Our trip to Segovia
Segovia is a popular tourist attraction in Spain. It’s right outside of Madrid and is a cheap round trip bus ride from Salamanca. Segovia is a hilly town near Spain’s central mountain range. It sits at an altitude of 3,280 feet (about 1,000 meters) above sea level at its highest, snow-capped peaks are visible from the distance. Much of Segovia is accessible only by foot, the winding walkways are too narrow for cars. A Medieval wall surrounds the old city, so be prepared to walk up a few flights of stairs.
There are three sites in particular that make Segovia so special, the first we’ll mention is the massive Roman aqueduct. It’s the first thing you make your way into town from the bus station. The aqueduct is around 2,000 years old and is pristine condition.
Segovia’s cathedral another impressive site. Considering how small the city is, the cathedral is fairly large. It’s the tallest building in Segovia and is easily visible throughout he city. It’s really cheap to go inside, only 3€. The cathedral is lit beautifully at night, making for some awesome photos.
The Alcazar is probably the most magnificent place in Segovia. The beautiful castle is perched on a cliff on the outskirts of the city. The Alcazar might look very familiar to you, it was the inspiration for Cinderella’s castle. There is a courtyard are in the front of the Alcazar’s entrance, a perfect picnic spot or rest area. The castle was used as a safe-haven for Spain’s royalty, kings and queens retreated here if the Palacio Real in Madrid was at risk of attack. Inside the Alcazar are priceless Spanish artifacts including art, armor and even royal thrones. The entrance fee is very reasonable, €5 for adults and an extra €2 to go up to the tower. Senior and group discounts do apply.
Whether you’re coming from Salamanca from the West or Madrid from the South, Segovia is a short bus ride and well worth a visit. The town is very condensed and doesn’t take long at all to walk back and forth from each end. You don’t need to spend more than a day to see the whole town.