Day trip to Segovia Spain: A day of stepping back into Medieval times

Day trip to Segovia Spain

Day trip to Segovia Spain

We rose early to catch the morning train from Madrid to Segovia! It took us about 30 minutes to arrive to this city of aqueducts and bull fights. Thankfully, no bull fights were happening on our visit. Ernest Hemingway was infatuated with the bull fights of Spain but I see it as a horrific act of inflicting pain on these poor bulls.

Anyway, the train station is set a bit out of the way so you must take a bus into town. My first impression of Segovia, at least at the train station, was “hmm… this is a mountainous Sahara”. We caught Bus #11 for 2 euros each and they dropped us off at the Roman aqueducts of Segovia.

We began sightseeing in the Old City. There were souvenir shops and restaurants geared towards tourists near the aqueducts. However, as you venture further into the heart of the cobble stoned town, the locals spoke mostly Spanish. I was pleased to see that these restaurant menus were not in English. Finally, a chance to practice more Spanish! So, what should you see with only one day to spend in Segovia? Have a look!

Day trip to Segovia Spain

Catedral de Segovia

The location of the Catedral offers commanding views of the surrounding Sierra de Guadarrama foothills. It was the last Gothic cathedral built in Spain. There are 18 chapels articulately designed and, my favorite part, an Archive Room that preserves more than 500 antique books, including the Sinodal de Aguilafuente, the first book printed in Spain. The cathedral is in the Plaza Mayor in the center of the Old Town. Of course, there are numerous sidewalk cafes within this large plaza.*

Address: Plaza Mayor, Segovia

The Alcázar

The Alcázar served as the residence of King Alfonso VIII in the 12th century, and in the 13th century, the building was enhanced in the Gothic style for John II and Henry IV. *

Tourists can also ascend the Tower of John II to take in stunning panoramas of the town, the Sierra de Guadarrama, and the Meseta. They were breathtaking! You were able to see the full spectrum of this fortified city. I can imagine how well protected this place was as it is situated on a craggy, rocky hill!*

Address: Plaza de la Reina Victoria Eugenia, Segovia

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Aqueducts

Built during the “Flavio” period around 50 AD, the aqueduct channeled water 17 kilometers from the Acebeda River in the Sierra de Fuenfría mountains through a deep valley to the ancient city. There are 167 amazingly crafted arches!*

The aqueducts were some of the most incredible architecture I’ve seen thus far in Europe.

Address: Plaza del Azoguejo, Segovia

La Muralla Ramparts

Segovia is surrounded by arduous ramparts dating back to the 11th century. The ramparts feature blind arches, towers, and gates with horseshoe arches. Three of the old entrance gates remain: San Andrés gate, San Cebrián Gate, and Santiago Gate. (So I totally can’t find photos from the Ramparts but I think there are shots in my video above!)

Address: 2 – 3 Plaza del Socorro, Segovia

 

It was so hot that we often took refuge in shaded nooks and crannies of the city! Most of the sidewalk cafes were covered and out of the sun.  There are at least 6 other Iglesias (churches) in the town and 1 monasterio (monastery).

We were back on the evening train to Madrid by 6 pm and felt lucky to have gotten the chance to see this city trapped in history! I recommend no more than a day here. That is plenty of time to see the sights and sample the cuisine! Our Day trip to Segovia Spain was quite the time travel!

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Comments

  1. Meg Cale says:

    The architecture in Segovia is so incredibly gorgeous. I’d love to visit here this year when I do my Europe trip.

  2. Céline says:

    Wow I never even heard of this city 🙂 But it looks lovely.
    xx
    Céline blogging on http://www.smultronstaellen.com

    1. Maegan says:

      I am so glad I found this place while in MAdrid!
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  3. Leigh says:

    Those aquaducts are amazing – it’s crazy to think how these were constructed and used so long ago! I love the “day trip” idea and need to do a better job of this on my travels!

    1. Maegan says:

      I know, that is what Michael and I kept saying! So amazing! Yep,the day trip thing is our signature lol (We are fast-paced travelers)

  4. Place looks beautiful, so much history!

  5. Daniela says:

    Spain has incredibly beautiful old towns. I’ve never been to Segovia but your article makes me want to visit it. The Cathedral and the ramparts look most impressive. So full of history.

    1. Maegan says:

      It was a town set in time! So, stunning and yet, sleepy.

  6. Kris says:

    I’ve always wanted to visit Spain, also partially to practice my Spanish. I spent a lot of years studying it in school, but in all of my travels, I’ve never visited anywhere where I could use it. There’s so much incredible scenery and history there, and I’d especially like to see that aqueduct.

    1. Maegan says:

      I’ve so enjoyed using my Spanish on this trip! It all comes back to you when you are immersed!

  7. Stefanie says:

    I was about to ask you how much time one should spend in Segovia, but I got to the end, and you answered my question! Thanks for the glimpse into a day’s visit from Madrid! I cannot wait get there myself! 🙂

    1. Maegan says:

      It was such an easy day trip! Have fun!

  8. Ashfina says:

    Spain is on my friend’s list and he has been asking me for longest time now. After this I guess I should add this on my list too 🙂
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    1. Maegan says:

      Yes, Spain is incredible and I cannot wait to return! It was VERY HOT in August though, FYI!

  9. I’ve only been to Barcelona in Spain but I loved it!! This looks like an amazing part to visit. P.s…totally agree with you on the bull fighting 🙁 Ugh.

    1. Maegan says:

      I know! It’s heartbreaking to see how they “tame” the bulls…I read too much! 🙁

  10. I’d never heard of Segovia but it looks like a great day trip. I do love an aqueduct, or viaduct. Either really! What was the best thing you ate during your day?

    1. Maegan says:

      This was an incredible structure! It wasn’t what we ate but the espresso we drank that was amazing!

  11. Incredible architecture! And – I know this is a boring observation, but – the weather looks incredible!! I could do with a bit of Spanish sunshine right now 🙂 I might not have otherwise considered a day trip to Segovia, so thank you for sharing!

    1. Maegan says:

      Well make sure to visit in August…we had a little too much sunshine lol We loved our trip and look forward to visiting again!

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