Segovia overflows with culture and history, to the point that a monumental Roman aqueduct actually runs through the middle of the city. This is the most famous and photographed landmark, but the Alcázar fortress-palace is intertwined with Spain’s medieval royalty and needs to be explored.
It was the home of kings and queens, and thanks to its storybook towers is often listed among the most beautiful castles in Spain. There are also many high medieval romanesque churches dotted around the city, along with opulent renaissance palaces, all atop a rock stranded by two steep river valleys.
Lets explore the best things to do in Segovia:
1. Aqueduct of Segovia
This astounding structure is one of Europe’s greatest Roman monuments and an emblem for Segovia.
It runs 15 kilometres before it even reaches the city, and until the 1800s it continued to transport water to Segovia from the Frío River.
The aqueduct dates to the 1st century, during the rule Emperor Domitian, and what’s intriguing is the way its interlocking stones are held together more by force of gravity than by mortar, which is used only sparingly.
You can follow the aqueduct along Calle Almira, and then down the hill in Plaza Azuguego, where it is especially photogenic and reaches 28.5 metres in height.