5 day trips from Madrid to discover

5 Day Trips from Madrid to Discover (II)

Are you going to live in Madrid? The capital city of Spain has a lot to offer: incredible nights out, nice weather, a wide cultural offer, huge shopping opportunities…It’s also the perfect place to explore the area beyond. This is my personal recommendation of 5 day trips from Madrid to discover. Don’t miss them!

San Lorenzo de El Escorial & its Monastery

San Lorenzo de El Escorial (just “El Escorial” for short, as locals say) is approximately 1 hour away by car or train. If you want to know more about the past of Spain, then you can’t miss this place, whose Monastery was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The historical residence of the King of Spain was built in the 16th century in a stone-built village, which attracts more than 50,000 day-trippers from Madrid per year. El Escorial is a quiet place, where one of the best plans (besides visiting the Monastery) is to take a walk and enjoy Spanish almuerzo (second breakfast) in the sun. This is one of the most popular day trips from Madrid!

El Escorial trip

The Royal Seat of San Lorenzo of El Escorial. Source: Shilad Sen (www.flickr.com)

And these are the route directions to get there!

Toledo & Consuegra: an amazing day trip from Madrid

Anything that we could say about Toledo would not be enough! It is one of the most popular destinations for Spaniards, that kind of site you must visit at least once during your life. When you go there, don’t forget to see its magnificent cathedral and the stone fortification crowning the city (the Alcázar of Toledo). And enjoy the landscape as it’s seen from the viewpoint El Mirador del Valle. These are undoubtedly 3 musts, but there is so much more to see and do here (museums, walls, bridges, cobbled squares…). Only 30 minutes by train or 55 by car and you’ll discover one of the most amazing day trips from Madrid you can do.

Toledo: day trips from Madrid

Toledo. Source: www.toledo-turismo.com

And if you have any time left, follow the road until you reach Consuegra. What’s in this tiny village that is worth seeing? 12 windmills from the 16th century! If you’re studying Spanish literature or you’re passionate about famous Don Quixote, prepare your camera.

Consuegra: day trips from Madrid

Consuegra. Source: Zoi Koraki (www.flickr.com)

And these are the route directions to get there!

Pedraza: where the clock stopped

Pedraza is one of those magical day trips from Madrid you can do, perfect for discovering rural Spain. This tiny village within the province of Segovia has a population of less than 500 inhabitants. Get lost in its sloping streets and open squares, where you can see elderly people going by. Pack your trekking boots and venture yourself in the surrounding fields. Only an hour and a half away from Madrid and you’re there!

Pedraza: day trips from Madrid

Street in Pedraza. Source: Raúl A. www.flickr.com

And these are the route directions to get there!

Relax in Aranjuez & Chinchón

Aranjuez is a nice town south of Madrid, located where two rivers meet, and whose Royal Palace has been (not surprisingly) the spring residence of the kings of Spain during several centuries. If I were a queen, I would also choose its delicate gardens to relax! In fact, the UNESCO listed its Cultural Landscape as a World Heritage Site. It is 50 minutes away by car.

Day trips from Madrid: Aranjuez

Aranjuez. Source: Manuel (www.flickr.com)

Once you’ve visited Aranjuez, I recommend you to follow a minor road (M-305) for 30 minutes, until you reach the small charming village of Chinchón. Topped by a fairly well-preserved castle, it’s definitely worth to reach its door and admire the views, despite being closed to the public. I would definitely have lunch in Plaza Mayor: the medieval main square of Chinchón with plenty of space to walk, take pictures and taste traditional food.

Chinchon day trip

Main Square in Chinchón. Source: Rubén Vique (www.flickr.com)

And these are the route directions to get there!

The Woods of El Pardo

When you feel like you need to get away from the city, drive to the Woods of El Pardo, which is less than half an hour away. There are bike and hiking trails to discover in this typical mediterranean forest. The perfect plan to relax with your friends! And you can also stop to see the Royal Palace of El Pardo if you feel like it.

El Pardo trip

El Pardo. Source: Olga Berrios (www.flickr.com)

And these are the route directions to get there!

Madrid is definitely a nice place to stay. However, during the weekends I would recommend you to explore some places to visit near Madrid. Try these and other day trips from Madrid!

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