Located between the River Eresma and River Clamores, Segovia is a fairytale-like city declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Dating back to Roman times and experiencing a golden age during the Middle Ages, when it became the seat of the Court of Trastámara, Segovia has a unique cultural and artistic heritage.
On account of this and much more, this destination is definitely worth a visit. Let us fill you in on what to see and do in Segovia. Are you ready?
What to see in Segovia
If you are considering a train trip to Segovia and you're not sure where to start, we have prepared 7 essential places to see in Segovia, although there are many more fascinating attractions.
- Segovia aqueduct. Undoubtedly the star of Segovia, it is both unique and magnificent. Segovia aqueduct is one of the greatest works that the Romans constructed during their 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.
- Alcázar of Segovia. The Alcázar, located on a hill at the point where the River Clamores and the River Eresma meet, is next to the aqueduct, the main tourist attraction in Segovia. This fairytale castle, whose origins date back to Roman times, has been restored and expanded by the different Spanish monarchs over the centuries, since its construction in the Middle Ages.
- Segovia cathedral. The Cathedral, known as the Lady of the Cathedrals, is located in the Plaza Mayor. Gothic in style and erected between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries, its 88-meter-high tower and numerous pinnacles are particularly impressive. Its elegant interior is home to 157 stained glass windows and a collection of tapestries.
- Jewish Quarter. The Jewish quarter is the neighbourhood where the Jewish community lived between the eleventh century until their expulsion in 1492. Taking a stroll through this neighbourhood's streets and enjoying buildings that remain standing to this day, including the former Synagogue, is a luxury.
- The City Wall. 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. Gothic in style, it is one of the most important religious buildings in Segovia. It is home to multiple works of art that have seen it converted into a museum.
What to do in Segovia
Segovia has something in store to suit all tastes. Its many attractions mean it is perfect for participating in different activities. Here are just a few of them.
Segovia is also an excellent starting point to travel through the province and see Palacio de La Granja or Las Hoces del Río Duratón Nature Reserve, among other options. Take an excursion around Segovia and soak up its incredible nature, with multiple hiking or cycling routes suited to all levels.
Segovia is clearly a cultural destination. It is home to several museums and exhibitions displaying different types of works that are well worth a visit. The Museum of Segovia, the Esteban Vicente Museum of Contemporary Art, the Antonio Machado House-Museum, the Zuolaga Museum and many more await.
If after so much sightseeing you need to recharge your batteries, Segovia is the place for you. Time to sample its incredible local cuisine. A traditional suckling pig accompanied by the best local wine will leave you ready to continue discovering the best that Segovia has to offer.
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