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24 hours in Segovia

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Whether you're visiting Segovia for a short time or are staying for longer, make sure to check out these top attractions!

1. The Jewish Quarter

Segovia's Jewish history dates back to the 13th century, when Jews and non-Jews cohabited peacefully and without tensions. However, at the beginning of the 15th century, the situation took a turn for the worse, and a conflict resulted in Jews being confined to one area of the city.

The Jewish population once again faced persecution when, in 1492, the Reyes Católicos issued the decree of expulsion of Jews throughout their kingdom.

Now, a hot spot for artisanal boutiques, Segovia's Jewish Quarter offers cultural events all throughout the year such as guided tours, conferences, concerts, workshops and Sephardic cuisine tastings.

2. Plaza Mayor & The Cathedral

Located at the end of Segovia's most famous street, Calle Real, is now the Plaza Mayor. It used to be the site of the old church, Iglesia de San Miguel, where Isabel la Católica was coronated in 1474!

The Cathedral was built between 1525 and 1577 in the Gothic style, and is a hugely impressive sight.

Why not sit and enjoy a cerveza or sangria in the Plaza Mayor basking in the beautiful view of the Cathedral!

3. The Segovia Wall

The city wall was built as a defence for Roman Segovia. It originally surrounded the whole city, but it's no longer complete, with about 3 miles remaining.

Now, a walk along the remaining walls will offer you some excellent countryside views and a relaxing break from the buzz of the city centre.

4. The Roman Aqueduct

Segovia's impressive Aqueduct is probably its most famous tourist attraction. It's one of the best preserved Roman aqueducts in the world and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with the city walls, in 1985.

It's not known exactly when the Aqueduct was built: it was initially thought to have been constructed around 1st century AD, during the reigns of the Roman Emperors Domitian, Nerva and Trajan, but now scientists believe that it may have been built a little later, in 112-117 AD.

It's particularly remarkable due to the fact that is was not made with any mortar to hold the stones together! It simply remains standing due to a gravitational and geometrical phenomenon.

5. The Alcázar

The Alcázar is a medieval castle built at the top of a rocky hill, towering over Segovia. Like the city walls, the Alcázar was originally built as a defensive fortress, but has also served as a royal palace, state prison, military academy and Royal Artillery College.

The castle has been altered and added to by various Spanish monarchs in the past, but perhaps the largest contributor to the shape and form it takes today was King John II, who built the 'New Tower' or 'John II Tower'.

Have you been to Segovia yet? What attractions would you recommend visiting?

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