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Guide to Segovia

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Guide to Segovia – Introduction

With an eye-catching aqueduct, wonderful historic centre and a fairytale-like Alcazar (fortress), Segovia is a splendid place to spend a couple of days, or, if you’re in a rush, a day trip from Madrid.

Coming to prominence as Segobriga, Segovia was a vital strategic post for the Romans and then was virtually abandoned during the period of Muslim occupation in Iberia. As the middle ages developed, Segovia became a vital cloth producer and a growing middle class of businessmen and merchants saw Segovia rather rapidly grow in both population and prominence. The return and importance of Segovia was confirmed when Isabella was crowned Queen of Castilla in the mid 1470’s in the San Miguel de Segovia church. Despite a battering and ransacking by French troops during the War of Independence, Segovia settled into a provincial role, which has continued to this day.

A healthy student population adds to the atmosphere in the surprisingly lively streets of the old town, making a night here worth your time, but if you can only squeeze in a day trip Segovia is still a must visit within close shot of Madrid.

What to See in Segovia

  1. The Aqueduct – Constructed by the Romans at the end of the 1st Century AD, it sits in the Plaza Azoguejo and rises monumentally. An engineering accomplishment to marvel at.
  2. Take a stroll up Calle Real and into the captivating historic centre of Segovia, veering right to note the pretty little Plaza San Martin and heading up into Segovia’s picturesque Plaza Mayor.
  3. After a brief rest in Plaza Mayor, head out of the square down Calle Marques del Arco towards the majestic and fairytale like Alcazar which although a 19th century reconstruction is a captivating sight.
  4. Take in the imposingly Gothic Catedral de Segovia, where work started in the 16th Century.
  5. Settle into a traditional Meson and try Segovia’s favourite dish Cochinillo Asado (Roast Suckling Pig), allowing an hour afterwards to lounge in a café digesting the mammoth feast.
  6. Take a trip out to see the attractions in the close vicinity, such as the spectacular castle in Coca.

What to Eat and Drink in Segovia

We know how tough it can be in a bar or restaurant when you’re visiting a foreign country. Here’s our guide of what local specialities to look for on the menu in Segovia.

Cochinillo Asado – Slow cooked roast suckling pig, simply exquisite.

Cordero Asado –  The same but with lamb, again in Segovia’s favourite cooking style.

Chorizo de Cantimpalos – A local Chorizo, noted for it’s quality

Trucha a la Segoviana – Trout served in a white wine sauce with garlic and jamon serrano.

Judión de la Granja – The local beans, of excellent quality and served in stews.

Vino Ribera del Duero – The majority of Ribera del Duero vineyards sit in Burgos, but a couple branch into Segovia – a heavy, oaky, superb red wine.


Where to Stay in Segovia

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