Segovia, Spanish city and municipality belonging to Castilla y León, one of its jewels. It is part of the trio of capitals of this region declared World Heritage along with Avila and Salamanca.

It is located between the rivers Eresma and Clamores, on an elevated terrain. Due to its historic centre and its Aqueduct, it has managed to become part of the heritage of Humanity. This city has its own personality given by the weight of its history and its valuable Roman and medieval legacy. In addition to a multitude of Romanesque churches, the Cathedral and Alcázar make up an incredible landscape that stands out in these Castilian lands.

SEGOVIA: ONE OF THE MAIN TOURISTIC PLACES IN SPAIN

Ancient city, with evidence of Neanderthal occupation 60,000 years ago. Both the capital city of Segovia and its province have an endless number of charms. Segovia is also an excellent starting point for exploring the province and approaching the La Granja Palace or the Hoces del Río Duratón Natural Park, among other options.

Undoubtedly the attractions of this corner of Castile give themselves for several days, but if we lack time sure that we will return to continue discovering every corner that hides this wonderful city.

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WHAT TO SEE IN SEGOVIA?

If you have decided to visit this city and have no idea what you can see besides its famous aqueduct, we will show you what you can’t miss in Segovia. Discover why it has earned the title of World Heritage City, walk its streets and immerse yourself in its history.

THE SEGOVIA AQUEDUCT

It is a Roman aqueduct that carried water to the Spanish city of Segovia. It was built at the beginning of the 2nd century A.D., at the end of the reign of Emperor Trajan or at the beginning of Hadrian’s reign.

It’s situated on the banks of the river Eresma, and dates from the time of the Iberians who used it as a military square with the mission of controlling access to the Douro Valley. The construction of the aqueduct was a majestic work that has gradually adapted to the terrain and nature.

Acueducto de Segovia

PLAZA AZOGUELO

In antiquity was the Plaza del Mercado, hence its name from the term ‘azogue’ which is strictly linked to the term ‘zoco’ (place of commerce and meeting). It is situated at the foot of the aqueduct, at the highest point. A meeting place not only for the Segovians themselves but also for the inhabitants of other villages. It is usually the starting point for a visit to this wonderful city.
Plaza Segovia

HOUSE OF THE PEAKS

This house was built in the fifteenth century, and the most striking thing about this building is the facade completely covered with peaks. It was built this way in order to avoid the Jewish style of the time. Its façade contains 360 granite peaks and according to one of the legends told, below one of these peaks is a treasure. Inside this house we can find a Renaissance style courtyard. The details and decoration are based on Talavera tiles that recreate the most significant monuments in Segovia.

Casa de Los Picos en Segovia

JEWRY

It was a district of the city of Segovia inhabited by the Hebrew community at least since the twelfth century and until its expulsion by the Edict of Granada promulgated by the Catholic Monarchs in 1492. At the time it was one of the richest and most populated communities in Castile.

ALCÁZAR

The Alcázar de Segovia, a military construction located between the Eresma and Clamores rivers. It dates back to the beginning of the 12th century and was one of the favourite residences of the kings throughout the Middle Ages. In addition to military use, he later had others. It has been rebuilt and modified several times over the years from fortress to palatial residence. Today we find a transition style between Romanesque and Gothic with a sobriety characteristic of the Cistercian style.

Alcázar de Segovia

CATHEDRAL OF SEGOVIA

Built between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, Gothic style with Renaissance nuances. It is considered one of the latest in Spain, erected in the sixteenth century. She is known as the Lady of the Cathedrals because of her size and elegance. The cathedral began to rise in 1525, under the reign of Charles V, was built after being destroyed the old cathedral by a fire during the war of the communities in 1520.

Depending on the time we have and the desire to discover the city you can plan visits to the most notorious enclaves. We always recommend going to the tourist office to be informed of everything we can visit. In this article we have shown you some of them, but as a World Heritage city, it contains an infinity of monuments that make a journey through the history of Segovia. You can not miss the main atractions such as the old synagogue, the Plaza de las Sirenas, the Wall, the Mirador del Valle de Clamores, and so on.

Catedral de Segovia

WHERE TO EAT?

After a long day visiting the main points of interest in Segovia, we cannot leave on an empty stomach, much less in a city that stands out for its traditional gastronomy. Talking about Segovia necessarily implies talking about its tradition of wood-burning oven roasts. The dish par excellence in Segovia’s gastronomy is, without a doubt, the suckling pig. It is an animal just a few days old, baked with butter, oil, lemon, salt and a little parsley. The second star dish of this city are the beans of La Granja, large black or white beans.

In the menus of Segovian restaurants not everything is meat, river trout are also part of it, one of the autochthonous products. Although we must say that we can not forget other very common dishes of these lands as the Castilian soup, game stews or lamb stew to the shepherdess.

Finally, we can taste a Segovia punch, a kind of cake with a creamy interior. Also in Segovia we will find other sweets, such as amarguillos, ciegas, rosquillas de pascua, piñones buns and a great variety of pastry products.

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Next we will indicate you some of the restaurants in which to be able to taste these delicacies.

Mesón de Cándido is located in the Plaza del Azoguejo, at the foot of the aqueduct. One of the restaurants with the best score and perhaps the one that summarizes in its menu all the gastronomy of Segovia. Tradition preserved despite the passing of time.

Mesón José María, located in Calle Cronista, is one of the most renowned. Here we will be able to enjoy products of the zone, especially the fish since it offers great variety in its letter.

Casa Duque, one of the most prestigious restaurants in the city in which, as in Mesón Cándido, we offer traditional local cuisine.

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