San Martín de Valdeiglesias

  • Castillo San Martín de Valdeiglesias © Comunidad de Madrid
  • Sightseeing
  • Nature
  • Cuisine
  • Getting there

Nestled in the heart of Madrid’s Sierra Oeste, this town is located close to the San Juan reservoir and is home to unique monuments like Coracera Castle which make it a great place for water sports and to get in touch with nature.

Coracera Castle is San Martín de Valdeiglesias’s most famous landmark. It was built in the mid-1400s by Don Alvaro de Luna, Constable of Castile and favorite of King John II. Its most prominent feature is the Keep, a tower that served as a defense point and as a residence for the masters of the castle. This monument is part of the Network of Castles of the Comunidad de Madrid.

After 13 years of restoration, it currently houses the Tourist Information Center and a wine cellar where you can taste some of the wines from the region. It also holds different events like “Clásicos de verano (Summer Classics)”: outdoor classical music concerts. 

In summer San Martín de Valdeiglesias holds a puppet-show cycle, Renaissance fair, equestrian show, marathons, concerts...

Apart from the castle, you should definitely take a stroll around the old town and its narrow streets with old houses with coat of arms and linteled windows and doors. The Church of San Martín de Obispo with its beautiful 7-meter tall central dome deserves a visit.

From its name (Valdeiglesias - valley of churches) we can conclude that there were numerous hermitages and six still stand today: Ermita del Ecce Homo, la Sangre, la Salud, el Cristo de la Humildad, la Virgen de la Nueva and del Rosario.


Other must-visit places near Madrid
  • Discover the birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes and the old Universidad Complutense, a World Heritage City that is closely tied to the history of the Spanish language.

    Alcalá de Henares
  • 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 exponents of the Spanish Golden Age, a monumental complex devised by Philip II.

    Monastery of El Escorial
  • 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.

  • Spend the day at a UNESCO World Heritage site, hire a guide to teach you interesting historical and cultural facts about Madrid, or follow one of our themed itineraries to discover the city from a different angle. 

    Day trips and themed itineraries


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