Segovia: A Must Do Day Trip From Madrid + Helpful Tips
If you’re researching your trip to Madrid, be sure to go to Segovia as well! You may have noticed I spend a decent amount of time these days in Spain. My older brother and his wife moved there a few years ago and I visit them at least once a year. The first year I visited them we did a trip to Morocco together and then did several day trips close by. One of my favourite day trips was to Segovia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is roughly 100 km or 60 miles north.
I liked Segovia so much I went there three times in 2016. If you have time in your Madrid itinerary, I recommend a day trip to Segovia.
An ancient aqueduct built by the Romans in the first century!
Exploring the town
If you decide to stay the night, check for the best hotel prices below:
Love these ancient walls!
Prefer Guided Tours, check out the following tours:
- Avila and Segovia Day Trip from Madrid
- Price: $108.62
- Hot Air Balloon Ride over Segovia
- Price: $183.13
- Toledo Segovia Full Day
- Price: $74.52
Inside the Cathedral
I found a park behind the Alcazar!
The Alcazar may have been the inspiration for Cinderella's castle!
A garden maze at the Alcazar - sadly you can't get to it
Inside the Alcazar - such ornate details
A view of Segovia taken from the Alcazar
I shot is a photo of the cathedral from the top of the Alcazar
Helpful Segovia Tips
Getting to Segovia:
- You can go to Segovia independently by car, train, or bus. You can also go with a tour company like Viator.
- Please note that if you drive, there are paid tolls to get to Segovia
- The most budget-friendly way to get to Segovia is by bus. It's the easiest because you can walk from the Segovia bus depot to the town center easily. It costs just under 8€ each way and takes about an hour. The bus company you take is called La Sepulvedana and you take it from Moncloa Metro Station. You can purchase tickets online but there is a small surcharge. I only took the bus from Segovia back to Madrid and I purchased my tickets at the bus station in town (located at the corner of Paseo de Ezequiel Gonzalez and Calle 3 de Abril).
- My favourite way and the fastest way to get there is the high-speed AVE train from Madrid. It cost me roughly 13€ each way. I took the train from Chamartin Station and it arrives at the newer Segovia-Guiomar Station in roughly 27 minutes. Amazing! From Segovia-Guiomar Station head directly outside to catch the #11 bus which costs 2€ for the ride into town. Have some change! If you're in a rush, a taxi to Plaza Mayor is roughly 10€.
- There is a tourist office for Segovia inside the new train station as well as by the aqueduct in the main square by the aqueduct
- The top attractions in Segovia are the ancient Aqueduct, the Cathedral, the Alcazar, and Casa de los Picos. There are many more attractions but these are the most popular. Just outside of the city is the Royal Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso. I have not been there yet but if you are travelling by car, it looks gorgeous.
- If you have had enough of churches while travelling around Europe, I would skip Segovia's. It's beautiful but in my opinion, Toledo's is amazing and worth the entrance price. After seeing so many churches in Europe I know it can be overwhelming. Although if you're religious or love the architecture and don't mind paying the entrance fees, then by all means.
- If you are a food lover and eat meat, try out Segovia's famous dish "cochinillo" or roast suckling pig. The most popular places to eat cochonillo would be at Meson de Candido or Jose Maria.