Day Trip to Segovia

In 1985 Segovia was declared a World Heritage City by the UNESCO for its unique beauty and rich monumental heritage.

Transportation from Madrid to Segovia

You can take RENFE Train or SEPULVEDANA Bus. For some people it is easier to reach Chamartin station in Madrid to take the train to Segovia AV (High Speed) railway station and then transfer to a local bus for reaching the city centre.  For others they may prefer to take the SEPULVEDANA bus from Principe Pio Intercambiador (an interchange for different public transport lines) on Paseo de la Florida.


Location of Intercambiador Principe Pio on Google Maps:  http://goo.gl/maps/Z0veE

Location of Chamartin RENFE on Google Maps:  http://goo.gl/maps/vYZlc

A. Renfe AVE Train

1. It takes a shorter time than the bus and is more comfortable, since one can stand and go to the bathroom.

2. The train station is the Chamartin Station, towards the north of Madrid.  

 3. For the day tripper, there is  choice of trains and it is best to look at times on http://www.renfe.com/EN/viajeros/hora...

5. Read Buying Renfe Tickets Online in Trip Advisor. One can buy tickets 62 days in advance. It is sometimes good to buy the tickets early to get a web price if available however a walk up return ticket fare for the 09.45 train (an ALVIA train that stops at Segovia AV and finishes at Valladolid) costs €20 (2013) and return leaves at 16.07 or 18.30 or later. See timetable on RENFE. 

6. The train station at Segovia is the Segovia-Guiomar Station or known as Segovia AV, which is 6 km from the city center. Take the No. 11 bus (cost €1.03 ), that drops you at the Roman Aqueduct. The bus is coordinated with the arrival of the train. The bus trip takes about 20 minutes. Bus info at this web

http://www.urbanosdesegovia.com/index...

A taxi from the train station to the Roman Aqueduct will cost around €9

 B. Bus

The Sepulvedana Bus goes from the Principe Pio Intercambiador  on Paseo de la Florida, on Metro lines 6, 10 and R.

There is a bus every 30 minutes to 45 minutes starting at 6:30 until 23:00. See times on web. The current (2013) return fare is about €15 and usually there is no problem in getting one even just half an hour before departure; furthermore, you can return whenever you feel like it from Segovia selecting an "open return" ticket, just present it at the ticket counter at the station for the next available departure. On the Bus there is Wi-Fi.  A direct bus takes around 1 1/4 hours.

 The Bus Station is close to the City Centre and the aqueduct and easily doable on foot in a few minutes. Google Map showing the walk :

http://goo.gl/maps/8uJGg

2. Description of What to See in Segovia

A. The Segovia Aqueduct - This aqueduct is one of the Roman Empire's most astounding engineering feats and one of the best preserved in Spain. It was built at the end of the 1st century and has been used until the middle of the 19th century. There are 166 stone arches on granite ashlars and they have been set without cement or mortar. The aqueduct is the highest and most imposing at the Azoguejo Square. The aqueduct gets water from the Fuenfria Spring that is located in the mountains that are 17 km away. At its tallest, the aqueduct is 28.5 m tall. The structure has both single and double arches that are supported by pillars.

The aqueduct is also known as the “Puente de Diablo” or Devil’s Bridge. There is a legend that the devil built the bridge in one night to win a young woman's soul. However he failed because he did not have the final stone when dawn came. The legend also says that the holes on the stones are the marks of the devil's fingers.

B. The Alcazar - The Segovia Castle was first built during Roman times. The first documented record is from the 12th century, when the Moors were there. Alfonso VI of Castile captured Segovia from the Moors. The Alcazar was rebuilt several times because it was the favorite castle of the kings of Castilla. It looks like the bow of a ship today. In the 13th century it took a Gothic look. This was the place where Isabella was proclaimed queen and where she later married Ferdinand. King John II built the New Tower and was the king who made the most modifications to the castle. Later King Felipe II made more modifications to the castle and added the sharp slate spires that were in style in Central Europe. Later the castle served as a prison and later as a military college. The important rooms are the Hall of Ajimeces, the Throne Hall and the Hall of Kings, which has a frieze that shows many of the Spanish Kings and Queens. The castle has works of art and also a display of knights' armor.

C. The Cathedral - The church was started in 1525 and construction was finished in 1768. It occupies the highest point of the city. This is the last Gothic church built in Spain. The style is late Gothic and it replaced the old Romanesque Cathedral after it was destroyed in a fire. The ground plan has three naves and chapels in the periphery. The architect was Juan Gil de Hontañon. The main facade has an entrance that was designed by Juan Guas. There are two other doors called the San Geroteo and San Frutos Doors. The dimensions of the church are 105 m long, 50 m wide and 33 m high at the main nave. The main altarpiece is made of marble, jasper and bronze. There are many chapels and one ends up in the cloister that overlooks the beautiful garden. The treasure room is very impressive. There is a salon where the bishop meets with the priests. This is also a very impressive room, in the Renaissance style, with an impressive white and gold ceiling. On the ceiling beams were huge faces of men, with wings of angels. Usually angels are portrayed as children, but not here.

D. Casa de los Picos House - This is the most famous palace in Segovia. Its façade is covered by granite blocks carved into pyramid-shaped reliefs. There is a portal with a round arch. The De la Hoz family owned the house in the past and their coat of arms is displayed above the balconies. The entrance and patio has tiles from Talavera. Today the building has the Segovia Art School and it is located in Calle de Juan Bravo.

E. Segovia City Walls - These were rebuilt in the 11th century of limestone, with granite blocks, blind arches, and towers. The two large towers have the San Andres Gate between them. There are also the San Cebrian Gate and the Santiago Gate, both having horseshoe arches. The ramparts can be visited, and they have very good views of the Jewish Quarter, the Jewish cemetery, and the medieval military architecture.


3. Good Restaurant

Meson Restaurante La Codorniz

Hermanos Barral, 3

Tel: 921-463-904

Web: http://www.restaurantelacodorniz.com/

This restaurant is a large and beautiful restaurant that has all the traditional plates of Segovia, at very reasonable prices. Try the roast pig and the roast lamb. Try the dessert called "ponche Segoviano", a very delicious dessert. All the plates are mouth-watering. Service is professional and very friendly.

 

4. Good video:

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9ihA2...