6 great day trips from Madrid

The city also serves as a gateway to some of the most beautiful towns and attractions anywhere in the Spanish interior. There are walled cities, Roman ruins, intimate Spanish villages, and even a Unesco World Heritage-listed palace-monastery complex, all within an hour of the city. Here’s our pick of the best day excursions from Madrid. 

1. Segovia

Here in Segovia, one of Spain’s single most impressive Roman monuments, El Acueducto rises over the eastern entrance to the old city. From there, busy traffic-free streets climb past Romanesque churches and pretty squares to the city’s summit and the Plaza Mayor, the heartbeat of the city and watched over by a 16th-century Gothic cathedral that’s one of the country’s finest and most formidable structures. Continuing down the cobbled streets to the west takes you to El Alcázar, a castle said to have inspired Walt Disney’s design for Sleeping Beauty’s castle; the views from the gardens take in rolling hillsides and sandstone churches all across the Castilian countryside. Read the full travel article here.