The town of Segovia is located 50 miles from Madrid and is listed as a world heritage site. It has the nickname of “The Stone Ship” due to the position of the Alcazar castle on the rocks resembling a ship. Two separate myths claim that the town was founded by Hercules and by Noah’s son. It has one of the most stunning monuments from Roman times right in its centre, the Aqueduct.
Shrine of Saint John of the Cross and the Convent of the Discalced Carmelites
The resting place of Saint John is in the Convent of the Discalced Carmelite nuns in Segovia. The convent was built in the 16th century and is a main feature for pilgrims following the footsteps of Saint Teresa of Avila.
The Aqueduct is the centrepiece of the town and is one of the best preserved ancient Roman monuments. The spectacular construction consisting of two tiers of perfectly lined elegant arches was built in the 1st century and is 28 metres in height.
The distinctive shape of this beautiful castle is what led to the town’s nickname of “The Stone Ship”. It was built to serve as a fortress but has also been used as a palace, prison, college and military academy. It was also the inspiration behind Walt Disney’s design of the Cinderella Castle!
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- Currency: Euro (€, EUR)
- Local time: GMT + 1 hour
- Airports: Madrid (MAD)
- Flight duration: 2 hours 15 minutes approximately
- Languages: Spanish; many people speak English
- Voltage: 230V A/C, sockets outlets and sockets Type C 2 pin and Type F 2 pin are used
- Visa: not required for EU citizens; non-EU citizens are advised to check with the relevant authorities
- Passport: EU passport holders travelling to Spain must have an up-to-date passport valid for travel three months beyond the date of return; non-EU citizens are advised to check with the relevant authorities