"Ship of stone" draws visitors to Segovia

"In the centre of Segovia, between the old town and the new town, there is a Roman relic that makes Hadrian's Wall look like a heap of rubble. Segovia's famous aqueduct is nearly 30 metres high and more than 800 metres long, and although I'd seen countless photos of it, that's still no substitute for the real thing. Standing before it for the first time takes your breath away," writes Guardian travel writer William Cook about Segovia, Spain.

"The medieval fortified towns of Segovia – the 'ship of stone' with its famous Roman aqueduct – and Ávila – the highest city in Spain, surrounded by immense walls, are the heart of Castilla Leon, and ideal for exploring together." His article looks at the delights of central Spain.