Thanks to the archeological findings in the Sopeña hill, we can place the first human settlement at around 1550 BC. It was later inhabited by Iberians and Romans. After the Reconquest, it was chosen by the Kings of Aragón, Martin I ‘The Humane’ and his wife María de Luna, as the site for their castle-fortress, and was later home to the Lords and Dukes of Segorbe, up until the 16th century.
Economy As the regional capital, it has notable commercial and services sectors. There is a long agricultural tradition, while industry continues to expand, thanks in part to the industrial park that can be found here. The tourism sector is fast becoming a key resource for the town.
What to see Segorbe is notable for its Medieval old town. There are also a number of military monuments, such as the cylindrical Torre de la Cárcel (prison tower) and Torre del Verdugo (executioner’s tower), which, together with the Verónica arch, formed part of the old city walls. You can admire civic monuments such as the Town Hall, the former Ducal Palace and the Archeology and Olive Oil museums. Religious sites include the Basilica Cathedral, the San Joaquín and Santa Ana church, as well as the churches dedicated to San Pedro and San Martin, and the Seminary.
Landscape The municipality covers an area of 108m2 and has an elevation of 394 m above sea level. The climate is Mediterranean, with mild winters and warm, dry summers. The town is sandwiched between the Calderona and Espadán mountain ranges, in the heart of the Palancia valley, surrounded by a fertile plain of fruit and vegetable fields.