Segovia is different!
Apart from being a UNESCO heritage site, it manages to be so understated
that you wonder why nobody else seems to have discovered it. So easily
accessible, good hotels, restaurants and every other facility and still with
cute old fashioned proper shops on the pedestrianised Calle Real.
If you are really into
architecture, there is a perfectly preserved Roman aqueduct, towering over
the lower town (and one of the best restaurants). The castle looks like something out of Disneyland,
which is not entirely surprising considering Disney nicked the design from
Segovia! And for serious
architecture aficionados, in addition to the cathedral, there are enough
Romanesque churches to write a PhD on.
For decades since I first visited in the 1970's, Segovia
seemed to be the city that time forgot, but all that has sadly changed in
the last few years. The
Plaza Mayor is now more or less pedestrianised, so no tourist buses, but the
recent completion of the motorway from Madrid and the high speed AVE
railway, have brought the city into easy reach of day trippers
from the capital. The tourists get dumped by the aqueduct and make
their way up the Calle Real to the Plaza Mayor and thence to the castle, but
if you wander just a couple of streets away, you will still find peace and