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Segovia Aqueduct (Castilla y León)

Segovia

At the foot of the Aqueduct

Segovia

An impressive aqueduct from the days of the Roman Empire marks the entrance to this fairy-tale Castilian city, with the Sierra de Guadarrama in the background. 

After the initial amazement at this magnificent feat of engineering, with 167 arches held together only by the balance of forces, it’s time to visit towers, Romanesque churches, synagogues, Renaissance palaces, convents, gardens, hidden courtyards, a fortress which could have inspired the creators at Disney… In Segovia you don’t need a bus to see them all. You can enjoy each step and make the most of the walk.

Why is it a World Heritage Site?

You just need to stroll around the town to see why the old quarter of Segovia and the Aqueduct make up a World Heritage site. In a walk along the city walls you can see the Casa de los Picos, the Alhóndiga, Torreón de Lozoya, the church of San Martín… The first must-see is the Cathedral, known as the “lady of the cathedrals”, and the sensation of travelling through time continues with the mansions of noble families in the Caballeros district and the narrow streets of the former Jewish quarter.The second essential stop: the Alcázar, a castle with hidden passageways that seems straight out of a novel. We strongly recommend climbing the 152 steps of the spiral staircase in the Tower of Juan II. When you get to the top, the views are unique, and you begin to understand why some people compare this tower with the prow of a boat cutting through the waves, and why they say that Snow White’s castle at Disneyland was inspired by this Alcázar.Enjoying the streets of Segovia is wonderful, but if you go a little further out, you can find one of the viewing points to see the city from a distance, and feel the magic even more.

Cultural life, and for lunch… suckling pig

Apart from its monuments, the city has a wide range of cultural attractions all year, and its streets and other spaces always have music, dance, theatre or literature to enjoy. Its best known festivals include Titirimundi, the Segovia Music Festival and the Hay Festival. As well as traditional museums like the Antonio Machado House-Museum (the famous writer lived here from 1919 to 1932), surprising new spaces are emerging, like La Cárcel, a former prison which now offers exhibitions, film seasons, microtheatre, and so on.If you want something traditional for lunch, the most famous local dish is suckling pig in the legendary Mesón Cándido or in some new restaurant contributing a touch of modernity. If you prefer, you can visit a Michelin starred restaurant like Villena.One last piece of advice. Around 10 kilometres from the city, you can take an excursion we recommend highly: La Granja de San Ildefonso, with a Royal Palace and spectacular gardens.

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How to get to aeroplane

  • The nearest airports to Segovia are:

  • Madrid-Barajas Airport, 87 kilometres away.

  • Villanubla-Valladolid Airport, 125 kilometres away.

  • Salamanca Airport, 164 kilometres away.

How to get to bus

  • There are coaches from Segovia to cities like Madrid, Ávila, Salamanca and Valladolid, operated by the companies Avanza and Linecar.

  • The bus and coach station is located on Paseo Ezequiel González, 12 (+34 921436782). It is approximately a 10-minute walk to the city’s historic quarter.

How to get to train

  • The high-speed train between Madrid and Segovia makes the trip in just half an hour. The train departs from Madrid-Chamartín Station.

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  • Segovia railway station is located on Calle Obispo Quesada s/n. It is approximately a 20-minute walk to the city’s historic quarter.

  • Bus route 12 runs between the AVE station and the city centre.

  • Bus route 11 runs between the AVE station and the Aqueduct.

How to get there by road

  • From Madrid, take the A6 towards A Coruña until you reach kilometre 88. Then continue on the AP-61. The journey by car takes about an hour and 20 minutes.

  • Other roads that connect to Segovia:

  • National roads: N-110: Soria-Plasencia, N-603: San Rafael-Segovia, N-I / E05: Madrid – Irún (Santo Tomé del Puerto) and N-VI: Madrid-La Coruña (San Rafael).

  • Regional roads: CL-601 and M-601: Valladolid – Segovia – Madrid (via Navacerrada) and CL-605: Segovia – Arévalo – Zamora.

  • Motorway: A-601: Valladolid-Segovia.

  • Toll motorway: The AP-51 (toll motorway) runs between Ávila and the small town of Villacastín in Segovia.

Practical information

  • The tourist card “Friends of Segovia” can be purchased online or in person at the city’s Visitor Centre (Calle Azoguejo, 1). It offers free entry and discounts at hotels, restaurants, shops, craft shops, museums, active tourism companies and Segovia tourist products. It is valid for one year.

How to get around in bus

  • 12 daytime routes and a night-owl bus running from 23:00 to 06:50.

  • Bus route 12 runs between the AVE station and the city centre.

  • Bus route 11 runs between the AVE station and the Aqueduct.

  • The number 10 bus route runs from the historic quarter to the Aqueduct.

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How to get around in other means of transport

  • Taxi. Apart from the regular services, there are tourist taxis and tours of Viewpoints, Palaces and Castles.

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