Segovia was one of our favourite places in Spain. A quaint little city nestled about an hour drive away from Madrid. If you are in Madrid, do make time for a day trip to Segovia!
Enjoy spectacular views of Segovia City
The entire city spans over 2km and it takes only about 15-20 minutes walk from the Aqueduct to the Palace. In the photo below, that’s basically how the main street of Segovia looks like. Lots of local small shops, no big names like Zara, H&M, etc. Most of these houses were built a long time ago and its architectural style definitely help gives this place its character and charm.
Impressive Romanian Aqueduct That Withstood Time
Segovia made us feel like we were transported back in time. The iconic landmark of this place is the ancient Roman aqueduct which was built back in 1st century to transport water from the mountain to the city. This has gotta be one of the most impressive Roman architecture in Spain. This structure was built without the use of any cement, and it has stayed intact till now! And because it has not been cemented together, the structure remains flexible during earthquakes.
Cathedral of Segovia
The Segovia Cathedral is one of the last Gothic cathedrals to be built in Spain. Despite not being religious people, we really enjoyed admiring the detailed architectural design of the cathedral.
We really loved the inside of the cathedral, where the facade was adorned with bright shimmering gold, accompanied by intricately curved out biblical figures.
Alcázar of Segovia – “Cinderella’s Castle”
Alcázar of Segovia, which literally means fortress of Segovia. Built right next to the river, this was originally a fortress to guard the Segovia city. But it ended up being used as the royal palace, state prison, college, etc.
Fun fact: This castle was actually the inspiration behind the Cinderella’s castle!
You will realise that most of their furnitures are portable and can be easily folded. As the royal families usually don’t stay at the same castle for long as their aim is to continue to conquer more places, and hence needing portable furnitures so that they can easily pack up and move anytime.
Savour the absolutely delicious tender traditional Cochinillo Asado!
Definitely one of our highlights of Segovia – being able to taste the absolutely delicious tender Cochinillo Asado, which is also known as the roasted suckling pig! It’s amazing how they are able to cook it to such perfection! With delicate crispy skin on the outside, and tender meat inside. Definitely a must try if you’re in Segovia!
Tip: We ate the Cochinillo Asado at Mesón De Cándido (right at the entrance of Segovia near the Aqueduct).