Segovia is a town in Spain, known for its Aqueduct. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The city of Segovia is located 50 miles northwest from Madrid and is only one hour away by bus, two hours by train (Cercanias) or thirty minutes by AVE (high speed train). Note that it shares its name with the province of which it is the capital.
Buses between Segovia and Madrid operated by Avanza run frequently depending on time of day and day of the week (€4.05 each way). In Madrid, they arrive/depart from Moncloa bus station. The Segovia bus station is called Segovia Estacio, the main bus station will immediate access to the old town. In December 2007, a new high-speed train line was opened connecting Segovia to many Spanish cities, in particular Madrid (30 minutes) and Valladolid (40 minutes). The new AVE (high-speed train) station is called Segovia-Guiomar and is 5km from the city, with a bus link every 15 minutes from the aqueduct.
Trains to Segovia from Madrid are typically an extension of the C-8b suburban rail line (beyond Cercedilla), and cost around €6 for a one-way ticket. You can board a train heading for Segovia from several stations in Madrid (e.g. Atocha and Chamartin). Bus number 8 takes you from the train station to town centre.
The new Ave train from Madrid goes to a different station, it goes to the new Segovia-Guiomar Station or known as Segovia AVE station, which is around 6 km from the city center. Take the bus number 11 (costs €2, flat rate ), that drops you at the Roman Aqueduct, which is pretty much the city center and a good starting point. The bus is coordinated with the arrival of the train takes about 20 minutes to reach the aqueduct.
Bus number 12 takes you to the central bus station (€2).
Segovia is 91km northwest of Madrid on AP-6 (to San Rafael) and AP-61 the rest of the way north of San Rafael (€6.75 toll). The road enters into town, from the southeast as Carretera de la Granja (past bullring) or along Avenida de la Constitucion. It is recommended to find parking in the surrounding suburbs of town or plan on staying in a hotel in the outskirts as many provide parking and then using taxis or buses to get into town. Driving and parking in the historic central part of town is more difficult as the streets and alleys are not made for modern day cars. Get on Hwy SG-20 before entering into town to bi-pass the town to get on A-601 continuing north towards Valladolid or the N-110 if going south towards Avila.
The walled Old Town is easily accessible on foot. Note that driving and parking in the central Old Town and the immediate area is inconvenient and difficult. Note the addresses have "C/" in front of the street name which means "Calle" or "Street".
- Alcázar  was built sometime around the 11th Century. The current facade was built by Phillip II. The Alcázar's interior is decorated in a variety of styles including Romansque, Gothic, Mudejar, and Renaissance. The Alcázar has played a very interesting and important role in Spanish history. It has had a variety of uses throughout history including: the home of the royal court of the Trastamara Dynasty, residence of Isabella the Catholic, the site of the wedding of Phillip II, home of the Spanish Artillery Academy, and currently as a museum and home of the Spanish General Military Archive. The Alcázar is also widely known for scenes from the Orson Welles film Chimes at Midnight, which were filmed on its premises. Entry €5.50 for the palace and/or €2.50 to climb the tower. Open 10:00-18:30.
- Aqueduct was built by the Romans around the late 1st Century AD to supply water to the roman military fort on the hill. The Aqueduct's highest point is 28 meters in Azoguejo Square.
- Casa de los Picos "The House of the Points" is a house located in the old city decorated with pyramid shaped points on the facade. The facade dates from the renaissance.
- Cathedral Segovia's cathedral was built in the Gothic style. Construction on the Cathedral was started in 1525 and completed in 1768. Visiting hours Nov-Mar 9AM-5:30PM, Apr-Oct 9AM-6:30PM. Entry €3 (includes cloister and museum).
- Azoguejo Square is where you can see the aqueduct of Segovia in all of its glory. The aqueduct reaches its highest point of 28 meters in the middle of the square. The square is a great starting point for your exploration in Segovia.
- Museo de Segovia, C/ Socorro 11, Tel 921 460 613/15, [email protected] The "Museum of Segovia" contains artefacts, models, and art related to the history, culture, lifestyle, etc of the city and the surrounding region. Visiting hours Su 10AM-2PM; Tu-Sa 10AM-2PM and either 4PM-7PM (Oct-Jun) or 5PM-8PM (Jul-Sep). Entry €1.20.
