Segovia

Located just northwest of the Spanish capital of Madrid, Segovia is a charming town of 56,000 residents nestled in the heart of the Iberian Peninsula.  Segovia is contained fully in the province of Segovia, which is part of the Autonomous Community of Castile and Leon.

The weather in Segovia is typical of a continental Mediterranean climate.  However, the elevation creates a wider range of weather than in other areas of Spain.  Temperatures can reach as high as 37 degrees Celsius in July and as cold as -14 Celsius in December.  The year-round average temperature is a comfortable 11.5 Celsius.  Segovia receives 520 millimetres of precipitation annually. The city of Segovia is roughly 1,000 meters above sea level, whereas the province ranges from 750 meters to just under 2,430 meters.

Thanks to its century’s old architecture (including ancient Roman aqueducts,) Segovia was named a “World Heritage City” by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1985.  Among the most impressive monuments are:

Aqueducts of Segovia:  Constructed by ancient Romans at the end of the first/start of the second century, the aqueducts are deemed to be Spain’s most important architecture.

Alcazar of Segovia: Documented in 1122, and may have existed even before then, the royal palace for Castilian Kings has been destroyed by fire and rebuilt to its original splendour. It now serves as an archive and museum.

Segovia Cathedral:  This cathedral is third-largest in Segovia. One of the most amazing facts about this cathedral is that it has been destroyed and rebuilt over the centuries. This cathedral is one of many places of faith steeped in history.  Segovia has a very long history of Christian, Jewish, and Muslim places of worship.

The city of Segovia is served by Madrid-Barajas Airport (approximately 42 miles/68 kilometres from Segovia, handles international and domestic flights), and Madrid-Cuatro Vientos Airport (approximately 43 miles/70 kilometres from Segovia, handles international flights).  Consider car hire at Madrid Airport to drive to and around Segovia.

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