Visiting Segovia is to follow a 3 dot line: aqueduct, cathedral and alcazar.
These are the mandatory points, but you may take hours, even days, to walk the few hundred meters that separate them, so many are the beauties in your way, calling for a stop or detour.
Several times passing nearby, to Madrid, or Salamanca, I always skipped Segovia, considering it just another Spanish town, with an aqueduct already seen in thousands of photos.
One day, for professional reasons, I had to go there, and found how silly I had been. Segovia, no matter your preferences, is an absolute must see. And, in the last 3 years I went there 4 times. And will keep going with pleasure.
Built by Trajan almost 2000 years ago, and still in use, this Roman aqueduct is the ex-libris of Segovia, if we can say so, in such a monumental city, today UNESCO World heritage.
If I tell that this prodigy of architecture was made more than 2000 years ago, and kept working till now, without mortar or concrete, would you call me a liar?
So, I'll tell you nothing. Just go there and see for yourself.
Half fortress half palace, the Alcazar doesn't look Spanish but German, reminding us the Bayern or Rhine castles.
However, it really fits well in location, in a steep hill upon the river.
Despite the successive fires, damages and restorations, it keeps being a really interesting piece of architecture.
The Old Town
Romanesque is the word most applied to Segovia. So, it makes sense to highlight one church as the local symbol of that style.
ure! But... Which one?
They are so many! They are so beautiful! Maybe San Millan? Why not?
But why not San Juan de los Caballeros? And San Martin? and...
Give up! You better have a look for yourself: they are close to each other and easy to visit.
La Granja de San Ildefonso
Ten kilometers east of Segovia, the small town of San Ildefonso embraces the Royal Palace and Gardens.
Those monuments, the Glass Museum, and the whole site, reasonably preserved and under recuperation, deserves a relaxing visit for itself.
Try to match the working period of the fountains.