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Must-See Places in Segovia

By Gabriela Noguez |

Travel to Segovia to see where Isabel of Castile proclaimed herself queen and the fortress that inspired the design of Snow White’s castle.


Only two hours away by bus from the Spanish capital, as part of the autonomous community of Castile and Leon, you will find Segovia, a city that, without doubt, will make you travel in time. Today we’ll tell you about the places you must see when you visit Segovia for one day.


In 1985, UNESCO listed the old city of Segovia as World Heritage thanks to its amazing architecture and because it’s been an exceptional witness to years of history and culture. Its landscape includes an old aqueduct, an imposing cathedral, a sumptuous fortress and a series of churches and monasteries, so it’s definitely a place you’ll want to visit.


The aqueduct is a Roman construction elaborated with overlapped granite blocks that were not glued with any type of cement or adhering material. It was built between the first and second century A.D. and it’s an engineering masterpiece. Even nowadays, the aqueduct still has its original function proving that it has survived throughout time.


It was built on the remains of the old Cathedral of Saint Mary, a construction that dates back to the 12th century and that was destroyed during the revolt of Comuneros that took place during the first decades of the 16th century. Built between 1525 and 1577 and consecrated to Our Lady of Assumption and San Frutos, the gothic cathedral is an unparalleled beauty. The Cathedral of Segovia also harbors a museum you can visit from Mondays to Saturdays from 9:30 to 18:00 hrs (November-March) 9:30 to 19:00 (April-October). Sundays from 13:00 to 18:00 hrs (November-March) 13:00 to 19:00 hrs (April-October). Entrance tickets cost 3 euros.


At the Main Square you’ll find the church of Saint Michael, a modest stone construction. It was there where on December 13th 1474 Isabel the Catholic proclaimed herself Queen of Castile and Leon after her brother Henry IV’s death.


On the same street where you’ll find the cathedral, only a few meters ahead, you’ll find the marvelous construction that inspired the design of Disney’s Snow White’s queen’s castle. We’re talking about the Fortress of Segovia that was built between the valleys of Eresma and Clamores. This fortress was used as a royal palace and military academy. It was there where Isabel I of Castile, or Isabel the Catholic, spent much of her youth, as well as the first years of her reign. Nowadays you can visit the fortress of Segovia for 8 euros, and the ticket includes access to the castle, the Artillery Museum and the Tower of John II.


Segovia, like the great majority of Spanish cities, was a place of cultural exchange where Jewish and Christians inhabited peacefully. The Jewish lived in neighborhoods known as aljamas, and the aljama of Segovia is a testimony of centuries of history. Spanning from the Old Juderia Street to the Gate of San Andres at the city wall, it still houses representative symbols of the Jewish community that inhabited it. The Educational Centre of the Jewish Quarter is located where the house of rabbi Abraham Senneor used to be. He was the main tax collector during the reign of Isabel of Castile.

Also, the city houses one of the best-preserved Jewish cemeteries. In order to get there, you can walk along the same route the Jewish community used to follow during Medieval Times for funeral processions. They went from the Gate of San Andres that marks the limit of the city to Valle Clamores and Estrella Bridge, crossing Clamores Creek to Piranillo. However, you’ll have to walk through a tunnel instead of across the bridge because nowadays there’s a highway on the way that you can’t cross on foot.


After walking this beautiful city you should stop at one of its restaurants and enjoy the panoramic views they offer. Delight in Segovia’s most traditional dish:cochinillo (pork meat). DINKtravelers recommends pairing it with a wine with Denomination of Origin Rueda, typical from the region of Castile and Leon. Also, if you want to learn more about gastronomy in Segovia, visit the Gastronomical Museum of Segovia, located between the cathedral and the fortress, on Daoiz Street. Entrance costs 3 euros or 5 euros with tasting.


In order to get to Segovia from Madrid, go to the Moncloa train station and take a Sepulvedana bus to Segovia. Buses depart approximately every 45 minutes and they have direct and semi-direct routes. The trip is about 2h 40 min long and the ticket costs around 7 euros.