Explore the classical cities of old Castile on an Inntravel self-guided journey.
We've teamed up with Inntravel to offer you the chance to win one of their SlowMotion journeys – a 6-night, self-guided holiday for two through the heart of Spain by rail – on which you can discover treasures from the Golden Age, admire astonishing art and architecture and sample some of the country’s most delicious food and wine.
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Tune out and switch off as you take an unhurried journey from one charming hotel to the next, becoming absorbed in everything around you – the local life, people, hospitality and food – and feeling revitalised and refreshed as a result.
Flights are included from the UK to Madrid, as are two nights’ accommodation in Segovia, Salamanca and Madrid, plus rail journeys between the three cities. Specially created, self-guided walking tours take in the major sights, as well as some delightful, hidden corners.
The journey begins with two nights at an historic town-house hotel in Segovia, once one of the most illustrious cities on the Iberian Peninsula. This UNESCO-listed cultural gem remains delightfully off the tourist radar.
Wander the medieval back streets, gaze upwards at soaring spires and the astonishing Roman aqueduct, and visit the ornate Alcázar where the kingdoms of Castile and Aragon came together, giving birth to 'Spain' itself.
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Next, take the train westwards to the great university town of Salamanca, coming to rest for two nights at the Hotel Rector, an oasis of calm on the edge of the historic quarter. Salamanca’s ornate secular and religious buildings are testament to the city’s prestige as a centre of learning.
Climb the great bell towers to admire the city skyline, rest in one of the many tranquil cloisters, and pause for tapas in the remarkable Baroque central square, a lively gathering place for old and young alike.
...and beautiful Madrid
Last comes a two-night stay in Madrid, Spain’s capital since the Golden Age. It’s here that many of Spain’s art treasures have come to rest, but there are also parks, extraordinary food and fascinating working neighbourhoods to enjoy.
After dark, stumble upon intricately tiled tapas bars, indulge in traditional chocolate con churros, or take time to simply stroll and soak up the atmosphere. The Madrileños, of course, know how to work hard and play hard, but they also know how to slow down.
To find out more about Inntravel and their wide selection of Slow Holidays, visit www.inntravel.co.uk or call their expert team on 01653 617 000