Segovia, whose old quarter and Roman aqueduct have been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, lies on high ground between the Eresma and Clamores Rivers. In addition to its famous aqueduct, numerous Romanesque churches, the cathedral and Alcázar fortress go to form this magnificent landscape that presides over this part of Castile. Its modern Parador Hotel is one of the best places for the visitor to savour the city's most traditional dish: roast suckling pig. Moreover, Segovia is an excellent starting point to tour the province and visit the La Granja Palace, as well as the Gorges of the Duratón River Nature Reserve, among other attractions.
Having been a trading centre under the Roman Empire, Segovia reached its period of greatest splendour during the Middle Ages, on becoming the court residence of the Trastamaras, as well as an important centre of livestock and textile activity. It was during this period that a great many of the local Romanesque buildings were built, a rich heritage that has come down to us today.
The Roman aqueduct in Azoguejo square, serves as the main entrance to the historic quarter of Segovia. This engineering gem, built under the Roman Empire (1st century AD), carried water to the elevated city from some 15 Km away. Its 163 arches and its height, some 29 m at its higest point, are supported by blocks of stone from the Sierra de Guadarrama mountains that are completely plaster, lead and mortar free.
Segovia province provides the visitor with several routes that will enable the visitor to get to know its history, art and culture. La Granja de San Ildefonso palace, the Valsaín Nature Visitor Centre and Riofrío palace and wood are just some of the attractions to be found on the Royal Site Tour. The Mudéjar Route familiarises you with this peculiar artistic style in places such as Santa María la Real de la Nieva, Coca and Cuellar. Another of the major attractions in Segovia is its Castle Route, where, in addition to going to see the defensive architecture of both Turégano and Castilnovo, we can also pay a visit to places with a specifically Medieval flavour such as Fuentepelayo and Sepúlveda. The exceptional scenery at Gorges of Duratón River Nature Reserve, and its Santiago church, will no doubt delight the most demanding of visitors. Should you wish to familairise yourself with the local, traditional architecture, you could do no better than going on the Mountain Villages Route, which will take you to places such as Sotosalbos, Pedraza and Riaza.
Anywhere throughout the length and breadth of the province is a good place to savour Segovian cuisine. To the giant broad beans from La Granja, Castilian soup (garic and bread) and roast suckling pig and lamb, we can also add casseroles and game dishes. Both the Cantimpalo chorizo sausage and Segovian punch will no doubt live up to their well-earned fame. Ribera del Duero Designation of Origin wines excellently accompany these Segovian delicacies.
The Parador Hotel restaurant in Segovia offers a wide menu from which we can choose to sample some of these dishes, prepared in a wood-fired oven. Its modern facilities provide visitors with marvellous views of the city.
The card "Friends of Segovia", which allows access to discounts and favorable terms in over a hundred restaurants and shops, will extend its offer and service portfolio, especially related to local rural tourism in the province of Segovia. This new impetus to the card, a tourism product developed three years ago by the municipal enterprise "Segovia Tourism" will occur through an agreement that involves the incorporation of the Provincial Tourism project, managed by the Provincial Council of Segovia.