What a great place! I have seen the Roman ruins in Mérida and the aqueduct in Segovia, but enjoyed Segóbriga much more. Part of the appeal is that there are no crowds, we practically had the place to ourselves (this may have had something to do with the fact that it was August, and it was over 100 F). The park is located just outside the village of Saelices, only accessible by car. Parking is free in the visitors center parking lot.
You start the tour at a visitors center, where they have a short informational film (en Castellano, but they'll put English subtitles), and a small museum with many artifacts. The park employee was very friendly and helpful. From there, you walk about 1/2 mile to the city. There are several water faucets along the path, if you visit in summer, a FULL water bottle is essential. There is very little shade once you're in the city.
The ruins of the city are located on a hill, and command spectacular views of the surrounding Castilian countryside. I imagine it looked much the same when the Romans lived there. There is a very well preserved theater and amphitheater. There are ruins of a temple, forum, baths, dwellings, as well as drainage systems, graves, etc. The city has the feel of an active archaeological site. Some areas are still unexcavated, and bits of pottery and roof tiles litter the ground. There was never any development around the site, so the city is very much as it was when it was abandoned.
There are restrooms and a small gift shop in the visitors center. There is also a small bar next to the parking lot. You can only reach Segóbriga if you rent a car. It's about 1 1/2 hours from Madrid on highway A-3. if you're traveling the Carretera de Valencia / Autovía del Este, or passing nearby, it's well worth a stop!
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