Segovia first hit my travel radar in high school Spanish class, when I learned that its castle was one of the inspirations for Cinderella’s Castle at Walt Disney World. This small town north of Madrid captured my attention and dug in deep. Years later, when it was time to plan a family trip to Spain, Segovia had to go on our itinerary.
Segovia is just as charming in person as it is in pictures. From its clean and narrow, hilly streets to the Alcazar (castle) that sits perched on a hill above the city, it is a very walkable town, easy to explore. Inside the castle, the medieval suits of armor, the full-length tapestries and the throne room of Queen Isabella will fascinate kids. The sweeping views from the tower of the town and valley below are well worth the climb.
Back in town, Segovia Cathedral is another impressive example of Gothic architecture. But the real shining star of Segovia is the Roman aqueduct that runs through town. Built more than 2,000 years ago, this two-tiered structure is still standing and in even better shape than the aqueducts outside of Rome.
An easy day trip from Madrid — just 30 minutes via AVE train — Segovia is a must-add to your plans for Spain with kids!
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Editor’s Note: Photo by Tamara Gruber.