Our second trip out of Madrid was to Segovia. It's a great day trip as it's only about an hour and a half outside of Madrid. Segovia has several things that make it special: an amazing Roman aqueduct, a gorgeous cathedral and a castle straight out of a fairytale. The aqueduct is impossible to miss. It's huge and I've been told it is one of the largest remaining Roman aqueducts in the world. (I should probably google that.)
The cathedral is beautiful inside but the truly amazing workmanship is inside. My photos really don't do justice to the interior of the cathedral but I have a few of the outside that give an idea of the size and style of the cathedral.
There is also a pretty courtyard in the middle of the cathedral.
The castle is really the highlight of the trip to Segovia.
Once again, it's so dark inside that I really didn't get any great pictures inside, but it's interesting and beautiful. From what I was told, they had a fire in the interior of the castle many years ago and then repaired it. I'm not sure what was repaired or original in the rooms that we saw, but much of the tile and woodwork appeared to be very old.
You're allowed (for an extra fee) to go up to the top of the tower of the castle. To get there you have to go through a small, winding staircase which would be brutal if you're claustrophobic at all. This is the door that opens onto the top of the castle to give you an idea of the size of the staircase: They very wisely inform you on the back of the ticket that you walk up the stairs AT YOUR OWN RISK and waive all rights to sue. I imagine that between the narrow, uneven, slick stone staircase, the pushy tourists and the lack of light in the stairway that they have a lot of injuries. Despite all that, it's totally worth the risk to life and limb. The view is gorgeous.
Segovia is in a valley at the foot of some mountains. We went at the beginning of spring and saw some snow on the surrounding mountains which contrasted with the green of the valley below. It was beautiful. This is a view of the cathedral from the top of the castle:
In addition to the must-see tourist stops of the aqueduct, the castle and the cathedral, Segovia has a lot of cute little shops, some good restaurants and in general is a picturesque town. The city is famous for a dish called cochenille which is roast suckling pig. This is a photo of me cozying up to a display case of the poor little dears all prepared for cooking.
I didn't think the dish was all that great. To me it didn't have a lot of flavor surprisingly, but lots of people love it and it's one of those things you have to try at least once if you go to Segovia.