Day Trips from Madrid
Collected by Brandy Bell, AFAR Local Expert
Nestled in the center of the country, Madrid offers itself as a great base for day trips to places such as Getafe, El Escorial, Salamanca, or the ancient city of Toledo.
Av. Teresa de Calcuta, 12, 28903 Getafe, Madrid, Spain
True, Madrid has three professional soccer teams, but just south of the city (still accessible by Metro and about an hour from downtown) is the city of Getafe with a pretty decent La Liga team of its own, Getafe CF. The team goes by the nickname...
Plaza del Azoguejo, 1, 40001 Segovia, Spain
The ancient city of Segovia is charming in every sense of the word. Wooden and stone houses line impossibly narrow winding streets, up the hills to the heart of the Roman Aqueduct. On your quest to see the Alcázar of Segovia and its spatial...
Calle de la Union, s/n, 45001 Toledo, Spain
Walking under massive archways, getting lost on cramped side streets, and following the sparkling, firefly-like lights of Toledo leaves you feeling like you’ve stepped into a fairy tale. Religion lies at the heart of Toledo’s history, and because...
Plaza del Corrillo, 20, 37002 Salamanca, Spain
Salamanca's charms are seemingly endless, and it's hard to deny that the Renaissance is still alive here. Forget time and join the slow life of Salamanca. Plaza Mayor is the soul of the city, and the best place to spend hours on a proper Spanish...
Calle Carabanchel, 14, 28902 Getafe, Madrid, Spain
A 30-minute ride on the Cercanias will have you in the city of Getafe. In the winter months the main street, Carabanchel, is lined with Christmas markets, and in the summer the town turns inside-out, and the city lives on the sidewalks and benches...
28280 El Escorial, Madrid, Spain
At the base of the Sierra de Guadarrama is the famous Monastery of El Escorial, sitting in splendor amongst a zig zagged green backdrop. After getting off the train, keep your eyes on the prize as you make the long walk up to the monastery. Once...
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