Segovia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site perched on a ridge above the rolling plains of Central Spain, is replete with history and myth—its ancient aqueduct a lasting testament to Roman grandeur. Local legend says the city was founded by Hercules and Walt Disney supposedly modeled Disneyland’s castle after Segovia’s Alcazar.
One of Spain’s most picturesque towns, Segovia is frequented by day-trippers from Madrid, though those with time to spare won’t regret spending a night or two. A guided Segovia tour often includes attractions like the Roman aqueduct, 16th-century Cathedral of Segovia, Alcazar of Segovia, and the Plazuela de San Martín. For adventure seekers and couples, Segovia is a popular destination for hot air balloon rides above the gorgeous medieval city.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Segovia is a must-visit for history buffs and couples.
- Wear comfortable shoes and prepare to do a fair bit of walking; Segovia’s old city is easily navigable on foot.
- Don’t forget sun protection; like much of Spain, shade can be hard to come by in Segovia.
- Day trips to Segovia from Madrid are typically combined with another destination, like Toledo or Avila, and can last more than nine hours.
How to Get There
Segovia is located 50 miles (80 kilometers) northwest of Madrid. It’s possible to get there by taking a 30-minute high-speed train or buses that run once or twice an hour from Moncloa bus station in Madrid.
When to Get There
Segovia enjoys mild winters and long spring and autumn seasons. To avoid the high season crowds (and scorching temperatures), plan to visit between September and May.
Dining in Segovia
Restaurants in Segovia serve cuisine typical of the Castilla region. The city’s most famous dish is cochinillo, or roast suckling pig, but other regional specialties include roasted lamb, broad bean stew, cured meats and sausages, and verdel, a seasonal grilled mackerel dish.