Things to do in Segovia

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Segovia is a city not to be missed. Here are my tips if you want to spend 24 hours in Segovia!
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Unesco World Heritage

Segovia (Castilla y León region), located about 1 hour from Madrid, was one of the first Spanish cities to be classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its architectural and artistic heritage is one of the richest in the country.

Segovia is also an atypical city in terms of location. Situated at an altitude of over 1,000 metres and surrounded by mountains and hills as far as the eye can see, the city offers a scenery that is both authentic and majestic.

Excursion to Segovia from Madrid (with Toledo Tour)

You are in Madrid and keen to discover the treasures of Segovia? The good news is that Segovia is the perfect destination for a wonderful getaway from the Spanish capital!

How do I get there?

  • By train: There are regular services between Madrid and Segovia. In just over an hour, you’ll be in the heart of this Castilian gem.
  • By bus: A cheaper option, but just as practical. There are several departures throughout the day.
  • Organised excursions: For those who prefer a turnkey experience, many agencies offer day excursions with guide, transport and sometimes even meal included. A stress-free way to discover Segovia (and Toledo) without worrying about logistics.
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Must-see spots in Segovia

Segovia is not very big, and a day is enough to visit it.

The Alcazar

Let’s start with the most famous, one of the most visited monuments in the country … the Alcázar of Segovia!

💡 I’d advise you to opt for the tourist bus, which will allow you to discover Segovia’s must-sees!

It makes you think of a Disney movie, no? Legend has it that Walt Disney indeed drew inspiration from it for his castles!

The Alcazar is the former residence of the kings of Spain (including the very important Isabella of Castile). A visit inside reveals the different rooms, including the Hall of the Kings and the Hall of Armour.  But what impressed me the most was the view from the palace!

Today, in addition to the historic part that can be visited, it houses a military academy.

BONUS: the best view of the Alcázar is undoubtedly from the Mirador de la Pradera de San Marcos 😍

The cathedral

A sumptuous Gothic building that stands out on the city’s Plaza Mayor.

You can visit the cathedral, but you also have the opportunity to climb the 88 m high tower. I recommend climbing it at the end of the day to enjoy the illuminated view of the city.

The Aqueduct

This aqueduct must have been one of the largest in the Roman world! There are no documents attesting to its construction, but specialists agree that it must be around 2,000 years old. I can tell you, you feel very small standing next to this monument.      

2 viewpoints not to be missed:

  • The devil’s selfie: located in the street just opposite the aqueduct (Calle de San Juan) – it’s a small statuette of a devil taking a selfie!
  • Postigo Del Consuelo: climb the stairs right next to the aqueduct for a magnificent view of the monument and the mountains. A real postcard.
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Cultural wealth

3 religions have long coexisted in Segovia: Judaism, Christianism and Islam. Today, there are many cultural reminders of this religious cohabitation : buildings decorated in Mudéjar style; the Jewish district, which is a veritable labyrinth of narrow streets; and the 21* churches of the city!

*some have been converted into cultural centres

Where to stay in Segovia

I recommend Casavillena, a small tourist flat that surprised us in every way: cleanliness, charm and …. the view of the Alcazar! What’s more, you can expect great value for money at 120€/night for a flat for 2 to 4 people. The flat is a 15-minute walk from the Segovia aqueduct (a very pleasant pedestrian path or via the city walls) and has free parking, perfect if you’re going by car and prefer (like me) to avoid the centre and narrow streets of the city! Other accommodation in Segovia here.


When you come to Segovia, you must try the 3 great culinary specialties: cochinillo asada (roast suckling pig); judiones (white beans served in soup); ponche segoviano (a cream-based cake). Having tried all 3, I can’t recommend them highly enough!

Our guide told us that it’s even common for Madrilenians to spend the day in Segovia just to eat!

2 spots not to be missed:

  • Mesón De Cándido: located in Plaça Azoguejo (by the aqueduct), this is one of the restaurants that serves the “best” roast suckling pig! If the whole table opts for this dish, the owner comes out to serve it in the traditional way: cut it using the edge of a plate, which is then thrown on the ground! A real spectacle as well as a treat for the taste buds.
  • Asador David Guijarro: tucked away at the bottom of the town, this restaurant offers an unbeatable price (and taste) menu featuring all the town’s specialities.
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Q&A : Things to do in Segovia

Segovia was one of the first Spanish cities to be classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its rich architectural and artistic heritage.

Segovia is about 1 hour away from Madrid.

  • The Alcázar of Segovia
  • The Gothic cathedral
  • The Roman aqueduct

Opt for a complete guided tour that includes a visit to the Alcázar and the Cathedral. This 2 – hour tours allows you to discover the city with a local.

Segovia has a rich mix of three religions:  Judaism, Christianism and Islam. This is reflected in its architecture and neighbourhoods.

Casavillena is recommended for its charm, cleanliness and views of the Alcázar. It is a 15-minute walk from the Segovia aqueduct.

  • Cochinillo asada (roast suckling pig)
  • Judiones (white beans in soup)
  • Ponche segoviano (cream cake)
  • Mesón De Cándido: famous for its roast suckling pig.
  • Asador David Guijarro: offers a menu featuring all the city’s specialties.

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