There are many choices for day trips from Madrid, Spain. However, if I could recommend just one it would have be Segovia. The place is absolutely stunning.
Madrid to Segovia
The easiest way to travel from Madrid to Segovia as a tourist is by taking a bus. You can also take a train but the train station is not in Segovia city center so you will first have to take a train and then a bus to get there. For this reason, the easiest option in my opinion is to take a direct bus from Madrid to Segovia. The bus will leave from Moncloa bus and metro station in Madrid and it will take you to Segovia in an hour and cost you about 8 euros one way.
What to do in Segovia?
Segovia is a compact city so it will be very easy for you to see it on foot. The most impressive attraction is the Roman Aqueduct of Segovia and it will be the first thing you’ll see when you walk towards the city center from the bus station. It is massive and it is such a strange sight, to have so much history in the center of a bustling town.
Aqueducts were channels built by Romans to transport water from one location to another. The one in Segovia is an aqueduct bridge and it was probably built around A.D. 50 to supply water to the town from the nearby Frio Rio river. The Aqueduct is in great condition.
However, there is more to Segovia than just the Aqueduct. After visiting the aqueduct, have some lunch and walk first to the Segovia Cathedral and then to the Alcazar of Segovia. They both look really impressive.
Segovia Cathedral is a Gothic cathedral dedicated to the Virgin Mary. There is an entrance fee but it’s just a couple of euros, a bit more if you want to visit the tower with apparently great views. We didn’t go up to the tower because I had already planned to see another view from the tower of Alcazar. I’m not too crazy about climbing a lot of stairs so I settled for just one view 🙂
Alcazar of Segovia is a castle situated a bit further from the city center but it’s still an easy and pleasant walk to get there. From this direction it looks like a sand castle. I’ve seen some pictures from another direction and it looks completely different, like something out of a Disney film. There are rooms and halls that you can visit with some medieval armory and as I promised a fantastic view both from the windows and – if you manage to walk up the 152 stairs – from the tower. Absolutely beautiful.
The whole city is really beautiful. As you walk back to the city center you can take another route and just wander the quiet streets of the Segovia old town.
So, how much does a day in Segovia cost?
Here’s how much you’ll spend if you take a day trip to Segovia with this itinerary (prices on March 2016):
- €16 / Bus from Madrid to Segovia + Segovia to Madrid
- Free / Aqueduct of Segovia
- €3 / Segovia Cathedral
- €7,50 Alcazar of Segovia
- Free / Walking around Segovia old town
- €16 Lunch at restaurant El Bernardino (menu del dia, red wine was included)
So this day trip cost me €42,50 (Set lunch menu with red wine included). You can do it even cheaper by just admiring the Segovia Cathedral from the outside and by having a smaller lunch. But I felt that it was all worth it 🙂
A day trip to Segovia is great because it’s not too heavy, you know? You have three amazing sights, pretty old town and a pleasant lunch. And then you head back to the city. What more could you want?