One of the best parts of living in Madrid is how centrally located it is! Between Atocha Renfe station as well as Chamartin... and the various other bus terminals and train stations, one can — without exaggeration — get from one end of the country to the next. But what about those days when you want to see something new, but your cash is limited, or maybe you're just pinched for time?
I've compiled a few day trips that are (relatively) accessible and most definitely worth a look. Use this as a starting point and find a day trip to knock your socks off. And if you don't like one, well, tomorrow is a new day! What a beautiful concept! Are you more into the food scene? Are you a hiking and biking type of person? Do you drool over ancient ruins? Hopefully, this short, yet complete list below can lead you in the direction of your next day trip. Happy traveling, my friends!
For the History and Architecture lovers: Segovia (80km from Madrid)
Why? It’s the home of Ferdinand and Isabella’s castle and massive aqueducts dating back to the, oh, first or second century.
On the Low-low: Try the suckling pig; they’re renowned for it!
For the surrealist Photographer and Literature fans: Consuegra (132 km from Madrid)
Why? We’ve all heard the name Don Quijote, but really, wouldn’t you like to fight a giant army of windmills in real life? Well, the windmills of La Mancha are a symbol recognized by the entire world as Spanish. Also, how many ways can you photograph a giant windmill? One trillion, the answer is one trillion. Your ‘gram is about to be flooded with surrealist close-ups of this historical site.
On the Low-low: There are saffron fields that turn purple if you make your trip during the month of October.
For the Travel Channel Foodies on a Budget: Chinchón (60 km from Madrid)
Why? Chinchón is a really traditional Spanish village, and although you won’t find large, booming discos, you will discover quaint mom and pop restaurants with delicious food. If you don’t leave here stuffed to the brim, you’re doing it wrong. They’re also known for an anise based liquor named, well Chinchón.
On the Low-low: There are several cave wine places that offer well-priced tastings and tapas! By cave wine, I mean, explore this cave built underneath the restaurant usually, and drink lots of house wine.
For the Water Lovers and Nature Aficionados: Rascafría (78 km from Madrid)
Why? This trip is a two-for-one because not only is the town beautiful from an architectural stand point, it’s also home to one of Madrid’s most beautiful natural swimming pools. Yes, you read correctly. They’ve also got places to hike and bike, but when you can lay next to one of nature’s wonders, who has got time to sweat? Check out this link to Naked Madrid where they tell you how to get there by car and by bus: http://www.nakedmadrid.com/2014/06/21/rascafria/
On the Low-low: There’s a legend that an old bandit used to live in a 300 year old tree in Rascafría and he would come out at night to commit his crimes. I mean, after a few glasses of tinto de verano, this may be a topic to bring up with the locals.
What are some of your favorite days trips from Madrid? Tell us about them below!
Danni, Community Director at Las Morenas de España, is a twenty-something, Chicago native currently residing in Madrid. Lover of language, words, and travel, she's managed to combine all of her passions through her work. In her free time, you can find her exploring the winding streets of Madrid, hunting down good flight deals, planning her next adventure and writing & researching for LMDES. Danni loves spicy food, natural hair, music and of course, her wonderful life partner. If you need to find her, she’s the girl with huge hair and her face buried in her Kindle.