Segovia: The Complete Guide

Alcazar De Segovia

Segovia is a historic city northwest of Madrid, in central Spain’s Castile and León region. Its centuries of settlement have resulted in a rich architectural legacy, including medieval walls, Romanesque churches, a former royal palace and a Gothic cathedral. Its iconic ancient Roman aqueduct has more than 160 arches, most in the original mortarless granite, and stands above Plaza Azoguejo in the heart of the city.

History of Segovia

Segovia is steeped in history, with origins tracing back to Celtiberian tribes before becoming a significant Roman site. The city’s most iconic landmark, the Roman Aqueduct, is one of the best-preserved monuments on the Iberian Peninsula and has stood as a symbol of Segovia’s historical significance for nearly two millennia. After the fall of the Roman Empire, Segovia saw periods of Visigothic and then Moorish rule, before being reconquered in the 11th century by Christian forces.

The Middle Ages were a period of prosperity for Segovia, as evidenced by the construction of many Romanesque churches, a Gothic cathedral, and its famous Alcázar, which looks like a castle out of a storybook and was an influence for Disney’s Cinderella Castle. Segovia’s old town and its Aqueduct were declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1985, acknowledging the city’s profound historical and cultural wealth.

Visiting Segovia for the first time and wondering what are the top places to see in the city? In this complete guide, I share the best things to do in Segovia on the first visit. To help you plan your trip, I have also included an interactive map and practical tips for visiting!

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16 Best places to See in Segovia

This complete guide to Segovia not only tells you about the very best sights and tourist attractions for first-time visitors to the city but also provide insights into a few of our personal favorite things to do.

This is a practical guide to visiting the best places to see in Segovia and is filled with tips and info that should answer all your questions!

Aqueduct of Segovia

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The Aqueduct of Segovia (Spanish: Acueducto de Segovia) is a Roman aqueduct in Segovia, Spain. It was built around the first century AD to channel water from springs in the mountains 17 kilometres (11 mi) away to the city’s fountains, public baths and private houses, and was in use until 1973. Its elevated section, with […]
Location: Aqueduct of Segovia Plaza del Azoguejo, 1 40001 Segovia Spain | Hours: 24 Hours | Price: Free | Distance: 0.90km
Visiting Aqueduct of Segovia

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Plaza del Azoguejo

Segovia Aqueduct
The Plaza del Azoguejo is located in the city of Segovia. It was once the city’s market square and is located in the part where the Segovia aqueduct is highest. The square is usually the start of any visit to the city. In other years it was the meeting place not only for the Segovians […]
Visiting Plaza del Azoguejo

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Casa de los Picos

Segovia, Casa De Los Picos
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The Casa de los Picos is a building in the Spanish city of Segovia , home to the Segovia School of Art. It was built in the last third of the 15th century by Don Pedro López de Ayala, next to the missing Puerta de San Martín. It is known for its facade, with 617 […]
Location: Casa De Los Picos C. Juan Bravo, 33 40001 Segovia Spain | Distance: 1.10km
Visiting Casa de los Picos

Iglesia San Juan de los Caballeros (Zuloaga Museum)

Segovia Iglesia San Juan De Los Caballeros
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The Romanesque Iglesia San Juan de los Caballeros was once the burial place of the leading families of Segovia. The building now houses the Museo Zuloaga, which displays works by the painter Ignacio Zuloaga and the ceramic artist Daniel Zuloaga. In 1905, Daniel Zuloaga purchased this Romanesque church to set up his workshop here. The museum was […]
Location: Museo Zuloaga Pl. Colmenares, 4 40001 Segovia Spain View o | Hours: Oct 1-Jan 31 From Tuesday to Saturday 10:00-14:00 and 16:00-19:00.Jul 1-Sep 30From Tuesday to Saturday 10:00-14:00 and 17:00-20:00. Sundays 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. | Price: Free entry | Distance: 1.20km
Visiting Iglesia San Juan de los Caballeros (Zuloaga Museum)

Torreón de Lozoya

Torreon De Lozoya
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The Torreón de Lozoya is a house-palace located in the Plaza de San Martín in Segovia (Spain). From the end of the 1960s it housed the offices of the Segovian Savings Bank and Monte de Piedad, the social premises of Caja Segovia and later its Foundation.  The first documented owner was the secretary of Felipe […]
Location: Torreón de Lozoya, Plaza San Martín, Segovia, Spain | Distance: 1.20km
Visiting Torreón de Lozoya

