A Day Trip to Segovia
Segovia is a beautiful town located in the Castille and Leon region of Spain close to the capital; Madrid. It is a beautiful town famous for its aqueduct, Gothic cathedral and Alcazar or castle.
Fun Fact: The castle of Segovia or Alcazar was one of the templates for the castle of Cinderella by Disney.
This beautiful city makes the perfect day trip from Madrid and can be explored on foot in a day with lots to see and do. I visited at the end of February which was the perfect time with beautiful spring weather and trees blossoming. It gets quite hot here during summer and spring was the perfect choice for me.
Check out my Vlog about the Segovia trip below on YouTube.
Getting to Segovia from Madrid
Segovia is very close to Madrid and it is very easy to get to Madrid with high-speed trains and buses both. I purchased my train tickets in advance via Trainline online.
Note: Trainline prices are higher than the official Renfe prices. Use Chrome browser to open the Renfe website because it is quite bad and only in Spanish, I think. You can also buy tickets at the spot which can be tricky in high season. You can use the email version of tickets and don’t need the printed version.
The trains leave from Charmatin station in Madrid and take roughly 30 minutes to arrive in Segovia Guiomar station. The train station is quite far from the city centre. When I arrived there were 2 buses waiting to take people to city centre. I took bus 11 to the Aqueduct which is the perfect point to start the day. The ticket was €2 each way.
Food in Segovia
This is the heart of Spain and typical Spanish food is available everywhere but the specialty of Segovia is Cochinillo.
It is slow roasted entire piglets to such perfection that you can chop the meat with a plate and most restaurants are happy to show it off as well when they bring it for you.
Tapas is another great option. Another one of my favourites is the Castilian soup which is made with stale bread and it is delissshhhh!
There’s a bakery in Plaza Mayor which sells the soggy cakes with crushed coconut, absolutely lovely with some tea in the sun and Plaza Mayor looking at the cathedral.
Public Transport in Segovia
Segovia is quite small; you won’t need to take public transport except to get to and from the train station which is bus line 11 or 12. Most historical sites are at easy walking distance. Just follow the map below and you will be able to see it all in a day. In the old town cars aren’t allowed so you won’t be able to go except on foot.
One Day Itinerary for Essential Segovia
Segovia is the perfect day trip because most of the places lie at walking distance and you can cover most of them quite easily in half a day. I started my day going from the Aqueduct going through the old city to the cathedral and Alcazar and then full circle back to Aqueduct to take the bus back to train station.
Note: Download and use the walking map below to make it easier to follow the plan.
Aqueduct of Segovia
The bus dropped me right outside the Aqueduct of Segovia. This beautiful, majestic structure was built in 2nd century AD by Romans and still stands tall and solid. I have to give it to Romans; they were fantastic engineers if nothing else.
Fun Fact: The Aqueduct is very important to Segovia and it has been given its own place on the coat of arms of the city. It is also one of the best preserved aqueducts from Roman times.
The Aqueduct is no longer in active use. It is more than 16 km long but only a small portion of it is visible and not all of it is UNESCO world heritage because in the past it was renovated but not based on archaeological guidelines (not sure what that means but sounds boring).
Plaza Artelleria & Plaza Azoguejo
The square on the outer side of Aqueduct is called Plaza Artelleria and the square inside in called Plaza Azaguejo. Azuguejo is a lot more interesting than Artelleria. It has the tourist information office on the right hand side as you enter which was quite useful for getting maps and recommendations.
As I entered the square I saw the viewpoints on each side. The square is a bit like a T. Walk on the right hand side up and there is a small square and a school at the end. Walk up to the other end to Mirador Aqueduct. the view was great and I really admired the beauty of this mega structure built 2 millennia ago, mind boggling!
Mirador de la Canaleja
A 5 minutes walk up and I was at the second viewpoint of Segovia already. It is a great point to see a big chunk of the city sprawled in front of you with rust coloured roofs. A nice Asian lady took some kick ass photos of me. (I love Asian girls, they are the best!)
