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Segovia (city)

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Segovia (city)

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2000 year old Roman Aqueduct in the centre of Segovia

Segovia is a historic Spanish town in Segovia in Spain.

The city of Segovia is set on a rock escarpment overlooking the local area. This made the town a good defensive site for a castle, but created a problem with water supply that resulted in an aqueduct. Together, these are the two key attractions that make Segovia a must-see, and the reason why the city is UNESCO listed.

Get in[edit]

By train[edit]

The train ride from Madrid to Segovia is beautiful. Look out for the bulls!

...or ride the Sepulvedana for 12 Euros round trip from Madrid

Get around[edit]

There is a tourism office at the foot of the Roman Aqueduct and a travel office on the Plaza Mayor.

See[edit][add listing]

Make sure to see the following internationally-renowned attractions:

  • Roman Aqueduct - Probably built around 50AD, Segovia's Roman aqueduct is one of the best preserved in the world. It was built without cement, and still runs for over a mile from the old town through the modern suburbs. In rises to a great height just outside the old town where it crosses a valley. To appreciate it best, walk up into the newer town and look down it to the old town.
  • Alcazar - A fairytale castle from the 11th century said to have inspired Walt Disney. It is located at the far end of the old town overlooking the junction of two rivers. Its definitely worth going inside to see the beautiful interiors, although its worth bearing in mind that it was rebuilt after a fire in the 1800's.

One of the more impressive exhibits inside the castle is a full-scale model of a mounted knight, fully armored and riding an armored horse. Until you have seen this, it is difficult to appreciate the threat of such an attack.

  • City walls - Solid city walls that isolate the old town from modern life, keeping out all but a few cars. Outside the walls is a city park that provides great views of the city.
  • Cathedral - A spectacular construction in the main square.

Do[edit][add listing]

Make sure to visit the Roman Aqueduct, the Gothic Cathredral, and the Castle.

If you're there for a while, you can visit the Claustro, a local art museum.

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Eat[edit][add listing]

Be sure to try the delicious venison dishes.

Segovia's local delicacy is "cochinillo" which is slow-roast suckling pig. To demonstrate the pig's tenderness, it is often cut with a plate, as depicted in a local statue.

During the summer, if you walk in the old section of town, you're also sure to spot numerous ice cream carts.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Usually there will be sangria but there is plenty of other local Spain drinks.

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