One of the greatest surviving monuments of Roman engineering.
While I was studying abroad in Madrid, a couple friends and I wanted to get out of the city for a day so we purchased cheap tickets, hopped on a bus and headed to Segovia to spend the day exploring and enjoying the small-town atmosphere.
Upon arrival, we hurried off the bus, found a map of the city and set off toward the center for Segovia. After a short walk and several stops to gawk at shops and buildings along the way, we got our first glimpse of the magnificent Roman Aqueduct. I remember gazing at the aqueduct in awe and mumbling “wow” to myself as my friends and I hurried closer to get a better view.
The aqueduct is the foremost symbol of Segovia and I started to understand why the closer I got to it. It’s truly magnificent to stand there and stare at its vast beauty in front of you. The aqueduct is huge (as to be expected), at its highest point, it rises 100 feet off the ground and is a couple thousand feet long. It was constructed in the 1st century AD to transport water 10 miles from the Frío River to the city of Segovia, Spain.
Seeing the aqueduct from the front is beautiful but you don’t want to miss looking down the length of the aqueduct, it’s breathtaking. Climb the stairs on the left side near the aqueduct and you can witness this view too. One thing I noticed while we were there was that there were a TON of birds flying around above the aqueduct. Has anyone else witnessed this on their visit? I thought it was so bizarre and funny story- a friend of mine was worried about the birds pooping on her and she asked “They can’t go to the bathroom while flying, right?” wrong. Literally, a few minutes later a bird pooped on her head.. we had a really good laugh and she took it like a champ. Needless to say, we got away from the aqueduct quickly before anyone else fell victim to the flock of birds soaring above.
The Roman Aqueduct in Segovia is truly spectacular and you don’t want to miss it! It’s a super easy day trip from Madrid and a breath of fresh air (literally) to get out of the city and enjoy the small-town atmosphere.
Have you been to the Segovia Aqueduct? Is it something you would like to see? I would love to hear your thoughts- leave them in the comments! Also, if you liked this post, please share it!