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Segovia

Segovia

 

 

 

 

Location: Castile and Leon Province

 

 

 

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The city of Segovia is just 50 miles north from Spain ’s capital Madrid. It is two hours by train, hour by bus and even less than that if you choose to travel by car. Usually tourists come here for one day, but that is probably not enough to visit most popular sights. Segovia population is only 55,000, but it has its own castle, cathedral and Roman aqueduct. All are symbolic icons of the past of this beautiful city that made Segovia part of UNESCO World Heritage Site. It also has other monuments of importance, such as its set of Romanesque churches, the convents of San Antonio el Real, San Vicente the Royal Santa Cruz la Real, the Parral, the walled set of medieval structure and the mint (currently in restoration). In the surroundings and with good communication by bus (bus station), you can make a visit to the palatial complex of San Ildefonso or La Granja, which consists of an ornamental garden with fountains and a summer palace of the Bourbon monarchy with museum of hangings.

 

Travel Destinations in Segovia

Aqueduct (Segovia)

Aqueduct of Segovia was constructed in the late 1st century AD this structure is one of the most popular attractions of the city. It was build to carry water for the Roman fort located on the hill. At the time then it was functioning it carried water from Rio Frio (Cold river) 18 km away. The raised portion of the water way is only last 1 km (0.6 mi). The best place to view aqueduct is on Azoguejo Square. It is also the highest point which it reaches. Several shops and restaurants are located in the shadow of this magnificent structure. Tourist often start exploration of the city from this point.

Curiosities (Segovia)

One can not pass a chance to tell part of the legend that surround the aqueduct of Segovia. The aqueduct in this popular story was build by devil himself and not by Romans. A lazy local woman who was carrying her water everyday got so tired that she made a pact with the devil (evil music). She promised to sell her soul if devil could bring water directly to her house before rooster crowed signaling the sunrise. The evil forces labored all night to build this aqueduct and woman overtaken by grief that she sold her soul so cheaply started to pray to weasel out of the day. A miracle happened and rooster signaled morning earlier than usual just then the last stone was about to laid down. The devil went home empty handed while the city was overjoyed by a new building.

 

Casa de los Picos (Segovia)

This house is also known as House of the Points. Located in the old part of the town this house dates back to the Renaissance. The name comes from the façade that is covered by small pyramids.

 

Cathedral (Segovia)

The cathedral of Segovia is build in a Gothic style, but has unique appearance that you won’t find elsewhere in Europe . This style of architecture sometimes referred to as Isabelino. It is widely considered as the last of the great cathedrals of Europe . Build in the center of the city it stands out in the landscape. The construction of this magnificent building started in 1525 under architect Juan Gil de Hontanon and took over two centuries to complete. It was finally finished in 1768. The premises of the cathedral also includes museum and a cloister. It is open from November till March 9 AM- 5:30 PM and from April till October from 9 AM till 6:30 PM. Entry ticket costs 3 Euros.

 

Museo de Segovio (Segovia)

This museum is devoted to the city and the countryside around this ancient town. It is interesting time capsule that collected artifacts, art and general lifestyle of the people who build beautiful structures and walked streets of Segovia . The museum costs 1.2 Euro to enter. Morning hours include from 10 AM till 2 PM. Then as many Europeans, citizens enjoy a lengthy lunch with door opening at 4 PM till 7 PM (October through June) and at 5 PM till 8 PM (July through September). Below is address and contact information if you want to know more about this site.

Museo de Segovio (Segovia)

C/ Socorro 11, Tel 921 460 613/15, museo.segovia@jcyl.es

Church of Vera Cruz (Segovia)

Although not directly within city limits this Romanesque church is visible from many locations inside the city and deserves attention of its own. Build in 1208 by Templar knights this was actually a shrine to house the piece of the True Cross brought from the Holy Land. The relic was moved to near by village church at Zamarramala. The structure has a 12 sides and a bell tower on its south side. The overall structure was not part of some secret sign that the Templar knights wanted to leave, instead it was a tribute to church of Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem. Now the church is under jurisdiction of the Malta order.

Other sights in Segovia

The city is surrounded by walls that were build in the 8th century AD. Apparently the base for fortifications were older Roman walls. City defenses were reconstructed in the 15th century. Besides numerous Romanesque churches are scattered all around the old city.

 

 

Alcazar at Segovia

 

 

 

 

 


 

Transportation

Arrive
By plane
The Castilian city does not have its own airport. The most accessible are:
Airports
-Madrid, 87 km. Madrid Barajas Airport.
-Valladolid (Villanubla), 125 km. Valladolid airport.
-Salamanca, 164 km. Salamanca airport.

By train
Segovia is connected by high-speed rail to both the capital of Spain, Madrid, with destination Chamartín station, and the capital of the Autonomous Community of Castilla y León, Valladolid, stopping at Valladolid-Campo Grande. Both journeys are made in approximate times of 30 minutes.

The high-speed station is a little away from the center. You can get there by public transport, taking lines 11 and 12 of the urban buses (2 euros a ticket).

There is also a line of conventional trains, which stops in many towns in the South of Segovia and North of Madrid. These trains stop at all stations of its route and can be linked to the Cercanías Madrid lines.

