Outside of Madrid, you will find a variety of smaller cities that are waiting to be explored. Segovia is one of them.
Segovia is definitely one of the most memorable places to visit. It is a small quaint town just an hour away from Madrid, and the historical part is very compact.
The city is famous for its historic buildings including the three main landmarks: 1) its 2000 year-old midtown Roman Aqueduct, 2) the Cathedral (one of the last Gothic to be built in Europe), and 3) the REAL Disney castle Alcazar.
Segovia has some really cool architecture and it was really fun to look around. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the region was settled by people from Northern Europe, which was then invaded by the Arabs. Segovia has since been the capital of various Moorish kingdoms. Buildings are a unique mix of Gothic, Romanesque and Moorish style.
Most impressive in Segovia is undoubtedly the colossal monument that makes the city stand out among other historical Spanish towns. This astounding structure is one of Europe’s greatest Roman monuments and a symbol for Segovia.
Once you have reached Plaza Mayor, you have to visit the beautiful Cathedral! The Cathedral of Santa Maria was started in 1525 and construction was finished in 1768. It occupies the highest point of the city. This is the last Gothic church built in Spain.
The Alcazar of Segovia was originally Roman, and what visitors can see now are the Moorish and Catholic medieval constructions that lie on top of the Roman fortifications, which was also an influence for Walt Disney’s Cinderella Castle. How magical!
For a traditional Spanish cuisine, you have come to the right place. The local specialty is suckling pig from the oven, an authentic setting of ancient restaurants.
After all, this is a fun, easy to get to, beautiful town to appreciate the Roman/Moorish/Catholic historical mix!
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