Top attractions in Segovia
If medieval architecture, Gothic cathedrals, and Romanesque churches are up your alley, you need to visit Segovia. The attractions in Segovia are rooted in its past, making tourism both fascinating and educational. A real jewel in Spain's crown.
This castle is located in the old town and if you think it looks like a scene from a movie, all turrets and twisting stairways, you're right - it inspired Disney!
This feat of Roman engineering is shrouded in mystery - it's so old no one has yet managed to date it! Local legend has it that Satan himself built it, in a single night, no less.
A trip to Spain is often punctuated by cathedrals and churches, but save your energy for this one - it's one of the very best. Tours are in Spanish and take in the artwork.
The monastery opens from 11:00AM to 5:00PM, unless you book a group tour through the Segovia tourism office. It offers great views across the walled city, so take a camera.
This unusual building, decorated with hundreds of granite peaks, is worth a walk-by, as part of a wander around the capital, or along a shady walk towards the aqueduct.
Play medieval knight here, with a walk around the famed and historic walls of Segovia. Enjoy pretty views and learn about the city's history – entry with audio guide is 1.50€.
This small, charming plaza offers a statue of Juan Bravo and the 14th-century Torreón de Lozoya. There's also plenty of nearby shops and restaurants to help soak up the atmosphere.
Segovia is a popular day trip destination from Madrid (it's around an hour's drive), as there's plenty to see and do here and much of it can be squeezed into a day. Do a bit of planning to work out how long you need - history or architecture buffs may want a little longer to explore.
This city offers delicious food at cheaper prices than nearby Madrid. Try the local suckling pig or bean stew for a real taste of the region.
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- If you can, try to visit in the fall when the temperatures are warm but mild, and there are two large festivals on offer.
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What people are saying about Segovia
While the attractions are very good, there is definetely room for improvement from the tour organizers. The groups are way too big (ours was 84 people), and the guides don't seem very enthusiastic. Our guide was difficult to follow, because he moved fast and didn't have any flag or pole to make him more visible. He mostly spoke spanish and his english was difficult to follow. I would have liked to have more panoramic photo opportunities - such as Toledo from across the river. I was really pleased with Segovia, but felt very rushed. So little time to enjoy the castle, before one had to rush back to the bus. I have been on plenty of tours all over the world, and this one felt very impersonal and more like a money machine than anything else. It was as if the group was a herd of cattle.
The tour itself was excellent. We had a great guide (Elisa) but the booking process was a nightmare. Online booking was good but we were not clearly informed to exchange printed voucher for a ticket. Why not make the voucher the ticket already? Streamline the process. We left 35 minutes late because half of us did not know our vouchers were not the actual ticket. Will recommend the tour but not the Julia Tours.
Or guide was amazing! Spoke fluent English AND Spanish, and knew everything about everywhere we went... I can't recommend this tour enough! We were always provided with maps, and guidance on how to get wherever we wanted to. If I'm back in Madrid, I'll definitely do an IBE tour again!
Recommend the trip. Toledo is beautiful with so much history. Only down side of the tour was not enough time to explore everything. We did the Toledo and Segovia tour in one day. Both places are wonderful and there is a lot to see. Highly recommend.
We saw the highligts of the two cities - with a very knowledgeable guide, and also with time to walk around on our own in Segovia - a nice mix. A good way to see the key sights when you can't take a full day to each city. They would merit it!