Day trip to Segovia

Segovia Travel Blog

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My first shot in Segovia - don't know what it is but I somehow liked this picture

And so it begins, my final FULL day in Spain, and time for the customary "day trip", this time to another town that's as touristy as Toledo, and yet continues to come recommended again and again and again....

Woke up at 630a, dressed up and left the hostel by 7a. I stopped by San Ginos for hot chocolate (yes, that early), and off to the train station. I bought tickets for the 930a train, and sat in a coffee shop with a sandwich and coffee. The train left on time and was actually crowded. Reached Segovia within an hour, the train station is really modern, not what I  expected. From the railway station, I caught bus 11 for 1 E, this takes you to the city centre. The bus drive took about 15 mins....

The 1st thing that hits you upon arrival is the huge and amazing Roman Aquaduct.

The first sight as you pull in: Roman Aqueduct of Segovia
It's quite massive. Anyway walked to the tourist centre ,helped by an exchange student from Wisconsin. And the first stop for the day would be the much talked about Cathedral. You can tell that this city is geared for tourism - I thought a lot of it was much better organised than Toledo. Infact the map clearly had all the major spots marked down. Tourists had started to come in and the weather was kind of schizophrenic. The walk to the Cathedral was typical of any European small town - cobbled pavements, touristy shops, lots of Italian ice cream and of course, HOT CHOCOLATE! I reached the Cathedral in about 30 minutes after tons of photo stops, and I hvae to say it's stunning. Read my review of the Segovia Cathedral here.

The stroll down the road to the Alcazar was interesting.

The Roman Aqueduct of Segovia
It was hardly noon, where did all the crowd go? I walked down a lonely road looking at shops that were closed (in the middle of the day), treated myself to an oatmeal choco cookie that was just about average (pastry shops look better than what they offer), and down I went to the 2nd biggest (or 1st) attraction in the city, the Disney inspired Arab flavoured Alcazar set across a Tuscany like background. Read my review of the Alcazar de Segovia here.  The thing I was loving about the Alcazar, or the city in general was the circular design and carving on the walls.

So, after the Alcazar, it was about 1pm and I did NOT want to miss the other side attraction of this place, so I made my way down the hill, to the other side and found the bus terminal to take me to La Granja.

The Roman Aqueduct of Segovia
Recall that the map guide is really well written, and the bus stop, whilst a walk was actually easy to find. The Info Centre guy had provided me with a schedule of busses so I came on time, grabbed a sandwich in the complex and boarded the bus. The ride was about 20 mins and the bus was mostly locals and very very few tourists.

My review of La Granja and the magnificent palace and gardens are given in the next journal entry.

After returning to Segovia, I waslked back to the city centre treating myself to a chocolate croissant. So, back in the city, I thought I'd go walking to the Vera Cruz monastery but after walking half way, I kind of got bored so I truned back. I didn't want to push myself. I walked up the Aquaduct to the city centre again. I really loved the Aquaduct from atop. The staircase leads to the Plaza Mayor but I didn't go that far - I ended up walking around nearby and admiring the lovely walls.

The Roman Aqueduct of Segovia
As if a morning hot choco wasn't enough, I had a 2nd one (and as expensive as in Madrid). Walked back down to the city centre, clicked pictures and caught #11 to the station. I actually had about 1 hr and could've caught a later bus, but I was a bit bored and wanted to rest my feet. The Segovia station is really modern - massive baggage screening facilities, great escalators, nothing like the type I've seen in France.

Back in Madrid, the Chamartin station was a mess, unexpected delays so I couldn't plan on visiting Prado for a 3rd straight night. Headed back to the hostel, Juliana (the girl from Peru) had left and my new "roommates" were 3 American boys who were exchange students in Denmark. What a ruckus! The things they talk about... they were relaxing in Spain after a surf trip in Portugal. I headed out to window shop that night, and they had left a few minutes after I arrived. thank God!

wanderlust_rxist0324 says:
beautiful Roman aqueduct!
Posted on: Dec 19, 2012
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My first shot in Segovia - dont k…
My first shot in Segovia - don't …
The first sight as you pull in:  R…
The first sight as you pull in: …
The Roman Aqueduct of Segovia
The Roman Aqueduct of Segovia
The Roman Aqueduct of Segovia
The Roman Aqueduct of Segovia
The Roman Aqueduct of Segovia
The Roman Aqueduct of Segovia
View of the town
View of the town
Random marker (loving the walls)
Random marker (loving the walls)
near the city centre
near the city centre
Church en route to the main cathed…
Church en route to the main cathe…
Close up shot of the Church
Close up shot of the Church
The Cathedral (see my review)
The Cathedral (see my review)
Fancy building in Plaza Mayor
Fancy building in Plaza Mayor
Cathedral (see my review)
Cathedral (see my review)
In front of the Cathedral
In front of the Cathedral
I love this picture actually, just…
I love this picture actually, jus…
Walk down to the Alcazar
Walk down to the Alcazar
The Walt Disney looking Alcazar (r…
The Walt Disney looking Alcazar (…
Alcazar
Alcazar
The entrance to the Alcazar
The entrance to the Alcazar
One of the best murals Ive seen
One of the best murals I've seen
The Arabic inspired ceiling
The Arabic inspired ceiling
Saw this statue outside Alcazar...…
Saw this statue outside Alcazar..…
View of the Cathedral from the alc…
View of the Cathedral from the al…
Random statue in the town (alhtoug…
Random statue in the town (alhtou…
random balcony shot
random balcony shot
Autumns in the air!
Autumn's in the air!
Entrance to another monastery
Entrance to another monastery
The Roman Aqueduct of Segovia
The Roman Aqueduct of Segovia
The Roman Aqueduct of Segovia
The Roman Aqueduct of Segovia
Random countryside
Random countryside
The Roman Aqueduct of Segovia
The Roman Aqueduct of Segovia
Another random shot of Segovia
Another random shot of Segovia
Loved the tiles on the walls
Loved the tiles on the walls
Random shot of a building, loved t…
Random shot of a building, loved …
A coffee shop with the various typ…
A coffee shop with the various ty…
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The pride of Segovia, lovely cathedral and worth a quick visit
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Think Arabic Spain meets Disneyworld in a Tuscany valley setting
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Segovia
photo by: Mortyzia