Segovia is a beautiful medieval city in the heart of Spain, in the central region of Castile and Leon, not very far from the capital Madrid. One of the most beautiful and fascinating cities in the country, it is UNESCO World Heritage Site. Moreover, it is perfect to visit in a few days, thus being able to dedicate the remaining days to discover all the magnificent surrounding landscapes, which is also made possible thanks to its ideal location.
We advise you to rent a car and set off to discover Spain, so that you can stop and admire all the wonders you will encounter along the way. So let's see together what they are the best day trips around Segovia.
- Monastery of the Escorial
- Valle de los Caídos
- Sierra de Guadarrama National Park
- Hoces del Río Duratón Natural Park
- User questions and comments
1 - Madrid
Madrid, capital of Spain, is located in the heart of the country, just 101 kilometers away from Segovia. To reach it, you can rent a car and drive for about an hour and 10 minutes, or take the direct train that will take you to destinations in just under two hours.
Madrid is a vibrant city full of life, where people are kind and full of the will to live. It is not monumental like other European capitals, but there are so many things to do and see, so you will have to carefully select what to visit before leaving. Your day can only start from Puerta del Sol, which represents kilometer 0 of the Spanish road network and because it is the main square of the city and the heart of Madrid's nightlife. Obviously then you cannot forget the famous Prado National Museum, an internationally renowned museum with works by famous painters on display. We also advise you to stroll and get lost in its streets and its numerous squares, one more beautiful than the other.
- Range: 101 km
- 101 kilometers from Segovia; reachable in 11 hour and 53 minutes by car or by direct train from Segovia station to Madrid Chamartín station, journey time hour and minutes - Get directions
- the city can always be visited; Puerta del Sol is always accessible; the Prado Museum is open Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 20:00, Sundays and public holidays from 10:00 to 19:00
- for the Prado Museum, full ticket € 15,00, reduced € 7,50
- Madrid: Royal Palace and Prado Museum Guided Tour Madrid: 3-Hour Bike Tour in English Madrid: Royal Palace and Tourist Bus with Tapas
2 - Toledo
Toledo is a Spanish city located south of Segovia, which is about 192 kilometers away. Our advice is to rent a car to reach it in an hour and 40 minutes. By train you have to get to Madrid and from there take the train that will take you to your destination. However, the time doubles, it will take you about 3 hours and 40 minutes.
Toledo was the first Spanish capital and it is a truly ancient city. It is also called the City of the Three Cultures, as here the Christian, Arab and Jewish cultures coexist and merge, giving life to a perfect union. Here you will find places of worship of all three religions, which coexist peacefully and in agreement with each other. A great example of integration and collaboration. Its center is a real open-air museum! Walking through the streets you will come across several gates that are part of the fortified walls of the city, including Porta di Bisagra, and beautiful squares, such as Plaza de Zocodover. Also, we strongly recommend that you visit its fortress, called the Alcazar, currently home to a museum that tells the history of the city and its phases.
- Range: 192 km
- 192 kilometers from Segovia; reachable in an hour and 40 minutes by car or by train from Segovia to Madrid, where you will have to change and take the train to Toledo, total travel time of 3 hours and 40 minutes - Get directions
- the city can always be visited; the Alcazar is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00, closed on Mondays
- for the Alcazar € 5,00; free admission on Sundays
- Toledo: Panoramic Bus Tour, Walking Tour and Alcázar Toledo: Walking Tour and Tourist Pass for 7 Monuments
3 - Ávila
Ávila is a Spanish city that is located 64 kilometers from Segovia. To reach it, the best solution is by car, as it will take you less than an hour. It is also possible to use public transport: from Segovia you have to get to Villalba and here change the train and take the one going to Ávila. However, times are considerably longer: it will take you at least 2 and a half hours.
Ávila is one of the oldest cities, in addition to being the highest provincial capital of Spain, 1131 meters above sea level. It is surrounded by a very long city walls, one of the best preserved in Europe. Inside you will find many churches, convents and monasteries. Furthermore, for the large amount of historic and stately buildings it is also known as Avile de los Cabarellos, or gentlemen. In your daily excursion, you absolutely cannot miss a walk on the city walls, admiring both the city and the beautiful landscape from which it is surrounded. In addition, we recommend that you stroll through the streets of the center and simply let yourself be enveloped by the atmosphere you breathe, it seems to be catapulted back in time.
