Segovia is an easy day trip from Madrid. It’s a short 25 minute ride by high speed train, but feels like a world away the minute you arrive. It is best known for for its amazingly well preserved 2000 year old aqueduct built during Roman times. The ancient structure is composed of huge stones held together without mortar. At one end there remains one small arch attached to a stone building. Follow along the 167 arches to the other end and you will find a mammoth structure measuring over 93 feet tall at it’s highest point.. The awe inspiring structure is easy to find. The bus from the train station will take you right to the center of town. Once there…you can’t miss it.
After viewing the aquaduct it’s time to take in more of the sights that medieval Segovia has to offer. Wander up to the old Jewish Quarter passing by tiny passageways where you will see wrought iron balaconies filled with colorful plants or the days wash. Notice the interesting patterns and textures that adorn the outside of buildings along the way.
All the more amazing is the Cathedral De Santa Maria built in the 16th century, with Gothic and Renaissance styles.
While in Segovia you can also treat yourself to some of the famous Spanish Tapas (small snacks often served on bread). Some establishments serve you a small tapa whenever you order a drink. Others will charge you a small amount for a sampling. Canas y Tapas in San Martin Plaza is a good centrally located choice.
If you are looking for a more traditional Spanish Taps experience try the Meson De Jose Maria – a traditional Castilian Tavern off of Plaza Mayor. It will be filled with a mix of locals from those taking a break at the end of the day to families who wheel their baby carriages into the bar catch up with friends. This boisterous place oozes local charm and offers anything from a simple snack to full meals.
But, if you have a bigger appetite you may be tempted by Segovia’s best known dish – the roast suckling pig (cochinillo). There are references to it all over town – from plastic smiling pigs peeking out of shop windows to pictures of the famous dish (a whole roasted pig on a single platter).
Smells of the roasting delicacy will greet your nose and tempt your stomach as you stroll through the city. You can purchase a whole pig for about 25 euros, or can sample just a portion if you lack the appetite or enough friends with you to share in the feast.
After seeing all of the sights and sampling the food I’m sure you will agree that a visit to Madrid is not complete with a side trip to Segovia. If you have found yourself in love with your newly discovered city, or increasingly enamored with your loved one after discovering the romantic city while sampling a glass of wine, you may want to express yourself by engaging in a local tradition.
Add your lock to the iron gate overlooking the aqueduct. Best to be done in the moonlight. Or in a hasty romantic gesture so you don’t miss the bus back to the train station in a pinch. It’s the thought that counts. Happy Travels!