Plaza de Medina del Campo

Plaza De Medina Del Campo Segovia
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The Plaza de Medina del Campo is the old medieval city centre. At the centre of the square is a monument dedicated to Juan Bravo, one of the leaders of the failed Revolt of the Comuneros. The plaza is surrounded by restaurants, hotels and San Martin’s Church – the Baroque 12th-century temple houses an excellent […]
Location: Pl. Medina del Campo, 2, 40001 Segovia, Spain | Distance: 1.30km
Visiting Plaza de Medina del Campo

Convento de Clarisas del Corpus Christi

Segovia Convento De Clarisas Del Corpus Christi
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Situated in Corpus Christi Square, which takes its name from the present-day appellation of the former synagogue. It was confiscated from the Jewish community at the beginning of the 15th Century. Today it is the church of the Convento de Clarisas del Corpus Christi [Convent of the Corpus Christi Order of St. Clare]. Access to […]
Visiting Convento de Clarisas del Corpus Christi

Segovia Jewish Quarter

Calle De La Judería De Segovia
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The Jewish quarter of Segovia was a neighbourhood of the city of Segovia inhabited by the Hebrew community at least since the 12th century and until its expulsion by the Edict of Granada promulgated by the Catholic Monarchs in 1492 . At the time it was one of the richest and most populated communities in […]
Visiting Segovia Jewish Quarter

Segovia Plaza Mayor

Segovia Plaza Mayor
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Plaza Mayor is the main square of Segovia and like so many Spanish cities, the main square is filled with lots of activity and is very vibrant. The Cathedral of Segovia occupies one side of the square and shows just how large the cathedral is. The plaza is a great place to sit down and […]
Location: Plaza Mayor, Segovia, Spain | Distance: 1.50km
Visiting Segovia Plaza Mayor

Segovia Cathedral

Cathedral Of Segovia
It was the last Gothic cathedral built in Spain-Built at the highest point of the town, construction of the cathedral of Segovia began in the year 1525, during the reign of Carlos V. It is in the late Gothic style and was built after the fire in the old Romanesque cathedral in the year 1520. […]
Location: Catedral de Segovia C. Marqués del Arco, 1 40001 Segovia Spain | Hours: 9am-9.30pm Apr-Oct, 9.30am-6.30pm Nov-Mar, tower tours 10.30pm, noon, 1.30pm & 4pm year-round, plus 6pm & 7.30pm Apr-Oct | Price: adult/child €3/free, Sun morning free, tower tour €4 | Website | Distance: 1.60km
Visiting Segovia Cathedral

Museo de Segovia

Museo De Segovia, Exterior, 1
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Segovia Museum, which is also responsible for the Zuloaga Museum, exhibits over 1,500 works from the capital and the province, offering visitors the chance to discover the province’s seemingly endless historical and artistic wealth. The collection includes archaeological, ethnological and artistic exhibits, most of which are from the province itself. Paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, medieval […]
| Hours: Summer July, 1 – September, 30): Tuesday to saturday: 10.00 – 14.00 and 17.00 – 20.00 Sunday: 10.00 – 14.00 Closed: monday From November, 2 to January, 31: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday: 10:00 – 14:00 Closed: monday and saturday | Price: €1 | Website | Distance: 1.90km
Visiting Museo de Segovia

Murallas de Segovia

Segovia City Walls
The Murallas de Segovia or walls of Segovia are the remains of the medieval city walls surrounding Segovia in Castile and León, Spain. Walking along the ramparts is one of the best ways to view the city’s monuments. Inside the former guards’ headquarters, tourists can see the walls that defended the upper areas of the […]
Visiting Murallas de Segovia

Real Casa de la Moneda

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The Royal Mint was founded by Philip II and designed by Juan de Herrera. The building operated as a mint between 1586 and 1869. It now holds two museum spaces: the Museum of the Casa de la Moneda about the history of coin production in Spain and the Aqueduct Interpretation Centre. The original hydraulic system of […]
Location: Museo Real Casa de Moneda de Segovia C. la Moneda, s/n 40003 Segovia Spain | Hours: Monday and Tuesday closed. From Wednesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Price: €4 | Website | Distance: 2.10km
Visiting Real Casa de la Moneda

