Segovia, capital of Castile and León, is one of the last strongholds of Roman and Gothic relics. Come meet her.
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It may not be the most touristic or even famous destination within the Iberian Peninsula, but Segovia has a unique historical and gastronomic experience.
Just over an hour from Madrid, discovering this city can be a traditional and historic addition to the Spanish capital. So, when making plans for a longer trip to central Spain, take the opportunity to include Segovia on the map.
Therefore, we present you the various monuments and architectural landmarks to visit, as well as the best restaurants. Finally, and because it will be necessary to rest from so much walking, we leave you three suggestions for different wallets.
What to visit in Segovia
Aqueduct of Segovia
It is, without a doubt, the ex libris of the city, despite having strong competition! This is one of the most iconic and well-preserved works of civil engineering from the Roman Empire in Spain.
Over 2,000 years old, a visit to the Segovia Aqueduct is also a visit to times gone by.
The aqueduct of Segovia also serves as an urban landmark in this Spanish city, as it marks the beginning of the historic area. Naturally, with the influx of tourists, trade also ended up flourishing in this area, and it is also the area with the liveliest atmosphere.
Alcazar of Segovia
Closely linked to the Spanish monarchy, this fortress was the scene of many important historical events. Examples of this are the proclamation of D. Isabel the Catholic as queen of Castile in 1474 or the royal marriage of Philip II to Ana of Austria in 1570.
Being close to the historic center of the city, the Alcázar is located on a hill, between the Clamores and Eresma rivers. And although it is not a traditional Spanish castle – more similar to the German ones – it still justifies a visit inside.
Inside it is possible to observe war material and other artefacts related to medieval times. The climb to the Alcázar is also worth it for the view from the top of the city of Segovia.
Originating in 1525 and marked by the late Gothic style of the time, this Cathedral is known as the Lady of Cathedrals. The name was given by Emilio Castelar, President of the First Spanish Republic. The reasons for such an epithet will certainly be visible to all: a beautiful and elegant building, full of small chapels (18), all with a high level of detail.
Located in the heart of the city, it is possible and recommended to climb the Cathedral tower. From this highest point, take a deep breath and enjoy the panoramic and unobstructed view over the capital of Castile and León.
Royal Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso
Finally, and already outside the city, it is worth visiting this space. It is a Baroque palace surrounded by beautiful French-style gardens. For several centuries, it served as the home of the Spanish monarchy, namely until Carlos III decided to move to the, at the time still to be built, Royal Palace of Madrid.
As its name implies, the Palace is located in the city of San Ildefonso, 12 kilometers from Segovia. If you don’t have your own vehicle, there are many excursions from the city center to this royal monument.
where to eat
Taberna Lopez is one of the best known restaurants in the city. Reviews on specialized websites invariably result in 5 stars and the reason is the tasty delicacies that make up the menu. The traditional delicacy is also the area’s specialty: cochinillo, the Spanish equivalent of suckling pig.
Not being exactly a tavern, some typical elements have been preserved, such as the wooden structure and the warm and close service.
If the first suggestion isn’t enough, and because we think you really should try suckling pig in Segovia, try the Asador Maribel. The appearance of the house specialty makes it almost impossible to choose an option other than the typical cochinillo.
In addition to the ingredients to taste, the view is also well served by the spectacular landscape. For this, guarantee the opportunity to sit outside.
With a more international touch, a piglet break can be had in Pasapán. The varied menu of this “21st century traditional cuisine” restaurant is an excellent calling card. In addition to the appearance of the dishes prepared, the personalized service and the pleasant atmosphere.
With 5 starsO Eurostars Convento Capuchinos it is a chance to take into account for those who prefer space, comfort and proximity to the center.
Also in a very central position, the Hotel Real Segoviain 4 starspresents itself with a good solution in terms of quality/price.
Finally, the sunny Don Felipe Hotelin 3 starsis a more economical but equally interesting choice.