In bus
The company La Sepulvedana has several daily buses that travel the Madrid-Segovia-Madrid route every half hour. Some of them are direct and others have several intermediate stops (the semi-stops stop at: San Rafael, Los Angeles de San Rafael, Otero de Herreros, Ortigosa del Monte, Revenga and Segovia). Within the city of Segovia, all buses make two stops; one in the neighborhood of Cristo del Mercado (not recommended for being far from the center if the trip is tourist) and another in the municipal bus station. In any case, it is recommended never to take a bus route (ask at the ticket office at the time of taking the ticket), since apart from stopping in all the towns of Segovia, for also in some towns of Madrid. It is better to wait half an hour for the next service, since it will arrive earlier. These buses do not leave the South bus station, but have their terminal inside the Moncloa interchange, in docks 6 and 7. The Linecar company connects with Valladolid.

By car
From Madrid take the A-6 motorway (direction La Coruña), which from Villalba becomes AP-6 (toll motorway). After passing the Guadarrama tunnel (4 km.), We take the AP-61, which takes us to Segovia. If we do not want to pay the tolls, we will take the A-6 in the same way and then take the exit towards El Escorial / Guadarrama. We will cross the town of Guadarrama (since 2007, there is the exit to Puerto de Los Leones, almost reaching the tunnel and we do not have to cross Guadarrama), we will climb the Puerto de Los Leones and continue through the town of San Rafael and the N-603 until get to Segovia. To go through the Port of Navacerrada, there is an exit on the A-6 at the height of Villalba. On the A-1 you can also access Segovia through Navacerrada, taking the deviation to Colmenar Viejo and then without entering this town it continues in the direction of Navacerrada or Segovia. By the A-1 you can also take the N-110, already in the province of Segovia, past the Port of Somosierra.

Transport around the city
In bus
It has a tourist bus with several passenger pick-up stops (the most important at the foot of the Aqueduct) and numerous stops to photograph. The bus leaves the city to some viewpoints. The rates are as follows: Adults: € 5.20 Adults over 65 and children up to 13 years old inclusive: € 3.90 Children up to 2 years old: free Groups (minimum 20 people): € 4.15


It has 11 urban bus lines and an owl line: Line 1 : San José - Colón (with stop at Plaza de Artillería) Frequency: 15 minutes Line 2 : San Lorenzo - Colón (with stop at Plaza de Artillería) Frequency: 25 minutes Line 3 : El Carmen - Colón (with stop at Plaza de Artillería) Frequency: 15 minutes Line 4 : Circular (with stop at Artillery Plaza). Frequency: 20 minutes Line 5 : Nueva Segovia - Cólón (with stop in Plaza de Artillería) Frequency: 15 minutes Line 6 : La Fuentecilla - Pº del Salón. Frequency: 20 minutes Line 7 : Pza de Artillería - Polígonos - C.Comercial. Frequency: 35 minutes Line 8: Zamarramala - Hontoria (with stop at Artillery Plaza). Frequency: 20 minutes Line 9 : Casco Antiguo (with stop at the Artillery Plaza). Frequency: 30 minutes Line 11 : Pce de Artillería - Ave. Station Frequency: Between 20 min. and 1 hour. Line 12 : Bus Station - Ave. Station Frequency: Between 20 min. and 1 hour Owl Line : San Lorenzo - Paseo del Salón. Frequency: 1 hour.

The rates are as follows: Ordinary Ticket: 0.86 € Pensioner Ticket: 0.06 € Holiday Ticket: 0.88 € Owl Ticket: 0.88 € Ordinary Passenger: 0.52 € Numerous Family Pass: 0.42 € Young: € 0.37 Matinal Bonus: € 0.25

All information with detailed itinerary and schedule at: www.urbanosdesegovia.com

 

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Cultural (and not so cultural) events

Events
February 5: Santa Águeda. The party in which women rule. It is celebrated in Zamarramala, today the neighborhood of Segovia, but the festivity is extended throughout the province.
June 22 - 29: Fairs and Festivals of San Juan and San Pedro.
September 25: Festivity of its patron saint, the Virgen de la Fuencisla. The Virgin is brought to the Cathedral from her Sanctuary and a novena is celebrated during the last days of September.
October 25: Festivity of his employer, San Frutos, nicknamed "the birdman". The night of the 24 to 25, this saint passes a page of his book.

Parties in the neighborhoods
SANTA EULALIA - San Antón, on January 17.
SAN MARCOS - Fiesta de San Marcos, on April 25.
SAN JOSÉ - Festivities of San José on May 1.
THE CHRIST OF THE MARKET - La Cruz de Mayo, on May 3, and San Isidro, on May 15.
SANTO TOMÁS - Santo Tomás, June 30.
LA FUENTECILLA - Virgen Milagrosa, July 6.
EL CARMEN - La Virgen del Carmen, on July 16.
MIRASIERRA - Virgen del Parque, on July 22.
SAN LORENZO - San Lorenzo, on August 10.
SAN MILLÁN - San Roque, on August 16.
EL SALVADOR - Fiesta de El Salvador, the first weekend of August
NEW SEGOVIA - San Mateo, on September 21, the holidays are the first weekend of September.
SAN MIGUEL - Procession of the Minerva, Eighth of the Corpus.

 

Balloon Flight in Segovia (Balloon ride in Segovia), Takeoff field in front of the General Hospital (Calle 3 de abril s / n), ☎ +34 677 996 404, free phone: +34 918 974 271, email: eolofly@eolofly.com . 09:00 - 20:00. Discovering a city like Segovia from the tranquil balloon flight is a unique experience. Being able to observe the Alcazar, the Cathedral or the Aqueduct from the air makes it acquire a complete meaning. In addition, the activity is completed with the traditional toast with cava, a Pic-Nic with Iberian and, so that you have an unforgettable memory, a report with Video and Photographic is also included. You can see an example of the Balloon Flight in Segovia in the following video: https://www.eolofly.com/flight-globo-segovia-200317/ € 145.

 

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