Segovia - a daytrip from Madrid
Segovia is worth visiting for it's Aquaduct which is thought to have been build around 98 AD and once transported water from the Rio Frio river, situated in mountains 17 km from the city. At it's highest the Aquaduct is 28.5 metres tall and it was built without any mortar. If that is not enough there is also a real fairytale like castle - Alcazar, and a beautiful gothic Roman Catholic Church.
Segovia is approx 80 kms North-West of Madrid, Spain
Train + Bus is the fastest and most convenient option
The train trip only takes 27 minutes by Avant, which is a short distance high speed train
Trains depart from Madrid-Chamartin station, which is on the northern side of Madrid, approx 10mins by metro from the apartment
departs from Madrid at 9.30am or 10.15am and arrives in Segovia at 9.57 or 10.42am
departs from Segovia at 12.37 or 2.24pm and arrives in Madrid at 1.06 or 2.51pm
Return tickets cost €20.60 per person, and can be booked up to 90 days in advance
The train goes to to the new Segovia-Guiomar Station (also called Segovia AVE station), which is approx 6 km from the city centre.
There will be a bus waiting at the station to take passengers to the Aquaduct
Bus number 11 - costs €2 each way
The bus is coordinated with the arrival of the train
It takes about 20 minutes to reach the aqueduct.
Segovia used to have a hop on/hop off bus, but it seems to have ceased operations last June.
Therefor the options for getting around are either public bus or taking a city tour run by the tourist information office.
Public bus could be hit and miss and will require some effort
Below is an email that I've received about the walking tour:
We are glad to inform you, that the guided tour in english is on foot.
It starts at 11h everyday, from the Tourist Office Information Center, next to the Roman Aqueduct.
The price is 12 € per person or 10 € (for retired people or students under 25 years old).
You can book it directly at the tourist Office Information the same day, under the Roman Aqueduct, we open at 10:00h. Minimun required: 4 people.
TOURIST CARD "SEGOVIA´S FRIENDS"
The Tourist Card "Friends of Segovia" is a project which was started by the Department of Tourism of the City of Segovia (Department of Tourism and the Municipal Tourism) in 2010.
The price of the Tourist Card is 3 €. This is a card that will provide the visitors a lot of discounts and advantages in their visit to Segovia in several commercial establishments: - Hotels - Restaurants - Commercial stores - Craftwork stores - Museums - Products of Segovia´s Tourism (free entry to San Andrés Gate (1 € with audioguide), reduced to the House-Museum of Antonio Machado, to the Didactic Centre of the Jewish Quarter, in the guided tours and a 25 % of discount in all its products). When you buy the card, you will receive a brochure with the different establishments, where will be available discounts and favorable terms.
Segovia is famous for being one of the best places in the world to eat Cochinillo, which is Suckling Pig.
Check out this article to see why I'm recommending this even though I don't eat pork - Suckling in Segovia