Fairy Tale Segovia

Climb mountains {or bell towers} not so the world can see you, but so you can see the world.

 

Segovia is a perfect day trip from Madrid full of culture, history, and beautiful sights.

I took the early morning train to Madrid and hopped on a bus to Segovia. I could write a song or love poem about how much I love Spanish public transportation. Name a place in Spain and I can find a way there by public transport, I dare you.

 

First stop: Roman Aqueduct. This is notably one of the most recognizable image that represents Segovia. Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, this site dates back to the first century. It has been reconstructed but there was no change to the original work or style. It’s built of unmortared brick blocks. The water flows through the upper section.

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Second stop in Segovia: Plaza Mayor aka the main Plaza. I’m 99.9% sure that every city in Spain has a main plaza. I really fell in love with Segovia’s Plaza Mayor, maybe because they were starting to decorate for Christmas. Spanish balconies and terraces are real house goals. Add that to my wish list for my future house: nice terrace looking over the main plaza.

 

The main attraction: Segovia Cathedral. This Gothic Cathedral was constructed between 1525-1577 and is the last Gothic Cathedral in Spain. The dome is not original to the structure because of a fire. That’s why the new dome is not particularly the Gothic style. Take the tour to learn all the history behind this incredible piece of history. Spend the extra 2€ to take the Bell Tower tour but make sure you have good shoes on. The ascend up is around 250 winding stairs. Nothing makes you feel worse then when you are huffing and puffing up the stairs while the 70-year old guide is taking the steps two at a time, and he does it 3 times a day. There we saw where the bell ringer lived and went up to the tower where the bells are located. BREATH-TAKING sights of the entire city. A must-do in Segovia.

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view from the top ain’t too shabby

Next Stop: The Alcazar. This is one of the most famous castles in Spain and was the inspiration for Walt Disney’s Cinderella castle. It was originally built as a fortress but has served as a royal palace, a state prison, a Royal Artillery College and a military academy. It’s currently a museum. Famous monarchs who have called this place home include: King Alfonso VIII, King Alfonso X, Queen Isabella I, King Philip II.

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Lunch time–a Segovian specialty: cochinillo asado y judias blancos. (translation: roast baby pig and white beans) Probably not my favorite Spanish dish, but very tasty.

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This has been one of my favorite cities in Spain and I’m sure I’ll be back to do some more sightseeing and exploring.

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