- Royal Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso Is an 18th century palace in in the small town of San Ildefonso located 13km from the city, formerly the summer residence of the Kings of Spain since the reign of Philip V. The palace is in a restrained baroque style surrounded by extensive gardens in the French manner and sculptural fountains. Extending over 1,500 acres, the gardens around the palace are one of the best examples of 18th-century European garden design.
You can buy nice pottery, typical not only of Segovia but of Castilla as a whole. Take a look at the botijos, for storing fresh water.
Segovia has many of the same famous dishes as the rest of Castilla. There are several dishes that are worth trying:
- "Cochinillo", roasted suckling pig.
- "Cordero", roasted Lamb
- Salads made from local vegetables and cheeses
- "Judiones": a big bean stew
- Sausages: cured and cooked, with seasoned pork
- Tapas: Yes! there are tapas away from Madrid.
- Fish: good restaurants of Segovia have very good fish dishes. If you can, try the seasoned verdel. This is usually served as a little hors d'oeuvres while you take a look to the menu.
The typical restaurants in Segovia (and in Castilla as a whole) are called mesones. There are some examples:
- Meson Candido, Azoguejo, 5, ☎ +34 921 42-59-11, . One of the most famous mesones edit
- Restaurante Jose Maria, Cronista Lecea, 11 (Near Plaza Mayor), ☎ +34 921 461 111, . An excellent meson. It is almost impossible to get a table if you do not call in advance edit
- Meson Duque, C/ Cervantes, 12 ((near Acueducto)), ☎ +34 921 46-24-87, . One of the most prestigious and the oldest one, since 1895 edit
You will find also another kind of restaurants:
- Cafeteria Orly, Bajada del Carmen, 2, ☎ 921 46 13 18. edit
Also, try the local desserts. The ponche segoviano and the natillas are something you will not forget. You will find the original ponche at:
Pasteleria El Alcazar. Look for it in the Plaza Mayor edit
You will find also excellent restaurants in all the Segovia province. For example:
- La venta vieja, Ctra.Nac-603 Km.80. Ortigosa Del Monte. An excellent (but a bit pricey) meson in the middle of the Castillian plains edit
- Restaurante Bar Marcial, Ctra. Nac. 110, Km. 227. Villacastin. Very good meals edit
- La Postal, C/ Sacramento, 22, Zamarramala (1km outside of Segovia.), ☎ 921 12 03 29, . Best views of Segovia and great food & drink. Can't miss!! edit
Try the red wine and the "Ribera del Duero" in particular. There are also good white wines which are perfect with a good fish dish. If you have to drive, the bottled water is also excellent. Moreover, for people who like them, strong liquors are offered at the end of a good meal, after the almost mandatory coffee.
Segovia city also has the DYC whisky distillery. The 10 year old whisky has a good reputation among the local population.
- La Almuzara, Marques del Arco 3 (Near the cathedral), ☎ 921460622. This is a very vegetarian friendly and cosy restaurant with good and healthy food, near the cathedral. 15. edit
- Hotel AR Los Arcos, Pº Ezequiel González, 26 40002 Segovia, ☎ +34 921 43 74 62, . edit
- Hostal SotoPalacio, Calle Segovia 15, 40154 Madrona (Corner of C/ Segovia & C/ Prado de la Mancha in Madrona, 8km SW of Segovia, south of Hwy N-110), ☎ +34 921 48-51-00, . The SotoPalacio is a familiar and very comfortable Hostal that count on a total of 12 Rooms totally equipped for your comfort and rest. edit
- Hostal Bar Plaza, C/ Cronista Lecea, 11 Junto Pza. Mayor 40001 Segovia (72m from the SE corner of the Plaza Mayor along C/ Cronista Lecea, past C/ la Cabriteria), ☎ +34 921 46-03-03, . Just off the main square (Plaza Mayor), they have clean, comfortable rooms, nearly hotel quality, at reasonable prices. edit