There are many great things about living in Spain's Capitol of Madrid, but one of its benefits is that it is located in the dead center of the country, making it really convient to travel to other parts of Spain.
Last weekend I took advantage of Madrid's proximity, and took a day trip to the historic old town of Segovia. The city is only about an hour and a half bus ride from Madrid, making it the perfect escape for a day.
The city itself is small and walkable, making it a "can't miss" stop for anyone spending an extended amount of time in Madrid. Here are the highlights from my trip...
The Aqueduct of Segovia
This outstanding aqueduct was built by the Romans in the 1st Century. It is one of the most well-preserved ancient structures in Spain and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A neat fact is that no cement or motar was used in its construction!
Catedral de Segovia
This beautiful cathedral was the last Gothic church built in Spain. Unfortunately the day I was in Segovia, the church was closed but it is said to be even more gorgeous inside than outside.
I might have to plan another day trip just so I can go back and explore the inside!
Alcázar de Segovia
Over the course of this castle's history, it has been destroyed and reconstructed a few times. It was originally built as a fortress but has also served as home to some of Spain's Kings and Queens, a state prison, a military academy, but is currently a museum.
It was definitely worth taking the tour through the main rooms of the castle as well as the tour up to top of the tower for a breathtaking view of the city. Note: both tours are unguided so you can go at your own pace.
Unfortunately the day that I was there a large front portion of the castle was under renovations so I was unable to get a full exterior picture to showcase its beautiful architecture. However, I'm sure you can imagine its full beauty just based off of the pictures I did get.
Also, you know its beautiful because it's said that Walt Disney used the Alcázar de Segovia, as well as Castle Neuschwanstein in Bavaria, Germany, as his inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's and Cinderella's castles.