Less than 100 kilometres from Madrid, with a sunny Mediterranean climate and host to some of the oldest historical stories in the country, Segovia is a perfect Spanish travel destination. It is the capital of the province and known for its World Heritage City sights, such as the Old Jewish Quarter, Roman aqueducts and an impressive, dramatic Cathedral. The real wonder of the city lies in its streets, holding a range of stories over the years, with the surviving architectural features to prove them. From fairy-tale type castles to ancient landmarks to a backdrop of beautiful Castilla hills, Segovia is a city that has lasted throughout the ages.
Segovia has various attractions of mixed origins, many buildings connected to the Jewish history of the city can be found in the Jewish Quarter, including El Pinarillo, the Jewish cemetery. The Roman routes of Segovia are more prominent, as the nationally famous Aqueduct that proudly runs through it, and has done for thousands of years, dominates the main square Plaza del Azoguejo. Similarly impressive is the Alcazar of Segovia, a Royal palace between two rivers for the old kings of the area, and the Cathedral, the last piece of Gothic religious architecture built in Spain. Aside from these dominant monuments, there are many small, local terraced bars and restaurants best for traditional cuisine, boasting fantastic city views and are perfect spaces to relax, located in Plaza Mayor and its joining side streets.
With its proximity to the Spanish capital, bus lines and train routes quickly reach Segovia, including several high-speed services running daily, taking only approximately half an hour from the nearest airport in Madrid. The AP6 road takes car drivers into the city, and once there, Segovia is most convenient to navigate by foot. Parking is limited, so it is best to see the city in the slow and immersive mode of walking.
Once a Celtic settlement and then a Roman civilisation, Segovia has a rich and diverse history to enjoy, as it was also affected by the Islamic invasion, conquered by Christians, and played host to a growing Jewish population and an industry of wool and textiles. In the modern day, the art scene is thriving, inspired by the amazing architecture and natural beauty of the city. The ideal blend of precious heritage and modern day appreciation, Segovia is a treat to experience for any traveller.