The ridiculously photogenic Alcázar of Segovia perches on a rocky mound near the Guadarrama mountains. Visitors driving into the old city will get to see its very medieval facade, soaring from the stones like the bow of a vessel. Those on foot however, will only get to see its ‘rear’ – the Tower of John II.
The castle started off as an Arabian fort, but was converted into a royal residence in the early 1200s. Its long history also saw it become a prison, an artillery school and a military college. Today, it is one of the three major monuments in Segovia. If you find it vaguely familiar, it is probably because it is one of the sources of inspiration behind the the Disney castle most of us grew up with, alongside Fontainebleau in France and Neuschwanstein in Germany.