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Alcazar de Segovia
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Fortress of the Kings of Castile and Royal School of Artillery Its picture has been around the world: a unique fairy tale-like palace that brings together architectural tastes of different monarchs. It tells -to all those who come to know it- ancient palatial stories. Austere, as they were the Castilian kings, raised on the rock at the confluence of the valleys of the rivers Eresma and Clamores, the Alcázar seems to watch over the city. Its beautiful Tower keep, often compared to the bow of a boat sailing between the two rivers, is of a stunning beauty. Tourists are amazed to realize that the fortress is a living part of this Castilian city, chosen as a place of residence for many of the monarchs of the Trastámara dynasty.
Reviewed January 29, 2014

We visited this during our trip to Segovia over Christmas. Initially, we walked around the outside of the Alcazar, using the path that winds round the rock on which it stands. There is a nice walk through woodlands that starts at the edge of the city walls and then continues downhill to some pleasant gardens and woodland. You get to see a different aspect of the Alcazar (and see some nice churches en route too). Once out of the woodland, you do have to walk uphill again, which is a bit of a pull, but worth it for the views over the Alcazar and over the plains around Segovia.

The actual Alcazar visit offers two options: you can visit the Alcazar on its own or pay more for a ticket that allows you to go up the tower for supposedly better views. We chose the Alcazar by itself, as I felt I'd had quite enough of walking up things for the day. There is also an audio guide that you can buy. The interior is interesting, with several notable rooms, particularly the room with an excellent selection of armour on display. The Hall of Kings has portraits of all the Spanish nobility, but the significance of this may be lost of non-students of Spanish history.

Much of the castle was restored in the 19th century, so what you're seeing isn't 'authentic' in the sense of being very ancient, but it's well done and still very interesting. There's also a small exhibition showing the history of the military academy that was housed there for some years. This is mostly in Spanish, but a good insight into how the building has been used.

I think, overall, the outside of the Alcazar, when seen from a distance is the more interesting and rewarding experience. There are many beautiful interiors to be see in many places in Spain, but the sheer extravagance of the exterior (it really is the Disney castle) makes this one stand out.

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Reviewed January 22, 2014

This is an amazing castle with a fascinating history and on a bright sunny and fresh November morning it is the place to be.

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Reviewed January 19, 2014

If you are spending a few days in Madrid, take a day trip to Segovia. The train takes 30 minutes, and you would arrive in this beautiful, small medieval town. The main attraction is the Alcazar, the magnificent palace where the royal court used to lived. It is beautiful!! There is an added entry (2 euros) if you want to go up the tower. It is worth it, as there are magnificent views from the top. It is a narrow, winding staircase, but the effort is worth it. Don't miss it!

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Reviewed January 12, 2014

Having seen a lot of cities and castles, I can still happily say that this is my number one. Whether you're a parent taking little princes & princesses on a trip, a couple looking for a romantic spot to wander around, o friends as we were, if you're passing through Segovia you can't miss out on seeing Alcazar.

You've got a few shops and places to eat scattered nearby, and some other buildings & viewpoints to hunt along the trail, but together with the aqueduct this is the best bit of Segovia!

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Reviewed January 7, 2014

We visited with Julia Tours. No matter how you go it is well worth the visit. A spectacular setting, a great history. It is a must see.

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