From the Alcazar that rivals the Alhambra in Granada, to the astounding Roman Aqueduct, to the best sucking pig (cochinillo) I’ve had in my life, Segovia is a city I am ecstatic to have visited and plan to visit again.
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The Alcazar de Segovia
When we arrived in Segovia, we headed straight to the Alcazar that was gleaming on the top of the hill. Over its thousand year history, the Alcazar de Segovia has served as a fortress, royal palace, prison, and much more. Much like the Alhambra of Granada, the Alcazar de Segovia was heavily influenced by the Moorish history of Spain. Due to this influence, the interior of the Alcazar is filled with dramatic and intricate decorations that have to be seen to be believed. In my opinion, the Alcazar beats out the Alhambra (sacrilege, I know) as the frescos and intricate designs are in rich color. While at the Alhambra, much of the former grandeur must be imagined. (Tip: Parking is crazy so consider parking in one of the abundant garages at the bottom of the hill and taking a taxi or hiking up the hill.)
The Roman Aqueduct of Segovia
I had read about the Roman Aqueduct of Segovia but when it popped into view I was shocked. Frankly, I’m surprised we didn’t have a wreck. It is massive, beautiful, astounding, shocking, and many more adjectives. I can confidently say it is one of the most majestic sites I have seen in my life. Maybe it was because I was not expecting it to be so awesome but who knew?
The Roman Aqueduct of Segovia was constructed over 2,000 years ago, stretches 10 miles, and looks down on you from height of almost 100 feet. Like I said, astounding. And the locals, they just walk under it everyday! (Tip: That’s a Mahon beer truck in the photo which is one of THE beers of Spain. Even if you are not a beer drinker, order a cerveza con limon and you won’t be disappointed.)
Where to Get the Best Meal of Your Life in Segovia
While researching for our day in Segovia, we kept seeing mention of a not-to-be-missed item – cochinillo (suckling pig). After much research, we eventually settled on the Restaurante Jose Maria as it had amazing reviews. Wow, were we ever so glad we did. We ordered an appetizer, grilled veggies (we had been subsisting on pastries and tapas so figured we better), desserts, and of course of the cochinillo. Take my advice, just get the cochinillo. If you can move after you have eaten your fill, then consider ordering a side or dessert. It was succulent, juicy, crispy, tender, flavorful, and on and one. I deeply regret the vegetables that took up space in my stomach that could have been cochinillo space. You can even hear how crispy the skin was in the below video we took. Just amazing.
(Tip: Make reservations or go at an off-peak time as it is crazy busy. It was full if locals too which is a great recommendation for anywhere.)
Other Sites In Segovia
In addition to the sites above, Segovia also has a fantastic old town surrounding the Cathedral. I recommend filling up on the cochinillo first, then trying to walk-it-off seeing the rest of the sites.
Sites While Getting to and Leaving Segovia
The Night Before in Valladolid
We stayed at the AC Hotel Palacio de Santa Ana in Valladolid before we headed to Segovia for the day. We selected this hotel as it’s part of the Marriott family and was only 10,000 points. Primarily in Spain and Italy, the AC Hotels are hit and miss. This was a definite hit. We were shocked. It was originally a convent and the beautiful architecture shined through. (You can use my referral link to get a jump start on your free nights with up to 10,000 points.)
On the Way to Segovia
On the way from Valladolid, we stopped off to see the Castillo de Coca. It was beautiful and a most unique castle; however, it was a little sketchy in the early morning hours with some clandestine(?) groups of locals meeting up. Just be warned. This was the only time I have ever felt uncomfortable in Spain.
On the Way out of Segovia
On the way to Toledo (not Ohio), we stopped by the city of Avila to see one of the few walled cities in Spain. Luckily, we found a tip that said to head to the Called de los Cuatro Postes (Street of the Four Posts) for a panoramic view without having to head into town. Phew, feet and body saved.
The Night After in Toledo
After a full day driving and seeing the sites in Segovia, we headed to the AC Hotel Cuidad de Toledo. We chose this hotel as it is part of the Marriott group and was within walking distance of Toledo Old Town. This hotel was great. It over-looked the city of Toledo, had an old school ambiance (real keys for the rooms), and was super cheap at 15,000 points a night. (You can use my referral link to get a jump start on your free nights with up to 10,000 points).