Located just an hour north of Madrid, the enchanting city of Segovia is a perfect day trip from Madrid. In the span of just one day you can see a Roman aqueduct, a Gothic cathedral, a castle that looks like it came straight out of a fairy tale, and end the day by enjoying a meal of roast suckling pig.
The most impressive sight in Segovia is the Roman Aqueduct that was built in the 1st C. It is a true marvel of Roman engineering, as its 163 arches and 120 columns is built on two levels, and was constructed using large stone blocks that fit together without the use of any kind of mortar or plaster. It is one of the largest and best preserved aqueducts in the world. The Cathedral of Segovia was built in the 16th C. and was the last Gothic cathedral built in Spain. The Alcázar castle sits high on a hilltop, and some say it was the inspiration for the Magic Kingdom castle used by Walt Disney. For more information from the tourist office of Segovia, click here.
Besides its impressive monuments, Segovia is also known for its food. Favorite local dishes include judiones de La Granja, a stew made with the large white beans from La Granja, Castilian soup, made with garlic and bread, and the most famous dish of all – cochinillo asado (roast suckling pig). Visitors flock to local institutions, including Mesón de Cándido (the most famous) and Casa Duque (the oldest), to sample this traditional dish.
For information on taking a private tour from Madrid to visit Segovia, click here.
Photo credit: Turismo de Segovia
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