There are many small cities near Madrid that are worth visiting, besides Toledo, another one you can look at is Segovia. It is just about an hour drive from Madrid. After our designer outlets shopping in Las Rozas Village, the next stop is Segovia city.
This city attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year to check out the grand Aqueduct tower which is majestically above the streets and monuments of Segovia.
What is an aqueduct?
In ancient time, the Roman built an aqueduct to bring water into the cities and towns from outside sources such as river or streams. The aqueduct help brings in fresh water for everyday use such as drinking and bathing from as far as 50 to 60 miles away, it also helps to bring wastewater to farms for irrigation.
How did aqueduct work? – Gravity
The Roman engineers who designed them used gravity to do most of the work. (Gravity helps to move water) They also have to build tunnels to get water through mountains, and bridges to cross the valley.
Wherever the Romans went they built aqueducts and you can still see an aqueduct in other former Roman colonies cities such as Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Greece, Isreal, Lebanon, Tunisia, Germany, and Spain.
The 2000 years old aqueduct stop in use only recently
The Segovia aqueduct that we see in Segovia city only stop in use about 100 years ago. It carries water 16 km from the Frio River to the city of Segovia. It was built under the Roman emperor Trajan (reigned 98-117 ce).
Unesco World Heritage Site
Yes, this aqueduct is the symbol of the city of Segovia and it is a Unesco World Heritage Site too.
Some shops and restaurants & cafe near the Aqueduct.
When you explore the city of Segovia, do check out the architecture of the buildings. You will see some of the Moorish influence too. The Moors are the north African (darker skin) Islamic people who came at around 711 and conquered Spain for 800 years.
MCMXXXI = 1931
Huge Roman Numerals can be seen above the information center signboard. I am not sure why 1931 was there, probably the building was built in 1931.
Segovia’s best-known dish – the roast suckling pig is a must try dish while in Segovia. We had that in a restaurant 5 mins walk from the Aqueduct. I have to tell you this is the die for dish and one of the best dishes I had in Spain.
Symbol of the Roman
Sculpture of the wolf and the twin of Romulus and Remus is located in Segovia city before you reach the aqueduct. The wolf and twin sculpture refer to the Roman legend. It is believed that the twin was rescued by the wolf. The wolf fed the twin with her milk. When they grew up, Romulus and Remus took back their grandfather’s kingdom and established a city. The legend ends with Romulus killing his brother, and that’s how the history of Rome begun.
Other attractions in Segovia
If you are spending a day in Segovia, there are other attractions you may want to visit:
Catedral de Segovia – built with yellow stone and located in the Old Town
Alcazar – the Disneyland look-alike tower
Casa De Los Picos – The House Of Points
There are two things that are famous in Segovia city. The magnificent Roman aqueduct which lines across the city and the roasted suckling pig called “cochinillo”.
If you are exploring Madrid and want to visit the nearby cities, Segovia is a great location for a day trip.