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Alcazar de Segovia – A Fairytale-like Castle Before Disney

Before Disney, there was Alcazar de Segovia. If you look at it near and far, the castle resembles that of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle in Disneyland. You can’t leave Segovia without seeing and getting into the heart of Spain’s most famous castle. The structure wasn’t really meant to be a castle. It was built as a fortress. Then it became a royal palace, a state prison, a Royal Artillery College and a military academy. Today, this wonderful castle is now a museum that allows us to see what’s hidden inside.

Madrid to Segovia 

The fastest way to get to Segovia is by train from Chamartin Station in Madrid. It takes 30 minutes and it costs around 10 euros. You can buy your train ticket here. By car, it would take an hour and 15 minutes. Another way to get there is by joiniing an organized tour.

If you are planning to stay in Segovia for the weekend or for a night, you can book via HostelWorld or Expedia.

Alcazar de Segovia - A Fairytale Castle Before Disney (Spain).

Alcazar de Segovia – A Fairytale-like Castle Before Disney (Spain).

Segovia is an old town that was once under the Romans and the Arabs.

Alcazar de Segovia - A Fairytale Castle Before Disney (Spain).

Alcazar de Segovia – A Fairytale Castle Before Disney (Spain).

In fact, Alcazar is an Arabic term, Al Qasr, which means fortress.

Alcazar de Segovia - A Fairytale Castle Before Disney (Spain).

Alcazar de Segovia – A Fairytale Castle Before Disney (Spain).

This really looks like Sleeping Beauty’s Castle in Disneyland, right?

Alcazar de Segovia - A Fairytale Castle Before Disney (Spain).

Alcazar de Segovia – A Fairytale Castle Before Disney (Spain).

Aside from the Roman Aqueduct in the centre of the town, Alcazar de Segovia is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Alcazar de Segovia - A Fairytale Castle Before Disney (Spain).

Alcazar de Segovia – A Fairytale Castle Before Disney (Spain).

Its turrets are topped with a black witch hat (looks like) and are prominent features in the city’s skyline.

Alcazar de Segovia - A Fairytale Castle Before Disney (Spain).

Alcazar de Segovia – A Fairytale Castle Before Disney (Spain).

If you’re impressed by looking at its facade, you’ll be more impressed if you have a look inside.

Alcazar de Segovia - A Fairytale Castle Before Disney (Spain).

Alcazar de Segovia – A Fairytale-like Castle Before Disney (Spain).

The room that most impressed me is the roof of Sala de Reyes with 52 gold-plated frieze statues of Kings who went on a battle during the Reconquista.

 

Alcazar de Segovia - A Fairytale Castle Before Disney (Spain).

Alcazar de Segovia – A Fairytale Castle Before Disney (Spain).

Look up in every room and the roof will surprise you with magnificent artful designs.

Alcazar de Segovia - A Fairytale Castle Before Disney (Spain).

Segovia Castle – A Fairytale Castle Before Disney (Spain).

There’s also this maze garden below but off limits to visitors.

Segovia Castle - A Fairytale Castle Before Disney (Spain).

Segovia Castle – A Fairytale Castle Before Disney (Spain).

 

And most of all, conquer the Tower of Juan II. It has 156 crooked, circular stairs that are so narrow you hope no one goes down on your way up.

Segovia Castle - A Fairytale Castle Before Disney (Spain).

Segovia Castle – A Fairytale Castle Before Disney (Spain).

From the tower, the views are spectacular.

Segovia Castle - A Fairytale Castle Before Disney (Spain).

Segovia Castle – A Fairytale Castle Before Disney (Spain).

Fun Fact:
Segovia Castle was designated as the French home of Sir Lancelot in the musical film adaptation of the classic, Camelot.

Related: Things to do and see in Spain

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