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A visit to picturesque old city Segovia was an excellent way to cap off this month-long West Mediterranean trip. We spent the day exploring a castle, devouring a roasted suckling pig, taking lots of photographs and people watching.
This once sleepy Castilian town had a lot to offer and had us in awe at every turn, suffice it to say that we had a fun stroll.
A UNESCO World Heritage City, visitors fill the twisting alleyways wandering around a multitude of historic buildings, churches, and monuments.
Located just 80 kilometers from Madrid, it is only a 30-minute high-speed train ride away. If you have the time, seize the opportunity and take a trip to the walled old town of Segovia.
It is a good way to travel back in time, explore the fascinating UNESCO World Heritage-listed city by foot.
An impressive aqueduct built sometime in the 1st or 2nd century supplied water to the small town of Segovia, perched on a steep isolated hill and joined by two rivers.
The magnificent aqueduct bridge carried water from the Fuente Frio River traversing about 15km before entering this town.
Today its boasts of being one of the most significant and best-preserved works of Roman engineering on the Iberico Peninsula.
On the highest point in the old town, fronting the historic Plaza Mayor (Segovia’s main square) stands the Cathedral of Segovia, one of the last Gothic Cathedral built in Spain and Europe.
The construction began in the early 16th century to replace an earlier cathedral destroyed during the war of the comuneros, a revolt against the King. I am awed by the details of this church.
Now, this looks like a castle straight out of a Disney fairytale.
The castle rises out on a rock between the confluence of the Eresma and Clamores Rivers, a testament to its original military status. Being the favorite residence for Kings of Castile, the Alcazar was transformed from a small castle into an extraordinary palace.
It played a crucial role in Spanish history because it was used in various ways throughout history.
Originally built as a fortress, it had served as home to royals before it became a state prison, a Royal Artillery College, and a military academy. Currently, it is a museum and home to the Spanish General Military Archive.
Lunch at the Meson de Candido Restaurant
Plaza de Azoguejo 5, 40001 +34 921 425911
An attraction in itself, the restaurant was declared a national monument in 1941. Set in a delightful 18th-century building next to the aqueduct, it is most famous today for its wood-fire roasted suckling pig, cochinillo.
Served with a short speech and a ceremonial cutting of the pig with a plate,
this famous dish was a delight—crispy skin and flavorful and fork tender meat is hard to beat. Also, worth noting is their Sepulveda-Style Roasted Lamb.
Rich in architecture treasures, it was a joy to wander through this town. Presenting below a few more photos to delight in.
The Cathedral from afar.
Stained Glass wall at the Alcazar
A view from the Alcazar
The Aqueduct up close
Plaza Medina del Campo
The Azoguejo Square with the Aqueduct as backdrop
Plaza Mayor of Segovia
A view from the castle
Peddlers line the periphery of the aqueduct
Iglesia de San Martin
Narrow winding road of Segovia
Iglesia de San Martin
A statue of Juan Bravo: a leader of the rebel Comuneros in the Castilian Revolt of the Comuneros.