5 Must See Attractions in Segovia, Spain

Segovia in Spain is almost centrally located. It is northwest of Madrid and is considered as a good day trip from there. Segovia is also approachable from Salamanca via Avila both of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Those of you who are die hard fans of Unesco World Heritage sites can consider including this in the itinerary.

From Avila we arrived at Segovia past noon. I was quite excited about Segovia especially after seeing the gigantic aqueduct. A whole new town to be explored! It was almost like opening a new book and go through its pages. Like in a page of a book one would underline new words I have underlined 5 must see attractions in Segovia in this post. Most sightseeing monuments would close only at 7 so we had ample time to do walking tour of Segovia’s old town.

I prefer selfguided tours of a place, not because I have something against the guided tours. A well planned selfguided tour allows me to arrive and depart from a place at my will. In Segovia too we did the hassle free self guided tour of Segovia. All it needed was reading up about the places a bit, noting down the open and close timings and have a rough map of the place. Segovia is very ‘tourist friendly destination’ with almost 5 tourist information centers. Grab a map, get set and go!

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5 Must See Attractions in Segovia

Alcazar of Segovia

A series of fort existed here before this present Alcazar of Segovia. A Roman fort that existed here was built on the remains of another ancient fort. On the foundations of Roman fort the Arabs built the Moorish Fortress. After Portugal was recaptured from the Arabs this Alcazar (castle) was built. In 1154 – 1214 King Alfonso VIII was the first to build this castle. Alfonso X of Castile rebuilt this castle in 1258. In the first half of XV century after the reconstruction by Juan II the King of Castile and Leon it got this present look. The Castle became the stronghold of Queen Isabel in 1474 when she was proclaimed Queen. Royal family never used this castle as home after the death of Felipe II. After that castle became the Artillery Academy, Military School, and State Prison and at last the museum. The Royal School of Artillery that was billeted in Alcazar de Segovia lasted here until fire destroyed it in 1862. Building was restored in 1882. It gives goose bumps to read and think about the numerous inhabitants this castle would have had! Imagine the scenes the walls here would have witnessed over the centuries! Photography is permitted. (No flash.)

#TravelTip: Arrive in the afternoon to take well lit pics of keep and façade of the fort.

#Trivia: The castle is believed to be the inspiration for the castle in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty.

Open: April – September from 10:00 to 19:00 hrs. October – March from 10:00 to 18:00 hrs. In October castle is open as during the summer on Fridays and Saturdays, rest days of the week according to winter schedule.
General admission is 7 Euros.

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Iglesia de San Andres, Segovia

As you walk down from Alcazar along the street Calle Daoiz, the first historic monument you will come across is Iglesia de San Andres. It is a pretty little church in Romanesque style. It has an impressive facade made of brick. The Mudejar tower features a slate roof and two apses that are next to it. The old town is dotted with several such historic monuments, even if you take a random walk you are bound to stumble upon some monument.

Open during the hours of worship only.

Admission is free.

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Cathedral of Segovia

This UNESCO world Heritage monument was built in the years between 1525 and 1593. The cathedral has a beautiful yellow color due the stone used in its construction. This is Spain’s last major Gothic structure. The interiors lit through beautiful 16th century Flemish windows. There are several chapels inside; of them the Blessed Sacrament Chapel has colorful stained glass windows, carved choir stalls and immensely beautiful paintings of those times. The place around the cathedral is dotted with several cafes and souvenir shops. The place is worth a pause.

Open: April – October from 9.30 to 18.30hrs. November – March from 9.30 to 17:00 hrs.
General admission is 3 Euros.

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Plaza Mayor, Segovia

Keep walking along the street Calle Daoiz toward aqueduct and you will reach Plaza Mayor on your left. It is a huge square surrounded by monuments of medieval era. To the north is the Town Hall, a granite building constructed in 1610. The eastern side is flanked by the Teatro Juan Bravo (Juan Bravo Theater). At the south end you will see the Church of San Miguel. In the center there is an open pavilion, which becomes the center of activities during the city’s festivals.

#TravelTip: There is a small market on Thursday mornings, so try and make a plan on Thursday morning to be a part of it.

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Aqueduct of Segovia

This is the time defying monument that greeted us and bid us good bye during our trip to Segovia. Be sure that it will play the same role to all tourists for coming centuries too! It is one of the most magnificent monument of Roman times! The whole aqueduct consists of about 25,000 granite blocks held together without any mortar. It spans 818 meters with more than 170 arches, the highest being 28 meters high. The aqueduct once transported water from the Rio Frio River, situated in mountains, 17 km from the city in the La Acebeda region. It runs 15 km before arriving in the city. The aqueduct has its maximum height at Plaza del Azoguejo, in the heart of old town.

