Castilla y León

Turégano, about 30km north of Segovia, is dominated by a unique 15th-century castle-church complex built by the then archbishop of Segovia, Juan Arias Dávila (who decided to make the town into a personal fortress). Both cutesy and formidable, the castle walls, with their sturdy ramparts and rounded turrets, are built around the facade of the Iglesia de San Miguel; ruined sections of the wall fan out across the surrounding countryside.

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1. Castillo de Pedraza

10.12 MILES

At the far (northwestern) end of town – go any further and you'll fall into the valley – stands the lonely Castillo de Pedraza, unusual for its intact…

2. Plaza Mayor

10.3 MILES

The evocative 14th-century Plaza Mayor is noteworthy for its ancient columned arcades. There are so many fine angles to get the perfect photo, but only…

3. Ermita de San Frutos

13.24 MILES

In ruins now, this hermitage was founded in the 7th century by San Frutos and his siblings, San Valentín and Santa Engracia. They lie buried in a tiny…

4. Monasterio de Santa María del Parral

15.33 MILES

Ring the bell to see part of the cloister and church; the latter is a proud, flamboyant Gothic structure. The monks chant a Gregorian Mass at noon on…

5. Iglesia de Vera Cruz

15.46 MILES

This 12-sided church is one of the best preserved of its kind in Europe. Built in the early 13th century by the Knights Templar and based on Jerusalem's…

6. Convento de los Carmelitas Descalzos

15.49 MILES

This is where San Juan de la Cruz is buried. The convent is still occupied by an order of nuns known as the Barefoot Carmelites. The area immediately…

7. Iglesia de San Esteban

15.54 MILES

Not far down the hill northwest of the Plaza Mayor, this beautiful church has a lovely, six-level sandstone tower and a baroque interior.

8. Casa-Museo de Antonio Machado

15.57 MILES

This museum commemorates Antonio Machado, a segoviano and one of Spain's pre-eminent 20th-century poets, who lived here from 1919 to 1932. His former home…