Segovia is Northwest of the capital of Madrid. Approximately a 1 hour and 15 minute drive from Madrid. You can also take a rail line from Madrid which will take about 2 hours and 31 minutes.
It is part of the autonomous region of Castile and León. The first recorded settlement of the area was a Celtic possession. Romans took control later which lead to the defining characteristic feature being the Aqueduct. It is an in credible masterpiece of architecture and engineering especially since it was built during the late 1st or 2nd century. Built with 25,000 granite blocks. No mortar was used, gravity is the only thing holding it together. It still carries water to this day. The Aqueduct was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985.
Once parked, my wife and I walked the entire city. There is no need for a car once there. Most streets cannot even accommodate a vehicle as you will see in some of the photos. We loved the city and spent hours just walking the streets enjoying the shops and restaurants.
When first arriving in Segovia we found street parking near San Millán Church. Just a beautiful site to begin our journey along our way through Segovia.
Segovia Roman Aqueduct
Our journey from the San Millán Church took us down the Av. Acueducto which as you can see below held an amazing site at the end of the avenue. The main feature of the city, the Roman Aqueduct.
Restaurante Casa Duque
One of our favorite places along our path through the city was Restaurante Casa Duque. This is the oldest restaurant in the city that is over 120 years old. Currently run by the 4th generation of the Duque family. Honestly, we didn’t exactly eat here, we sat at the bar and enjoyed tapas. They are well known for suckling pig. We stuck to Jamón Serrano and some other delicacies. I believe that some regional beer was on the menu too! The atmosphere within the restaurant was incredible as you can see below.
As we passed the San Martín church we walked through the narrow streets toward the Catedral de Segovia.
Catedral de Segovia
The Cathedral is the last Gothic cathedral built in all of Spain. Considered a masterpiece of Basque-Castilian Gothic architecture. It was consecrated in 1768 and has 18 chapels within. The interior was amazing but I don’t believe they allowed us to take still photographs, but I was able to shoot some video which I hope to add at a later time.
Many of the roads are really impassable by anytime but foot traffic.
Alcázar de Segovia
The end of the road (literally) took us to the Segovia Castle. You can go no further into the city as this fairy tale castle is at the end of the road. There are some that theorize that this was the inspiration for Cinderella’s castle at Disney World. Others discount that notion. I can see the similarities and can understand how they may have arrived at that theory.
The castle is the 2nd World Heritage Sites in Segovia. It is currently a museum and military archives building. Originally beginning life as a Roman fort but not much remains other than the foundations. Written references are made to this castle as early as 1120.