Lying 90km north-west of Madrid, Segovia is the epitomy of Old Castile. It is easily accessible from the capital along the A6 motorway and is one of the most popular day excursions. Although only a small town it has a remarkable number of outstanding architectural monuments most notable its 800m long Roman aqueduct which has stood here for around 2000 years without any mortar to support it. The other main attractions are the 16th century Gothic cathedral and the beautiful 14th century Alcazar (fortress) which served as the fortified palace of the kings of Castile. It is widely believed that Walt Disney based the design of his fairy-tale castle on Segovia’s Alcazar.
Aside from seeing these magnificent monuments the other big attraction of Segovia is its restaurants which are famous for their roast meats. At weekends the town is packed with Madrileños seeking the traditional Castilian culinary specialities of conchinillo asado (roast suckling pig) and cordero asado (roast lamb).
Nearby attractions of note are the 13th century church of Vera Cruz which lies below the main city and the Bourbon summer palace of La Granja which is just 12km south-east. This was built in the early 18th century by Philip V, Spain’s first Bourbon king. It’s well worth taking a stroll through the beautiful gardens with their spectacular fountains, surrounded by the mountains of the Sierra De Guadarrama.
Group Excursion to Avila & Segovia
This excursion first visits the walled, pilgrimage city of Avila which was the birthplace of Saint Teresa. It then proceeds on to the typical Castilian town of Segovia which is home to a 2000 year old Roman aqueduct and the fairy tale Alcázar was reputedly the inspiration for Walt Disney’s Cinderella castle. A typical Segovian lunch of roast pork is optional on this tour.
Private Excursion to Avila & Segovia
You will leave your hotel in Madrid with your driver and English speaking tour guide and head for Avila. This is a fabulous walled city which was the birthplace of Saint Teresa. After visiting the city’s main sights you will continue on to Segovia for a typical Segovian roast meat lunch at one of the city’s traditional restaurants. After lunch your guide will show you around the main attractions including the stunning Roman acqueduct and the fairy tale Alcazar which reputedly inspired Walt Disney in his creation of Cinderella’s castle.
Book Madrid to Avila & Segovia Private Excursion (Tour Ref: 1064)