The World Heritage City of Segovia is a fantastic day-trip out of Madrid where Trabblrs can stand face-to-face with some of the best historical architecture and monuments in the country. The relatively new AVE high speed train that connects the two cities means that Trabblrs can be checking out the Aqueduct, the Alcazar, and the Cathedral just 30 minutes after leaving Madrid.
The Aqueduct of Segovia is a 1st century-constructed Roman aqueduct that brought water from the Fuente Fria River to the town all the way up until the mid-19th century. It's considered to be one of the best preserved ancient monuments on the entire Iberian Peninsula. Weave between the aqueduct's stone pillars and you'll see why this structure is so significant - not an ounce of mortar was used to hold the uneven stones together. Yeah, let's not play Jenga with these blocks!
It's said that Segovia's 11th centry Alcazar is one of the inspirations for Disney's Cinderella castle. Although the castle may not be as enchanting in real life as it is in the cartoon, it's nevertheless striking. Cylindrical towers, witch-hat tower tops, and its location at the confluence of two rivers make it simply motion picture-perfect. Pay a little extra to go up the tower - the views are stupendous.
The Segovia Cathedral is the last Gothic cathedral built in Spain and is therefore considered to be a masterpiece of Basque-Castilian Gothic style. Its architects obviously had lots of practice by then to get the form down right! Trabblrs can visit 18 or so chapels here.
When you've had enough of history, have a beer at the oldest tavern in town at La Taberna Rubi off Plaza Mayor before making your way back to Madrid.
Meeting point: To the left of Chamartin station's main entrance in Madrid. Once the group is ready, you can head on in and buy your train tickets together.
Leaders, trains depart Chamartin around every hour. You can refer to the Renfe website for departure times. We recommend setting the event time one hour earlier from the departure time though - there are often queues to get tickets!