1 A view of El Greco’s Toledo

The terrace bar of the parador provides the perfect viewing point of the ancient city.

2 Toledo’s Catedral

An awesome construction featuring a stunning mixture of opulent decorations and styles befitting a former capital.

3 Savour strawberries and cream at Aranjuez

Indulge in the town’s famous sweet treat at the street cafés by the royal palace.

4 El Escorial

Marvel at Felipe II’s massive monastery complex perched spectacularly in the foothills of the Sierra de Guadarrama.

5 Hiking in the sierra

Head for the hills of Guadarrama or Gredos for a break from the city heat.

6 A walk along the walls at Ávila

Superb views of the town and the harsh Castilian landscape.

7 The aqueduct at Segovia

A marvel of Roman engineering situated at the entrance to the historic mountain city.

8 The fountains at La Granja

A beautiful display at the royal retreat near Segovia.

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