Day Trips

  • Catedral de Toledo

No place is Spain is too far to get to from Madrid. Thanks to its fantastic location in the centre of the country and an excellent transport network, your visit to Madrid can include a getaway to a charming Spanish village such as Buitrago del Lozoya or a UNESCO world heritage site like the city of El Escorial. Make the most of your stay in the Spansh capital to explore some of Spain's best kept secrets and discover a wonderful variety of local cuisines.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Discover the birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes and the old Universidad Complutense, a World Heritage Town that is closely tied to the history of the Spanish language.

Visit the Palace and the Gardens of the Royal Site and Town of Aranjuez, a town close to Madrid which has historically been linked to royalty.

Visit one of the greatest architectural examples of the Spanish Golden Age, a monumental complex commissioned by Philip II.

Quickly reached from Madrid, Toledo shows how Jews, Muslims and Christians could live together in harmony.

Discover the spectacular aqueduct and enjoy the food of this World Heritage city.

Discover the amazing walls and the cathedral of this Medieval city where Jews, Christians and Muslims used to live together.

The monumental city, home to a centuries-old university, is in the World Heritage Site list.

This city-come-landscape famous for its “Hanging Houses” is less than one hour from Madrid by train.

Next time you come to Madrid, don’t miss the chance to visit the mosque in the most important city of Al-Andalus, Córdoba.

The only beech forest of the Madrid Community, Biosphere Reserve and the Unesco Natural World Heritage Site can be visited all year thanks to the guided tours led by the experts.

Other places worth visiting

Past the banks of the river Lozoya, stout walls rise to protect the Medieval town of this enchanting village.

French formal gardens, monumental fountains, glass factories, beautiful landscapes and delicious judiones beans. There’s much more to La Granja than just its palace.

A time-honoured Plaza Mayor, a tower without a church and a church without a tower, an anisette festival and the best of Castilian cuisine await visitors to this charming town.

A 500-year-old royal town with lots of tourist attractions and interesting cultural events, just 30km away from Madrid.

Consisting of two settlements: the modern Patones de Abajo (Lower) and ancient Patones de Arriba (Upper). Patones de Arriba is a unique and quaint town constructed entirely out of black slate.

One of the most charming towns in the Guadarrama National Park and most visited by the tourists with monumental gems like Mendoza Castle.

Rascafría is a great place to visit as it has a beautiful natural surroundings and one of the most beautiful monasteries in Spain.

The birthplace of famous people like Cardinal Cisneros has an interesting old town declared National Historic and Artistic Heritage Site. 

Situated only 50 km from Madrid, it is a town with glorious past and its most famous icon is the Keep, but it is also known for its Film Museum, its oil and wines. 

Situated around 50 km from Madrid, Colmenar de Oreja offers wonderful architecture, cultural events and is situated in one of the most famous wine-growing areas of the region.

San Juan reservoir, Coracera Castle and the Enchanted Forest are the principal attractions of this town in the Sierra Oeste of Madrid.

This interesting town 50 kilometers from Madrid is a great example of the Rationalist urbanism and Spanish 18th century Baroque architecture.


Coach companies run daily bus services to Madrid from cities and towns across Spain, most European countries and from north Africa.

Madrid is connected by rail to Spain's major towns and cities, as well as to Portugal and France.


Less than two and a half hours away from Madrid, lies the enchanting city of Seville which boasts three World Heritage Sites.

No trip to Spain is complete without a visit to Granada. Just three hours from Madrid on the AVE fast train, you'll find La Alhambra, a stunning fortified palace, the Albaicín Moorish quarter and a wonderful selection of tapas.

  • Discover the city's most popular sights and attractions, from one of Europe's largest royal palaces to the magnificent Prado Museum and the Real Madrid football stadium. 

    Madrid Top 10
  • Palacio Real
  • Get around the city easily, quickly and economically with our tourist travel card which gives unlimited use of all public transport.

    Tourist Travel Pass
  • Abono Transporte Turístico Madrid


The city’s new official sightseeing and tourist travel pass.

An observation deck at 92 metres.

Our online store (in Spanish) sells artisan souvenirs.

  • Don’t miss the weekly Changing of the Guard held every Wednesday and Saturday, and the Solemn Changing of the Guard on the first Wednesday of every month (Next Solemn Changing: 19 June).

    Changing the Guard at the Royal Palace
  • Relevo solemne de la Guardia Real


  • Check out online or download our monthly bilingual magazine, packed with events, useful information and a map of Madrid and its metro.

    esMADRIDmagazine June
  • Revista esMADRIDmagazine junio 2024
  • Take a peek at our selection of the most important events taking place in Madrid and start planning your next visit!

    Madrid Events Calendar: 2024
  • Reforma Estadio Santiago Bernabéu
  • Check out a host of ideas for enjoying a family day away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

    Family days out near Madrid
  • Alrededores de Madrid con niños


  • French formal gardens, monumental fountains, glass factories, beautiful landscapes and delicious judiones beans. There’s much more to La Granja than just its palace.

    La Granja de San Ildefonso
  • La Granja de San Ildefonso