NEED TO KNOW
LOCATION The aqueduct is located in Castilla y León, 50 miles (83 km) north of Madrid
DIMENSIONS Length: 2,394 ft (730 m); height: 95 ft (29 m)
CONSTRUCTED AD 100
Jan: 39°F (4°C); Apr: 55°F (13°C); Jul: 77°F (25°C); Oct: 55°F (13°C)
The story goes that a young Segovian woman, tired of lugging water from the river, sold her soul to the devil on condition that he would bring water right to her front door. When you see the aqueduct he built for her (in truth built by the Romans), it’s hard not to believe that there is something of the devil in it. Not a drop of mortar was used in the aqueduct’s construction, which runs into the heart of Segovia. Made from 20,000 huge granite blocks sitting tightly on each other, it is the world’s most spectacular 3-D jigsaw.
Getting There and Around A 35-minute bullet train connects Segovia to Madrid. There are regular buses as well. Several low-cost airlines also fly to nearby Valladolid, which has good bus and train connections to Segovia.
When to Go Perched at 3,280 ft (1,000 m) on the Spanish mesa, Segovia has extreme temperatures and is best visited in Jun–Sep.