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Spain’s ‘fairytale’ holiday destination has almost no tourists

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Spain is one of the UK’s top holiday destinations and the Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca and Balearics are usually packed with Brits come summer.

Many of the country’s busiest destinations have seen protests against tourists while others have introduced measures to crackdown on the number of visitors.

But there are still several beautiful regions that don’t see nearly as many tourists. Sara Rodriguez, travel blogger at Madrid Traveling, has shared one of her favourite hidden gems exclusively with Express.co.uk.

Sara said: “I’m excited to shine a spotlight on one of the gems closest to Madrid – the historic city of Segovia.

“Steeped in Roman, Moorish and Habsburg legacy, it retains an irresistible old world charm. From its iconic aqueduct and Alcazar to the cobblestone streets, Segovia is postcard picturesque.”

Segovia is just over an hour’s drive from Madrid or it takes under an hour to reach the city on public transport.

Sara added: “Segovia feels a world away from the bustle of the big city. Some of the top sights include the Alcazar, a fairytale castle said to have inspired Disney’s Cinderella castle. I never fail to be awestruck standing at the base of its imposing yet elegant stone walls.”

Segovia’s Alcazar is thought to have existed since the 12th century and it’s one of the city’s best-rated attractions on Tripadvisor.

Sara said: “Another ‘wow’ moment is catching sight of Segovia’s iconic Roman aqueduct, which spans the countryside seemingly suspended in the air.

“It’s no wonder this engineering marvel is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. No visit is complete without stopping in the splendid Segovia Cathedral within the historic Plaza Mayor, which also has some charming cafes and shops.”

Don’t leave Segovia without sampling cochinillo, roast suckling pig. Sara recommends booking a table ahead of time as restaurants can get busy.

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