Sometimes, one can get "ruins fatigue." You see so many old rocks, barely-recognizable buildings, and crumbled statues that they all blend in to one another. This is not the case of the Aqueduct of Segovia. As you're walking to the city center, you see it peaking above the buildings and you get a tickle in your stomach and think "man, that thing is massive!"
Not only is it massive (around 6 storeys, I'd say), it's also in impeccable shape for being a 2,000 year old Roman monument. I'll leave it to the other recommendations on this page and the Segovia Tourism Bureau to tell you the full history of this archaeological wonder and UNESCO World Heritage Site, but I'll leave it at this: the Aqueduct of Segovia is, along with the Alhambra, one of the most amazing sights in Spain and the best-preserved and largest Roman ruin I've ever seen.
I'd recommend checking it out first thing in the morning when you start your trip and around sunset when the rocks seem to glow in the golden sunlight. It goes without saying that you should visit the aqueduct if you're in Segovia, but I'd also say that anyone who visits Madrid should take the 30min. train (it's only 10 euros, after all) and see this amazing monument.
The Alcázar (from the Arabic al-qasr, meaning castle) is, after the Aqueduct, the premier sight in Segovia and has been built and re-built from everyone from the Romans to the Arabs to the Catholics, giving us a good overview of the history of Segovia. The castle itself is a whimsical, fairytale-like structure with point towers, a staggeringly deep moat, rocky bridges, and arched windows which inspire the imagination so much that even Walt Disney himself used the castle as a basis for some of his works.
When you enter, you have the option to visit the interior of the Alcazar as well as go to the top of the Juan II Tower, something I'd really recommend (unless you're claustrophobic...the winding stairwell is a bit tight). The interior of the Alcazar as throne rooms, royal bedrooms, and a hall of Kings, all of which are decorated with ostentatious roofs, red velvet, and mind-boggling tapestries.
The Alcazar's location on a rocky outcropping above the rolling meadows also offers you the chance to take in some of the most beautiful views of the old city of Segovia with the mountains in the background, so make sure to bring your camera. All in all, you can't visit Segovia without stopping at the Alcazar.
For me, the Cathedral of Segovia is the best sight in the city, even more so than the Aqueduct or Alcazar, which are both amazing in their own right. The Cathedral, though, has something special. It's a combination of the sheer size, the never-ending geometric detail of the domed ceilings, the dozens of ornate chapels and altars lining the walls, the soft light passing through the stained glass windows, and the holy quiet. It's overwhelming and upon entering you understand the biblical meaning of the word "awesome."
The place fills up quickly around 11 or noon with (often noisy) group tours, so make sure to try and get there first thing in the morning. Photography of all kinds is prohibited, but no one's really watching so you can snap away without your flash. If not, just take the visit slow: check out the small details in the chapels, enjoy the towering spaces, and sit a while in the choir area.
I'm not a cathedral guy, but trust me...this cathedral is incredible.
On the way to the Cathedral, walking from the aqueduct by the bustling main street, we are in the Plaza de Medina del Campo which is a beautiful Romanesque church, the most notable parts being its atrium and XV century tower. It was a surprise to me that this church is absolutely nothing like the buildings around it ...
FOr any street that you go through to get to the Plaza, you are surprised by the breadth and the large size of the buildings. You'll be surrounded by the cathedral, the city hall, theater ... If you get the chance, be sure to contemplate it from the temple inside the plaza.
This spot is known for its distinctive façade, which is where it gets its name, but its interior is fantastic. Currently it is the headquarters of the School of Art and Design, and access to the interior is usually limited, I was lucky that they had an exhibition when I went so I could enjoy the exhibition , but mostly inside.
The Plaza Azoguejo, the old market square of Segovia, is a popular spot for locals and tourists. It stands at the very foot at the aqueduct, and is the 0 km point for all routes from the city. Candido Restaurant, which stands in this square, is one of the best in the city.
Titirimundi Festival, which celebrates 23 years of existence, has become an undeniable stamp of quality and distinction in the selection of artists and media coverage through the years. Up to 703 companies over 44 countries have shown their art in more than 46 places of Segovia. It is the most important festival of puppets in Europe. With 100,000 spectators, it is a popular generator of social and cultural integration, with a diverse audience who enjoy it. You can find families who come with their children, old puppeteers who come to look for ideas and to meet fellow professionals and young people wanting to enjoy the relaxed and cheerful atmosphere while witnessing some of the best shows. Entrance is free or a price of two euros. What is the main objective? To promote the art of puppetry and create a place of exchange between companies and citizens of the world.
This beautiful, romanesque church is located near the house-museum of Antonio Machado. It has an imposing tower that can be seen from various points around the city, and an arcaded gallery that transports visitors back in time. It was restored in the early twentieth century, years after being declared a National Monument.
I think this is the best place to enjoy the spectacular Alcazar and its magical appearance. The green of the grass and the verticality of the cliff where this fortress of Disney touches makes it one of my favorite places in Segovia. It is actually one of my favorites in Spain. If it were taken to France, it would be a pilgrimage site.
