You are going to spend 1 day in Segovia during your vacation in Spain and you are looking for ideas to ensure you make the most out of your time.
Segovia is located at a bit more than one hour´s drive from Madrid and it holds some of Spain´s top sights!. It is a must-see destination in Spain so in case you hesitate to visit we strongly recommend you do. You will not regret it!
In this section we provide you with the top Segovia tourist attractions. You can also find a map with the best attractions in Segovia by filtering them in our Segovia interactive touristic map . You will be able to filter by type of attraction and your travel style and convert this map into a comprehensive attraction guide adaptable to your taste.
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The beautiful grounds are perhaps the most attractive feature of La Granja. They were designed in classical French style along the lines of Le Notre’s gardens at Versailles and cover anotal area of some 360 acres surrounded by a fence nearly 4 miles long. The paths and squares were finished in 1723, at a total length of 22 miles; the elm and wild chest nut trees were planted in the same year. The garden was
The Roman aqueduct of Segovia The roman aqueduct of Segovia´s landmark and amongst Spain´s top attractions. It is with no doubt one of the finest structures in the world from Roman times. Its exact date of construction is not known, though experts date it between the second half of the first century and the start of the second century A.D, during the reigns of Trajan and Vespian. The aqueduct is probably Segovia´s top attractions, but
Alcazar de Segovia in Spain The Alcazar de Segovia is one Segovia´s top attractions. Segovia, 1 hour drive north-west of Madrid, is a mid-sized city which offers amazing heritage and excellent gastronomy. The Alcazar de Segovia is amongst the most visited attractions in Spain. Average customer review Score for Alcazar de Segovia 9.2 Alcazar de Segovia visitors guide History of the Alcazar de Segovia The Alcazar was a royal residence until 1570. Isabella set out
The old cathedral was totally destroyed in the revolt of the Comuneros. Charles V ordered a new cathedral with a different ground plan to be built on a higher site. Building of the late Gothic cathedral began in 1525. It is known as the “Lady of the Spanish cathedrals‘ owing to its elegance, slender lines, and restrained austerity. The ground plan was drawn up by Juan Gil de Hontañón, who was simultaneously building Salamanca Cathedral.
Though these walls do not reach the beauty of the walls of Avila, they offer however an impressive perspective on some areas.
The walls of Segovia extended from the Alcazar and were built after Segovia had been seized by the Moors. Three of the old seven gates still stand and are in very good condition: San Cebrián, Santiago and San Andrés.
Segovia is home to many palaces and fantastic mansions. In the district known as Canongia, which is close to the Alcazar, you will find an area full of Romanesque-style houses which is actually one of the best-preserved civil architecture with Romanesque style districts in Europe. Some of the houses have still their old portals and abutments and round arches.
Some of the best examples can be found near the walls: fortress houses with defensive towers, galleries, decorated façades, inner courtyards, and mudejar roofs. A good example is the Casa del Marques de Lozoya, which was built to defend the town walls. It has a battlement tower and arrow slits. The tower of the Casa de Arias Davila has wonderful patterns on the walls and a cornice with arrow slits which is supported by images of dogs.
La Casa de los Picos is one of the most famous attractions in Segovia. It is so-called due to the faceted stones in the façade, which produce a charming effect. The House of Don Alvaro de Lunas has fantastic gothic windows and a courtyard and the 18th century Town hall is located at the Plaza Mayor and it is a very good example of Spanish Herreriano style (the most famous example of Herreriano style is found at the Escorial Monastery not far from Segovia)
Religious architecture is one of the key sights in Segovia. There are some fantastic churches in Segovia besides the Cathedral. The Church of San Martín dates from the 12th century and it was built on top of what was a Morarabic church. It has porticoes on three sides and beautiful arcades and capitals. Romanesque decorations and sculptures and a Gothic triptych and tombs. The Chruch of Vera Cruz was founded by the Knight Templar in the 13th century. It is a unique religious building in the late Romanesque style. It has 12 sides and was modeled following the Church of the holy sepulcher in Jerusalem. It has an outstanding carved wooden Christ.
Other interesting churches include San Esteban (13th century, Romanesque), San Millán and San Just
This is the most important monastery in Segovia. The monastery of El Parral was founded in 1447. The monastery is located in a very special location outside the walls. The views of the monastery from the Alcazar are fantastic. The façade bears large escutcheons of the Villena family. The tower has Gothic carvings and windows. The main chapel is built in the plateresque style and it is a fantastic example of this style. Figures of the 12 apostles and the altarpiece adorned with numerous sculptures are examples of late Gothic sculptural finesse and the decorative elements of the early Renaissance respectively. On either side of the church, we find the tombs of the founders of the monastery; Don Juan de Pacheco and Doña María de Portocasro; they both boast alabaster carvings. The cloister is Gothic. The refectory has wonderful paintings.
The Plaza Mayor in Segovia is located near the Cathedral and it is the meeting point of many Segovianos who enjoy a coffee at one of the terraces. The Town hall is located in the Plaza Mayor. Another outstanding building is the Theatre Juan Bravo. From the aqueduct, you will need to take the famous Calle real to get to the Plaza Mayor. La Calle Real is in itself one of the cities top attractions: La casa de los Picos, La plaza de Juan Bravo or the Mirador de Canalejas, where you will enjoy great views of Segovia.
Segovia is famous in Spain not only for the impressive aqueduct but also due to its gastronomy. Suckling pig is the city´s top specialty and we can guarantee you have not tasted meat as tender as the one served in Segovia! There is a gastronomy museum that provides an interesting history of local traditions related to food. Some of the most famous roasters include Cándido (right next to the aqueduct), Jose María and Casa Duque.