"Many cities have certainly a greater right to call themselves 'Eternal' than Rome... Segovia is of this number" - The Illustrated Magazine of Art
Just outside Madrid lies Segovia tucked away up in the mountains.
I spent a summer here with a local family discovering the local area.
This ancient city is steeped in history and myth. Legend has it that Hercules himself founded the city!
Famous for its aquaduct, the city has been declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Constructed by the romans in 1 AD, the aquaduct dwarfs the square it runs through and is a slightly scary if not hugely impressive thought that no cement holds this structure together!
The Alcazar was one of Walt Disney's inspirations for his Cinderella Castle in the centre of his theme parks. It was here that Queen Isabel agreed to fund Columbus' voyage to the New World.
Due to its mountainous position, it is cooler than the rest of the county. This makes it a fantastic place to visit in the summer as it tends not to suffer heat as sweltering as nearby Madrid.
Against the backdrop of the Sierra de Guadarrama, the surrounding countryside is simply breathtaking.
The cathedral, built in 1525, took almost 200 years to complete! Located in the Plaza Mayor, the Romanesque church overlooks the historic part of the city. Like the rest of Segovia, it is to be enjoyed leisurely. This is not a city to be rushed, lazy days and long lunches are what Segovia is all about.
Segovia is a picturesque city with pedestrian only streets. It is quaint and yet impressive. I would recommend staying a few days but even if you just make it a day trip from Madrid you will not be disappointed.