Alcázar of Segovia

Alcazar De Segovia
The Alcázar of Segovia (literally “Segovia Fortress”) is a medieval castle located in the city of Segovia, Castile and León, Spain. The fortress is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Rising out on a rocky crag above the confluence of two rivers near the Guadarrama mountains, it is one of the most distinctive castle-palaces in […]
Location: Alcázar de Segovia Pl. Reina Victoria Eugenia, s/n 40003 Segovia Spain | Hours: 10am-8pm Apr-Oct, to 6pm Nov-Mar | Price: adult/concession/under 6yr €5.50/3.50/free, tower €2.50, audio guide €3 | Website | Distance: 2.30km
Visiting Alcázar of Segovia

Mirador de la Pradera de San Marcos

Alcazar Of Segovia
The viewpoint of the Pradera de San Marcos is, as its name suggests, a meadow located in the grounds of the church of San Marcos . This small grassy clearing, next to the Eresma River and in front of the Casa de la Moneda, has become very popular in recent times, attracting hundreds of people […]
Location: Mirador de la Pradera de San Marcos, Calle de San Marcos, Segovia, Spain | Distance: 2.40km
Visiting Mirador de la Pradera de San Marcos

Palacio Real la Granja

Palacio Y Jardines De La Granja, Vista Frontal
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The Royal Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso, known as La Granja, is an early 18th-century palace in the small town of San Ildefonso, located in the hills near Segovia and 80 kilometres north of Madrid, within the Province of Segovia in central Spain. The town is a popular weekend retreat for the people […]
Location: Royal Palace of La Granja of San Ildefonso Pl. de España, 15 40100 Real Sitio de San Ildefonso Segovia Spain | Hours: 10am-8pm Tue-Sun Apr-Sep, to 6pm Tue-Sun Oct-Mar | Price: gardens free, Palacio Real adult/child €9/4, fountains €4, free for EU citizens 3-6pm Wed & Thu Oct-Mar & 5-8pm Wed & Thu Apr-Sep | Website | Distance: 10.10km
Visiting Palacio Real la Granja

Best Time to Visit Segovia

Spring (April to June): Spring is one of the best times to visit Segovia, with mild temperatures and blooming landscapes providing a perfect backdrop for exploring the city and its monuments.

Fall (September to November): Autumn is another excellent time to visit, with comfortable weather and fewer tourists. The changing colors of the foliage make it an ideal season for photography enthusiasts.

Summer (July to August): While summer can be hot, it’s a lively time in Segovia with many festivals and events, including the famous Titirimundi Puppet Festival and Segovia Music Festival.

Winter (December to February): Winter in Segovia is cold, and occasionally snowy, which adds a magical touch to the city’s medieval architecture. It’s a quieter season for tourism, ideal for visitors looking to enjoy the city’s charm without the crowds.

Visiting Segovia is like stepping back in time, and each season offers a unique perspective on this historic city, rich in culture and architectural beauty.

Average Temperatures in Segovia

  • January 10°C 8
  • February 13°C 7
  • March 14°C 8
  • April 20°C 9
  • May 23°C 6
  • June 28°C 5
  • July 34°C 2
  • August 32°C 1
  • September 26°C 4
  • October 21°C 7
  • November 14°C 9
  • December 11°C 7

How to get to Segovia

By Air to Segovia

The nearest major airport to Segovia is Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD), located about 90 kilometers away. From the airport, you can reach Segovia by taxi, car rental, or by taking a train or bus from Madrid.

By Train to Segovia

Segovia is well-connected by train, with the main station being Segovia-Guiomar. High-speed AVE trains from Madrid take about 30 minutes to reach Segovia. There are also regular train services from other major cities in Spain. The train station is a short bus or taxi ride from the city center.

By Bus to Segovia

Several bus companies operate routes to Segovia from various cities across Spain. The main bus station, Estación de Autobuses de Segovia, is located close to the city center. Buses from Madrid take about 1.5 hours, making it a convenient and cost-effective way to travel.

By Car to Segovia

Driving to Segovia is a convenient option, especially if you plan to explore the surrounding region. From Madrid, the drive takes approximately 1 to 1.5 hours via the AP-6 and AP-61 highways. The city is well-connected by road, making it easy to navigate by car.

By Local Transportation in Segovia

Once in Segovia, you can explore the city by walking or using the local bus network. Taxis are also readily available for getting around. Walking is particularly enjoyable in Segovia due to its compact size and the close proximity of major attractions.