Toledo vs. Segovia - Vs. Other Madrid day-trip options
Replies: 12 - Last Post: Jul 18, 2012 2:58 PM Last Post By: johnskis
Feb 17, 2011 12:56 PM
Should we do Segovia?
Should we do Toledo?
Should we try to do both? Or a different day trip from Madrid?
I've done Barcelona and most of Southern Spain, so I'm not so into that area (as in, I want to donate a MONTH to it, so we're gonna hit that on a different trip)
We're heading up north after (Bilbao, San Sebastian) so feel free to give advice on those too....
Feb 17, 2011 4:28 PM
Feb 18, 2011 3:34 AM
Personally I like more Toledo, but Segovia is also very nice.
They cannot be done in one day. Too far from each other and too many things to see on each.
Other very close and nice day trips from Madrid are Alcala de Henares (UNESCO World Heritage) and Aranjuez.
I would stick to Toledo if you have to choose one though
Feb 18, 2011 3:55 AM
3This is so personal. Just to stir the discussion... I like more Segovia!
Both are great places indeed and with great atmosphere. I always found too many tourists in Toledo (actually, I only started liking the place until late afternoon, when we stayed for the weekend). Even Toledo is great, maybe is not that different from other places you'll see around Spain. However, you will not find Roman Aqueducts like the one in Segovia anywhere else.
Feb 18, 2011 7:21 AM
4I usually don't "do" or "hit" towns, but I happened to visit both Toledo and Segovia on (separate) day trips from Madrid, and for whatever reason I liked Segovia (slightly) better. Chinchón was a nice day trip too, though I don't remember if that was because of the town or because of my travel companion.
So that makes the score Toledo - Segovia 2-2 for now.
Feb 19, 2011 8:50 AM
5Both Segovia and Toledo are lovely! Each has its own unique flavour and style. I won't advise covering both towns in a day. Toledo is quite touristy thus more lively and it feels there are a lot going on while Segovia is more laid back though very charming and the beautiful roman aqueduct is a must see! I'm leaning towards Segovia. Regardless of which town you end up going, I'm sure you'll have an awesome time : )
Feb 20, 2011 3:41 PM
6I'm a big fan of the green Spain (i.e. the north). I'd personally choose Segovia over Toledo for the old quarter atmosphere and the food. If you're going to Bilbao, definitely do a walking tour up the Gran Via into the Casco Viejo swing around and then head along the river to see the wonderful new (and old) architecture culminating in the Guggenheim. It's a nice walk. If you have a car you have got see the Ermita of San Juan Gaztelugatxe on the coast. I think the road is out past Bakio, but you can drive to Bakio and then hike it along the coast (not too far) to see the hermitage. It's beautiful. If you're going to be in Basque country also don't forget the other capital, Vitoria. You won't find a lot tourists and the atmosphere and food are fantastic in the old medieval quarter. Good luck! Check out my website for numerous photos of these areas as well. www.sketchesofiberia.com
Feb 21, 2011 7:48 AM
Feb 21, 2011 8:13 AM
Segovia: 3 + 1 by possible spammer
Now where has cdawgbnell gone?
Aug 2, 2011 5:48 PM
9I looked at this thread to answer the question Segovia or Toledo to scroll down and see that it is dead even. LOL
@cdawgbnell where did you end up going?
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