Why visit Segovia, Spain?
Why visit Segovia?
There are several cities in the world whose architecture has been influenced by three great civilisations: Christian, Jewish and Muslim. There are also cities whose charming stone architecture dating back to the Middle Ages has been appreciated and protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site. But how many of them can take pride in having a perfectly preserved soaring Roman aqueduct in the middle of the old town surrounded by 3km of stone medieval city walls? I can assure you that not many of them have a dream-like castle which served as the model for the Disneyland castle, either. In Segovia you have all these dished out on a silver plate, garnished with the friendliness of its inhabitants and served with a free tapa on the side.
If you need more reasons to find out why Segovia became one of our favourite places in the world, read on.
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Segovia: the facts
Segovia, with 56,660 inhabitants is the capital of Segovia Province in the autonomous community of Castile and León. Its proximity to Madrid (92km) makes it a perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the Spanish capital.
There are numerous legends about the founding of the city, involving such diverse characters as Hercules and Noah’s son. What we know for sure, however, is that Segovia, once a Celtic city, fell into Roman hands around 75BC. Abandoned after the Islamic invasion, the city gradually started regenerating and gaining more importance after the conquest of Toledo by Alfonso VI of León and Castile. Being located on important wool and textiles trading routes, Segovia reached its golden era in the late Middle Ages with an increasing Jewish community contributing to its growth. Nowadays we can still admire the versatile cultural and architectural influences of these bygone times.
Segovia’s climate can be classified as continental Mediterranean, which means it’s rather dry and the average daytime temperatures oscillate between 8oC (in January) and 28oC (in July and August). The average sunlight hours are between 3-4 (in winter) and 10-11 (in summer), and you can expect about 76 rainy days throughout the year in Segovia (with May being the wettest month).
Weather in Segovia now
Present day Segovia is a bustling tourist city with a lively student population. In November the city also holds an annual film festival (MUCES –The City of Segovia Festival of European Cinema) which gives the public the opportunity of getting to know current Europe-wide cinema.
written by: Ania