#PhotoTip: There are steps leading to top of aqueduct, you get amazing views of town of Segovia and wonderful perspective of the aqueduct.

Free to see all year round!

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Old town of Segovia isn’t very big. 4 to 5 hours of walking time should suffice, unless you wish to enter every monument to see all details.

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37 Responses

  1. Sneh says:

    Awesome post Indrani.. I would love to visit spain some day.. love your posts from Europe!!

  2. eileen says:

    Hello, these all look like beautiful place to visit. Lovely photos. Thank you for sharing your trip! Happy Monday, enjoy your new week ahead!

  3. Cloudia says:

    Thank you for showing us!

  4. Great, Amazing pics.
    Greetings

  5. ladyfi says:

    Wonderful shots.

  6. Lovely photos and very informative. I don’t know when I will visit this country 🙂 :). While visiting again surf your blog and note everything. Lovely architecture!

  7. Niranjan says:

    Magnificent structures!

  8. They all look like a nice place to visit. Some wonderful pics. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Mridula says:

    Such a beautiful town, loved the aqueduct a little more than all other attractions!

  10. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder says:

    Wonderful pictures as always, Indrani. Your travel stories are always enriched with great information…:-)

  11. Yogi Saraswat says:

    What a beautiful and clean town . I always think what is the reason that it does not exist in India . beautiful images .

  12. Segovia is a Beautiful town. I had also read some where that “Gothic pattern is a commonly used architectural pattern used in Segovia. Is it so Indrani?

  13. Very informative and great pics Indrani!

  14. A.P.Singh says:

    thank you for showing segovia a beautiful place

  15. Such a beautiful place. Great captures 🙂

  16. Stunning places to see… & i loved the Plaza Mayor, Segovia 🙂

  17. Neha says:

    Lovely Clicks Indrani… and great post… xoxo, Neha

  18. Sims says:

    Bookmarked 😛

  19. klara says:

    nice post, I hope I will be able to visit Segovia one day.

  20. Segovia looks and sounds like a place I’d enjoy visiting. I appreciate the tips you’ve provided with each attraction. Very useful.

  21. The architecture of Segovia is so unique. I would love to visit Spain. It looks like my kind of place!

  22. budget jan says:

    I love your photos of the Alcazar and the Cathedral and isn’t the aqueduct just amazing!

  23. Loved reading every bit of this post!! We visited Segovia during our visit to Spain and totally loved the historic experience in this old town. Its so beautiful!!!

  24. Beautiful place. I agree with you, I do like DIY tours too. Although the advantage of having a guided tour is the juicy tidbits that the tour guide drops on you that almost always is not in any thing you read about online 🙂

  25. Indrani, when I visited Segovia, I only had 5 hours in town. I saw everything you have in here and more. So, I encourage people to visit even if they do not have a lot of time. I would have liked to have more time to try one of the area specialties (like suckling pig) and to find the viewpoint from where you can see the Alcazar from the front (you have to get out of town).

  26. I visited Segovia a couple of years ago, and it was during a cold snap. I loved the town, but I thought I was going to freeze to death! I want to go back when the weather gods provide some heat 🙂 Thanks for linking up this week. #TPThursday

  27. Marcia says:

    I must share this post with my god daughter. Just last night we were talking about Spain and I was telling her she should check out Segovia. How serendipitous! I’m sure she’ll love your tips. Thank you!

  28. Segovia is a beautiful place! The aqueduct is enough of a reason to rave about the architecture of this city.

  29. it’s a beautiful city indeed..so many great landmarks to enjoy

  30. Mandy says:

    I like self-guided tours too! I find tour guides can often be a little overpowering, although I’ve had excellent luck with guides in London, I must say.

  31. Great Photos of Segovia, Indrani! We loved our visit to Segovia. It is a great day trip but even better to spend the night if there’s time.

  32. Grey World Nomads says:

    Segovia looks like an original Spanish old town as I imagined it. We are collecting post about Spain for our next travels. This one is very useful – thanks.

  33. Beautiful images! Never been to Segovia but love the smaller towns in Spain like these, so full of history and charm!

  34. Segovia looks beautiful. I was in Madrid in January, we did a day trip to Toledo but never made it to Segovia. Will have to make it there the next time I’m in Spain.

  35. I wanted to visit Segovia on my last trip to Spain but wasn’t able to fit it in. You’ve definitely reignited my interest!

  36. You mean to tell me that huuuuuge aqueduct is supporting itself without mortar? That is crazy! I’d love to see that, as well as the two churches you mentioned. Visiting older churches is one of my favorite things to do in Europe.

  37. The architecture in Spain is spectacular, too bad that I didn’t go out of Madrid and visit these small towns when I was there. But it was great reading the post and see those pictures! Thanks for sharing! @ knycx.journeying

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