In the morning
Journey: Walking / Duration: 2 and a half hours
Visit to the Aqueduct, Jewish Quarter and the Cathedral: A good time to begin your visit to Segovia is at 10.30 am. Our first stop is in the Plaza del Azoguejo square, where we find the main Visitor Centre and the imposing Aqueduct. This is a good opportunity to pick up all the information you need.As well as having your photo taken under the aqueduct, you can also see interesting details, especially the perfection of the masonry, with no mortar or other adhesive material to keep the blocks together. Each one (weighing up to two tons) is simply placed on top of another, demonstrating the precision of Roman engineering. If you look closely, you'll see that apart from some of the lower ones, the stones all have grooves on their sides. These are the marks caused by dragging the stones and raising them into position.From the Aqueduct, walk towards the Jewish Quarter along Calle Cervantes, and continue along Calle Juan Bravo until the Puerta de la Luna arch, which leads onto the avenue of Paseo del Salón. On the way, take a look at the façades of the buildings, many decorated with geometric and plant motifs. Their variety adds to their charm. You will also pass the church of San Martín, a good example of Romanesque art in Segovia, and the Casa de los Picos house. Some of the courtyards in this area –for example, the one in Casa de los Del Río– are also worth visiting.From the Paseo del Salón, you have a good view of part of the city’s green belt, and the Alcázar fortress to the left. You can then go up through the Puerta del Sol arch to Calle de la Judería Vieja (the old Jewish Quarter), and visit the former Main Synagogue. Next, go around the Cathedral along Calle San Geroteo street to the Plaza de la Merced square, to complete your tour of the Jewish Quarter.After you have seen its spectacular exterior, you can enter the Cathedral from Calle del Marqués de Arco, which leads onto Plaza Mayor.Worth knowingIt is advisable to wear comfortable shoes, as Segovia is quite hilly.In the Visitor Centre on Plaza Azoguejo, you can hire guides to show you around the whole city and its heritage buildings. The best-conserved section of the Aqueduct is on Plaza Azoguejo, although other sections of the monument are still standing and in good condition. However, these parts have been reconstructed, as you can see from the style of the arches or from the stones themselves. The rest of the aqueduct extends to the mountains for about 14 kilometres.One of the best views of the Aqueduct can be had from the top of the Postigo steps beside it, next to the information centre.There is a small market in Plaza Mayor on Thursday mornings.The remains of the former Jewish Cemetery are located in the green area known as El Pinarillo, opposite the Jewish Quarter.
Lunch: This is the time to try the local cuisine. There are a host of restaurants in the streets leading off Plaza Mayor, in the area around the Cathedral and on Plaza del Azoguejo.If it’s a warm, sunny day, there are numerous terraces with impressive views of the monuments. To eat, there are famous local specialities, such as roast suckling pig or milk-fed lamb. If you prefer fish, trout is the best option.