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Segovia, whose old city and Roman aqueduct have been granted World Heritage status by UNESCO, is located on a highland between the Ersma and Clamores rivers. In addition to the famous Aqueduct, the city offers a majestic landscape overlooking Castilian country as well as many Romanesque churches, the cathedral and the citadel. The modern Parador de Turismo hotel is one of the best spots for travellers to try the city's quintessential dish: suckling pig. Segovia is also an excellent starting point to travel through the province and see La Granja palace or Las Hoces del Río Duratón Nature Reserve, among other options.

After serving as a military trading centre under the Roman Empire, Segovia saw its golden era during the Middle Ages, becoming a place of residence for the Trastámara royal court and an important livestock and textile centre. Many of the Romanesque buildings date from this period - a rich heritage that has been conserved to the present day.

The Roman Aqueduct serves as the gateway to the historical centre of Segovia at Plaza del Azoguejo. This jewel of engineering was built during the Roman Empire ( 1st century) and transported water to the high city from 15 kilometres away. Its highest point is 29 metres high and the 163 arches are supported by stone blocks from the Sierra de Guadarrama without any mortar, lead or cement.

What to see...

  • Segovia Aqueduct. Unique and magnificent, the Segovia Aqueduct is one of the grandest constructions left by the Romans in their vast empire. It was built to carry the water from the mountains to Segovia, is an heraldic symbol of the city and legend attributed its construction to the devil.
  • Citadel of Segovia. Its outline appears like an imaginary boat on the high ground surrounded by the Eresma and Clamores rivers, garlanded by the ochre and blue of the plain and mountain range. It is preceded by landscaped gardens housing the monument erected to the heroes of the Peninsular War Daoiz and Velarde, a work by the Segovia sculptor Aniceto Marinas. The Casa de la Química laboratory, built in the Enlightenment and a centre of research for Louis Proust, lies to the left.
  • Segovia Cathedral. The Plaza Mayor is framed by the beautiful pinnacles of the cathedral apse and is an evening gathering point for the storks. Built in a late Gothic style, construction work began in 1525 with the disinterested collaboration of Segovia's residents, under the supervision of the architects from the Gil de Hontañón family. It replaced the old cathedral which was located in what are now the gardens of the citadel; the old building was destroyed in the Revolt of the Comuneros in 1520.
  • The Jewish Quarter. The year 1215 unequivocally marks the Jewish presence in Segovia. Nonetheless, this presence surely dates back to the late 11th century.
  • The City Walls. The city wall enclosing the city, running over 3,000 metres, begins and ends in the citadel.
  • Church of La Vera Cruz. On the way from Zamarramala is the Church of La Vera Cruz, founded by the Knights of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre in 1208, although popular myth has always attributed it to the Templar Knights.
  • Monastery of San Antonio el Real. Henry IV had a hunting lodge here, which he donated to the Franciscan friars in 1455. When the latter abandoned it in 1488, it was taken over by nuns of the Order of Saint Clare. At an angle to the Plateresque façade, adorned with kneeling figures of the Catholic Monarchs, is the Isabelline Gothic entrance to the church comprising three arches - one diminished, one ogee and one trefoil - under Moorish eaves.

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The 'Amigos de Segovia' tourist card

If you are thinking of spending the night in the city, this card offers you discounts at different hotels when you make your booking. The same goes for many partner restaurants and shops.

Enjoy free and discounted tickets to monuments testifying to the history of the city. The Royal Mint of Segovia, the House Museum of Antonio Machado or the Puppet Collection of Francisco Peralta are just some of the attractions you can visit by showing your card at the entrance.

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