This was one of my favorite day trips thus far. Segovia is less touristy than Toledo and just as beautiful. It’s easy to get there from Moncloa station. Buy a ticket from La Sepulvedana next to the Dunkin Coffee. The bus takes is about a ten minute walk into the center of town. Though the train is faster, only a half hour, it takes you farther and you have to take a bus into the city (so I’ve been told).
Above, is the Aqueduct of Segovia and another World UNESCO Heritage site, just like Aranjuez. Built by the Romans around 50 A.D. It was a huge, well-preserved site in the center of the city and the symbol of Segovia. Read more on the description here.
One of my favorite parts of Segovia was the scenery near Alcázar de Segovia. While the castle pictured below is a picturesque fairytale structure, the landscape is unreal. On one side was grand lands stretching out and the other side showed a forest of strange trees. Two different landscapes and in the center, one of Spain’s most popular castles.
The first written record of the castle dates back to about the 12th century. It was the place where Queen Isabella was crowned Queen of Castile. Yet despite this, the alcázar was eventually used as a prison when the Royal Court moved to Madrid. The castle is open from 10-7 from April-September and in the winter changes to 10-6.
After encountering many odd characters, we finally found somewhere to eat. Traditional cochinillo, or suckling pig, is Segovia’s specialty. Restaurante Don Jimeno was the least expensive and reputable restaurant we could find. You will have to splurge (hence the title of this article) if you want to try the dish.
Cozy and well worth the wait, we left stuffed and happy. The menu included a soup (get the bean soup), bread, cochinillo, wine, and dessert. We were barely able to eat all of it, though the picture probably doesn’t convince you, it’s true. The total came to be about 22 euros.
Other sites to visit in Segovia: the stunning Cathedral in Plaza Mayor, which is especially beautiful at night. Segovia is one of the most common day trips from Madrid, but one you must do!