- Range: 64,5 km
- 64,5 kilometers from Segovia; reachable in 52 minutes by car or by train from Segovia station to Villalba station, where you will have to take the train to Ávila, travel time 2 and a half hours - Get directions
- the city can always be visited
- free visit
4 - Monastery of the Escorial
Il Monastery of the Escorial it is located in San Lorenzo de El Escorial, approximately 53 kilometers from Segovia. The best way to reach it is by car, in about 45 minutes. You can also use public transport: from Segovia you have to take the train to Los Negrales station and from there take the bus to the Sal Lorenzo Escorial-Juan Tole stop. The monastery is then 1,1 km away, about 14 minutes on foot.
The Monastery of the Escorial, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984, it is the symbol of the Spanish Siglo de Oro and is the first manifestation of the so-called "Herreriana" architecture, a name that derives from its creator, the architect Juan de Herrera. The works began in 1563 under the architect Juan de Toledo and on his death passed to Juan de Herrera, who completed them in 1584. Historic residence of the King of Spain, it is also used as a monastery, royal palace, museum and school. Much loved attraction by tourists, among other things you can visit the monastery, the cloister of the four evangelists, the palace of Philip and the Pantheon of the Royal Family.
- Range: 53,3 km
- in Av Juan de Borbón y Battemberg, in San Lorenzo de El Escorial; 53,3 kilometers from Segovia; reachable in 45 minutes by car or by train from Segovia station to Los Negrales station, where you will then have to take the ALSA-8660 bus to San Lorenzo Escorial-Juan Tole, travel time 2 hours - Get directions
- from October to March from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00, from April to September from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 20:00, closed on Mondays
- full € 10,00, reduced € 5,00
- El Escorial and Basilica della Valle: 5-hour tour Guided tour of El Escorial, Valley of the Fallen and Toledo
5 - Valle de los Caídos
The Valley of the Fallen, in Spanish Valle de los Caídos, is located 50 kilometers away from Segovia and can be reached in 40/45 minutes by car, the only means of transport available. In fact, from Segovia there are no connections or routes of public transport such as trains or busses. Is situated just 10 kilometers from the Escorial Monastery, so depending on your plans you could combine the two attractions in one day.
The Valle de los Caídos, also known as Basilica of the Santa Cruz del Valle de los Caídos, is a monument that was built between 1940 and 1958. It is part of the Spanish National Heritage since its inauguration, April 1, 1959. The monument, as the name implies, is intended to commemorate the fallen. Overall, you will see a Benedictine Abbey and the Basilica carved into the rock, inside which are the tomb of Franco, the tomb of Primo de Rivera and two chapels, in each of which the soldiers of the different sides are buried. Above the Basilica, you can also admire the Christian cross which, with its 150 meters high, is the highest in the world.
- Range: 49,8 km
- 49,8 kilometers from Segovia; reachable in 42 minutes by car, there is no connection with public transport - Get directions
- from October to March from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00, from April to September from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 10:00, closed on Mondays
- € 9,00
- Guided visit to El Escorial, Valley of the Fallen and Toledo El Escorial and Basilica della Valle: 5 hour tour
6 - Sierra de Guadarrama National Park
Il Sierra de Guadarrama National Park, located between Madrid and Castile and Leon, it is only 37 kilometers from Segovia and can be reached in just 45 minutes by car. However, there are no train or other connections that depart from the city, so the only way to reach the destination is independently by car or perhaps by taking part in some organized tour.
The Sierra de Guadarrama National Park was established in 2013 and covers approximately 34.000 hectares, ranking fifth as Spain's largest park. The purpose of its establishment is to protect the 11 ecosystems present in the Guadarrama mountains, including the only "mountains of the upper Mediterranean". In addition, more than 1.280 animal species live here, 13 of which are at risk of extinction, more than 1.500 types of plants and 30 different types of vegetation. Inside the park there are several Information Centers for visitors, in order to find all the useful information to discover and explore the area at its best.
- Range: 37 km
- 37 kilometers from Segovia; reachable in 45 minutes by car; there is no public transport connection from Segovia - Get directions
- from 1 April to 31 October every day from 8:00 to 21:00, from 1 November to 31 March every day from 8:00 to 18:00
- free entry
7 - Salamanca
Salamanca, capital of the province of the same name and a city in the region of Castile and Leon, is located west of Segovia, from which it is 170 kilometers away. The best way to reach it is undoubtedly by car, as it will take you just under two hours. By public transport, you will have to take the train to Villalba, where you will have to change to the one going to Salamanca, taking almost 4 hours.
