Touring Toledo and Segovia
I chose to do a tour which I booked using 'Viator' that combines the two cities in to one day. Predominantly because it takes the stress out of organising it yourself but it also saves time. It worked out to be really good value for money!
We met at Ventas (The Bull Fighting Ring) in Madrid at 7:45am where we boarded the coach and were whisked away on a one hour journey to the magical scenes of Toledo. From the panoramic view point, Toledo is an incredible looking city bursting with character and colour. Up close and in the city it oozes charisma, having previously been Spain's Capital City - it's also well known for its three religions which built the city to be the way it is today. From the Jewish Quarter and Synagogue, Muslim Arches embedded in various architecture and the old Mosque to the Catholic/Christian Churches and Cathedrals which are so prevalent today.
The tour included a guided walk around the city which gave us plenty of information and background history about Toledo and we saw the worlds tallest marzipan statue. We were then given an hour and a half of free time to explore the city ourselves, I went inside the amazing cathedral and walked the narrow higgledy-piggledy streets. Toledo is well known for its knives and swords and you can even find a sword museum where you can see swords that were used for Games Of Thrones and Lord Of The Rings. One of my favourite things about Toledo is that because it is so high up they have actually built a network of escalators that will transport you up/down to the city which is built on a rock.
Next, two hours on the bus which I used for good quality napping, having already spent a few hours in the exhausting Spanish Sunshine before arriving in Segovia.
A city that I knew nothing about, I was very impressed with Segovia. On arrival I was amazed by the Aqueduct which is a beautiful example of Roman architecture and stands imposingly over the city. We had some free time so I grabbed a quick bite to eat then walked up to the top of the aqueduct for an amazing photo opportunity and then walked along it for even more photos.
We regrouped an hour or so later and did a walking tour through the city. The next thing to really catch my eye was the Segovia Cathedral, even though the locals play it down and claim "it's not as good or as famous as others..." It is stunning. I'm going to be controversial here and say it is maybe even more beautiful than the Sagrada Familia - well it's finished at least!!!
Onwards and upwards to the edge of the city and into the castle, which was a fun place to wander and explore and get some amazing sights of the surrounding city and countryside. A walk down from the city provides you with an amazing view of the castle from a low angle and you can see why Walt Disney visited Segovia for inspiration when designing his iconic Disney Castle.
This tour was everything I wanted and more; with plenty of guidance and enough free time to explore both cities and comfortable hassle-free transportation in between! Highly recommend and if not on a tour, add these two enchanting cities to your list of places to visit in Spain!