In this convent or monastery, located to the south of Segovia, where you can enjoy a beautiful view of the Alcazar, you can find the relic of St. John of the Cross. The church has an enormous altar, with a beautiful and monumental tomb in which the body of the saint lies. Worth going up, if only to enjoy the view from the entrance.
The Juan II Tower is part of the Alzacar of Segovia and offers the absolute best views of historic Segovia. The entrance to the tower costs 2 euros and you can get your ticket in the ticket office. The ascent to the tower will leave you winded, but I'd issue a word of warning to elderly, heavy-set, and claustrophobic as there is only one narrow winding stairwell for those going up and down, and if you visit on a really busy day, you might have a bit of an uncomfortable time in the stairwell. So, be advised.
That being said, I loved it...perhaps even more than the Alzacar itself. The views of the bell-towers of Old Segovia with the snow mountains in the background is priceless. It's probably the most beautiful view in central Spain and really highlights the historic romance of Segovia. If you're visiting the Alcazar (which you should), then the Juan II Tower is 100% a must!
This old Segovian neighbourhood takes you back in time. It's easy to imagine how the Jews once lived here, with the narrow, winding streets really giving you the feeling of being in another era; there aren't many shops and bars, and those that do stand here are perfectly integrated to avoid breaking the spell.
This church is square on the outside, with brickwork walls. The gate dates back to the Renaissance period. Look at the altar for some really magnificent artwork. It is dedicated to the patron saint of Segovia, and is in a truly stunning setting: the mall known as the Fuencisla, near the neighbourhood of San Marcos. From here, you can enjoy one of the most breathtaking views of the Alcazar.
It was a pleasant surprise to discover this beautiful route. Traveling to Navacerrada port from Madrid, in the province of Segovia, after 3 turns (or maybe four - I can't remember ...), we found a large parking area on the right side of the road, dominated by a huge stone fountain. At this point we can get out of the car and start a beautiful walk along the bank of the River Eresma. The vegetation is abundant and floods the senses, along with the sound of fresh, wild water. Don't forget to bring your swimsuit with you, as there are three natural pools along the way where you can take a dip.
The Walls of Segovia existed when Alfonso VI of Castile took the city to the Arabs, who commanded a larger coming to have a perimeter of 3 kilometers, eighty towers. It was mostly built out of granite blocks, but they also reused some gravestones from the Roman necropolis!
Going through a stroll through Segovia the other day, I found this awesome street that runs parallel to the aqueduct for a short length. To find it easily, go towards Plaza Azoguejo, and you'll see this street, sloping upward alongside the water. The street is divided by the Roman aqueduct, and you can pass from one side to the other through its huge arches. On one side there's a fairly steep slope and traditional houses. It's fully paved and from what I can gather, seems to be entirely pedestrianised. On the other side, there's a number of fairly broad stairs allowing you to make the ascent in a more leisurely fashion.
At various times, you have beautiful views of both the medieval wall and the Roman aqueduct. From my point of view, the most beautiful side is the one that leads directly to the Plaza del Azoguejo because it offers a contrast of styles and heights, quite unlike anything you can see elsewhere in the city. You can find a number of local restaurants here, where you can try regional delicacies like pork. If you ever find yourself in the area, don't forget your camera!
Aida Books and More is the best used book store in Spain. It is located in the centre of Segovia, in the street leading from the cathedral to the Alcazar. They sell used books donated by individuals for very good prices. They also have a selection of fair trade products from countries where the NGO Aida works. It's the perfect place to relax and enjoy a collection of travel books, novels, and old books. All the money raised goes to support the work of Aida in Asia, Latin America, and Africa. They sometimes organise storytelling, concerts, lectures and other cultural activities in the evenings.
Since 1985, the Old Town of Segovia and its Aqueduct have been considered a World Heritage by UNESCO, so naturally one of the first things to see in Segovia is its aqueduct. It is located in the Plaza del Azoguejo and is the largest work of Roman civil engineering in Spain, not to mention a symbol of the city.
From there, you'll find that most of the best stuff to do in Segovia is located in the Old Town. The city's Catholic and Jewish heritage is readily visible in such top Segovia attractions as the Old Main Synagogue, now the Church of Corpus Christi , and the Jewish cemetery located in El Pinarillo.
However, no list of places to visit in Segovia would be complete without a mentioning the stunning Alcazar, a royal palace located on a rocky outcropping overlooking the Eresma and Clamores rivers. It was one of the residences of the kings Alfonso X and Enrique IV, and is one of the most photogenic attractions in Segovia.
If you're looking for more Segovia activities, don't forget to visit the Cathedral de Santa María, considered the masterpiece of Gothic architecture in Spain. For more on what to do in Segovia, search on minube and find tons of recommendations for things to do in Segovia, all straight from real travelers who've been there before.