Make a holiday apartment in Segovia your home away from home
Segovia holiday apartments are in an historic city where buildings from a range of eras stand in perfect states of preservation. There’s also dramatic natural scenery to admire, and in the winter this UNESCO city’s handsome skyline is framed by snow-capped mountains. Segovia holiday homes are ideal for couples on romantic, culture-friendly escapes, with ornate gardens, grand palaces and all the excitement of Madrid to enjoy not far away. Apartments in Segovia are set on atmospheric old streets and have cosy interiors, complete with all the necessary kitchen and bathroom amenities and all within walking distance of the main sights.
Things to do
-Heritage: Segovia’s historic quarter is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with much for visitors to explore. One of many eye-catching buildings is the 2,000-year-old Roman aqueduct, which stands at 28 metres in Azoguejo Square. The Alcázar is also stunning—it’s a fortified palace from the 11th century but represents a fusion of Romanesque, gothic, renaissance and Mudejar styles.
-Nature: For some wonderful scenery head north to the Hoces del Rio Duratón Natural Park. Here the river has cut deep gorges, with cliff-faces more than 100 metres in height. There’s also a diversity of birdlife in the park, including kestrels, peregrine falcons and several species of vulture. Closer, and to the southeast looms Péñalara, the highest peak in the Guadarrama mountain range, at a height of more than 2,428 metres.
-Excursions: In the hills southeast of Segovia is the Royal Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso, a baroque summer residence built in the 1700s for Prince Philip V. The grounds with their prim gardens and ornate fountains are lovely, and the grand interiors are kept as a museum. Just 40 minutes to the south is another royal residence, El Escorial, which is from the 16th and 17th centuries and listed as a UNESCO site.
-Madrid: Spain’s capital is convenient for a day trip. There’s something for everyone here, with iconic sights like the Royal Palace and its resplendent interiors, and fantastic cultural attractions like Museo del Prado, with exhibits by masters like Goya, Caravaggio, van Dyck, Botticelli and Titian. There’s also no end of great shopping, especially in Sol-Salamanca, and eateries that range from tapas bars to Michelin-starred restaurants.
-Food and drink: In Castille-Leon they are proud of the high quality of their pork products. For carnivores one of the must-do experiences in Segovia is to try slow- roasted suckling pig. The diet here is about warmth and being full, so other meats like veal and lamb are popular, as is the local Judiones stew, with beans and bacon.
Weather in Segovia
The climate in Segovia is continental Mediterranean, with warm summers and fresh winters. The period between June and September gets little by way of precipitation and daily highs of between 24 and 29°C. Autumn and spring weather is moderate and damper, with around ten days of rainfall in the months of May. Visitors arriving at a holiday home in Segovia in winter should pack a warm coat as the conditions here are similar to London at this time of year. There’s usually a little snow in January and average highs of 7°C.
Travel to Segovia
Visitors heading to Segovia holiday rentals from the UK can use Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD). It’s the largest airport in Spain, getting lots of traffic from the UK with low-fares airlines and flag carriers, so there’s a wide variety of routes to choose from. Segovia is to the northwest of the city. By car it’s an hour-long drive via the A-6 and AP-61. On the AVE high-speed train line it’s around half an hour away from Madrid’s Chamartin station, and with the more affordable suburban C-8b it takes just under two hours.