Segovia, only over 1 hour from Madrid, is an UNESCO World Heritage site since 1985, thanks to its monuments such as the Aqueduct, the Cathedral, the Alcázar, the Azoguejo, the Barrio de Canonjas, the Casa de la Imprenta, the Casa de la Inquisición, and the Casa de la Química.
The Aqueduct is made up of 166 arches and is believed to be the result of a pact between a girl and the devil. The Cathedral marks the boundary between Plaza Mayor and the Old Jewish Quarter. The Alcázar is a royal residence from the 13th century and was the center of research for Louis Proust.
The Casa de Antonio Machado, the Barrio de Caballeros, the Old Synagogue, the Walls of Segovia, La Judería, the Esteban Vicente Museum of Modern Art, and other museums in Segovia are worth a visit. The former Casa de Huéspedes, the Barrio de Caballeros, the Old Synagogue, the Walls of Segovia, La Judería, the Esteban Vicente Museum of Modern Art, and other museums are worth a visit.
Segovia was abandoned by its inhabitants after the Muslim invasion but regained its energy in the 11th century. In the Middle Ages, it became the seat of the royal court, and Isabella the Catholic was crowned Queen of Castile here. In the 16th and 17th centuries, aristocrats and wealthy manufacturers settled in the city, giving it wonderful architecture. In the 19th century, it was invaded by the French and Carlists, but later became a refuge for artists and intellectuals such as Zuloaga and Antonio Machado.
The popular outdoor markets offer legumes, vegetables, flowers, clothing, and traditional pastries. The secret of Segovian cuisine lies in the quality of local products such as mushrooms, fruits and vegetables, and trout. The specialty of Segovia is roasted suckling pig, which is carved with the edge of a plate. Segovia is known for its traditional roasted suckling pig, which can be tasted at Mesón de Cándido, Restaurante José María, Horno de Juan, and the Zamarramala neighborhood.
To complete the menu, cloistered nuns and pastry chefs prepare confectionery products such as doughnuts, soplillos (meringues), florones, ojuelas, and ponche segoviano. One of the most traditional festivals in Segovia is celebrated in the Zamarramala neighborhood on the Sunday closest to February 5th.