Europe, Study Abroad

A Quick Tour of Segovia

Last Monday was orientation for IE School of Human Sciences and Technology—also known as that school in Madrid I am now attending. How I ever ended up at a school with the word “technology” in its name is beyond me. But still, I made it!

So far, I’m in love with IE. They’ve had many fun “get-to-know-you” activities—like cooking paella and a rooftop bar experience—and they also gave us free IE backpacks. What put it over the top? The fact that they arranged us to go to the Segovia campus for orientation.

It was amazing.

Upon arriving in Segovia, we were greeted with an hour of complimentary coffee before listening to speeches given by program directors and alumni. And they weren’t even boring!

After that, we enjoyed an hour of free wine and appetizers. It is literally the fanciest I’ve ever felt. Naturally I was just the teeniest bit tipsy by the end of that hour.

Which made the Segovia tour a much more interesting experience.

I didn’t spend that much time in Segovia, but I did take some photos that I wanted to share with my one reader (hi mom!).

Also, I really needed to post, and this article was going to take the least amount of effort.

So, without any further ado:

A Quick Tour of Segovia

Segovia aqueduct

Segovia is northwest of Madrid, about an hour to an hour and a half by car. The first thing you’ll notice in Segovia is the ancient Roman aqueduct that runs through the center of the city. According to my tour guide—and validated by Google because I couldn’t remember the numbers—the aqueduct has more than 160 arches, and most of them are still in the original mortarless granite.

Segovia Cathedral

This Gothic-style Roman Catholic cathedral was built in the mid-16th century. We didn’t get to go in, but if I ever go back to Segovia, it’s definitely on my must-see list!

Segovia Road

Just walking down the streets was enjoyable. The buildings were colorful and the atmosphere relaxed. Segovia is definitely the perfect place to enjoy a coffee and let the day pass you by.


Even the views from next to the palace were great. Our tour guide said that there were monasteries over here…although I’m not convinced I was looking at the right thing.

Alcázar of Segovia

This is the Alcázar of Segovia. Originally built as a fortress, it  has been used as a royal palace, a prison, and a military academy. It’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Thanks for reading! I know this was a short post, but I was in Segovia for a short amount of time. I really just wanted to post the pictures! =)



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