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Central Spain - More than tapas

Roaming through Madrid, Segovia, Salamanca, Toledo and Avila.

  • Stone by stone

    This magnificent construction was created around 50 AD, being one of the best preserved Roman aqueducts in Europe. It runs for 14 kilometers with a declination of 1 %. It uses no concrete or other substance, the stone blocks maintains themselves because of the perfect equilibrium of forces. An impressive piece of engineering!

    [Segovia, Spain]

  • Alcazar

    The Alcazar of Segovia is a beautiful 11th century medieval castle located on a hillside, rumoured to have inspired Disney to the castle of Snow White. The castle holds several magnificent rooms, including the throne room which was the place where Christopher Columbus met queen Isabel.
    The castle also holds several horrible tales. One tells the story of a maid who accidently dropped the royal baby prince off the edge of the balcony seen to the left, plunging towards his death 70 meters down. Rather then facing the wrath of the king, she threw herself off the edge afterwards. The spot on the ground is today marked by a white cross.

    [Segovia, Spain]

  • Oink

    This little piggy went to market. The town of Segovia has a very bizarre food tradition.

    [Segovia, Spain]

  • World in my eyes

    Kristian takes a look at the gothic cathedral from 1525.

    [Segovia, Spain]

  • Across the moat

    Front entrance of the Alcazar.

    [Segovia, Spain]

  • Beneath the arches

    Some people claim that the Plaza Mayor of Salamanca is the most beautiful square in Spain, but personally I think that the one in Madrid has superior colors.

    [Plaza Mayor, Salamanca]

  • Serenity

    The chilly cathedral is a great place to escape the summer heat.

    [The cathedral of Salamanca]

  • For the birds

    The view from the top of the cathedral gives a good idea of the city layout.

    [Salamanca]

  • Reach out and touch faith

    The inner balcony is a great place to admire the gothic architecture.

    [Jonas in the Cathedral of Salamanca]

  • On the balcony

    Beware, Quasimodo's nephew could be around.

    [Cathedral of Salamanca]

  • Thumbs up

    The view from the top of the cathedral is officially approved.

    [Reine climbing the Cathedral of Salamanca]

  • Mi casa

    This bird has found a place where it is unlikely to get evicted.

    [Salamanca]

  • Walled kingdom

    The city of Avila is the birthplace of Saint Teresa. It features a variety of relics, such as her ring finger complete with ring, which once was placed on Franco's bed table. But the most imposing feature is the city wall, with 88 towers built in 1090.

    [Avila]

  • Walled kingdom

    This is the location where a seven year old Saint Teresa was caught by her father, when she was trying to escape the city to seek martyrdoom in battle against the Moors.

    [Reine at Los Quatro Postes, Avila]

  • Walled kingdom

    The city of Avila is the birthplace of Saint Teresa. It features a variety of relics, such as her ring finger complete with ring, which once was placed on Franco's bed table. But the most imposing feature is the city wall, with 88 towers built in 1090.

    [Avila]

  • Halls of stone

    This cathedral is the greatest example of gothic architecture in Spain. Construction was begun in 1226 and several additions were made for centuries to come.

    [Cathedral of Toledo]

  • Take your seat

    The choir room is my favorite part of the cathedral. Located at the heart of the building, these chairs are individually carved from walnut wood and show scenes from the conquest of Granada. The details of the room would make Dan Brown go bananas in there.

    [Cathedral of Toledo]

  • Wicked wires

    [Toledo]

  • Waving the flag

    [Plaza de Zocodover, Toledo]

  • Lost in the alleys

    [Toledo]

  • High ground

    The old fortress is located on the highest hill of the city and played a vital part in the civil war.

    [Alcazar of Toledo]

  • A shadow of the past

    [Estacion del Norte, Madrid]

  • And a bottle of rum

    [Cafe Concierto La Fidula, Madrid]

  • Last orders

    The normally bustling plaza gets kind of eerie late at night when everything is closed.

    [Plaza Mayor, Madrid]

  • Mahou versus Tinto de Verano

    Is the glass half-full or half-empty?

    [A rooftop in Madrid]

  • Epicenter

    This is Kilometre Zero, the symbol which indicates the center of Spain where all roads start.

    [Puerta del Sol, Madrid]

  • Bridge of sorrows

    This beautiful bridge is unfortunately infamous for its many suicide jumpers.

    [Madrid]

  • Light my path

    One of many beautiful street lamps in the old town.

    [Madrid]

  • Urban forest

    Estación de Atocha is the oldest and largest railway station in Madrid, opened in 1851. A 4000 m2 tropical garden dominates the interior, effectively keeping the mind away from the gruesome train bombings that occurred here in 2004.

    [Estación de Atocha, Madrid]

  • Siesta hour

    [Madrid]

  • Looking for Juliet

    237 balconies surround the rectangular plaza.

    [Plaza Mayor, Madrid]

  • Sunday afternoon

    Every great city needs a large green lung.

    [Retiro park, Madrid]

  • After the phoenix

    This dome is one of the most recognized spots in Madrid, even though the vinged statue replaced the original phoenix statue decades ago when the previous owner of the building decided to take the statue with them while moving out.

    [Edificio Metropolis, Madrid]

  • Old and new

    The architecture of Madrid is a combination of new and old.

    [Madrid]

  • Insomnia

    Busy street outside my bedroom window at 4 AM. The road that never sleeps.

    [Gran Via, Madrid]

  • Solid directions

    The fascinating street numbering in the old town is painted on the walls, often including a small map of the orientation.

    [Madrid]

  • Spain's most famous duo

    'Just one more hug. I looove Sancho!'
    'Get her away from him!'

    [Plaza de Espana, Madrid]

  • Carnival underground

    Madrid is more than tapas. Here is the Brazilian club Oba Oba, where there is definitely more samba and caipirinha than flamenco and cerveza.

    [Oba Oba club in Madrid]

  • Stairway

    Madrid's version of the stair below Sacre Coeur in Paris.

    [Catedral de la Almudena, Madrid]

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