On the right hand side there is a beautiful house with grand balconies overlooking the city and a few metres away is the House of Peeks. The facade is made of peeks or diamond like structure which make the facade very unique.
Plaza de Medina del Campo
The streets in this part of the city are quite narrow but a few more minutes and then came my favourite square of Segovia. It actually two squares; Plaza de San Martin and Plaza de Medina del Campo.
The statues, the church, the beautiful houses and the cathedral towers on the other side at a distance, it is the picture-perfect, postcard-worthy square of Segovia without a doubt.
The heart of Segovia! The central square of Segovia with the cathedral on one side and the square on the other side with some restaurants, another church and lots of space in the middle. I have to say it doesn’t impress really and while it might be the centre, it felt a bit empty to me.
Cathedral of Segovia
Entry Fee: €3 for Cathedral €4 for the Bell Tower
Note: The visit to the bell tower is only via guided tours which happen at specific times and last roughly an hour. Check the guided tour times on the website above. The website is only in Spanish so you will need Google Chrome to open it to get Translation.
One of the last gorgeous grand Gothic Cathedrals of Europe, the cathedral is grand if nothing else. It is an absolute mammoth with an impressive structure and the tower of cathedral still the tallest point in the city.
I roamed around to appreciate the beauty of this place until it was time for my guided tour. The guide took us through the house of bell ringer and after some 190 steps we were at the top. It was a beautiful, clear sunny spring day and the views were stunning.
One the one hand overlooking the Alcazar, the view has been the same for at least 3 to 4 centuries without much change where on the other side is the mode modern Segovia with its flats and new houses with the view of snoq capped mountains behind which Madrid is bustling with life.
The cathedral was stunning but the 190 steps up and town were a bit tiring. I grabbed some cake from the bakery in Plaza Mayor, grabbed some green tea from a small cafe and headed to Alcazar.
Plaza de la Merced
To my surprise I found another beautiful spot on the way; Plaza de la Merced! This small square is a typical Spanish square with some houses, a small church with a beautiful tower, blossoming trees and the view of the main cathedral of the town.
The sun, the tea and the cake made my life perfect!
Mirador del Valle del Calamores
The walk from the cathedral to the Alcazar is barely 10 minutes on before you go in , do check out the viewpoint on the left hand side of the gate. It was an interesting experience before going in.
Alcazar of Segovia
Entry Fee: €5.50 for Castle €2.50 for the Bell Tower
The castle is located at the edge of the town atop a hill overlooking a vast plane which is beautiful in a uniquely Spanish way. These are views you can only get in Spain. From the facade to the interior the castle is a beauty. The interior especially the ceilings derive their inspiration from Moorish south.
I wanted to go up to the Tower of the castle but it seemed a bit pointless after going up the cathedral tower. It was also around 4 pm and I had yet to explore 3 more places on my list.
Mirador Junto Plaza Reina Victoria Eugenia
As soon as I came out, there was another viewpoint on the left hand side, the monastery looked appealing and apparently some religious orders around the city are still active and use these buildings for day to day living.
The lady at the Tourist information centre told em to take the stairs down, soon I was at the bottom of the stairs heading to the bridge over river Eresma. The view of the castle from this serene point was another view I bagged that day. I was ever so happy I listened to her.
It was an hour to get to the train and I had to see the beautiful tower of San Esteban. The journey up through the winding streets with the hospital was quick but not easy. I passed next to the old Recoletas hospital and before the garden of Poets which belong to the grounds of the Alcazar.
I eventually arrived at the plaza which was empty with the church closed, damn! The tower was still worth exploring. It is a typical brick tower with lots of windows.
Slightly disappointed about San Esteban but excited about my explorations in Segovia I headed back to the Aqueduct where the bus was waiting to take me back to the Guiomar station and back to Madrid.
Note: If you get more time don’t forget to try the Puppet Museum and take a walk on the City Walls near the Alcazar, two activities worth doing.