A Two Night Stay in Segovia
Recently, I traveled to Segovia from Madrid with my parents for a two night stay. Many of my friends told me that two nights in Segovia was too much and that all I needed was a day or even half a day. I had been to Segovia before and I knew that there was still much more History Hiking that needed to be done in this historic city.
We took the AVE from Madrid and arrived in exactly 30 minutes later. The AVE is incredible! It’s fast, reliable, and absolutely fun to ride. We arrived around noon, but my parents were a bit tired from a long taxi ride in madrid and walking the long vias at the train station. However, they were excited to be in Segovia and they couldn’t wait to see the aqueduct, the cathedral, and the castle. We decided to take things slow and split-up the sites into two full days. Therefore, Segovia will have two posts for day one and day two.
The Plaza Mayor is not as large as Madrid’s or Salamanca’s, but it is still a fairly large plaza with plenty to see and experience. In the middle of the plaza is a gorgeous gazebo that provides shade and a 360 view of the plaza. We stayed at the Hotel Infanta Isabel which is located on the plaza. The hotel was fabulous. My parents enjoyed the stay and said the staff were the friendliest and nicest people they had met on the trip.
Restaurant Jose Maria
After the siesta, we were starving and ready for local cuisine. The hotel manager recommended that we eat at Jose Maria which is right off the Plaza Mayor. We were not disappointed and were very happy to have experienced the amazing food. The food, staff, and atmosphere were amazing. Our waiter was superb and he helped my parents order with ease. We were also introduced to a traditional local dish called Cochinillo, which means little pig. Below is a video of the restaurant staff serving a dish of Cochinillo.
For more information on the Jose Maria visit their website at Jose Maria.
Plaza San Martin
After lunch at Jose Maria, we decided to buy some fruit and candy and relax in our spacious hotel room that had an amazing view of Plaza Mayor. My dad needed his NFL fix so I purchased a one week NLF pass and we watched a game on my computer. I had no problem with this because it was actually refreshing to see my first NFL game of the season and it was very cool watching it with my dad. After the game we decided to take a walk so we headed to Plaza San Martin. There are many historical building in the square and it also has several shops, bars, and restaurants.
Unfortunately, my parents were way too tired to walk to the aqueduct from our hotel so they were going to wait to see it on the day that we left via cab. I decided to walk through the city to take a few shots at sunset.
The aqueduct dates back to the Roman occupation of Spain and it is located in the popular Plaza del Azoguejo. It is believed that the structure was built in the 1st of 2nd century A.D.(1) The aqueduct is considered the most important civil engineering structure in all of Spain.(2) The amazing structure consists of 25,000 granite blocs put together without mortar, it is 818 meters long, it has 170 arches, and is 29 meters high(3).
Our first day in Segovia was amazing. We visited the gorgeous Plaza Mayor, ate lunch at the famous Jose Maria Restaurant, we watched some American football, and we also visited the Plaza San Martin for our afternoon walk. Day two of our stay was just as fun and enriching. Stay tuned!
*1-3 taken from the Segovia tourist guide and wikipedia.com.
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