Segovia | A taste of old Spain

Claire Iain Segovia Tourists

I love Madrid, I’ve made that clear here. I guess that means I love Spain. So it will come as no surprise that I’m posting about another of my favourite Spanish locales, the gorgeous walled city of Segovia. The city is nestled North West of the Spanish capital and your first steps throughout the ancient streets reveal a host of incredible architecture and scenery. From classic Spanish religious buildings, a bustling main street framed by cute cafés, restaurants and quaint apartments, right down to the beautiful cobbled stone streets, this city is a looker if authenticity is your travel crux.

With only one day (an afternoon to be precise) to explore this haven, my tour guide friend and I soaked up as much of the old Spanish atmosphere as possible. Here’s what I saw, did, ate:

Lots of old buildings

When I travel it’s all about seeing how the locals go about their day to day activities. I love to witness cultures different to my own and I often find it inspires me so much I wish I could change British culture in some ways! The first corner we turned in Segovia we were presented with the stunning San Millán Church and just as we were passing the congregation were making their way home from the Sunday service.

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Alcazar of Segovia

Segovia’s royal palace has been in existence since the early 1100s, or earlier perhaps. It’s an overwhelming sight, dominating the area around it with its gothic grandeur. We didn’t venture too close to this incredible structure, but next time I’ll make a point of it. When you’re facing the bridge into the Alcazar, look to your right and take in sight of the snowy mountain peaks in the distance.

The Aqueduct

Located in Plaza del Azoguejo, this is what most tourists will come to Segovia to see. It dates back to the late 2nd Century CE, which is bloody old and it’s classed as one of Spain’s greatest historical engineering accomplishments. It’s breathtaking to behold and when you think about all 25,000 ish blocks that hold it together (without mortar!) your non engineer mind shuts down, much like when I try to comprehend the universe. What even is it!? Oh, the aqueduct is also more than half a mile long. Nope. Can’t deal.

Aqueduct Segovia

Segovia Cathedral

This blew me away. Absolute, architectural perfection. The ‘Lady of Cathedrals’ is the last Gothic building built in Spain and has been around since the late 1700s. There’s not much to say about this other than you need to see this building before you die.

Segovia Cathedral

Middle Eastern Cuisine at Tuma

My friend had raved about this Arabic / Middle Eastern eatery for the entire trip. She had every right to do so. It was one of the most beautiful meals I’ve ever eaten (I’ve eaten a lot) and for what you get it’s very reasonable. The average cost of a main sitting at roughly €11.00. It’s money well spent, trust me. The owner was lovely and treated us to some fresh mint tea in vibrant mosaic cups because we ordered so much food. If you go to Segovia you must eat here! It’s really close to Plaza del Azoguejo so you have no excuse if you’re visiting the aqueduct.

I implore you to visit the City of Segovia. It’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited and I’d go back in a heartbeat. See the sights I saw and take a stroll around the city perimeter too, the views are astounding. For the cost of €10 return and 1.5 hour bus ride from Madrid, it’s a small price to pay to experience something so amazing.

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