Segovia is a city stuck in time.
From the embellished peaks to stone walls, the architecture of this city is a constant reminder of its’ great past.
The beginning of the city is what resonates with the travellers. Once you travel down the hill to the Old Town of Segovia you will see the Roman Aqueduct and the great shadow it casts over the area. These stone arches tower over buildings as people walk under this piece of history.
Segovia’s Aqueducts, also known as the Puente de Diablo meaning the Devil’s Bridge, are one of the best-preserved elevated Roman aqueducts. Years ago, they transported water from the Rio Frio river in the mountains to Segovia, travelling over 16km. This Aqueduct was created without cement or mortar, making this historic feat one of the Roman Empire’s most impressive engineering creations.
When in Segovia you have to visit their magnificent cathedral. It’s a traditional Gothic-style Roman Catholic cathedral with high towers and peaks with a rounded exterior. When you walk into the church you immediately feel that cold damp breeze, a sign of an old well built cathedral.
The ceilings are unbelievably high, the tops shadowed with mystery. Paintings and statues line the different sections, a court yard featuring a fountain and a room with a ceiling of gold. It’s a church that shouldn’t be missed when visiting Spain.
Segovia is an excellent day trip. If you are staying in Madrid take a train to Segovia. It costs anywhere between €8.00-12.00 round trip depending on the day. The city can be seen in a day and it’s a great excursion that’s true to Spanish culture and roots. It isn’t huge but it’s a long walk with different highlights spread out through the town.
Alcázar of Segovia is the pinnacle point in the city. This castle is one of the most distinctive palaces in Spain because of its’ shape and colouring. If you grew up watching Disney then this castle will be extra special for you. It is said that Walt Disney drew inspiration from for the Cinderalla castle from this one. Look at the blue peaks rising above the building and the similarities become clear.
If you are visiting the Alcázar of Segovia then you have to walk the Tower of John II. With a sign that reads “Not for the unhealthy,” it’s obvious that the 152 steps can become a bit hard. I myself was out of breath and happy to flop on the ground once I reached the top but the view makes it worth it. You see over the city, the church and hills, it’s unbelievable and it gives you a snap shot of what a real, historic Spanish town looks like.
Segovia is beautiful. It hasn’t changed much since being built in 1076 B.C. Madrid and Barcelona have the urban hustle but Segovia slows down as this traditional Spanish settlement. It hasn’t been taken over by tour buses, flashy advertising and typical Western stores but it has preserved a part of Spanish heritage and you will be lucky to see it.