Best Things To Do in Segovia

Segovia has important architectural and natural monuments preserved through the centuries. Discover the main destinations of this ancient city and marvel at its history.

Ana Caballero

Ana Caballero

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Best Things To Do in Segovia

Vista en panorámica de Segovia | ©Codrin Rusu

Segovia is part of the Heritage Cities, according to UNESCO, because it is home to a great architectural legacy. There are several monuments that represent important periods of history, from Romanesque to Gothic.

You can visit the famous Alcázar Castle, observe the city from the Gothic Cathedral Tower and contemplate the imposing Roman Aqueduct. You will also have the opportunity to visit the medieval churches, squares and natural areas around the city. Without a doubt, you will find many things to do in Segovia.

1. Visit the Alcázar Castle and discover why it is one of the most visited monuments in Spain

Alcazar Castle| © Diego Allen
Alcazar Castle| © Diego Allen

The medieval Alcázar Castle is a must-see destination if you are in Segovia. It is an architectural monument of the twelfth century, where you will find a series of rooms, through which you will learn the history of this building. You will also tour the museum and go up to the tower terrace.

During the tour you will be able to walk through different areas of this monument. For example:

  • The tower of Juan II: you will have to climb a total of 156 stairs to access the terrace of this emblematic tower, from where you will get an amazing panoramic view of the city.
  • The Museum of the Royal Artillery College: with a series of military artifacts and objects from the period of Carlos III.

In addition, in the palace you will see a series of rooms such as the Sala del Palacio Viejo, the Sala de la Chimenea, the Sala del Solio, the Sala Galería, among others. All of them, with ancient decorations, portraits of the 22 kings who have lived in the castle, exhibition of armor and more.

You can purchase tickets to the Alcázar of Segovia, either to visit the Museum and the Palace or the Museum, the Palace and the Tower. You can also choose between a guided tour or at your own pace with an audio guide.

Useful information

  • Price: average price of 9€ per person.
  • Hours: Monday to Friday (10:00 to 20:00 hours).
  • Where: Alcázar Castle. Pl. Reina Victoria Eugenia, Segovia.

Book a guided tour of Segovia

2. Explore the Cathedral of Segovia and see the city from the top of its tower

Cathedral seen from below| © Jordi Vich Navarro
Cathedral seen from below| © Jordi Vich Navarro

The Cathedral of Segovia is one of the must-see destinations, since in this monument you will find valuable samples of sacred art dating from the fifteenth to the twentieth century. In addition, you will be amazed by the architectural details preserved over the years.

During the visit to the temple you can access the entire interior, visit the 21 chapels, the cloister, the chapter house and the museum. In this way, you will see a series of religious artifacts and others of military importance. You will also see some sculptures, collections of tapestries, Flemish paintings and other objects of great historical value.

Also, if you want to extend the tour, you can take advantage and visit the Tower of the Cathedral of Segovia, whose entrance is purchased separately. In fact, you should consult the schedule of the Cathedral of Segovia and compare it with the tower, to avoid inconveniences.

Segovia Cathedral Tower

Access to the Segovia Cathedral Tower will allow you to enjoy a guided tour through the Audiovisual Room (you will see an eight-minute 3D video about the history of the Cathedral and the Tower), the Bell Tower Room and the Clock Room. Finally, you will arrive at the Belfry, from where you will contemplate the whole city.

Information of interest

  • Price: average price of 6€ per person.
  • Hours: Monday to Saturday (9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.) and Sunday (1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.).
  • Where: Cathedral of Segovia.

Book tickets for the Cathedral of Segovia

3. Come to the Francisco Peralta Puppet Museum and live a different experience with your children in Segovia

Puppets| ©Miguel
Puppets| ©Miguel

If you have decided to travel to Segovia with children, but do not know what to see and do for family fun, then the Francisco Peralta Puppet Museumin the city is a good option.

This museum is located near the Puerta de Santiago, just northwest of the historic center of Segovia. It is a small space, but with a magical atmosphere that will amaze you and the children from the first moment.

The 38 pieces on display belong to the collection of the remembered Spanish puppeteer Francisco Peralta and represent characters from children's, romantic and classic literature.

In addition to the meticulous manufacture of the puppets and their beautiful costumes, you can learn and observe how the manipulation system of each one of them works (gears, joints, strings, etc.).

