27 Jul Segovia - Day Trip from Madrid
Segovia - Day Trip from Madrid
Contributed By: Angie Grossman// Updated March 21, 2017 By: Anna Whetzle
There are many cities you should visit that surround Madrid but Segovia is one not to be missed. The city has one of the most fascinating Roman Empire engineering accomplishments that is best preserved in Spain, this reason alone is worth the short bus or train ride.
Getting to Segovia from Madrid:
There are two options either the bus or train:
- The train leaves from metro Chamartín station and takes about 35 minutes by Renfe or fast train. Check Renfe’s website for train times and it’s best to book in advance.
- The train station in Segovia is the Segovia-Guiomar Station and it is 6 km from the city center. Take the No. 11 bus, that drops you at the Roman Aqueduct or you can hop in a cheap taxi from the station to the city center.
- The bus runs every 30/45 minutes from metro Moncloa station, takes about an hour and drops you close to the city center within walking distance to the Aqueduct.
- Julià Travel offers a guided tour (in various languages including English) from Madrid (including transport) from Madrid to Avila and Segovia from Plaza España.
What to see:
- Roman Aqueduct:
The aqueduct is located in Plaza del Azoguejo and is the most important Roman engineered monument still standing in Spain. It’s the most historic image of the city and is in all the famous pictures of Segovia so make sure to get plenty of pictures. Dating from the late 1st or early 2nd century (and was used until the middle of the 19th century) with more than 170 arches with the highest being 95 feet high (towering over the city). Legend has it that the aqueduct was built by the Devil (Puente de Diablo) one night to win a young woman’s soul but he didn’t complete the bridge in time and left his finger marks, or holes in the stones, as a sign of his failure.
- Segovia Cathedral
The Cathedral of Santa Maria was first built in 1525 but wasn’t completed until 1768. Considered the last masterpiece of Basque-Castilian Gothic architecture style built in Spain it’s massive and beautiful inside, with a Neo-classic style made of marble and bronze. The Cathedral has many rooms including a treasure room (Cathedral museum) filled with various gold pieces, a large library collection (including the first book ever printed in Spain called: Sinodal de Aguilafuente, by Juan Parix in 1472) and 18 chapel rooms in total. The entrance is € 1.50 but with plenty of beautiful glass stained windows it is worth the donation.
- The Alcazar
The fairytale Segovia Castle was first build during Roman times but occupied by the Moors starting in the 12th century. The Castle was rebuilt many times and today looks like the bow of a ship. It has served as a residence for Queen Isabella (she was proclaimed queen here and King Ferdinand proposed to her there), a prison and also a military college. Walt Disney himself used this castle as inspiration for Cinderella’s Castle.
- Casa de los Picos House
This famous palace is covered by granite blocks carved into pyramid-shapes which is an interesting architectural structure from the rest of the city. Today the building is the Segovia Art School on Calle de Juan Bravo.
- Plaza Mayor
Every city in Spain has a Plaza Mayor that represents the center of the town, filled with shops, cafés, restaurants and usually a beautiful view. In Segovia all the streets lead to the Plaza and you can enjoy a caña on the terrace while taking in the breathtaking Cathedral.
Where to eat:
- Casa Cándido: Plaza Azoguejo, 5
This is by far the nicest and most expensive restaurant in Segovia with the most tender cochinillo asado al estilo de cándido, Cándido Style Segovia Suckling Pig, which is the famous dish from Segovia. The menu also includes other traditional Spanish meats, fish, soup and salads. Located right next to the Aqueduct with a beautiful view on the terrace in true Segovian style.
- José María: Calle Cronista Lecea, 11
Another very famous restaurant for cochinillo also featuring a menu del día (menu of the day), located right off Plaza Mayor it is located right in the center of the city.
- La Codorniz: Calle de los Hermanos Barral, 1-3
Typical Spanish style restaurant located in the winding streets and won’t disappoint with it’s tasty menu.
What to buy:
- Ponche Segoviano, delicious cake from Segovia, try the Pastelería Acueducto, Paseo Ezequiel González, 25 to sink your teeth into one.
- Typical souvenir shops filled with hand painted clay pots, plates, jugs and hand woven baskets. They also sell small baby pig statues to remember your delicious meal! (Poor little piggies)