Thanks to its rich culture and history, Segovia was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985, making it one of the top destinations for tourists from all over the world.
Segovia is known as one of the most beautiful cities in the entire Iberian peninsula. Thanks to its rich culture and history, Segovia was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985, making it one of the top destinations for tourists from all over the world. The IE University Segovia campus, which is housed in buildings dating back to the 12th century, is one of the city’s most iconic sites.
If you ever have the opportunity to live in this magical Spanish city, we highly recommend that you explore and discover all that Segovia has to offer. Here are our top five spots you can’t miss in Segovia:
1) The Roman Aqueduct
Crossing the city from east to west, with an impressive length of 15 km (9 miles), the Roman Aqueduct of Segovia is the first of our top five places to visit. Built between the 1st and 2nd century, this massive structure brought clean, drinkable water to the city until the beginning of the 20th century. The most amazing fact about the aqueduct? There is no cement nor any other adhesive substances that hold the stones together!
2) Santa Maria Cathedral
Known as the “Lady of all Cathedrals,” this 16th-century gothic-style Segovian cathedral is the most iconic monument in the historic part of the city. The bell tower, at 85 meters in height, was once recognized as the highest tower in the country, before it was destroyed by a fire. After some recent restyling, the cathedral managed to attract more than 15,000 visitors during Spain’s Holy Week (Easter), making this cathedral one of the most visited sites in the country.
3) The Alcazar Castle
Nicknamed the “fairy tale castle” by locals, the Alcazar Castle’s unique architecture dominates the Segovian skyline. Built around the 12th century, it was declared a royal residency in the 13th century, and quickly became known as one of the most beautiful castles in Europe. With its tall towers and magical, well-kept gardens, it’s the perfect place to live a real-life fairy tale.
4) Casa de la Moneda (The Royal Mint of Segovia)
Built around the 16th century by order of King Philip II, the Royal Mint of Segovia is considered the oldest proof of industrial architecture in the entire country. Also, it holds the record as the first mechanized mint in the Spain, as well as the first one to belong to the monarchy. It operated as the Royal Mint from 1586 to 1869 and still preserves the original 16th-century wooden hydraulic system which is open for visitors in the building’s exterior.
5) Antonio Machado’s House Museum
Although its size is not comparable to the other monuments, we still rank Antonio Machado’s house in the top 5 destinations in Segovia. Considered one of the most symbolic Spanish poets of all time, Machado lived in this house between 1919 and 1932, while working as a teacher in a Segovian high school. The house reflects Machado’s humble, academic way of life. In the garden, you can admire a sculpture of the poet himself, made in 1920.
Apart from these five iconic destinations, Segovia there is much more to be discovered in this picturesque, medieval city. If you only have a few hours, start with these five spots to see the best Segovia has to offer. We have no doubt that you’ll quickly find yourself falling in love with this enchanting city.