SEGOVIA | Located just over an hour’s drive or two or train ride from Madrid is the small city of Segovia, a perfect spot for a day trip out of Madrid or on a road trip through Spain. If you drive to Segovia, make sure you make a stop at El Escorial Monastery (entry fee €10.00) (Av Juan de Borbón y Battemberg, s/n, 28200 San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid, Spain). In addition to being a monastery, the site itself was once home to Spanish royalty. Driving from Madrid is to the Monastery is straightforward – directions are well sign posted and it takes about an hour. When we visited we found a large parking garage near the monastery that was about €7.50 for three hours. The highlight of the visit to the monastery was the massive basilica and library. The Monastery has a beautiful manicured garden with views of Madrid in the distance.
After visiting the Monastery we enjoyed a delicious lunch at a tucked away restaurant called La Oficina (Calle San Quintín, 4, 28200 San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid, Spain). For €10.00 each we enjoyed the menu of the day which was a three course meal and €2.00 got us a wine as well. The food was delicious with a home cooked feel. The restaurant appeared to be family run and enjoyed by Spanish visitors. We observed the local custom of adding sparkling water to the red wine and followed suit. Perhaps this is the secret to the famed Spanish night life?
From El Escorial, we enjoyed a beautiful drive to Segovia. There were tolls but we appreciated the lack of traffic and good quality roads. You can skip the tolls but the drive will take around half an hour longer. Segovia has been designated as World Heritage listed site by UNESCO and when you arrive it’s very apparent why. Segovia is home to the best preserved Roman aqueduct in the world, the astonishing castle (Alcazar), and a besutiful cathedral that overlooks the town’s main square (Plaza Mayor). The city itself is stunning with its little side streets and plazas, giving it an authentic medieval feel.
We stayed a bit outside of town at the Hotel Candido (Av. Gerardo Diego, s/n, 40004 Segovia, Spain) so that we could easily park our car. Hotel Candido is lovely with very welcoming staff. Our room was massive and unfortunately we didn’t have time to take advantage of the hotel’s amenities including a spa, gym, and museum. We enjoyed the 25 minute walk into the city center passing through residential areas which allowed us to see the start of the Roman aqueduct that ends up towering right over the middle of town.
Arriving in town, we tried our first Spanish craft beers, brewed in Segovia, San Frutos. We tried a ruby and a triple malt which was rated very highly on Untappd. Highly recommended for any craft beer fans.
When it was time for a rest after a long day of sightseeing, we stopped at the Restaurante Jose Maria (Calle Cronista Lecea, 11, 40001 Segovia, Spain) for wine and tapas. We had a beautiful glass of house wine that came with a tapa for €2.50. The bar was super lively before and during the Easter procession. We loved the vibe and ended up staying for a while dipping in and out of the bar to take in more of the Easter festivities. On our way home we made a final stop in the Bar Jose in the Plaza Mayor (Plaza Mayor, 4, 40001 Segovia, Spain) for a nightcap.zz