Salamanca is one of the oldest cities in Spain, as well as being one of the most important university cities in the world. Moreover, its University is the oldest in the whole country. There are so many things to see, so we advise you to organize your itinerary well. Among the things to see, you absolutely cannot get lost Plaza Mayor, the heart of the city, also considered one of the most beautiful squares in Europe! And from this square, stroll through the narrow streets and lose yourself in the beauty of its ancient buildings and churches. Also, don't forget to take part in a visit to the oldest university in Spain, you will be pleasantly surprised.
- Range: 170 km
- 170 kilometers from Segovia; reachable in an hour and 50 minutes by car or by train from Segovia station to Villalba station, where you will have to take the train to Salamanca, travel time 3 hours and 45 minutes - Get directions
- the city can always be visited; the University is open to visitors from 16 September to 31 March from Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 19:00 and from 1 April to 15 September from Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 20:00; always closed on Sundays and holidays
- admission to the University costs € 10,00, reduced € 5,00
- Salamanca: private tour with a local
8 - Cuenca
Cuenca, a city located in the autonomous community of Castile-La Mancha, is located 309 kilometers from Segovia. The only way to reach it in the day is by car, as it will take you about 2 hours and 40 minutes. By train and public transport the journey time is really long, exceeding 6 hours.
Cuenca is the symbolic city of central-southern Spain thanks to the particularity of its Old Town, which was included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The origins of the city are very ancient, in fact it dates back to the Romans, who chose this strategic place to build a defensive military fortress. Indeed, the part of the Ciudad Antigua, ie the historic center is located between 900 and 1000 meters above sea level, on the edge of a rocky spur, poised on the void.
The modern part, of more recent origin, is instead located in the southern part. The expolarization of this city can only start from Plaza Mayor, the main square, where the main religious building is also located, the Nuestra Senora de Gracia Cathedral, built with a mix of styles, including Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque details.
- Range: 309 km
- 309 kilometers from Segovia; reachable by car 2 hours and 40 minutes by car, the only way to visit it in the day - Get directions
- the city can always be visited; the Cathedral is open for visits from 1 July to 1 November from Monday to Sunday from 10:00 to 19:30, from 2 November to 31 March from Sunday to Friday from 10:00 to 17:30 and on Saturdays from 10: 00 to 19:30, from 1 April to 30 June from Sunday to Friday from 10:00 to 18:30 and Saturdays from 10:00 to 19:30
- admission to the Cathedral costs € 4,50
- Cuenca: Full day sightseeing train tour
9 - Hoces del Río Duratón Natural Park
The Hoces del Río Duratón National Park is a park located north of Segovia, from which it is just 63 kilometers away. The only way to reach it within a day is by car, in about an hour and 4 minutes. There is no public transport to reach the destination and, moreover, the car gives you more freedom of movement and especially of timetables.
The Hoces del Río Duratón Natural Park covers 5.037 hectares and its name is due to the presence of the Duratón river, and the many gorges, in Spanish "las hoces" that the river has formed in this territory. These gorges are about 100 meters deep and create a truly spectacular landscape. Furthermore, they have become the refuge of various species of forest birds of prey, especially the griffon vulture. The Park has two different basic routes: the first at the top, which runs along the entire escarpment, the second at the bottom, which follows the river banks.
- Range: 62,7 km
- 62,7 kilometers from Segovia; reachable by car an hour and 4 minutes by car, the only way to visit it in a day - Get directions
- always accessible
10 - Aranjuez
Aranjuez, a city located in the autonomous community of Madrid, is located 158 kilometers from Segovia. The best way to reach it in the day is by car, as it will only take you an hour and 34 minutes. By train and public transport the travel time doubles, exceeding 3 hours and forcing you to two or more changes.
Aranjuez, located on the banks of the Tagus River, it is also known as the Royal City, due to the Palacio Real de Aranjuez and its beautiful gardens. In 2001 it was declared UNESCO World Heritage Site. Obviously, in your daily visit you cannot miss the Royal Palace, built in 1561 at the behest of King Philip II, who entrusted the project to the same architects who designed the Monastery of the Escorial. Around it there are several gardens, all very beautiful, including the Garden of the Island, the Garden of the Prince and the Garden of Statues.
- Range: 158 km
- 158 kilometers from Segovia; reachable by car an hour and 34 minutes by car, the best way to visit it in the day - Get directions
- the city can always be visited; the Palacio Real de Aranjuez is open for visits from 1 October to 31 March from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00 closed on Mondays, from 1 April to 30 September from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 20:00 closed on Mondays
- entrance to the Palacio Real de Aranjuez costs € 9,00