Visit Pedraza de la Sierra
Pedraza de la Sierra is in the province of Segovia in the Castile and Leon region of Spain.
Pedraza is a beautiful medieval town, indeed it is said to be one of the most beautiful small towns in Spain. Surrounded by a fortified wall it is a pleasure to wander through the medieval streets and squares. It is perched upon a hill and has a castle perched on a rocky outcrop next to the town.
Explore Pedraza, Spain
The Plaza Mayor is the focus of the town. On one side of the square sits the San Juan church with its lovely square tower. Arcaded shops and the town hall also sit on the square as well as one of the many mansions Pedraza has to admire. Many of them, including the one on the square, have their family coat of arms carved onto them.
The Plaza Mayor is a typical, though particualarly attractive, example of the Plaza's built throughout Spain. Many of the buildings on the square date back to the 16th century.
The Plaza Mayor of Pedraza is still used for a bullfighting festival once a year in September.
The castle (along with many of the houses) has been restored fairly recently. It was originally built as a fortress in the 13th century and then rebuilt in the 15th century . It was at one point the home of Ignacio Zuloaga a local artist and some of his works are in the castle museum.
The remains of the church of Santa Maria sits on the Plaza de Santa Maria over near the castle. The church was built in the 15th century. Look to the top of its tower to see the storks nest.
Pedraza is a popular day trip for the people of Madrid as Madrid is only about an hour away. They come to sample the town's excellent roast lunches. Its roast lamb in particular is famous in the area.
Places to visit near Pedraza
The beautiful city of Segovia is about 30km to the South of Pedraza and to the north is Sepulveda - another attractive village.
The wonderful palace-monastery of El Escorial is also not too far away.