Segóbriga, a Roman site at the gates of Madrid


Just over an hour from Madrid, in the province of Cuenca, is one of the most important Roman sites in Spain, the Segóbriga archaeological park. Segóbriga is currently one of the best preserved cities in the western part of the Roman Empire and the most important in the center of the Iberian Peninsula. For us it was like a getaway from the big city, in those days that you feel like soaking up history and strolling through streets that lived better times.

Segobriga Archaeological Park

A Roman site at the gates of Madrid

Before seeing a place like this, we have to soak up a little history so that we can get to know this place better and enjoy the visit. If you know it, it will be difficult for you to understand this site, since places like the circus are barely left.

We recommend avoiding summer because of the heat, as there are very few shadows in the field

A little history

Segóbriga before being a Roman site, was a Celtiberian castro next to the Gigüela river, but its maximum splendor came after the Roman conquest back in the second century BC. At that time it was called the city of oppidum and over time it became a Roman municipality paying its taxes to Rome. During his prosperity the mine around him gave him wealth and turned it into a communications crossing. But after the decline of the Empire, in the fourth century AD its main buildings were gradually abandoned.

Behind the Islamic invasionfrom the peninsula a fortress was built on the hill of the ancient acropolis, of which few remains remain. Over time, many stones were extracted and others remained underground, until it was decided to preserve and conserve this site in the twentieth century.

Essential places of Segóbriga

1 The interpretation center

At the entrance of the Roman site, right next to the office where you buy the tickets, is the interpretation center, a place that helps to know how Segóbriga was, with plans, models, how the mine worked and several sculptures.

Interpretation Center

2 The circus and the metropolis

Leaving the entrance, the first thing you see is a dirt road that leads you to the circus and the metropolis. There is little left of both, but in the case of the necropolis you can still see tombs and funerary enclosures, some from Roman times or from the seventh century AD.

3 The Roman theater

It is one of the best monuments in all of Segóbriga. It is not one of the largest in Hispania, but its stands are still well preserved. From there to great views of the circus and the fields of Castile.

Segóbriga Theater

4 The Amphitheater

Located next to the theater, it is elliptical and it is possible to go down to the pit. On the other hand, the stands when we were unable to climb since it was fenced. Still it is one of the best exponents of the entire Segóbriga site.

Segóbriga Amphitheater

5 The basilica and the forum

Going up the back of the theater you can access the forum and have good views of the entire venue and the forum. Then you can surround and even climb from there to the hill where the remains of an ancient muslim tower next to the hermitage Virgen de los Remedios.


Practical data

How to get?

From Madrid take exit 104 of the A3 motorway, which links Madrid with Valencia. The archaeological park can be found later on the CM310 road, from Carrascosa del Campo to Villamayor de Santiago.

How much?

The general admission costs € 5, although if you have a young card, the student fee is € 2.5. For children under 11 years old and retired, the entrance is € 1.

When to go?

In Winter time, from October 1 to March 31, the visiting hours are from 10-15h and from 16-18h. In summer schedule, from April 1 to September 30, the closing hours are extended until 7:30 p.m.

When we were in summer it was so hot that it is best to wear a good hat and water. There are hardly any places to shelter and the few shadows are highly valued.

Practical and detailed information. Press here.

Excursion from Madrid

If you want to be taken and also visit the Ucles Monastery in one day, hire the following excursion:

 See Segóbriga excursion