Day 4. A Day Trip to Segovia

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The Roman Aqueduct

After breakfast we we took the metro from Principe Pio to Moncloa where direct coaches leave for Segovia.  These are operated by La Sepulvedena.  We arrived at the ticket kiosk at 9.15 am planning to buy tickets for the 9.45 am service but we were advised that this was already full and we would have to wait for the the one at 10.15 am.  This wasn’t too much of a problem as we went for a coffee until the departure time.

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The Cathedral

The journey to Segovia took just over an hour on the air conditioned coach and the bus station was just a few minutes walk from the magnificent Roman aqueduct bridge which was built cAD50 and has been very well preserved.

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The Alcazar

The impressive construction, with two tiers of arches is the focal point of this charming UNESCO World Heritage site.  The aqueduct is formed of 118 huge arches constructed from giant slabs of granite.

After a welcome cappuccino at the foot of the aqueduct it was time to climb the several flights of stone steps up to the old town.  We visited the splendid cathedral,  synagogue and the Alcazar.  The Alcazar Palace was originally an Arab fort and with its ornate turrets, nowadays resembles a fairytale castle set high on a rocky crag with panoramic views of the surrounding area.

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The city gate

After all this exercise we were ready for some lunch.  We chose an attractive restaurant in the old town which was elegantly furnished, busy with locals and most importantly, served delicious food.  After a long lunch relaxing with wine and coffee we returned to the aqueduct and walked beneath it to where it reached an angle.  It must have been an incredible feat of engineering in Roman times.

We returned to Madrid on the 5.00 pm coach, this time having no difficulty in boarding the first available service.  We were back at our apartment within one and a half hours, after a memorable visit to Segovia.

 

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