Hitchhike from Segovia to Madrid
Getting out of Segovia was quiet easy and achieved on foot although we did have to walk uphill some of the way. Our first lift came after 20 mins and we were driven directly to La Granja. From there, we were picked up and driven across the Cuenca Alta del Manzanares regional park and onto the motorway AP-6. If you do get dropped off anywhere along the AP-6, short of Madrid it is possible to take a bus into the capital for less than 4€.
Number of lifts: 5
Estimated journey time: 2hr 30 mins
Estimated waiting time: 20 mins
Alternative transport costs: Bus: € 8.20+ / Train: € 12.70+
The fabulous town of Segovia is a UNESCO World Heritage Site surrounded by over 3km of medieval stone walls whose architecture is an enchanted mix of three great cultures: Christian, Jewish and Muslim. It contains a soaring Roman aqueduct running through the centre of town and is home to the dream like Alcazar that served as the model for the Disneyland castle..
Madrid, Spain‘s capital and largest city, is both effortlessly cool and down-right grimy, and a great place to experience the contradiction that is modern Spain. Treats to be explored include a selection of art galleries without equal (el Prado, Reina Sofia), stunning colonial era architecture and plazas as well as the some of best nightlife to be found on Earth. A must see city if ever there was one!
What to visit on the way?
Located 13km from Segovia and on the route to Madrid is the Royal Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso, an 18th century Baroque palace with expansive French style gardens which are amongst the finest in Europe. Entry to the Palace costs 9 € but the gardens are open to all.
Where to stand: From Plaza de la Artillería next to the Aqueduct, follow Av. del Padre Claret and get to the 3rd roundabout (the one after the bullring).