The Walled City
The City of Three Cultures makes for an excellent day trip outside Madrid
. Take a 30-minute AVE (fast train) from Puerta de Atocha and a 10-minute cab ride from Toledo Station to this centuries-old town. Major sites include the Museo del Greco (home to “La Guernica”), San Martin's Bridge, and the Álcazar fortress, but wandering the seemingly infinite alleyways and cobblestone streets is a treat in itself. No matter how lost you may feel while making your way from a monastery to the Jewish Quarter, or from a mosque to Zocalador Plaza, you'll never find yourself terribly far from your origin or your destination—the walled area is only about one mile in diameter.