Information of interest

  • Price: average price of 2€ per person.
  • Hours: Wednesday to Sunday (11:00 am to 3:00 pm and 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm).
  • Where: Centro Artístico de Títeres Francisco Peralta. C. la Puerta de Santiago, Segovia.

4. Enjoy winter sports in the ski resorts of Segovia

Person skiing in the snow| © Nicolai Berntsen
Person skiing in the snow| © Nicolai Berntsen

If you are an enthusiast of snow sports activities and you are in Segovia in winter, then you must visit the city's ski resorts. You will enjoy an unforgettable experience, gliding through the stunning snowy slopes.

This is definitely an activity that you can incorporate into your 2-day itinerary in Segovia. Just connect with a tour or head to the ski resort on your own.

La Pinilla Ski Resort

La Pinilla ski resort is located in Sierra de Ayllón, 57 minutes away from Segovia city center. There, you will have a total of 23 slopes with different levels of difficulty, suitable for beginners and professionals. All of them, distributed in a space corresponding to 15 kilometers of snow.

Sierra de Béjar la Covatilla Ski Resort

The Covatilla ski resort is located two hours away from the city of Segovia, specifically in the Sierra de Béjar. It has 26 kilometers of snow, where you will find 31 slopes of all levels for skiing and snowboarding.

Information of interest

  • Price: La Pinilla (from 65€ per person) and La Covatilla (from 29€ per person).
  • Hours: Winter season.
  • Where: La Pinilla (Sierra de Ayllón) and La Covatilla (Sierra de Béjar).

5. Tour the Natural Park of the Hoces del Río Duratón

Gorges of the Duratón, Segovia| ©erreache
Gorges of the Duratón, Segovia| ©erreache

A tour of the Natural Park of the Gorges is a good plan to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and, thus, take advantage of the good weather that Segovia offers in summer.

For example, if you plan a route through Segovia in 3 days, you can devote a full day to enjoy this natural monument. This way, you will have the opportunity to do several outdoor activities.

Hiking route

Through the hiking route you will be able to visit some viewpoints with privileged views of the park. You will also discover some archaeological sites:

  • The ruins of the Ermita de San Frutos, which is an ancient monastic complex of great historical value.
  • The Church of the Virgen de la Peña, with a Romanesque construction of the twelfth century. In addition, inside it preserves the patron saint of Sepulveda.

Route along the Duratón River

The route along the Duratón River will allow you to enjoy its crystalline waters and contemplate an amazing natural scenery from another perspective. To do this, you just have to get on board a boat, pedal boats or canoe and, thus, embark on one of the routes. You can also participate in a paddle surfing experience.

6. Explore the Coca Castle in Segovia and discover part of the history of the city

Coca Castle| ©Joan
Coca Castle| ©Joan

The Coca Castle in Segovia offers a tour through its rooms and galleries, which will allow you to discover part of the history of the city: its religious and military art. In addition, if your trip is planned during the month of August you can add to your experience to enjoy a fireworks display in honor of Our Lady of the Assumption and San Roque.

Visit to Coca Castle

In the Coca Castle, you will discover the Weapons Room ( geometric mosaics) and the Museum Room (with Renaissance decoration, marble pilasters, remains of the parade ground and coats of arms). Also, the Sala de los Jarros, which stands out for its acoustics and the Sala de Acceso a la mazmorra.

In addition, you will have access to the Mirador with its amazing panoramic views and the Chapel, where you will find Gothic and Romanesque carvings with religious themes. Meanwhile, in the Tower Gallery, you will see weapons and armor dating from the sixteenth to seventeenth centuries and, in the North Gallery, you will see reproductions of documents relating to the monument.

Fireworks at Coca Castle in August

You can go to the outskirts of Coca Castle and contemplate a different perspective of the imposing medieval monument, since, during August, it is illuminated after sunset with an amazing fireworks display. This is an activity that will allow you to enjoy Segovia at night.

Information of interest

  • Price: average price of 3€ per person (Visit to the castle).
  • Hours: every day (11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.).
  • Where: Coca Castle, Segovia.

