Hi dear Exploring Berry readers! Today I will bring the beautiful Spanish city of Segovia to your screen. Within one hour drive from Spain´s capital and easily accessed by frequent public bus, Segovia makes for a great city escape from busy Madrid. Whether you decide to go for an overnight or a return-on-the-day trip, this destination will not disappoint you one bit! With an intact Roman aqueduct, an impressive cathedral, a well-preserved castle and the lively narrow cobbled streets, you can transport yourself to former times without having to free your imagination too much. So here goes some useful information to plan your day trip.
What to visit in Segovia?
You can choose to either simply start walking with the flow without a map to later get lost in the historic centre and walk into every building or tourist site that seems appealing to you or you can get a map and follow the most common walking city itinerary. Either way, you will find your way to the best heritage points because the historic town is small and there are clearly marked signs of these points of interest in both Spanish and English. Here is what, in my opinion, you should not miss:
The Roman Aqueduct (Acueducto de Segovia)
The Cathedral and Main Square (Catedral de Segovia y la Plaza Mayor)
The Castle of Segovia (Alcázar de Segovia)
Medina del Campo Square (Plaza de Medina del Campo)
De La Merced Square (Plaza de La Merced)
What to eat in Segovia?
Food is an important part of Spanish culture and lifestyle with some meals only eaten at certain times of the year or in certain regions of the country. When a Spanish person travels to a different city of their usual hometown, you can bet your salary, they are already thinking which nice regional culinary treats they will put their hands on or bring back home as “souvenirs”. With this being said, you know you need to do your food research well before traveling anywhere in Spain (if you want to make the most out of the “Spanish experience”). I will help you here with the traditional meals most sought for during a visit to Segovia.
- Roasted Piglet (Cochinillo asado) and Roasted Lamb (Cordero asado): roasted in a wood-based oven
- White Beans (Judías blancas o Judiones de la Granja): a stew of white beans with cooked chorizo
- Castilian Soup (Sopa Castellana): a hearty meat broth with additional garlic, paprika, bread and egg
- Large assortment of egg-based sweets such as ponche de Segovia, flan, yemas tostadas, leche frita, rosquillas…
There are plenty of restaurants in the historic centre where you can taste any of the above. Restaurants can also be referred to as casa de comidas or mesón de comida. There are some very well-known restaurants specializing in roasted piglet for which a previous booking is recommended (especially during festive season or weekends) such as Mesón de Cándido. Along your walk from the aqueduct to the main square, you will see plenty of bread and sweet shops selling delicious sweet treats and many shops selling tasty local products such as white beans, curated ham and chorizo referred to as Ibéricos etc.
How to get to Segovia from Madrid?
Segovia is very well-connected to Madrid with frequent trains, bus and a comfortable highway for the road trip. Getting there by car is easy, even without a GPS, so if you have your car, just head to the A6 A- Coruña highway from wherever you are in Madrid. This highway has tolls and eventually will start being named AP6 (P for the tolls in spanish). Once you have passed the road exit named Collado de Villalba and Guadarrama stay attentive to follow into the AP-61 leading to Segovia. There are road signs indicating Segovia also, so there is no way to get lost. It is about 100-110 Km away from Madrid.
Getting there by public bus is also easy. Head to the bus station Moncloa and look for the bus company La Sepulvedana. It takes about 1 hour to 1 hour 20 minutes depending on traffic. The bus stops in Segovia´s central bus station. You can check out the bus schedules and prices here.
Getting there by train from Madrid is also possible from the train station Chamartin. The train ride is about half an hour with the Alvia or Avant trains. You can check out the train schedules here.
So, when are you visiting Segovia? Let me know if you like the day trip!!!
Happy Travels! 🙂