Segovia is one of the UNESCO Heritage Sites with medieval Cathedral and Castle that will give you unforgettable impressions and its narrow cobbled streets will lead you even to more attractions that make you come back to this city more and more.
Close your eyes and try to imagine a castle. Most likely you have imagined Segovia’s Alcazar. Alcazar is everybody’s idea how the castle should look like though it got its fairy-tale appearance quite recently.
Places to See in Segovia
Segovia is a medieval city which boasts of the royal Alcazar palace. It used to be one of the favorite residences of the kings of Castile. Built in the transition from Romanesque to Gothic style, the castle is located in the picturesque place, on the rock between the two rivers. This very castle was a source for Walt Disney’s inspiration.
But there’s nothing to equal Segovia’s other older landmark - Roman aqueduct. Located in the very heart of the city it represents the real art of engineering. No mortar or lime was used during the construction. Aqueduct was declared World Heritage by UNESCO that pointed out that the construction is still in a good condition though it might have been built A.D. 50. There are a lot of parks, gardens and museums in Segovia which tourists may enjoy, as well as many religious attractions such as San Millan, San Clemente, Segovia Cathedral and Vera Cruz.
San Millan is a church leading to the famous Roman aqueduct. It is considered that the church was built on the ruins of the old temple. The inside of the church is in Baroque style with frescoes. San Millan leads to another famous church – San Clemente which is open for visitors.
The Roman Catholic Vera Cruz church was built according to the plan of the Curch of Holy Sepulchre. It is located in the valley below the Alcazar and can be seen from its bell tower. Segovia cathedral is the last cathedral built in Gothic style. The cathedral is truly a masterpiece.
It used to be taller than it is now as in 1614 it was struck by lightning. To get to know more about the history of Segovia you can always drop by the Museo de Segovia.
The city is not only rich on religious attractions; it also hosts the Festival of European Cinema. It usually takes place every year in November. It gives a good chance to get to know European cinema. After walking around the city, drop by the Segovian café or restaurant to try its Castilian soup.
Segovia’s narrow cobbled streets where no cars are allowed are very often crowded with tourists. Visiting all these attractions is quite easy as Segovia is very close to Madrid and international airport. Busses and trains leave from Madrid every half and two hours. The road lies through the stunning Guadarrama Mountains providing a fascinating skyline. Your ride won’t be boring.