As I sit here looking through my photos of my recent trip to Spain with my oldest two kids, I can’t help but love the day trip we took to Segovia. Segovia is a great place to visit with kids and one I want to stay for an extended period of time with my kids some day.
The most famous of all photography scenes in Segovia is when people stand in front of the nearly 2000-year-old Roman aqueduct (112 A.D.). The aqueduct was fully functioning until 1907 where the end canal was closed off and water was directed into modern pipes.
Segovia is a small quaint town where you can walk everywhere. My kids had a blast walking around the city, playing in the parks with other kids, and knocking on big fifteenth century doors, wondering if anyone would be answering the doors.
The city of Segovia is one of the few remaining fully walled cities in Spain; meaning that the city as a whole is fully surrounded by protection walls and a few gates remaining (2 out of the 13 original city gates). Walking around with the kids gave them perspective on how cities were built back in the 11th century. Can you imagine explaining to your kids things that happened 1,000 years ago? Neither of my kids have been alive for a full decade, so the concept of 1,000 years is a tough one to explain.
Regardless, they were very patient and were eager to learn all about castles and cathedrals. As of last year, you can now walk up the 180 steps that make up the Cathedral’s bell tower. My kids and I patiently took the tour of the bellman’s quarters that ended with incredible views. I know it looks like we are standing in front of a picture, but these are real-life views. Seriously, every corner of the city is worth visiting.
We ended our learning-packed day with a visit to the Alcazar. The Alcazar is Segovia’s castle and as you can imagine, with two castle obsessed kids, this castle really brought movies to life! From armours, thirteenth-century cannons, dance halls, kings rooms, chapels, bedrooms, and even a rooftop garden; the Alcazar is a great visual of what the castle might have been back in those days.
My only regret is only spending one day in Segovia. There are many museums, parks, libraries, and even local activities the kids could do should we stay there longer than a single day. You never know, one day, I might decide to take all the kids and my husband to Segovia for a few weeks and live like the locals.
Do you like to travel with your family? Would you make an educational trip like this one?