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Segovia is a hidden gem located in central Spain. It is only 1 hours drive away from Madrid and if you use the high speed trains you can actually do the journey in an impressive 30 minutes. However, you may prefer to use the opportunity to take in the sites along the way and enjoy a wine tour on the way to Segovia from Madrid, learning about the history, tasting local wines and indulging in a Segovia top dish too. Which ever way you choose to travel there you will sure to be impressed once you arrive and will find an abundance of things to keep you busy. Here are our top 6 things to do in Segovia that we think should be added to every itinerary.
Wander through the Old Town
Regardless of how much time you have to spend exploring Segovia a wonder through the old town is a must. Especially as it doesn’t require any pre booking or additional charges. If you can take your time to stroll through the narrow medieval streets of Segovia’s Old Town and enjoy the charming squares, historic buildings, and local shops. It’s also the perfect place to sit and enjoy a drink whilst basking in the sun if you have the time.
Visit the Aqueduct of Segovia:
Whilst in the old town take a trip to Segovia’s most famous landmark, the Aqueduct, and marvel at this impressive Roman engineering feat. It is believed to date back to the 1st or 2nd century AD when it was built to transport water from the Rio Frio River. It’s one of the best-preserved ancient monuments in Spain and is well worth a visit.
Explore the Alcázar of Segovia
Whether you are a Disney fan or not visiting the the fairy-tale-like castle that served as an inspiration for Walt Disney’s Cinderella Castle will stop you in your tracks. The Alcázar is perched on a rocky crag and offers stunning views of the city, originally built in the 11th Century by the Almoravid dynasty it has since be used for a umber of reasons including as a palace and as a prison.
Visit the Cathedral of Segovia
The Cathedral of Segovia is situated in the main square. This Roman Catholic Cathedral was built in the 16th Century in the very impressive gothic style and dedicated to Virgin Mary. Today it is open to the public so you can admire it from both inside and out. Just remember to book your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.
Explore the Jewish Quarter
Take a walk through the former Jewish Quarter, La Juderia, known for its picturesque streets and historical significance. It is a fascinating place that highlights how two religions once lived side by side. To truly appreciate the Jewish Quarter we recommend you book o to a walking tour and immerse yourself in the true story of the place.
The coining House
The coining House is a former Royal Mint House that dates back to the 1500’s. You can explore this historical building, and learn about the coin minting process. This is an educational and fun trip which will answer questions you never knew you had.
Remember to take your time and soak in the rich history and culture that Segovia has to offer.