Day Trip: Guide to Segovia

Before leaving for Spain, we knew we wanted to do a day trip somewhere, anywhere, outside of Madrid. Someplace close, medieval and fun. Toledo and Segovia were the top choices, but with only one day to spare, we could only do one. And if you haven’t figured out by now based on the title of this post — we went with Segovia.

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Here is a quick guide for all you day trippers needing a break from the busy streets of Madrid:

How to get to Segovia from Madrid

By bus is the best way. I’ve read you can take the train, but the station in Segovia is not in the city centre so you’d still have to take a bus when you arrive by train. In that case, why not just take the bus all the way? So that’s what we did — we took the bus.

So, from Moncloa metro station, here is what you do: look for “Isla 1” which is the terminal from which buses leave. Once there, go down a floor to “Area Comercial” using the escalators in the middle of the station near platform #10. Then you will see the box office of La Sepulvedana.

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We went to the box office and purchased 2-roundtrip tickets for around 15€. Keep your ticket for the return trip. Buses run every 30 minutes and the ride is approximately 1-hour long. You can also book these bus tickets online.

From Segovia bus station to city centre

Again, you would think there’d be clear signs marking, “City Centre –> that way”, but NOOOO!

When you exit the bus, go right to exit the bus station. With the station behind you, turn left. Go straight and cross the street, you want to walk towards and down Carretera Granja for less than 10 minutes. You will start to see the aqueducts and the Tourism Office will be on your left. You can pick up a map/brochure here.

Exploring Segovia..

The folks at the Tourism Office can map out the best route for you to take. Segovia is so small, it can be easily done on foot and within a couple of hours, leisurely. That said, it’s still a lot of walking on uneven, cobblestone roads so wear comfortable walking shoes.

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The aqueducts: After a few photo ops at the base of the aqueducts (the last remaining Roman aqueduct in Spain), we hiked up the stairs — just to the right of the Tourism Office if you’re looking directly at it — to the very top for a different view.

Segovia Aquaduct front
Segovia Aquaduct

Casa de los Picos House: Looks cool with all the triangular spikes sticking out of it. Another good opportunity to shoot a faux-Rayban commercial before we made our way toward the main square, Plaza Major.

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Cathedral: There’s a small fee, and if you’re not Cathedral’d out in Spain yet, it’s actually really nice inside. On a sunny May day, all the natural lighting coming through the windows illuminate the place.

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Alcazar museum & Tower of Juan: The museum is small, 45-minutes tops if you’re taking your time. Expect to see a mix of Gothic, Romanesque and Moorish influences, intricate ceilings and silver-armored shoulders with their weapons that will take you back into time.

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As for the tower, it reminded me of the same ones we climbed up at St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican — narrow and windy, it’s not for the claustrophobic for sure.

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But once at the top, it truly is the best view town.

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If you want even more views of the Sierra de Guadarrama, just wander around the area.

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Where to have lunch?

Restaurante Jose Maria

Suckling pig (aka cochinillo asado) is the thing to eat when you’re in Segovia. It’s crispy, a bit pricey and the portions are big, so we shared a single serving. The main thing we missed out on was seeing the servers ceremoniously crushing through the pig with a serving plate. We got the boring fork and spoon version instead.

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Pasteleria Limon y Menta

There is one famous cake in Segovia and it goes by the name of Ponche Segoviano. It’s basically cake with custard covered in marzipan. Coming from a dessert lover, this thing fell a little short of tasting like a sugar bomb. But if you’re into really sweet cakes, this will probably be a hit for you.

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With great Medieval architecture around every corner and delicious traditional Castilian food, Segovia is definitely worth a visit and the hour bus ride from Madrid.

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Do you have any other tips for seeing Segovia?

 

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  • Steph (@ 20 Years Hence)

    We fully intended to spend one of our five days in Madrid doing a day trip to Segovia or Toledo… Our AirBnB hosts raved so much about Segovia and, yeah, we totally were planning to go if for nothing other than to chow down on some suckling pig! But then, I don’t know, we just got sucked into Madrid and it’s beautiful parks and totally lost our motivation to leave! Looking at your pictures, I wish we had made the effort, but I guess that’s what return visits are for!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      I know what you mean. We had reservations leaving Madrid too, we’ve barely even scratched the surface. But, it felt good to take a break from the big city scene for a few hours too. There’s always next time! 😉

  • http://expatedna.com/ Edna

    Glad to see you enjoyed Segovia as much as I did! Except I think I spent less time climbing cathedrals and more time eating…no regrets.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Ugh, that climb up was horrendously claustrophobic!

  • http://www.shershegoes.com/ Sher

    im doing some research for my trip to segovia and wow! i have to say you have the best info on how to get there via bus and walking around so THANK YOU. also great photos! i like the one where your bf? is illuminated by the light in the church.

    Sher
    http://www.shershegoes.com

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Thanks for letting us know Cher! Comments like these always make us feel better about putting out some of these type of guides. Your IG photos look fab. Looks like NYC is treating you tell too. :)

  • http://goodfoodonbadplates.wordpress.com Miranda

    Just wanted to say thank you very much for this post – it helped us out enormously with our recent Segovia day trip!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Yay!!! We’re so glad it helped. :)

  • Hoang

    R?t cám ?n Ki?u v? bài vi?t này, r?t ??y ?? thông tin và h?u ích cho a day out from Madrid c?a mình. Còn v?n ?? này mình xin ?óng góp xíu nha, b?n nên thêm ph?n chi phí entry vô bài vi?t lun s? ??y ?? h?n n?a. Have a nice day, btw !

  • eric

    good tips, i would add that

  • eric

    good tips, i would add that for the bus trip, on the return leg you need to goto the ticket window at segovia and get a time stamp for the return bus. otherwise you won’t be able to board a bus and might get stuck at the bus station for an extra hour and a half for the next bus like we did

  • Lorne Dean

    Thanks for the clearly communicated tips and photos. This helped me a lot.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Glad to hear. Thanks for sharing that with us Lorne!

  • Ann

    My husband and I are doing a day trip from Madrid to Segovia in May! Your weather looked beautiful…I hope we are as fortunate! Thank you so much for the tip re bus vs train! Did you by any chance do a day trip to Toledo? If so…any tips to share? ????

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      We lucked out with the weather. It was perfect really. We didn’t do a trip to Toledo unfortunately. Many people have said great things about Toledo as well.

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