Spain Photos: Memories of Madrid, Toledo, and Segovia

Posted by on Dec 7, 2017 in Spain, Travel Photo Thursday | 18 comments

Spain Photos

Browsing Spain photos from my 2012 adventures in Spain is a great way to pass a dreary wet, cold week in Nova Scotia. Welcome to week 352 (12/7/2017) of Travel Photo Thursday.  This week I’m sharing some of my favorite Spain photos. Join me on eclectic visit to Spain through my eyes.

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Spain Photos: Madrid

January 2012 found me in Madrid for 10 days. The bone chilling temperatures and short days didn’t stop me from making the most of my time in the city, and a few towns within easy driving distances. I always enjoy a bit of pomp and ceremony when I’m in Europe and the changing of the guard at Madrid’s Royal Palace did not disappoint. 


Pomp and Ceremony at the Royal Palace in Madrid

“Changing of the guard at the Puerta del Príncipe gate. Royal Palace in Madrid. Since 2007, every Wednesday from 11 am to 2 pm (except July, August and the first fortnight of September) you can watch a changing of the guard ceremony at the Puerta del Príncipe gate at the Royal Palace in Madrid. It is particularly dynamic and lively. The drums announce the arrival of the foot guard, who gradually fall into formation accompanied by the beating of the drums. If you’ve already seen the foot sentries take their place in their positions, get ready –this is the moment the mounted guards come on the scene. Spectacular on their mounts, the sentries trot past and gradually take their places. When they are ready and standing in formation in their places, you can’t possibly leave until you see the actual changing of the guard. There is a change of guard every 30 minutes.” (From:

For me, one of the highlights of Madrid was the numerous world class museums. The Prado was my favorite, and I was lucky enough to get free admission in celebration of the museum adding Monday opening hours to their schedule.  During the week patrons can also enter for free after 6 pm, and on Sunday and holidays after 5 pm. Prado Museum 


Madrid's Prado Museum


Spain Photos: Mercado de San Miguel

I’m a huge fan of Spanish cuisine and wine. My favorite food experience was Madrid’s Mercado de San Miguel, located steps away from Plaza Mayor in the city center. Deciding what to sample was almost painful. I wanted one of everything 🙂


Mercado de San Miguel, Madrid


You can never go wrong with wine and tapas. I can still taste these olives after all these years.


Wine and Tapas at Mercado de San Miguel, Madrid, Spain


If smoked salmon and fresh mozzarella make you salivate, this is the dish for you. Rich and packed with flavor, your taste buds will love you forever.


Smoked Salmon with Fresh Mozzarella, Mercado de San Miguel

Spanish Baguettes at the Mercado San Miguel

Olives, Olives and More Olives at the Mercado San Miguel


This is one of my favorite Spain photos. Having a Spanish wine dance on your palette will spoil you forever (and so cheap!)


Wine Chilling -- Mercado de San Miguel, Madrid, Spain


One of the many buskers who performed daily in Plaza Mayor. I would not want to meet this “guy” in a dark alley.


Headless Man, Plaza del Mayor, Madrid


Spain Photos : Toledo and Segovia

Toledo is an easy day trip from Madrid. The day was bone chilling cold, but the blue sky made for a lovely photo. Despite the cold,  the town did catch my imagination, and I want to go back again to spend a few days exploring the narrow cobblestone  streets and alleyways.


Historical Toledo on a Cool, Sunny Winter Day


I also did a day trip to the ancient town of Segovia (a World Heritage City) and its centuries old Roman aqueduct. One of my mantras for this particular Spain trip was bone chilling. Everywhere I went record breaking cold temperatures followed me. Thankfully, sunshine often saved the day, even if it didn’t warm my cold hands and feet.


Roman Aqua Duct, Segovia, Spain


Do you have a favorite town or city in Spain. Let us know in the comments?

If you’re looking for more information on Spain, I recommend this Spain guidebook and map. 


Other European destinations to check out:

Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber 

Karlovy Vary 



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  1. Oh my, this got my travel bug activated! I love the photos and the inspiration you provided in this one Nancie! Nothing better than photos to wile away a rainy day!

    • Hi, Jackie. Agree! This week we are having snowy and rainy days, so I’ll have more time to reminisce over photos from past adventures. #TPThursday

  2. Love these Spanish cities! We really enjoyed visiting them too especially Segovia. That aqueduct is so impressive. Those food photos have me salivating. We spent a lot of time in Mercado de San Miguel and ate there everyday. Such great travel inspiration!

    • Hi, Mary! You know the Mercado better than I do. I ate there twice and would go back again in a moment. I want to go back to Segovia one of these days when it’s warm. It was so cold that day I was there, I know I missed some of the sites. #TPThursday

  3. The three cities you visited are some of my favorites. I missed the changing of the guards at the Royal Palace (I was there in the summer). I enjoyed temperatures up to 40C when I was there but I prefer the heat to “bone-chilling cold”.

    • Hi, Rhonda. I’m with you on the temperatures. I couldn’t believe how cold it was in Spain when I was there. It was a cold winter, though. Usually the temps don’t go as low as what I experienced. #TPThursday

  4. Love all the photos! Would love to get to Spain someday!

    • Hi, Jill. If the opportunity presents itself, grab on! Spain is a fantastic country. You won’t regret a Spain adventure. #TPThursday

  5. Nancie, you brought me back to several of the places I love in Spain. The Mercado San Miguel is one of my favorite place in Madrid. We went every single day when we were there. And, Segovia and Toledo, what can I say? I wish I had more time to spend on the cities. #TPThursday

    • Hi, Ruth. I would have loved to have had more time in both Segovia and Toledo. The next time I travel to Spain I will overnight in both places. I would also spend more time at the Mercado if I get back to Madrid. #TPThursday

  6. We had a wonderful holiday in Spain and the Garrotxa county this last summer. Was a wonderful experience. Thanks for hosting.

    • Hi, Lisa. Spain is a fantastic country. I want to get back one of these days soon. #TPThursday

  7. I haven’t been to Segovia but have been several times to Madrid and l would live there in a heartbeat. Toledo is also beautiful and l need to make a return trip there. Not too much of a hardship since we live in Valencia :-).

  8. Spain is one of my all time favourite places! I was in Madrid and Segovia this year and also took in Avila – all wonderful cities brimming full of history. I haven’t been to Toledo yet, but it’s on my list for next year.

  9. I adore Spain. So many wonderful flavours. Have enjoyed every locale I visited, which includes Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, San Sebastián, and El Ciebo. Would love to revisit all!

    • I’ve not been to Bilbao, San Sebastian or El Ciebo, but I would love to see all of these Spanish town and then some. I do love Spain as well.

  10. I did so enjoy visiting the Prado in Madrid. Spain is filled with wonders.

    • It really is. I never tired of the Prado or any of the museums I visited in Spain.

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