Segovia – In the heart of Castilla y Leon

 

Getting to Segovia means diving in the heart of Spain and Castilla. With its twisting alleyways and high concentration of Romanesque churches, its pedestrian streets and medieval walls, its astonishing monuments and its two rivers, this town deserves more than a simple visit. The old quarter along with its Roman aqueduct has been declared World Heritage Site by Unesco from 1985.

The Open Castilla y León is one of the oldest Atp challenger events in European tennis scene, played since 1986 on hard tennis courts of Open de Tenis Villa de El Espinar. The importance of this tournament is even more evident if you read the incredible list of past winners: Rafael Nadal, Juan Martin Del Potro, Sergi Bruguera, Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco are just only the brightest names among the ones who triumphed in previous years.

This year tournament will return with usual 64,500 USD money prize and promise no less show than past. Lukas Rosol and Ilya Marchenko are top seeded players, but there will be many players ready to fight until the end for the win like ex top 20 Jerzy Janowicz and young promise Cristian Garin.

From 2015 in addition to the men’s tournament it’s also held an ITF women’s tournament which this year includes a $ 10,0000 prize money. Taking a look at entry list, stand out the names of the former top 250 Giulia Gatto Monticone and especially the one of the very young twins Bianca and Anna Turati that finally return to competions after a long break. Many are the hopes of Spanish victories above all linked to the names of Maria Luque Moreno, Rocio De La Torre Sanchez, Ainhoa Atucha Gomez and Maria Martinez-Martinez.

Open de Tennis Vila is located  at El Espinar, about 30 km from Segovia city centre and 70 km from Madrid, and it’s easily accessible by car, bus and train. As usual tennis fan will pay just to enter on Pista Central (from 5€ to 15€ it depends on days) while for other courts there is always free entry. In the club there is a good but not cheap restaurant, but in the surrounding area  there are numerous dining options, offering local specialties at reasonable prices.

To visit Segovia and spend some time at Open Castilla y Leon you can fly to Madrid Barajas Airport from your town. You could take advantage of the low cost fares applied by many no frills airlines which fly daily on the Spanish capital, you could decide to stay in Madrid for some days or go directly to fantastic Segovia. Look here for your low cost flight. Given the distances it wouldn’t be a bad idea to rent a car.

As regards as hotel accomadations, Segovia offers a good range of facilities with an excellent value for money. These are my favourite options:

  1. For tennis lovers I suggest of course the official tournament hotel, which is the Tryp Segovia Sierra de Guadarrama located at Los Ángeles de San Rafael. Very beautiful 4 stars hotel offer large rooms of about 20mq2 at starting prices of 109€ for night with breakfast and free wi-fi included. It also offers access to a nearby spa, swimming pools, 2 golf courses, 2 restaurants and a supermarket. Of course the silver lining of the hotel is the possibility to experience the event from inside, closely with tennis players. The downside is the distance from Segovia (20 km) and from Tennis Club too (about 15 minutes by car). So it could be important to rent a car before booking this hotel.
  2. In Segovia old town, you coul book Hotel Don Felipe delicious 3 stars hotel at only 200 mt from Alcazar. Room rates start from 68€ with wi-fi included (but you pay breakfast separately) for a double of 18 mq2. Underground parking service at 12€. The hotel has a very cute garden with view of the surrounding country.
  3. Do you want for once to stay in a luxury five-star hotels? Then the right choice is the terrific Eurostars Convento Capuchinos built in a real former monastery and located close to Plaza Mayor. Rooms, available from about 100€ with excellent breakfast included, are large and modernly furnished. The free wi-fi connection is, of course, included.

However if you want to look for a different hotel in Segovia, enter here for a full list of 57 accomodations which could host you.

Tired of rackets and tennis balls? Don’t worry! World Heritage Segovia old town  has really a lot to show to tourists. These are my favourite places:

  • Aqueduct de Segovia. Located in Plaza del Azoguejo, this is an extraordinary engineering accomplishment which consists of about 25,000 granite blocks held together without any mortar, and spans 818 meters with more than 170 arches, the highest being 29 metres high. For its architectural beauty and dramatic presence in the center of a town the Aqueduct can be considered one of the most impressive structure built by the Romans throughout their vast Empire.acueducto-segovia-s119181013.jpg_369272544

 

  • Alcazar de Segovia. A unique fairy tale-like palace that brings together architectural tastes of different monarchs and inspired a lot of castles in Disney movies. Located in Plaza de la Reina Victoria Eugenia, the building rises about 80 meters on a rocky outcrop, overlooking the city. The Alcazar is open to visitor every day from 10 to 19:30 and  a full ticket costs 8€.alcazar

 

  • The Segovia Cathedral. This breathtaking church is the last Gothic cathedral built in Spain. It was built in the period 1525-1725 with a mighty bell tower 110 meters high. Opening hours is from 9:30 to 18:30 except on Sunday in which opens at 13:15. Entrance fee is 3€ for church, 5€ for bell tower, 7€ for combined ticket. Free admission for children.Cattedrale-di-Segovia-di-notte-620x350

That’s all guys!

But if you need more info look at these links:

Visit Segovia Official Site

Segovia on Spain Info

Alcazar de Segovia Official Site

Tournament location:

Open de Tenis Villa de El Espinar
Carr. de La Garganta, 40400 La Estación de El Espinar, Segovia

Enjoy!!!

 

 

 

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