Segovia, what a Roman aqueduct!

Segovia Travel Blog

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It took about 1 hour and half to drive from Avila to Segovia. We drove into Segovia and had a little problem finding our hotel. There were one-way streets, and the hotel was even on an unpaved road. But we did find it and it was a nice place. We had a room with a huge window seat, overlooking the entrance of the hotel (and our car parked there!) After checking in, we took a rest and headed out about 7:30pm to see the aqueduct.
The start of the visible part of the aqueduct is virtually right around the corner from the hotel, however, it didn't look like an aqueduct we were expecting at first, because it was only a few feet high and looked like a wall.
our room with the canopy curtain
As we walked along it, and saw the arches getting taller and taller, the aqueduct got more impressive with every step.
We saw a small Roman aqueduct while in Evora (Portugal), that sure did not prepare us for this one in Segovia. This is a truly impressive piece of architecture and testament that the Romans were great engineers. We walked from the short end of the aqueduct toward the Plaza del Azoguejo, and the aqueduct was tallest at nearly 100 feet high, with double arches and the waterway above that. The visible part is 2500 feet long and has 118 arches, the taller part had double arches.The aqueduct was built with granite tightly fit together with no mortar. It was still functioning until he 19th century. At the plaza were steps leading to the top of the aqueduct and we could view it from the top.
bathroom
After admiring the aqueduct, we went to dinner at the restaurant Meson de Candido at the Plaza del Azoguejo with view of the aqueduct! We did not have reservations but it's good to travel before the summer tourist season, we got a table anyway. The dinner with roast suckling pig was delicious and memorable. The next table had a huge family group of more than 10 people, and they had a whole pig. So the owner did his speech about the pig and used a plate to cut the pig, because it's so tender. The plate was then tossed on the floor and broke into many pieces! The photos on the wall had this scene of the chef/owner holding a plate in front of the pig, and we didn't know why the plate, now we do.
After dinner, we walked toward Plaza Mayor and the Cathedral to have a look, the place was pretty deserted, and quiet. We went back to the hotel relatively early at 10:30pm to call it a day!
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our room with the canopy curtain
our room with the canopy curtain
bathroom
bathroom
nice big window seat in our hotel …
nice big window seat in our hotel…
interior courtyard of our hotel
interior courtyard of our hotel
at the start of the Roman aqueduct
at the start of the Roman aqueduct
Roman aqueduct
Roman aqueduct
arch base of  Roman aqueduct
arch base of Roman aqueduct
Roman aqueduct
Roman aqueduct
arch of  Roman aqueduct
arch of Roman aqueduct
Roman aqueduct
Roman aqueduct
Roman aqueduct
Roman aqueduct
Roman aqueduct near  old town Sego…
Roman aqueduct near old town Seg…
a turn of the  Roman aqueduct
a turn of the Roman aqueduct
turning the corner of  Roman aqued…
turning the corner of Roman aque…
really tall part of the  Roman aqu…
really tall part of the Roman aq…
really tall part of the  Roman aqu…
really tall part of the Roman aq…
really tall part of the  Roman aqu…
really tall part of the Roman aq…
really tall part of the  Roman aqu…
really tall part of the Roman aq…
really tall part of the  Roman aqu…
really tall part of the Roman aq…
Roman aqueduct, overlooking Plaza …
Roman aqueduct, overlooking Plaza…
on the top of the exposed part of …
on the top of the exposed part of…
on the top of the exposed part of …
on the top of the exposed part of…
dinner at Meson de Candido on the …
dinner at Meson de Candido on the…
dinner at Meson de Candido on the …
dinner at Meson de Candido on the…
melon and ham, yummy
melon and ham, yummy
roast suckling pig
roast suckling pig
a big show of presenting a whole p…
a big show of presenting a whole …
a plate is used to cut the pig, an…
a plate is used to cut the pig, a…
serving up the roast suckling pig
serving up the roast suckling pig
Roman aqueduct at night near Plaza…
Roman aqueduct at night near Plaz…
Roman aqueduct at night near Plaza…
Roman aqueduct at night near Plaz…
Roman aqueduct at night near Plaza…
Roman aqueduct at night near Plaz…
Roman aqueduct at night near Plaza…
Roman aqueduct at night near Plaz…
Roman aqueduct at night at Plaza d…
Roman aqueduct at night at Plaza …
going down a street toward old tow…
going down a street toward old to…
statue of Juan Bravo and St Martin…
statue of Juan Bravo and St Marti…
walking past Church of St Martin t…
walking past Church of St Martin …
Plaza Mayor
Plaza Mayor
Juan Bravo
Juan Bravo
Cathedral, Gothic pinnacles and fl…
Cathedral, Gothic pinnacles and f…
cathedral and night sky
cathedral and night sky
manequins at a window near Plaza S…
manequins at a window near Plaza …
precise fitting of the granite roc…
precise fitting of the granite ro…
the waterway at the start of the v…
the waterway at the start of the …
Segovia Hotels & Accommodations review
Hotel San Antonio El Real
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Segovia
photo by: Mortyzia