Villarejo de Salvanés

  • Villarejo de Salvanés
  • Villarejo de Salvanés
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In the south-east end of Comunidad Autónoma de Madrid, between the rivers Tajo and Tajuña and some 50 km from the city, we find one of the towns with the most history in the area and plenty of monuments related to the Encomienda Mayor de Castilla, like the one of a kind fortress and Casa de la Tercia. Villajero de Salvanés awaits you with exquisite food and an interesting relation with film industry.

To get to know the monuments we need to understand their history. This town was founded in the 13th century by the Military Order of Santiago and in the 15th century it became the seat of the Encomienda Mayor de Castilla, holding on to that status until the 19th century. This status was responsible not only for the growth in population, but it also enabled the construction of many important buildings that have been preserved until today. These important buildings are also the reason this town was declared National Historic Heritage Site in 1974. A walk around its streets transports us back to the times of the Reconquista, the military orders, the medieval times, the Battle of Lepanto...

The most famous monument, without a doubt, is known under the name of “El Castillo” (The Castle), and it is the Keep built on an old Muslim watchtower for the Order of Santiago. Its four-sided structure with eight turrets is one of the nicest keeps in the entire region and is a great photo spot. It is also a great place to start your visit as it houses the Tourist Office and the Interpretation Center that shows the town’s history. Those who manage to climb to the top will be rewarded with spectacular views.

All year long – both on the inside and out – it houses numerous exhibitions, concerts, themed guided visits, artisan fairs... The whole old town has special lighting for its most important festivity, the Living Passion of Christ on Maundy Thursday. On Halloween, the whole town gets in the mood and turns into a scary town.

Another place you have to visit is the Casa de la Tercia, a great example of Castillian civil architecture that currently houses the Ethnographic Museum showing the processes of traditional production of cereal, grapes and olives. The former Villarejo Hospital is a fine example of 18th century functional civil architecture.

The religious monuments like the Convent of Nuestra Señora de la Victoria de Lepanto and the Parrish Church of San Andrés Apóstol also deserve a visit. And of course the Spanish Profesional and Tecnological Cinema Museum where you can see a collection of projectors and all kinds of artifacts related to all the ages of the film industry. You can also see ushers’ uniforms, slides, pianos and an exhibition of the posters of 70 Spanish films that have received most Goya awards.

Apart from the monumental heritage there are plenty of natural spaces like Encomienda de Castilla Pine forest and the Valdepuerco Pine forest, the only natural Aleppo pine forest in the Comunidad de Madrid.


Other must-visit places near Madrid

  • 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.

    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.

    Real Sitio de San Lorenzo de 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.

  • Toledo
  • 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


An observation deck at 92 metres.

Our online store (in Spanish) sells artisan souvenirs.

Hop on board the city's official sightseeing bus!