While there is certainly a lot of Spain and Europe to explore, a few friends and I opted to stay in Madrid this past weekend and visit nearby Segovia. Segovia, named a UNESCO heritage site in 1985, is a small, quaint town that is a 30-minute train trip from Madrid. In spirit with the title, I present the top 3 places to visit in Segovia.
1) El Acueducto Romano
The Romans built this aqueduct in the first century, and up until recently, the aqueduct was the city’s water source. Considering that this aqueduct has been around and functional for so long, it is amazing that it is in excellent condition! This was my first stop in Segovia, and the views from the top are breathtaking.
2) La Catedral de Segovia
After enjoying some tea and sunshine in the plaza, we visited the cathedral. This cathedral was one of the last gothic style cathedrals to be constructed in Europe. For 3 Euros, you can go inside the cathedral and see the stunning stained glass windows architecture.
3) El Alcázar de Segovia
Our final stop was to see the Alcázar. Inside, you can see the vast halls with exquisite attention to detail. While the view from the windows boasted some incredible scenery, I loved the tiles! This fortress was the inspiration for Walt Disney’s Cinderella castle, and it was a magical last place to see before heading back to Madrid.
For those of you who are still reading, a bonus place to check out in Segovia would be the Jewish Quarter. There are small placards that you can read to learn about the city’s Jewish history.