One of the advantages of travelling to the Spanish capital is that there are some cities, villages and wonderful places near that you can visit. Here there are 8 destinations that you could visit easily from Madrid since there are public transport to arrive and you can visit them practically in one day.
The Imperial city is a trip that, without doubt, you cannot miss. Located just an hour away from Madrid, it will take you back to Medieval times. Toledo is known as the “three-cultures” city because over the centuries three different religions lived together there: Christians, Arabs and Jews. Toledo keeps not only the old wall which surrounds the old town, but also an artistic, cultural legacy full of monuments, that is why Toledo has been declared a World Heritage Site. Undoubtedly, you could not leave Toledo without visiting the lookout El Valle where you could enjoy the best panoramic views of this enchanting city.
If you want to know how to get to Toledo from Madrid, you can find the information in this post.
Segovia is another of the favourite cities to make a trip from Madrid. In one day you could enjoy the culture, the history and even the gastronomy which is offered by this small city. A little bit more of one hour away from Madrid, you could visit the city of the known interurban aqueduct, one of the best conserved monuments from Roman times. The best thing you can do in this city is to get lost around its streets to get found with the curiosities of this city.
Related to the gastronomy, the piglet roasted in a wood-fired oven is one of the traditions and specialities of this city, if you do not like so much this kind of dish you would have other options such as judiones de la granja which are not far behind.
Ávila is one of these places in which you can realize that there is a cultural and historical ambience. The great wall which surrounds the city is considered as one of the best conserved monuments in the world. Declared a World Heritage Site this city has a large number of priceless monuments located saved by the great wall. If you like the lookouts, you could not leave Ávila without visiting the “Cuatro Postes” lookout from where you could enjoy the beautiful view of this city.
If you want to know how to get to Ávila from Madrid, you can find the information in this post.
4.San Lorenzo de El Escorial
Just one hour away from Madrid, you could find this beautiful town of Madrid. In this town there is an amazing Monastery from the 16th century ordered to be built by Felipe II, declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. Both inside and outside this Monastery is amazing since you could find many things worth seeing. Walking around its gardens, you could see not only its magnificence, but also you could enjoy the landscape since it is located in the Sierra de Guadarrama.
If you want to know how to get to San Lorenzo de El Escorial from Madrid, you can find the information in this post.
Chinchón is one of the treasures of Madrid. Its main square is one of the most emblematic in Spain because many times this one becomes the heart of a lot of events: during the carnival, when it is celebrated a Medieval market, in the town’s fair, for the known corridas and during the whole year it is a good place to enjoy the excellent gastronomy offered by this city in the porticoes of this square.
If you want to know how to get to Chinchón from Madrid, you can find the information in this post.
Just 55km away from Madrid you could visit El Real Sitio and Villa de Aranjuez, this is a town full of historical and artistic treasures but also natural areas. Here there are some old palaces which were Spanish monarchs’ residences and there are beautiful gardens surrounded by the Tagus river, you could enjoy a nice walk around these gardens. In 2001, this “city of kings and gardens” was declared Cultural Landscape World Heritage Site by the UNESCO.
If you want to know how to get to Aranjuez from Madrid, you can find the information in this post.
7.Alcalá de Henares
The city of the known writer Miguel de Cervantes is not only known for this personality since in 1998 it was declared World Heritage Site by the UNESCO and it is because there are a huge historical and artistic heritage in this city and the contribution to the universal culture by the creation of the University by Cardinal Cisneros in 1499. Alcalá de Henares is the perfect place to walk around streets, if you want to learn about history and culture. As a point of interest, in recent years, you can go to Alcalá de Henares from Madrid by a special train with the atmosphere of the period in which you could enjoy theatrical performances, tales and stories.
If you want to know how to get to Alcalá de Henares from Madrid, you can find the information in this post.
8.Buitrago del Lozoya
At the foot of the Sierra de Guadarrama you could visit Buitrago del Lozoya, a charming town whose historic centre is surrounded by the Lozoya river. Its Castle next to Santa María del Castillo church, the tower of the clock and the wall give a medieval feel to this town which has a wide and diverse cultural offer. In 1993, Buitrago del Lozoya was declared Historic-Artistic Site and Property of Cultural Interest thanks to its walled area of Arabian origin considered as the best preserved in Madrid.
If you want to know how to get to Buitrago del Lozoya from Madrid, you can find the information in this post.
We hope you like this selection of places which, without doubt, will not disappoints you, all of them are really worth! Then, you only have to decide which one will be your next destination to have a perfect trip!