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Day trips from Madrid

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Day trips and excursions from Madrid

Madrid is one of the few cities in the world, if not the only one, that can claim to enjoy so many Unesco heritage sites at less than 1 hour drive from the Capital. 

Fascinating medieval villages where local gastronomy remains unspoilt, top palaces and gardens (El Escorial, Aranjuez, La Granja) or one of the world´s most impressive medieval walls in Avila. Add the famous hanging houses of Cuenca, the wines of Ribera del Duero, the windmills of Don Quixote, or the elegance and beauty of Salamanca and you will start to consider Madrid as a perfect base from where to enjoy day after day amazing destinations. 

We have left to the end of this list Segovia and Toledo, 2 of the World´s bes preserved medieval cities and, in both cases, ancient capitals of Spain. 

The Royal Palace of Aranjuez and gardens

History of Aranjuez Royal palace In 1560 Philip II commissioned the architect Juan Bautista de Toledo to build an extension to the hunting lodge built by Charles V. After his death the work was continued by Juan de Herrera (El Escorial) . Between 1660-65 the castle was destroyed by fire; Philip V had it rebuilt in 1722. Under Ferdinand VI and Charles III the building was further enlarged by the architect Sabatini (Royal palace ) . The throyal palaceree-storey main façade has corner pavilions with domes, and the two-storey wings end with arcades. The main building has statues of

Avila city guide

Segovia city guide with recommended list of hotels, restaurants, places to visit, weather, prices, monuments, things to see and do and much more

Hanging Houses of Cuenca

Hanging houses of Cuenca

Everything you need to know about the Hanging Houses of Cuenca The hanging houses of Cuenca are located, as their name indicates in Cuenca, a city about 2 hours southeast from Madrid. They are an iconic fixture of Castilla la Mancha as are, for example, the Don Quijote Windmills, and have been declared a UNESCO world heritage site. The city of Cuenca is worth visiting, even if you don’t visit the hanging houses. The city is built high up on a cliff and features a spectacular old quarter, a majestic cathedral, and some of the best food you will

Don Quixote Windmills

Don Quixote Windmills

The Don Quixote Windmills  “Tilting at windmills” is an English expression taken from Miguel de Cervantes’ classic novel Don Quixote. In the book, the chivalrous, but crazy Don Quixote rides in to do battle with a group of giants who are terrorizing a local village. After he engages with the monsters he comes out of his trance and realizes he was actually fighting a windmill. The expression describes confrontations where the adversary is incorrectly perceived, or courses of action that are based on misapplied heroic, romantic, or idealistic justifications. The actual Don Quixote Windmills that inspired this influential piece

El Escorial in Madrid, Spain

El Escorial is one of Spain´s top tourist attractions. This massive building serves as a church, monastery, palace, mausoleum, library, museum, and school. It is constructed out of granite blocks from the nearby mountain range, the Sierra de Guadarrama. The two bell towers and the high dome are a distinctive feature of the complex. Altogether it comprises 16 courtyards, 12 cloisters, 86 staircases, over 2,000 windows, 88 fountains, and 13 chapels and oratories!!! Where is El Escorial located? The Monastery of San Lorenzo del Escorial is located at the town known as El Escorial. The history of this town has

Salamanca city guide

Salamanca city guide

The city of Salamanca isn’t always on peoples radar when planning a trip to Spain, but it most definitely should: a beautiful city filled with history and held as one of UNESCO’S world heritage sites, one of the oldest universities on the planet and tons of delicious (and affordable) food and wine. What else could you want?

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Toledo city guide

Toledo city guide with recommended list of hotels, restaurants, places to visit, weather, prices, monuments, things to see and do and much more

Sepulveda

Sepulveda

Sepulveda is a beautiful Segovian town that offers the opportunity to enjoy not just the town, but also great trekking opportunities in the natural reservoir of Hoces del Duraton (home to many vulture families). As part of the Hoces del Duraton you will also be able to enjoy La Ermita de San Frutos and its fantastic scenery

Pedraza, segovia, Castilla Leon

Pedraza

A walled village where cars are not permitted, Pedraza, located at 40 minutes drive from Segovia, is said to be the birthplace of the Emperor Traian himself! and is one of the towns in Segovia and near Madrid with a highly individual character.

La Granja de San Ildefonso

La Granja de San Ildefonso

Located in the province of Segovia, just 15 minutes drive from the city of Segovia (a Unesco heritage site) La Granja de San Ildefonso is one of the royal palaces in Spain near Madrid. Its gardens and fountains make it look like the Spanish version of Versailles.

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Segovia city guide

Segovia city guide with recommended list of hotels, restaurants, places to visit, weather, prices, monuments, things to see and do and much more