Segovia, Spain

Segovia is in the central region of Castile y Leon just northwest of Madrid. Here you can find Roman and Gothic influenced architecture, medieval walls, beautiful views and an Alcazar (fortress).

Segovia is a perfect destination if you want to escape the city hustle and bustle of Madrid. It is very easy to get to Segovia. You can take the Renfe train from Chamartin or you can take the bus from the Moncloa bus station. Both options are very cheap costing no more than 20 euros roundtrip.

My first day trip out of Madrid was to Segovia. I went with some friends and we took the Renfe which got us there in maybe 25-30 minutes. It was a very IMG_1138quick ride. There are a few ways to get to the Chamartin station. You can take the cercanias from Atocha or Sol, or you can take the line 10 metro to Chamartin. I personally prefer to take the cercanias because there are fewer stops and you get there much quicker than taking the regular metro. You can purchase your train ticket ahead of time, or you can purchase it from the machine at the Chamartin train station.

Once you arrive at the train station in Segovia, you will need to take a bus to get into the center. The bus fare is about two euro or you can take a taxi which will run you about 8 euro but no more than 10 euro. When you exit the train station you are greeted with beautiful views of mountains.
The bus ride from the train station to the center is around 10-15 minutes due to having to stop several times. The bus drops you off right in front of the beautiful Roman aqueduct structure where there are many restaurants, cafes and if you continue walking you will see countless shops.

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The aqueducts are definitely a must see while in Segovia. The aqueducts alone are a good enough reason to make the day trip to Segovia. The views in the small village are amazing and it’s a pretty lively village. Of course all the rave in Segovia is the traditional dish, cochinillo (roast suckling pig), the Ponche Segoviano (typical dessert of Segovia) and the soup made with beans. The cochinillo is so delicious and so simple that I still can’t wrap my mind around it. If you are a true foodie then I HIGHLY recommend eating at the infamous Jose Maria. They are known for their cochinillo and their house wine. Dining here can be a bit expensive but it is more than worth it to splurge and eat at this restaurant. It’s not always extremely busy but I would still consider calling ahead and making a reservation just to be sure you get a chance to dine in and truly enjoy the experience.

 

The second time I went to the Jose Maria was in the summer when I had family visiting. It was actually requested before my family even touched down in Spain and of course I was all for it because I LOVE food! We actually went back to Segovia a second time just to eat at the Jose Maria again. We enjoyed tapas of jamon, a cheese plate, a toast with salmon, pulpo (octupus)  and gamabas a la plancha (grilled prawns), and of course we had some of the house wine that they are known for and it was all delicious.

After enjoying all of the food, to burn all the calories you just consumed, I suggest walking around the village and stopping by the Alacazar, the Cathedral, the churches, Jewish quarters as well as the Plazuela de San Martin.

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If you’re taking a trip to Madrid, be sure to add a day trip to Segovia onto your itinerary. You won’t be sorry!

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