoting the quality of their natural spaces. The certification is maintained through annual follow-up audits and another every two years for the renewal of the 'Q' for Quality.

Sickles

Source: The Adelantado de Segovia

Two of the towns that are home to true icons of the implementation of Mudejar art in the province, such as Coca and Samboal, have been the destinations of this weekend of the cycle 'Viajero, yo te te teando Segovia', organized by Prodestur, and which carries thirteen weeks touring the province and extolling its main tourist attractions with the help of specialized guides. The participation of these professionals helps to know and deepen more about the monumental heritage of the different towns of the province, one of the objectives pursued by the initiative created by the tourist body of the Provincial Council.

On this occasion, the members of the expedition had the opportunity to admire all the details of the monuments visited with the explanations of the guides Ana Gómez Martínez and Raúl Rascón Romano. The group started the visit on Saturday morning at the church of San Baudilio del Pinar, in Samboal, declared a Site of Cultural Interest in 2001 for being one of the most notable examples of Romanesque-Mudejar in the province of Segovia, thank you to its majestic brick tower and its apse, raised on a high and robust podium. 

The church has a single, very short nave, with an extraordinary sanctuary ending in a semicircular apse and, according to the guides, the nave is due to a baroque reconstruction that was longer in its day, as can be interpreted from the remains of the visible wall even in the gardens on the western facade.

Leaving Samboal behind, the procession moved to the millenary Coca, where they could see the remains of the wall that encircled the town, with one of its gates of marked Mudejar influence. In Coca, the participants in 'Traveler, I will teach you Segovia' also approached the tower of San Nicolás, which belonged to the church of the same name, already existing in 1247. The tour continued through the parish church of Santa María, dated from the mid-thirteenth century, and which from 1460 acquired special splendor thanks to Alonso de Fonseca, who founded a chapel and two chaplains there. The well-known, and no less spectacular castle of Coca, unique in its style, which defines what was the triumph of brick, initialed the monumental route. 

The visit to the ancient town also made a stop along the way at the Forest Museum to remember the importance and relevance of the timber and resin sector in the region. There, the group was also able to observe the various resin extraction tools and machinery, but also samples of trees, seeds, pests, as well as vehicles of all times.

The cycle 'Traveler, I will teach you Segovia' will culminate its journey next Saturday with a visit to the wine country of Nieva and Santa María la Real de Nieva. Participants will be able to see how the wine culture is so deeply rooted in the area that it is the subject of scenes in some of the capitals of the Gothic cloister of the Monastery of Our Lady of the Soterraña. This and the Nieva wineries will be the main attractions of the visit. 

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.. Registration is three euros and trips to the place of departure of the visit must be made by private car. It must be taken into account that, due to the existing mobility restrictions, the groups have been reduced to a number of five people plus the guide.

 

 

Source: Diputación de Segovia