I didn't get to explore this medieval town until recently, and I was pleasantly surprised by its marvelous plaza and the narrow streets which are so perfect for pictures. It leaves you wanting more. It's one of those places which really leaves a mark both in your mind and in your heart.
This fortress was first built in the 13th century, then rebuilt in the 15th. You definitely shouldn't miss the "Night of the Candles", which is the first two Saturdays in of July. They turn off all the lights of the town and just have candles everywhere.
It is hard to choose a favorite spot in a town with such attention for detail. I will definitely choose the square. It has everything in order to be considered one of the most beautiful squares in the whole of Spain. On the sides of the square bars and restaurants, which look its best in the warmer weather, can be found. Yes, in winter, as I show in the video, it is also a pleasure to go into one of them and enjoy something good at the heat of the fire.
The first two weekends in July, the lights of the village are turned off and the houses decorate their patios, windows and all the village with candles. Classical music concerts are also held in the town square. Highly recommended.
If you want to go to Pedraza, you have to go through the Puerta de la Villa. And I don't say this as an order, but it's the only entrance and exit into the town. It's really only a hole in the wall, which used to be the city's only weak point. In the past, at night, the door was closed and no one could enter or leave except for in emergencies when the jailer opened the door. In fact, on the right as you enter is the town jail, where you can still see the dungeon where prisoners were held. It was first built in the 11th century, then rebuilt in the 16th, when the family shield of Fernandez de Velasco (a yellow shield with blue striped square) was included. Not that it's a spectacular place, but it's interesting because its past and present role has remained the same.
In a natural setting along the road between Segovia and Pedraza, passing by La Velilla, there is a beautiful Romanesque chapel from the 12th century. One never tires of admiring the portico and the decorated capitals, but personally, the most striking of all is the splendid arch of the main door, brimming with "taqueados" and Archivolts, with its red and white polychrome. It's state of preservation is incredible.
In Pedraza everything is close, because it is very small. Thus, to get to, or to pass, this square is easy. It's right behind the Plaza Mayor and you get there through a small alley next to the San Juan Bautista church.
How did it get its name? Its obvious: in the middle of it there is a poplar. Since parking is prohibited for non-residents, the plaza is always empty of cars. That way, one can quickly admire its medieval style.
The El Olmo restaurant is one of the town's most famous restaurant, has received numerous awards and is located in a beautiful sixteenth century house in the plaza.
I recommend to visit it and to take some pictures. It is not special for any concrete reason- it is just very beautiful.
The Real Street, which connects to High Street, connects the Royal Gate with Plaza Mayor. It's Pedraza's main street and strolling from one end to another is one of the mandatory activities in this beautiful Segovian town. There are perfectly preserved stone buildings. Some of the houses include the mansion of the Perez-Salcedo, which is the current tourist office, and the Palace of the Marquises of Floresta. Other highlights are the two palaces, the House of Pilate, that belonged to the Ladron de Guevara family, and the "Big House". These were built between the 16th and 17th centuries, combining brick, stone and wood. In the House of Pilate, there's a beautiful and curious arched balcony on the corner.
The church of Santa Maria is one of the most important buildings of the medieval village of Pedraza. It is located between the main square of the town and the palace and has a great history. Formerly it was one of the most important buildings of the place, especially at the time when the dukes had the power of the Cold. In this church all religious events were held. At present the state of conservation of this church is not very good but you can still get a very good idea of the majesty that this church must have had at the time when it was built. Among one of its most significant elements is the outer door, which still retains fifteen impressive carved stones. Another element that have survived over the years is the tower, which contains the bell. Despite not being in a perfect condition, or maybe perhaps for this reason, the church of Santa Maria has a special charm. It is as if it could actually see the passage of time, since the rest of the buildings have been so restored that some seem to have been built a few years ago.
In July, Pedraza looks fantastic when it celebrates its famous evening concerts and the streets of the town are lit with only candles. Just try to imagine it. Cottages Pedraza: Http://www.Toprural.Com/castilla-y-leon/segovia/casas-rurales-pedraza_rm-es-40156.htm
This is a walled-in medieval town declared a Historic Site in 1951. Its extensive historical and cultural heritage has encouraged tourism both nationally and internationally, and therefore, each year thousands of tourists visit the main monuments and attractions in Pedraza. One of the main buildings and things to see in Pedraza is the Puerta de la Villa, the only access into the city. Its origins date back to the 11th century, but it was rebuilt in the 16th century. Interestingly enough, the gates are made of black poplar and for several centuries they were closed overnight preventing the entry or exit of anyone except for in an emergency. Another one of the things to do in Pedraza is to visit the castle, a fortress built in the 13th century, that was rebuilt in the 15th century. The castle has a keep, a moat and is also surrounded by a cliff. It's one of the most interesting and most historic places to visit in Pedraza. Also included among Pedraza attractions and Pedraza activities are the prison, which was restored in the 20th century and preserved as a museum, displaying what used to be the relics of a medieval prison. If you travel to the city during the month of July, stuff to do in Pedraza includes participating in the Night of Candles. During this festival the town is decorated with candles and the rest of the modern lighting is turned off. For more on what to do in Pedraza, visit Minube to discover all the wonders of this Spanish city!