The World Heritage City of Segovia looks like a fairytale setting: high on a hill, between two rivers, and topped by a castle which is said to have inspired Walt Disney’s.
And if that’s not enough, it boasts an imposing 2000-year-old aqueduct from the time of the Roman Empire, and a tangle of medieval streets that is a delight to explore.
On a gentle stroll around the main sights you will also find shops selling local crafts (leather, textiles, pottery, book bindings, etc.) and antiques.
Segovia is about 90 kilometres from Madrid, and thanks to high-speed trains, you can make the trip in under half an hour.
Just 12 kilometres from Segovia, La Granja de San Ildefonso is a must-see. The Royal Palace, with its gardens and monumental fountains, is a spectacular setting, reminiscent of the Palace of Versailles. The richly decorated rooms of the palace include a Tapestry Museum with a valuable collection of Flemish tapestries.
While you’re there, be sure to see the Royal Glass Factory, featuring artisanal pieces that are much admired around the world.
Aqueduct: 167 stone arches, built without mortar. One of the most outstanding engineering works of the Roman Empire.
Alcázar: climb the 152 steps of the spiral staircase of its tower, and you will be rewarded with some amazing views. You can also visit its galleries of antique weapons.
Fountains in the gardens of La Granja de San Ildefonso: with 26 fountains and over 50 statues, this is one of the largest and best-preserved collections of sculpture. On certain days in spring and summer, you can see all the fountains working at once. A unique spectacle.