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Our Trip to Segovia – Part II

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Hotels and Hostels in Segovia

Segovia is an extremely picturesque city. I really couldn’t stop taking shots while we were there, and have so many great images that we had to split it up into two posts. Enjoy this second glance of the wonderful city an hour north of Madrid. Our first post on Segovia can be found here.

 

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Hotels and Hostels in Segovia

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Xativa Castle in HD

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We returned recently to Xativa, in order to impress Mike’s parents, visiting from the castle-less USA. Since I’ve already taken practically every possible picture of the Xativa castle, this time a I made an HD video.

I’m not entirely happy with the quality or editing… and the music kind of gets annoying after a while. But I think the video provides a good overview of the castle. Hope you enjoy it!

Cute Little Hotel in Xativa

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Xàtiva – Introduction & History

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This weekend we took our first trip to Xàtiva, a small city of almost thirty thousand about 50 minutes south of Valencia. I’m sure we’ll be going back — easy to reach with the C2 short distance train, Xàtiva has a ton to offer.

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Natives have a couple different nicknames: setabenses (which stems from the Latin name for the city, Saetabis) and socarrats, which approximately means “the burnt”. This interesting moniker dates from the War of Spanish Succession when Xàtiva was destroyed and kept aflame for 8 days by King Felipe V. The marauding troops slaughtered the women and children seeking shelter in the church of San Augustín, and even renamed the city “The New Colony of San Felipe”, which is so dastardly, it’s almost comical. Nowadays, wherever you find a portrait of Felipe in Xàtiva, it’s likely to be upside down.

For years, Xàtiva had fame as the European birthplace of paper. The most famous family to come from the city — and probably the most infamous family in Valencian history — was the House of Borgia. Through any number of crimes, including rape, murder, adultery, bribery and theft, they rose to unspeakable heights of power and two family members even became pope: Alfonso & Rodrigo.

The touristic highlight of Xàtiva is the incredible castle which was built by ancient Iberians and populated by all of the city’s subsequent rulers, including the Borgias. We’ll be posting about that later, along with some photos of this fantastic little city.

From Valencia’s main train station, a round-trip ticket with Renfe Cercanías C2 to Xàtiva costs €6,90 (as of date of writing) and takes about 50 minutes. Trains run all the time, and you can check the schedule here.

Stay in a Villa near Xativa for as low as 37 Euros a night

Rent a car to get to Xativa:

Xativa Car Rental


January 4, 2010 at 5:05 pm Comments (4)