7. Walk next to the monumental Aqueduct of Segovia and contemplate the Roman architectural legacy

Aqueduct| ©Ana Villar
Aqueduct| ©Ana Villar

The Roman Aqueduct stands out among the best tours of Segovia and has become another must-see destination for tourists. You will be able to contemplate a monumental construction, which is presumed to date back to the end of the 1st century and remained functional until the end of the 70's.

The best of all is that the tour of the Aqueduct of Segovia is an activity that you can do any day of the year regardless of the weather season. In addition, due to the importance of this emblematic example of Roman civil engineering, you will have several ways to explore it, either through a guided tour, with an audio guide or on your own.

In any of the cases, you will have the opportunity to walk along one of the architectural legacies left by the Roman civilization, which starts at the spring of the Fuenfría and ends in Alcázar, thus covering the entire city.

It is a work of 28.5 meters high and a total of 167 arches, where you can discover some statues carved in stone at the top of the aqueduct faces. In this sense, you will see replicas of Hercules, San Sebastian and the image of a virgin, as the original works have been preserved in the museum of the city.

8. Contemplate the city of Segovia from the heights aboard a hot air balloon

People riding in a hot air balloon| ©drodri_es
People riding in a hot air balloon| ©drodri_es

Join a hot air balloon adventure during your stay in Segovia and explore the ancient medieval city from above. You will get a different perspective of the main architectural monuments of this town and, at the same time, you will learn about its historical and cultural value. All this, thanks to the commentary of the guide in charge.

This type of activity usually starts at Carretera, km 1, Segovia, which is where the hot air balloons are ready to be launched. You can arrive on your own or connect with a tour that offers hotel pick-up.

Once the aerial tour begins, you will enjoy a privileged bird's-eye view of the entire city. In addition, you will immediately begin to identify some of the most emblematic destinations:

  • The Cathedral of Segovia with its characteristic Gothic style.
  • The monumental Aqueduct of Segovia, legacy of the Roman civilization and World Heritage Site, according to UNESCO.
  • The historic Alcázar Castle, which has housed approximately 22 kings in history.

At the end of the flight, there is usually a small tasting of sausages and cheeses, accompanied by a glass of wine. Afterwards, the guide will give you a certificate of participation in the activity.

Information of interest

  • Price: from 180€ per person.
  • Hours: Monday to Friday from 10:00 am.
  • Where: Road, km 1, Segovia.

9. Discover the history of the Jewish Quarter of the city of Segovia

Jewish Quarter| ©EuroAsia Vizion
Jewish Quarter| ©EuroAsia Vizion

According to your preferences and the time you have available, you can dedicate 1 day in Segovia to visit the Jewish Quarter. Thus, you will discover the interesting history of this town that was home to the Hebrew community until 1492.

The guided tour will take you to the most outstanding destinations of the Jewish Quarter, where you can observe different samples of art and architecture, representative of the time.

For example, in the Didactic Center, you will learn how the Jewish community lived through a series of informative panels arranged in its rooms.

Meanwhile, in the Main Synagogue, which was formerly a mosque and is now the Convent of the Poor Clares of Corpus Christi (cloistered nuns).

In addition, you will have access to the Gate of San Andrés, from where you will have a view of the city, the Jewish Cemetery and the Museum of Segovia, with works of art, archaeological and ethnological exhibits.

10. Visit the Royal Segovia Mint Museum and learn about part of the city's industrial heritage

Segovia Mint| ©Casa Moneda Segovia
Segovia Mint| ©Casa Moneda Segovia

If you are enthusiastic about numismatics or collecting coins and banknotes, then during your stay in Segovia you should visit the Royal Mint Museum. There, you will learn about the history of the old mint that is part of the city's industrial heritage.

During the tour, you will enjoy several exhibition halls. For example:

  • Hall of the History of Money: where you will learn how commercial exchange changed from barter to electronic money.
  • Minting rooms: where you will learn step by step the process of minting money and see some preserved presses.
  • Hall of crafts: in this room you will see the first coin minted in the sixteenth century and the last one in the nineteenth century.

In addition, you will walk through the Garden of King Philip II. It is a space of great natural beauty with a history of more than 500 years and, despite its many renovations, still retains its Renaissance tradition.

Information of interest

  • Price: average price from 4€ per person.
  • Hours: Wednesday to Saturday (10:00 to 14:00 hours and 16:00 to 18:00 hours).
  • Where: Royal Mint Museum of Segovia.